12 Tips on traveling Italy

When most people plan their European holidays, much like us, Italy is without a doubt, right on up there with one of the ‘must get to countries’. Morgan & I hadn’t realised until we were filling in our travel insurance forms & answering ‘country which spending the most time in’ – something we had to go away & work out! – was in fact Italy. We ended up spending a little over 3 weeks there and although not even a year would be enough to see all that this beautiful country has to offer, we feel, from one backpacker to another, we learnt a lot in our short time that might help you when planning your own Italian adventure. 
So here are the 12 tips in all their glory – the good, the bad, and the ugly that may – or may not – help you when it’s your turn traveling Italy.


No.1. If backpacking 3 weeks is long enough. I wouldn’t do any longer, but I wouldn’t have done any less. After 3 weeks of really only having pizza & pasta as the option and getting itchy travel feet you will generally feel ready to move on.

No.2. Be prepared to put on weight – no amount of stair climbing or planking will disguise the fact that living on pasta, gelare, pizza, free bread at EVERY meal, wine and croissants is going to pack on a few kg’s around the ole’ waistline. In the same breathe, don’t let that stop you ordering and enjoying Italian food – it was the best we’ve ever eaten.

No.3. Get to the Amalfi Coast – even if it means you have to save a little more, it’s worth it. We only did 4 nights & that wasn’t enough. The best towns to stay in are Ravello & Positano. Both Morgs & I didn’t rate the town Amalfi as that amazing but adored Positano. If you are going, have it as your rest week and stay 6 nights ..

No.4. Put Bologna on your ‘to visit’ list! We had two nights in Florence and did the whole town (we felt) in a day so decided to day trip out to Bologna which ended up being one of our most fun, most delicious days in Italy! It has amazing shopping, fantastic food & is the home town of Spaghetti Bolognese, do I need to say anymore?

No.5. If you are going to Naples there are only 2 things you need to know. 1) Don’t have ANY expectations of the place. You will either like it or not. We didn’t, but it might turn in to your favourite town. I was just shocked at how much litter and graffiti was everywhere. 2) You HAVE to eat Pizza in the birth place of Pizza and if you do, eat it here…best & most popular place in Naples we found by mistake which was the best mistake we could have ever made…& lastly…3) Use it as a base to visit the isle of Capri..  Getting to Capri was a must for us and we’re so glad we did it. The island boasts some of the most magnificant scenery & views we’ve seen the whole trip & the day trip across was well, well, well worth it if even for the Blue Grotto experience.

No.6. Give yourself 4 nights in Venice. We had 3 and I would have given anything for one more. This place really truly is magical and rain, hail or beautiful sunshine is a joy to explore and get lost in. It has SO much to offer either if you do tourist things or just wander and get lost in. 3 nights was just one night short for me and I think you will find that too!

No.7. Don’t do any less than 4 nights in Rome. That’s what we did and we found it the perfect amount of time (as backpackers with a timeframe). We could have easily spent weeks there, or even a few more days but certainly managed to cram everything your average tourist does in this beautiful city plus a little bit more. Any less than 4 nights I believe you’ll rush through it and not really get to experience all of Rome’s magic.

No.8. Walk the Cinque Terre – I had planned my WHOLE trip and it wasn’t until lunch with a friend that she mentioned this strange sounding ‘Cinque Terre’ town. After some quick googling I immediatley fell in love, but obviously nothing can prepare you for the real thing. I’m SURE many if not most have heard of it, but I hadn’t so if you were like me then slap this on your travel to do (& stay in either Monterosso or Vernazza).

No.9. If you are actually there for an extended period of time like us (3 weeks), then BUY A EURAIL pass. Morgs & I had researched this extensively before we left in general. I.e to get one for Europe and worked out it wasn’t worth it. For Italy specifically though? Its VERY worth it. Trains are not cheap in Italy and it will save you hundreds (I mean that) of euro’s if you do it eurail not as you go. To give you an example, traveling the same distance in France, costs us between $4 – $6 euro….that in Italy was costing us $25 – $50 euro. Ca-ra-zy. Eurail is worth it people. Write that down.

No.10. In Venice, if you’re going to drink coffee, drink it standing! As soon as you sit in a cafe, they tack on a less than desirable service charge…plus standing for coffee is such a fun experience & makes you feel like a local.

