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Io mangio torta means I eat cake in Italian. I've been studying Italian for about a month now, and I think I have the most crucial phrases down already. This girl is not going to let a little language barrier get in the way of eating lots of cake. Pat and I have booked our trip for Italy, and I could not be more excited! We are leaving in May, and I'm using the next few months to make sure I can order as much food as possible while we're there. I may not be able to get directions, but I will be able to order second servings of gelato... I feel confident that my priorities are in the right place.
In preparation for this trip, I have done a TON of research. I checked flight prices twice a day for probably six months at least. We are flying from Salt Lake City to Venice, and then home from Rome. Not only was our flights cheaper doing it this way rather than flying in and out of the same city, but it also will save us a ton of time traveling back to Venice at the end of our trip. Below is a map of where we will be going.
Our route will be Venice- Cinque Terre- Florence (with an afternoon stop in Pisa)-Florence-Rome-Home. Looking at the map you could see that we would have eaten up a bunch of time getting all the way back to Venice from Rome, and now we can spend that extra time exploring Rome.
We also booked all of our accommodations (except in Florence) through Airbnb.com. We are going to save a ton going this route and have what appears to be better accommodations as well. Not only that, but most of our hosts will be meeting us at either water taxis stops or train stations to escort us to our apartment, which reduces the chance of us getting lost. And considering that I have to get lost everywhere I go at least once, this will be very helpful.
And since we will probably get lost and will have to ask for directions, I have been using Duolingo to learn Italian. I'm actually really liking it and learning at the same time. This is huge for me since I took 5 years of Spanish and still have to pause before spelling hola..or is it ohla...just kidding, I know how to spell it....
I've also learned that it will be essential to pack light. I've read that it is not ideal to bring a rolling suitcase. Many older hotels (i.e. most of them) have lots of stairs and no elevator. Towns in Cinque Terre also have tons of stairs that you'll have to clime just to get around town. Also, cramming onto a train/bus/water taxi with a ginormous suitcase may make it hard to make friends and will leave you a sweaty tired mess before you even get to your hotel. So, now I just have to figure out how to cram 12 days worth of clothes, six pairs of shoes, accessories, and essentials into a carry-on size backpack. When I have that figured out, I'll be ready to go!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz