These are diary & photography highlights from our trip to Italy in March of 2018. Read more entries about our 7 day trip to Italy or plan your own trip with our detailed planning guide.

Eruption at Mt. Vesuvius?

The front end of our trip was a whirlwind having us go from Rome to Florence to Naples in one day. Our third morning was a bit slower, and we enjoyed a brisk morning on the rooftop terrace of our Airbnb and watched the sunrise behind Mt. Vesuvius. The warm glow in the clouds instantly reminded us of what it might have looked like after the tragedy of Pompeii years ago.

Sfogliatelle!

Sfogliatelle! We had some extra time to kill the morning we left Naples, and so we picked up this pastry. Usually in the shape of a ‘lobster claw,’ these dainty treats were formed to resemble Mt. Vesuvius.

On Mt. Vesuvius

Our ‘self-drive’ to Amalfi Coast allowed us to drive up Mt. Vesuvius.  We did not go into the reserve that after a fee to enter included a relatively steep and lengthy hike with bunches of tour groups from schools and a rather lack-luster natural environment at that height up the mountain, but we enjoyed another one of our Mt. Vesuvius shaped sfogliatelle on Mt. Vesuvius!

Safe From Mt. Vesuvius

On our road trip to Amalfi, we came across this vista and took a moment to look over the valley of Pompeii and the surrounding towns. Mt. Vesuvius stood in the distance as a formidable reminder of the destruction that can happen at a moments notice.

First Look

When we were planning our trip and debated going to the Amalfi coast, the fact that we have traveled to Big Sur many times made us fear that it would draw a significant comparison and perhaps leave us disappointed having not seen something new there.  Instead, the stony, terraced cliffs of Amalfi stood on their own two feet and in their unique way entirely different from Big Sur. Amalfi coast was quite magnificent in its own right!

Flowers at Villa Rufolo

Before we realized that we would have to travel back over the mountain and add an hour and half of driving to our day, we stopped at Villa Rufolo. While the crowds were absent in the offseason (excellent), so were the flowers (sad). We managed to find a couple though!

Before we realized that we would have to travel back over the mountain and add an hour and half of driving to our day, we stopped at Villa Rufolo. While the crowds were absent in the offseason (excellent), so were the flowers (sad). We managed to find a couple though!

Kittens Eat Pasta Too

When we toured Villa Rufolo in Ravello on the Amalfi coast we were amazed by the number of cats we saw. Although charming, they were everywhere and some even got to enjoy pasta with their kibbles and bits.

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