No.11. If you’re in Italy for more than a week, buy a sim card. We did this & it was the best thing we ever could have done (we just went to the local phone shop – “Tim” over there – & it cost us $15 euro for the sim plus wayyy too much data which was plenty). It helps you navigate your way around every city without paper maps, and you have much quicker access to places you might want to see or where to eat.

But most importantly? (Because I always have a most important)…

No.12. Ignore all of these tips & find your own groove, path, vibe, whatever you call it…find it. I think one thing Morgs and I have learnt best is that everybody can experience cities differently. Places people told us we’d LOVE & were their favourite, we didn’t like at all, and places people said they hated and we should miss all together were our favourite. The same will happen for you no doubt, so take any advice always with a grain of salt…we found the above worked for us perfectly & hoped it would just give you a general guidance….but hey –

treading your own path & finding your own adventure is what it’s all about.

Love & Light,

Anna xx

Our love affair with Venice

Oh Venice you had us at hello. 
We fell in immediate love with this city, and I mean immediate. We literally stepped out of the train station and stopped abruptly in complete awe as right there in front of us was the bustling Grande Canale with it’s overflowing water taxi’s and impressive bridges. I knew Venice was full of canals, that is of course why we went there, I just wasn’t ready for my reaction to seeing them all for the first time & my ensuing love & affection I would then develop for a city we had only just arrived in and I barely even knew.
We arrived at our hotel in record speed by foot – you would be surprised how fast you can hustle with a 15kg backpack when you just want to go out exploring a new city – and immediately felt conflicted as we could have lazed around in the hotel just as easily we loved it so much. Luckily the want & need to go canal exploring got the better of us and off we set, with a map tucked firmly in the back of Morgans pocket ONLY to be used when we wanted to find our way home. 
And that boys & girls…is how we spent the next 3 days. I could share all the laughs we had – we sure had them, the restaurant finds we happily stumbled across – there were plenty of those, the cafe’s down teeny tiny ally ways you’d never imagine would even hold a cafe – but they did….but I won’t, because that’s just the thing you see. Venice is yours to discover, to explore, to get lost in and to develop your own love affair with. 
I think the point of Venice is to get lost. To find your own way again, to make your own adventure. To find your own fun. To develop your own love affair with.
Morgs & I were easily clocking up over 20km’s of walking a day just aimlessly wandering around every canal and tiny ally that Venice had to offer. We found treasure coves of forgotten side streets, canals that were deserted, cafe’s that claimed to sell the best coffee – we think they did, and wine bars where we sat to sip delicious cold drinks & eat amazing tapas. We even made sure to be real Venice’i’ans (aka local people) by standing to drink all of our coffee...p.s once you sit in most cafes in Venice the price goes up! It was just truly ‘pinch me are we really here I never want to leave’ kinds of travel moments.
I even finally got my ‘omg we’re in Italy’ moment when we literally fell out on to St Mark’s square and immediately got surrounded by pigeons and heard all the live music playing from the huge square surrounding us. Ah-ma-zing. I had, for weeks said to Morgs that my ‘true Italian experience’ would be when I “found this square, I don’t know exactly which one it is, or where it is in Italy, but I’ll know it when I see it, and it definetley has a lot of pigeons and there will be music playing” how descriptive I know, of COURSE I was going to find it (not) but then…. Cue St Marks Square in Venice. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I knew that THIS was the square. The music was playing almost on cue, the pigeons were flying & I had my pinch me moment. I had found ‘my’ square. 
If you DO have Venice on your hit list though and maybe would like some suggestions as to where to start when arriving in this labyrinth of a city who am I to not share our own fantastic experiences & give you some little hints to this remarkable place…so here they are, it’s short, but remember you will have your own Venice experience with your own adventures…..these are just some little hints to help get you on your way…

1. Grand Canale – the main canal in Venice and the bustling gateway to all of Venice’s other canals. Both sides are lined with more larger restaurants – packed full of tourists so Morgs & I stayed well away – we preferred to eat in the side streets with the locals – street vendors, and Gondola rides. You also catch the main water taxi’s here. P.s if you have a smaller budget and don’t want to pay the $80 euro for a 20-30 minute Gondola Ride, you can opt to jump on a water taxi which takes you all up the Grand Canale for about $18 euro (& it takes around 45 minute from point A to point A).

