Time for my next post about my most recent Europe adventures! This trip marks my third visit to Italy. I am in love with the food and history in this beautiful country. Each region has its own specialty to offer the world and so it is essential to not just relive the Lizzie Mcguire movie in Roma! The three cities/regions that I visited in 2015 included Naples, Florence and Milan.
Residing on the South East coast of the boot is the region of Naples. Home of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi Coast, there is plenty to see, do and of course eat. From both research and word of mouth, I learnt that Naples was famous for pizza! However, being on my own meant that every time I ordered one, I had to consume the entire thing (no complaints). I also had a lucky experience of getting to watch the chefs make my pizza for me. I will be attempting this method at home in the foreseeable future.
“Pizza Napolitana” consists of olives, capers, anchovies, tomato and cheese! This served as breakfast, lunch AND dinner that day.
Positano. Beautiful coastal region part of the Amalfi Coast. One road up and down to the coastline. Chose the windiest day of the year to wear a dress. Oops.
Watermelon Sorbet. 30 plus degrees calls for a cooling dessert. This place has been around for over a century and they most certainly know what they’re doing.
If i had to pick one city in Europe overall even though it is basically an impossible question because each city is so different I would pick Florence. This was the second time I visited Florence and I loved it so much I decided to pop in again. The city is filled with stunning architecture, genuine leather products, fresh food and some exquisite gelato. To top it off, a last minute change of accommodation whilst en route to Florence ended up being the best decision I made and I ended up with a top notch room for my stay.
Green plums. These were presented to me on arrival at my accommodation. They are so sweet and delicious I ate about 20 of them in one sitting. I’ve only seen them in Europe and not in Oz so I’ll just have to indulge in something else until I go back.
Grom Gelataria. My absolute favourite gelato shop in the world (so far). They have an array of gelatos and sorbets which are divine and are a great price for all sizes including this one which is the “Grand Size”
Porcini Mushrooms. It’s basically raining mushrooms here and I love it! They are selling them by the bucket load and are so much cheaper than back home.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stay in Milan for very long (5 hours to be exact). However, I definitely got a feel of the place and a peek at some of the sights while there was still some daylight! I also enjoyed a meal here and of course gelato.
Walked out of the metro station and out to this beauty. The Duomo di Milano which was stunning both in the late afternoon and evening when it was lit up. A good place to rest while enjoying some gelato.
Third time visiting Italy and this is the first time I’d actually ordered Bolognese! It was rich and flavoursome.
I had no map or any knowledge of the city but stumbled across this place which I’m assuming is a castle of some sort. Inside, there was an orchestra playing and so decided to sit , have a listen and soak in the atmosphere.
So there you have it, a little taste of Italy, a country that I will most definitely visit again.
Travelling to Italy later this year has got me all inspired with food lately! I was looking for a light lunch today as opposed to something with a thick tomato or creamy sauce. Olive oil serves as a perfect base for pasta sauces as it is easy to incorporate flavours and they won’t be overpowered. Today, I chose to do a garlic infused oil for the base. This was my first attempt to create it and it worked out perfectly. It is much cheaper to make your own garlic infused oil than to purchase the prepackaged ones! It also means you know exactly what goes in which is always a good thing!
Spaghetti with Garlic Infused Oil (serves 2)
What you’re going to need
1/2 packet thin spaghetti
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed with the blade of a knife (not minced)
generous handful spinach
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
sprinkle pine nuts
salt, for pasta water
1. Bring a large saucepan up to the boil with 1 tablespoon salt mixed through
2. Add pasta once boiling.
3. Heat up the oil in a frypan on a medium heat. Add the garlic and fry in the oil until fragrant (leave in longer for more intense flavour).
4. Once fragrant, remove garlic and add spinach and tomatoes. Cook until spinach is wilted and tomatoes are softened
5. Once pasta is cooked through, add to the sauce and toss through until evenly coated
So it has been almost eight months since I returned home from Europe last year. Thinking about the travel I have done just inspires me to do more so here is a just a reflection of things gone by in the wonderful land of Europe.
It is a regulation that homeowners on the Greek Islands must have white houses.
Successfully recreated a wallpaper photo that I had on my laptop months prior to travelling.
Snap of the surroundings during my walking tour with a very hilarious South American fellow.
View from the hotel we stayed in. Not too shabby.
For anyone going to the Tower, please spend at least 20 minutes amusing yourself with people’s attempts at what they think are “good tourist photos”.
Still to this day cannot believe this was sorbet! Absolutely fabulous
I managed to leave this place with some money left. Still don’t know how.
Dad would be proud. #formulaone
After an all nighter clubbing at Paradise Night Club, an obligatory semi drunk sunrise photo had to be taken.
This photo was the result of my roommate snoring throughout the entire night. I forgave her later for it.
The best place in the world to watch the sunset.
Last tourist stop before home but certainly not the least.