In a little over two weeks, Jamal and I will board a plane to Italy (!!!!), and, true to form, I am already packed. Well, with the exception of underwear and toiletries which I, you know, need to use between then and now, but don’t worry, I have a super detailed checklist to ensure I don’t forget anything. (Ever since I forgot to pack underwear on a weekend trip to DC four years ago and another weekend trip to Jamal’s parents’ house, I am convinced I will forever forget to pack them. Have I said underwear enough times yet in this post?)
Anyway, since our departure date is fast approaching, I figured it was time to share where we’ll be staying in each city. Our itinerary has us flying into Rome on May 17th, taking the train to Florence on the 20th, spending the 23rd in the Tuscan countryside at a b&b, driving to Siena on the 24th, and heading back to Rome for one night before our flight to Paris (you’ve already seen our Paris apartment). Like most of our European adventures, we’re renting apartments through AirBnB. We used them in Belgium in 2012, Paris in 2013 and 2014, when I lived there for two months, and Athens for our honeymoon. Invariably, renting an apartment is cheaper than a hotel room, and you get to cook meals and live like a local. Thanks to Jamal’s tireless list-making (a trait we share!) we found some really great apartments in Italy, if you’d like to see.
This post is not sponsored by AirBnB in any way, we just really love them.
At the recommendation of my brother & sister-in-law, who studied abroad & then honeymooned in Italy, we’ll be staying this apartment in the Trastevere neighborhood. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, meaning Jamal and I don’t even have to see each other if we don’t want to! (We want to). It also has a sweet little balcony where I can already picture us having a glass of wine at the end of a long day of sightseeing and gelato-eating.
Over the weekend, we booked our train tickets from Rome to Florence, a quick hour and a half ride north, and staying in this apartment. THAT FLOOR THO. I’m so in love with how classically Italian this place is, the lofted bedroom and exposed beams, and seriously, that floor. The kitchenette is a tiny thing hidden behind a wardrobe in the living room, but that’s okay, because there isn’t much cooking involved in fresh sliced mozzarella and bread with local olive oil. Give me all the cheese and olive oil.
This apartment is actually just outside Siena, a quick five to 10 minute walk to the city center, which happily affords that view from the apartment living room. It also comes with a convenient parking spot, which we’ll need as we’ll be driving from Florence to Siena and back to the Rome airport (please refrain from sharing your harrowing driving-in-Italy horror stories, I’m anxious enough after Jamal got a speeding ticket in Normandy last summer). This apartment also has a washing machine, which will come in handy for all the underwear I’ll be packing. Ha.
So there you have it! If you’ve been to Italy and have any tips or must-sees in any of these cities, please let me know! I’ve been learning Italian with the Duolingo app (lui mangia una mela!), but I know I’ll inevitably blurt out something in French during the first conversation I have there.