2. St Mark’s Square – the main square in Venice and if you’re anything like me and have always wanted to have pigeons feed out of your hands with live piano and jazz music in the background, well then this is your square. There are the big main restaurants in the square but you pay extreme prices even for a coffee. You can still get the experience of the bands & energy just by walking around yourself. A MUST see.

3. Tearoom Caffe Orientele – this little gem is quite the walk through ally ways you wouldn’t think have been walked in years. Just when you think you are surely lost you come out on to one of the most beautiful canals in Venice – in my opinion – and walk a little further and it’s hidden away next to a bridge. It’s number 1 on trip advisor which you also wouldn’t believe as when we got there we were the only ones in there. It’s far away from the throngs of tourists which was perfect, served us up some DELICIOUS vanilla tea & the yummiest home made apple crumble we’ve ever consumed. If you can be bothered with the adventure – visit the tearooms!

4. Venice Jazz Club – this place was Sexy with a capital S … I died when I walked in. D.i.e.d – doors open around 7pm – we got there for 8pm, band comes on at 9pm…It’s all jazz and is so sultry and amazing it is literally my ‘must must must do’ in Venice. The club is SO intimate. You sit at small round tables with your lover (or friend) lit only by candlight as a smooth jazz band plays away – you have tapas and red wine & you r night is set. You do pay a $20 euro entrance fee which gets you a table, your first drink, some nibblies on the table (chips & peanuts) & a cranking jazz bar all night..WELL worth it. 

5. Ride in a Gondola – I really think you can’t go to Venice and not do this. I was squealing like a teenage girl at a Justin Beiber concert I was so excited. But heed our advice – Morgs & I had seen sooooo many couples as we wandered the canals and over bridges in their Gondolas watching the whole experience through the lens of their cameras – so our one rule for our own ride was to be fully present in the moment, cuddle, and take only 2 or 3 snaps .. which we did and the whole experience was that much richer & meaningful. So with your own Gondola ride, don’t get caught up in trying to snap the best pic or take the best video…just be in that magical moment. Tips? ALL Gondolas cost the same – it’s $80 euro for the Gondola so doing it with more people obviously lowers the cost as you can split it…we just wanted the two of us however. Also, don’t take a Gondola off the main canale. Go in to the side canals. We asked a few different ones out of interest and the Grand Canale Gondola rides were shorter and ONLY stayed on the Grand Canale (for the same price) .. getting in one down the side canals goes for longer (try 10mins longer) and you get to do all the side canals PLUS the grande canale..Much much better.

5. GET LOST…Like any of you need to be told this. I know everybody that goes to Venice goes for the same reasons and that is to explore the canals and get lost. I think the general rule in Venice is to only look at a map when you have to get home. It’s how we did it anyway and it worked amazingly for us. You see so much more, have so much more fun & find places, sights. people and food you would never have found constantly navigating your way around with a map. 

I think we will absolutely return to Venice one day & I can’t wait.
Love & Light xx

Memories in Milan

{ Duomo Cathedral – such an incredible sight }
So here we are….out of Italy! We had an amazing time the past 3 weeks exploring all the towns we’d dreamed of for many many months (& years in my case) and had some expectations exceeded, and some not met – a la Florence being one not met. I shouldn’t be so mean about Florence. It was actually really beautiful and had some gorgeous sights, fab-o allyways, and we even loved our morning runs snaking down the big river….it just lacked that za za zu I was hoping for? Expecting? I suppose what I mean to say is it just felt like any other city. Rome for example blew our socks off – that’s not entirely true we didn’t wear socks, but it blew us away. Amalfi Coast was indescribable, Capri was beautiful … but when we got to Florence it did just feel like ‘another city’. A gorgeous one at that I will absolutely give it credit where credit is due. Morgs & I bucked every trend in Florence as well and didn’t even go to see the Statue of David. Shocking, outrageous and poor form I know….in our defense however we did go to the museum and line up for about 10 minutes but knowing that we were in for a wait as long as the day is long plus having already seen plenty of nude men with chiseled bodies & their man bits out in the Vatican Museums – we opted instead to find the best ice cream in Florence – which by the way we did – it was the biggest scoops we’ve come across. 

