Italian Beaches and “Wonderlust”

As we near the end of January and I work on planning out my blog posts for the upcoming months, I decided that, rather than a travel post (because I have been very busy), I would post this reflection on the title of my blog – Wonderlust Writings. But first, it’s January, and I’m  getting […]

Reflecting on Rome

Rome, the Eternal City.  I spent a weekend in Rome while I was in Italy last summer, and despite the heat and crowds, I still really enjoyed it.  There’s a reason it’s popular, after all!  For me, one of the thrills of Rome is the age of everything – like a lot of places in…

Top Five – Italy

Well, I’m  home now.  I’m mostly over the jet  lag, but still not quite there yet, so this  will just be a short little post with some pictures from my last week and my top five places in Italy.  So, without further ado – here’s a quick look back at the week! My Top 5…

Have I mentioned the food?

Italy has awesome food, so this week’s mid-week post is going to be mostly a collection of pictures of the things I’ve tried here.  First, Pizza.  From Naples to Rome, it’s an Italian classic, and it’s always great! Spaghetti: Simple, but with endless variations from thick Umbrian noodles to more American thin noodles but with…

La Vita Bella

I was only in Florence for a day but it’s easily one of my favorite places in Italy if not the world – that I’ve been to at least. After spending Wednesday in Tarquinia, a little town on the coast, it was fun to go back to a bigger city. Tarquinia is known for its…

Daily Life in Orvieto

Now that I’ve been in Orvieto for about three and a half weeks, I have a fairly solid routine.  Since I actually covered the whole weekend in my Sunday post, I thought I’d use this one to give a little information on my day-to-day schedule.   I’m a pretty structured person.  I like my days…

Siena and the Sea

After two intense weeks of traveling around Italy, it’s nice to work on this post on a train taking me back to  Orvieto after a weekend at the beach.  Cinque Terre is home to five tiny cities of about 1000 inhabitants each.  The tourists crowd it in the summer, but it’s still a lovely little…

My Roman Holiday

The only disappointing thing about Vatican City is that, despite being its own country, they do not stamp your passport upon entry. And I really wanted a stamp from Vatican City. Besides that though, it’s basically the most amazing thing you can imagine. We arrived around 10:30 and waited in line to enter for about…

Villas and Vias

Reading about Rome and Italy in a book is one thing, but it’s quite another to turn a corner and see the Colosseum. My second week in Italy has been absolutely amazing. Wednesday was a day trip to Tivoli, a small hill town home to two of Italy’s most amazing villas. The older one is…

Back in Time

One hundred years in Europe is a much shorter time than in the United States.  It’s been said a lot probably by anyone who’s ever been to Europe that there’s just so much history, but it really is true.  And what hit me this weekend with my trip to the south of Italy was the…