VBGetaway: Italy

May 15, 2015

Travel is incredible way to broaden your perspective and take a quick escape from the daily grind. My kids are very interested in different cultures—especially indigenous populations and the unique heritage of a given community. Every year, my mother, my 5 kids and I pick a new country to explore— this year we chose Italy. The kids are finally getting old enough to appreciate the art, music and industry and can handle all the walking that is involved in order to properly explore each destination. Take a look at some of our favorite cities, foods, activities and ideas. This is our Italy.


In Venice we stayed at Hotel Bonvecchiati, next to St. Mark’s square which is the perfect location for exploring the romantic canals and side streets in the city.


Venice is all about the masks and beautiful Venetian glass! Pop into any of the shops off of the canals, every stop feels like a little museum the pieces are so gorgeous.

Ravello is the cutest town in the Amalfi coast. Visit the ceramic store called Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma. I brought a piece of Amalfi back with me to NYC!

SEE: Assisi

The gorgeous pink stone buildings and archways of Assisi date back to 1200 and are definitely worth a visit.


Pompeii is unforgettable. After Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the community was destroyed but remnants of the people, art, and homes still stand, frozen in time. It’s fascinating to see how advanced the ancient civilizations were.


This region is one of my favorite places on earth. You have to eat at La Tagliata in Positano. It’s family-run, with no menu and all freshly grown, raised and caught vegetables, meat and seafood. Get ready to dance and jig with the old tunes. That’s amore!

The little town of Amalfi is all about the luscious lemons, olive oil, burrata, and the Limoncello lemon liqueur! Make sure you stop and take advantage of all of the fresh produce and the wine – it is the culture!


We loved visiting Padua for the original Giotto paintings and the famous Café Pedrocchi–established in 1831! You have to try the mint latte or indulge in some Nutella for breakfast!

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