So why bring up Florence in a post about Milan? Because that’s the only mention Florence is going to get. We came, we saw, we conquered. Don’t get me wrong either we did enjoy Florence. We ate, we drank, we explored, in fact we clocked up over 22km of walking on our 2nd day there…and don’t ever let someone’s opinion of a place put you off from going. Florence till your hearts content I say!! Just give me a few extra days in Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast …
Our opinon of Milano then you ask? Well. Milano impressed. 
Think about all the stereotypes you can of Milan … high fashion shops, gorgeous restaurants, every person dressed impeccably, clean city, great sights – and they’re all true. I really loved the vibe of this place and enjoyed just walking and walking seeing as much as we could. 
We ventured in to the high fashion areas and even dined in the Martini Bar which is inside the Dolce & Gabanna store. Morgs & I really did try so hard to be polite & posh … but clearly our subconsciousness couldn’t handle the faking and we both ordered meals that can’t be eaten any other way than with your hands … Hamburgers. HA! We considered for 0.2 seconds that we might attempt to eat a hamburger with our knife & fork but laughed it off & tuckered in to those suckers like nobodies business. It was all so unglamourous in an exceptionally glamourous restaurant but it was US and we had a ball.
The highlight had to be Duomo Cathedral though & Duomo Square. It’s a short metro away from Centrale station & as you come up the metro stairs it is there right in front of you in all it’s glory. It’s just a mammoth gothic looking building in a great area – the square itself reminded me a little of St Marks Square in Venice as the pigeons are friendly and it’s packed with people. 
Not wanting to see Museums & Cathedrals in every city we venture to though we do try to do something a little different and Milan dished us up the weirdest tourist attraction yet … A cemetery!!  Morgs had read up on it from Trip Advisor – it was number 6 of things to do in Milan which is pretty much a ‘must see’. We didn’t spend too much time in there but it is worth a visit for the sheer size & over the top’ness of the statues & graves – some that are the size of a small house. 
Speaking of Trip Advisor – best Travel tip I can give you that we’ve learnt? Download the free app they do called ‘City Guides’ before you hit each new town. It is ahh-mmaa-zzinggg. It basically lets you look up all the tourist attractions, plan your days, map you to places, gives you restaurants nearby, bars nearby, the list goes on. We go through and hit ‘save’ on everything we think we might like to do, where to eat, where to buy ice cream – worked out ice cream is our Achilles yet? & then you can map your ‘saves’ – so the app works out the most efficient route for you to see everything you want to see and maps you there. It is honestly brilliant and has helped us SO much. 
I have Venice to share with you next & then recount our adventure in Cinque Terre which has been heralded as a highlight of the trip – up there with Santorini & Sail Croatia. 
Morgs has kept me in hysterical fits of laughter our whole 3 weeks with his running commentary about Italy & what it has to offer so I have asked he share what we will call his ‘letters to Italy’ soon. 
We are still unaware of days/weeks/times and are still relishing in every one of our moments. 
Love & Light xx
psst – Morgs & I did try to go to see Leonardo Da Vinchi’s ‘The Last Supper’ original painting whilst in Milan but as our unfortunate luck would have it…the workers were on strike!! So we didn’t get to see it. Bought the postcard though 😉 
{ Waiting for our food to come – being lavished with the little extras that come when you order wine though – one thing I love about Europe!! }
{ In the cemetery – it’s ok we weren’t the only ‘tourists’ there and we were very respectful }
AND JUST TO GIVE FLORENCE SOME CREDIT…. here is a pic of me & the end of my amazing ice cream in Florence exploring their local markets (which oh me oh my had some insane shopping, I wanted to buy every bag in sight!! 

