A Weekend in Italy

I was finally in Italy!

Ryan and Erinn picked me up from the airport and we headed downtown to check out the sights and order some authentic Italian pizza.

 

Naples

First up, of course, was some gelato. Nutella is practically a food group here, so it was only right that I got some Nutella and coffee gelato.

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Gelato in Napoli

After satisfying my sweet tooth, we checked out a few of the sights including the Piazza del Plebiscite, Castel dell’Ovo, and Castel Nuovo.

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Piazza del Plebiscito
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Castel dell’Ovo
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Castel Nuovo

We then stopped by Antonio & Antonio to grab some pizza. I went with the quattro formaggi, or four cheese, as it’s called it back home. I finished the entire thing myself. It was absolutely amazing.

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Quattro formaggi pizza

 

Flying in the Sky

The next morning, Ryan and I headed up north to this zip line called Flying in the Sky.

But first, we stopped to pick up some provisions for the ride. I loved sampling the random snacks they had at the convenience store.

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Strawberry gummi spaghetti

The zip line was situated on top of a mountain. After a long, winding drive, we arrived at the top. To give you an idea how high we were, the top of me mountain was in the clouds!

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Looking down at the launch point

We signed our waivers and got suited up to take our flights. Ryan looked very assured.

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Ryan looking very assured
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Dropping through the clouds
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This is my happy face

The ride was incredible. Even though we started up in the clouds, after the first hundred or so yards, we dropped below the cloud cover and got an amazing view of the countryside.

At the bottom, they had a bar where you could order drinks while you waited for the van to come and take you back up the mountain.

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Relaxing with a fine Italian beer

For dinner that evening, we started with Prosciutto crudo di Parma e mozzarella do bufala, followed by Spaghetti Agilo, Olio & Taralli, and then finished up with an order of Nutella covered pastries.

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Prosciutto crudo di Parma e mozzarella do bufala
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Spaghetti Agilo, Olio & Taralli
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More Nutella!

 

Visiting the Amalfi Coast

The next day, we headed out to the city of Salerno to hop on the Travel Mar ferry to visit Positano with a stop at Amalfi along the way.

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Catching the ferry in Salerno

The ride to Amalfi took about 45 minutes. Along the way, we caught sights of breathtaking cliffs and gorgeous seaside villas.

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Taking in the sites on the way to Amalfi
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Pulling into Amalfi

The waves picked up on the way into Positano and disembarking the ferry proved to be very entertaining.

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Just a little choppy

Once on dry land, we headed up to the the top of the hill to take in the view.

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The colorful buildings of Positano

As far as seaside Italian towns go, this one definitely takes the cake. Every picture you take is like the front of a postcard.

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The winding streets
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The delicatessen

And of course, after seeing everything, we had to sample the local gelato before heading back.

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More gelato

Before taking off, I took a walk on the pebble beach, probably one of the most unique beaches I’ve ever seen.

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Check out this beach!

On the way home from the ferry, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some items for dinner and some wine for me to bring home.

They had some interesting meats for sale.

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Mmmmm…Equino?
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A basket full of wine

 

Cuma, Parco Archeologico

For the last day, Ryan and I decided to head just outside town and check out some ruins.

But first, I had to snap a photo of the bowling pin for my collection.

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Another bowling pin photo

Once at the site, we explored the acres of caves and ruins overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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The Cave of the Sibyl
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More ruins

After arriving back in the evening, I packed up my wine and got ready to head to the airport in the morning. By the way, if you ever need to transport wine bottles or 750ml liquor bottles, check out Wine Wings.

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Now only four flights left to get home. First stop, Munich, in Lufthansa’s short-haul business class!

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