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Calabrian Mommy & Me Weekend

My oldest and I snuck away for a quick weekend trip to beautiful Calabria. Seeing the Aeolian islands and Tropea were on my bucket list so when a friend invited us to tag along on her trip we jumped at the chance. Tropea is about 5 hours by train (with one connection) from Naples. We …

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3 days in Puglia

Puglia is a region of Italy across from Campania that encompasses the heel of the boot. For our Easter weekend break, we decided to take the quick drive over and explore the northern portion including Ostuni, Alberobello, and Polignano a Mare. Puglia has certainly become my favorite region in Southern Italy. It is dotted with …

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A Long Weekend in Tuscany

Florence is one of the most popular cities for tourism in Italy, and rightfully so. My love for road trips led me to plan a long-weekend trip to Lucca, Pisa, and Florence. Although our time in Florence consumed most the trip, we enjoyed each of the locations equally. We started our trip by driving to …

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An Afternoon in Caserta Vecchia

Perched on a hill overlooking the Caserta Palace and modern-day city of Caserta is the beautiful medieval village of Caserta Vecchia. This sleepy little town is a nice break from the hustle & bustle of daily life in Naples and is exactly what you picture when you think of the Italian countryside. The weather was …

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Carnevale in Capua

Carnevale, similar to the American Mardi Gras, is a last hurrah to get the partying out before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Italy has some of the best and most famous Carnevale celebrations in the world and we knew we had to participate while here. Since Italians don’t celebrate Halloween, this is the …

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Our Dolomite Adventure

I’m admittedly obsessed with Lonely Planet travel guides. I’ve had a few different brands over the years but always come back to them. As soon as we found out we had orders to Italy, I went online and bought three. The Lonely Planet guide to Italy’s Best Trips has a photo on the front that …

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Olive Harvesting

It’s definitely fall in Italy. The weather has cooled off, the leaves are changing, and it’s time to harvest some of my favorite things; pumpkins, truffles, chestnuts and olives. We were super excited to be able to join a group tour headed to Luzzano to pick olives and learn about the olive oil extraction process …

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Buffalo, Ruins, and Beaches, oh my!

Admittedly, my Italy bucket list is not small. So when we finally had our first long weekend where I could start checking some locations off my list, I was super excited. I decided for our first trip we’d take a drive down to Paestum. This small town in the Campagnia region is home to some …

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Medieval Minturno

We are very lucky to be stationed in a country with a strong US military presence, especially for our first post on this program. Having the base close has allowed us many perks including shopping at a commissary and exchange (my girls love the easy access to lucky charms), access to navy medical, and the …

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Amalfi in a Day!

I finally have wifi again!!!! Yay!!!! Time to catch up on some blogging. So, a few weeks ago we decided to hire a private driver for a quick one day tour of the Amalfi coast while the weather is still nice. To be honest, my husband does not handle driving here very well. Most drivers …

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