Our personal food tour of Bologna, Italy

Sometimes when you’re travelling, not everything always works out perfectly .. surprising I know. Morgs & I when planning our big adventure had written a few things down one night with a bottle of red of non negotiable’s we wanted to do when over here and things like watch flamenco in Spain, Sky Dive in Switzerland, and Sail Croatia were some examples that made the list. A big one for us as well was eat & drink our way around Italy….one that up until Florence we felt we had and have very very successfully done (just ask our growing but happy belly’s!) Our last little ‘thing’ we thought we’d love to do however is take a day trip out to Tuscany from Florence and go on a wine tour… the plan was set and the preliminary googling of options had been done one lazy afternoon on the Amalfi, but clearly in our insanely relaxed state, we weren’t paying enough attention. The one day we planned on doing it, Sunday, was the one day almost NO wine tours operate in Tuscany, and when I say almost none, I mean N.O.N.E. Morgans comments when finding this out after another quick google session late on the Saturday afternoon a mere 16 hours from said Sunday was “don’t get upset hunny, clearly the Italians need their sabboth to get straight with the lord, let’s find our own fun” …

Firstly, everybody needs a Morgan to travel with. He is quite honestly the most relaxed, calming, PATIENT person on holidays and Secondly…he was right. We initially looked in to some wine and/or cheese and/or food and/or all of the above tours to do locally in Florence but there was nothing that really tickled our fancy. So there we were, on Saturday afternoon, with our Tuscany wine tour plan smashed to pieces trying to come up with our own fun for the Sunday….When you are constantly striving for adventure, a huge foodie & have one Mr M aka Morgs with you it didn’t take long until we had our own fun & exciting plan set….

Do our own food tour in Bologna .. more specifically, eat Spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna – only the birth place of Bolognase!

I was at this stage beside myself with excitement & actually glad Tuscany didn’t work out – p.s pre packaged wine tours from Florence to Tuscany for a wine tour are around $140 aussie each and when it comes downs to the nuts & bolts every package tour you only got about 6-8 tastings at most….which in our eyes didn’t even become worth it! 

We took an early train out to Bologna – which is only about 25-30 minutes and arrived ready to over indulge ourselves. Like with every town/city/country we go to, first things first always, always involves finding a groovy little cafe for our beloved cappuchinos.

Before I go on, can I also make two very important comments about Bologna itself as a town.
1. It dished us up by far the BEST coffee, ice cream, chocolate, pizza AND pasta we had on our whole Italian 3 week crusade….and that says something (everything) for this gorgeous city.
2. If you are going to Italy yourself, consider putting Bologna on your ‘sleep over’ list. I.e. Not JUST a day trip town, a ‘let’s stay two or more nights here town’. Truth be told Morgs & I weren’t the hugest fans of Florence…it was amazing and had some fantastic ice cream – see what I mean when I say we’re eating our way around Italy? – BUT when we landed in Bologna with it’s g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s cobblestoned ally ways, a.m.a.z.i.n.g shopping, f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c restaurants & equally f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s bars, we were wondering why on earth we’d not stayed two nights there say instead of Florence. It is a SERIOUSLY great city that not only is pretty central to do day trips still to Tuscany/Florence/Pisa … but would be just as wonderful to stay in & explore the whole time ou were there…& like I said – the BEST italian food we’d had the whole trip.

Now where was I?

Right. Food.

We thought we would venture a little more ‘in to town’ i.e. away from the train station to find a buzzing cafe worthy of our cappuchino order…and we found said buzzing cafe just off the main street in town by the name of “Eataly” .. Morgs & I both took our first sip of our coffee, looked at each eyes wide – the two of us don’t even need words we’ve been travelling so long – & almost skulled the rest of the coffee back. By the time we’d gotten to the bottom of the cup we already had another 2 cups on the way. When I say it was the best coffee we’ve had in Italy, I mean it’s the best cup of coffee we’ve had the whole trip – the joke was that cappuchino alone was worth the trip to Bologna.

Ice cream (& by way of association) chocolate were next on our hit list and we didn’t have to go very far to find it – Venchi happened to be right next door to Eataly & we had been told by some Italians we HAD to have their ice cream & home made chocolate. Luckily we took them up on the offer as it was the best ice cream..& chocolate…we’ve ever consumed. I went next level & even said “yes” (probably a little to hastily) when the lovely lady asked if I’d like whipped cream on top of my ice cream. Venchi is the one place you too have to visit if ever in Italy (you can find them all over Italy apparently!)

Our last, & possibly most important stop on our food tour – we stopped for countless wines & coffees in between our walking & touring but we don’t need to bore you with the details of those – was to find the perfect Spaghetti Bolognase in Bologna. The restaurant that we finally ended up at was by accident after having trip advised the sh*t out of “best spaghetti in Bologna” and venturing to every single referred restaurant to find it closed, gross, or just not up to our expectations. We were walking back to the twin towers – which we climbed for a view of all Bologna, also reccommended – when we saw it. It was a large alfresco dining area packed with Italians ALL eating Spaghetti – honest to God. We ran over and knew we’d found the place. Unfortunatley for you, in our haste to sit & drink more Red Wine & Eat our spag bog, I didn’t even look for the name of the place….but it truthfully was….the best Spag Bog I’ve ever eaten.

Bologna provided us with one of our most fun, relaxing, indulgent days in Italy & I can’t reccommend the city highly enough.

On the way back to the Train we followed our noses – oh shoosh it was dinner time don’t judge – & found a tiny hole in the wall take away pizza joint where we ordered a take meat pizza for a wholeee $6 euros. With absolutely no expectations considering it was so cheap, found on a whim, and a hole in the wall – we literally laughed from ‘we can’t believe this’ at first bites when yet again Bologna delivered the yummiest pizza we’d had all trip – although Naples was a very very close 2nd.

The biggest lesson I took away from the day though was to never get upset over things that don’t always go to plan….My initial disappointment at not being able to wine tour in Tuscany turned in to the most fun & yum day in Bologna that we wouldn’t have changed for the world.

I suppose the biggest lesson was & will remain to be that I have adored learning on the trip is…

Tread your own path – you never know the adventures waiting for you around the corner!

Love & Light xx

Our perfect days on the Amalfi Coast

Pictures are sometimes worth a thousand more words than words themselves & for our Amalfi Coast experience the pictures will do it far better justice than my mere words. 
So allow me to share our story through some pictures we snapped over our 5 days spent there (2 more days would have been just perfect)…
We arrived in to Positano with wide eyes (& a gape mouths) so excited for a relaxing few days ahead of us with this amazing view ….

With the sun still out and the afternoon young, we decided to take the 230 steps down to our private beach to lounge in the sun and …

Dip our toes in a new sea (The Tyrrhenian Sea) 
With the sun setting Morgs decided to pour some red wine & listen to music, whilst I did some blogging before dinner – more inspiration of how to live my perfect days…blogging with views & sunsets like this

Day Two dawned & we decided to get some exercise in before breakfast … & it felt amazing! 

We spent the day in recliners on the beach & the balcony overlooking the sea so enjoyed it when some welcome storm clouds rolled in to say hello … 

But not before long they were gone again to make way for another beautiful sunset watched from our balcony in Positano …

The next day we were up early to catch the bus to Amalfi where we were staying another 2 nights …& we managed to catch some of the beautiful sunrise against a stormy sky … 

Luckily the day turned in to another stunning blue sky & we escaped back down to the beach in Amalfi… That afternoon we wandered in to the tiny town to lazily window shop & try some local cuisine…

We managed a very leisurely sleep in to awake & order our breakfast to the room & when I came out of the shower, this is what greeted me on our private balcony .. We had to pinch ourselves that it was real.

We thought we would trade our bathers for some clothes and explore the town some more, so we packed a picnic & went down by the water to eat our lunch quietly .. (this shot was taken on the balcony all ready to go)

After walking in the quaint town & exploring stair cases & ally ways we stopped off in a side street to sit in sunshine, drink our cappuccinos & people watch – a favourite past time of ours…

After we went home for a nap & some relaxing on the private balcony we went out for dinner for our last night on the Amalfi Coast – reflective & slightly sad to leave…

We walked slowly back to our hotel taking in the last gorgeous sights …

Sitting quietly drinking my coffee on our balcony the morning we had to leave, promising the Amalfi that we yet again..may return!

Love & Light xx

Our day trip to Capri

Arriving in to Naples via train Morgs & I were ready for a relaxing afternoon and an early night ready for our big day trip to Capri the following day. We were doing 2 nights in Naples purely for Capri, but wanted to make sure we also had enough time in the city itself to try out it’s famous food – pizza!! – Which we managed to do & film but that is staying just for us!
All our plans came together perfectly though and at 9am the next morning, we were bound for Capri cruising smoothly along on a fast ferry. 
Docking, we had no plans. Like always. The plan everywhere we’ve gone so far is to arrive, go for a walk to get comfortable with the town, stop for a cappuccino to relax & people watch – steal some wifi from a cafe, scope out what’s groovy to do around town & go from there. This normal plan didn’t change much at all for Capri and so we found a great path leading up to the main little town in Capri called Ana Capri to tick off the walk part & the ‘find the great coffee part’. As we reached the top of town there was a gorgeous little square with 4 small cafe’s in each corner – the beautiful thing about being on holidays we realised this particular day is that our biggest problem for that day was choosing which cafe to sit at, but rest assured we managed to solve this problem & got in our first coffee for the morning. 
Feeling ready for the adventures we very casually mapped out our day and off we went. 
We walked down to Via Krupp – a private beach with spectacular views of the clearest ocean waters I’ve ever seen we were stopping every few metres to stare in awe at what surrounded us. When we finally got there you actually had to pay to go on to the beach – Note: Capri we found was the biggest tourist trap so far on the trip – so we opted to sit at the private restaurant right on the beach for lunch & wine instead which turned out to be the best decision as we ate the best seafood risotto of our lives. I adored the story behind the restaurant too. It has been owed by the same family for 70 years and the current chef (owner) is the grandson of the original owners. Every day they get their seafood fresh from 2 elderly local fisherman & you can see how much pride they take in their cooking. The views from here were simply unbeatable.
From Via Krupp we walked back up in to the Gardens of Augustus for even more amazing views of the island, it’s surrounding waters & incredible cliff faces. 
Now here is where the lesson is for the day. We had heard of/been told to do/read up about a place on Capri called the Blue Grotto – I posted the video of our experience here.  We hadn’t gone to Capri with the full intention of doing it, & hearing about how it cost to go on the boat out there, then cost again to get rowed in to the actual grotto we were almost not going to do it thinking it wasn’t worth it. BUT ALWAYS GO WITH YOUR GUT whilst travelling & mine wasn’t settled that we weren’t going to do it. I felt like I’d regret it if we left without seeing it. 
So off we went. 
We booked a boat tour around the whole island, which took us not just to the Blue Grotto, but also the Green grotto AND the white grotto and through the ‘kissing cave’ which is a huge rock just off shore in the ocean with a natural archway carved in to it. All up it cost us $28 euro each to go on the boat tour (2 hours) + entry in to the blue grotto and was worth every cent. 
We LOVED it. 
If you ever do Capri don’t be put off by bad reviews – the Blue grotto on Trip advisor has some shocking reviews but it was actually the most amazing, fun, insane experience of the day! – find your own fun & adventure & like with all travel….trust your gut.
One thing we’re learning is if you’re un sure about something on holiday ask yourself if you DON’T do it will you regret it. That simple question alone helps us dictate most of our touristy decisions – and it has worked to our advantage every time. 
Capri was a magical experience & we may have even said we’ll be back!
{ The pathway leading down to Via Krupp }
{ Left: Morgs & I both went with the Seafood Risotto’s and it was one of the yummiest things I’ve ever had – apart from mums Lasagna’s & Savoury Lamb… Right: The restaurant we wined & dined at at Via Krupp }
{ Via Krupp – the private beach in Capri – the view from the restaurant over the water }
{ Being blow away in the Blue Grotto }
{ On our boat tour about to go through the ‘kissing rock’ }

“Home Video” from Capri

So after sharing open letters, long how to’s, what we did’s and even Morgan sharing his guide to a city, we thought it time to post something a little different to share some of our fun from this trip. A short video clip of one of our recent adventures. We boated over to Capri for some exploring & fun in the sun just a few days ago & took video for the ‘Europe Movie’ we’re making when we get home which we’re sharing a tiny clip with you today. 

The video below is from our experience visiting the famous “Blue Grotto” in Capri – basically a lagoon accessible from a tiny hole in a rock you boat through. From the outside it just appears like any other gaping hole in the side of the high cliffs, but once inside, it is the most magical thing you will ever see. The water is as blue as blue can be & crystal clear. 
We had a hilarious time as our skipper for the very short trip decided to sing us an opera song..The whole video is only short but here is our own Blue Grotto ‘home video’ fun …
p.s Watching the clip back I laughed at how Australian we both sound. The whole trip I’ve been saying how I miss – occasionally – the Australian accent, but forget I have it all day every day listening to Morgs!!