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Baecation Pt. 3: Florence

The third leg of our Baecation took place in Florence, we pretty much just ate and shopped and it was well worth every penny spent! Lol.

We got into Florence late in the evening so we immediately went to our apartment on Via Tadea, not far from The Duomo Cathedral and got ready for dinner. We met up with one of Chicas friends, Natalia, who she studied abroad with here in Florence. Natalia took us to an authentic Italian restaurant, Acqua al due,  where the menus are still in Italian, dinks aren’t served with ice and the menu can’t be altered or you will insult the chef. I loved every minute of it. The restaurant has two other branches in San Diego & Washington DC where they maintain the same Italian traditions. Hailee and I had a classic spaghetti Bolognese, and everyone else had the blueberry steak. The food was so good we went back again before we left. The second time we had a shared salad, the pasta sampler (highly recommended) and we all had the melt in your moth blueberry steak. Our meal was accompanied by a bottle of the house red wine – amazing – and for dessert we had the strawberry wine which was possibly one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. I’d go back to Florence just for that steak.

After dinner Natalia took us on a night tour of Florence, which was so nice because we got to se the city without the streets being flooded with tourists. Florence is equally as beautiful a city at night as it is in the daytime. At the end of our mini tour we stopped by a bar that Natalia’s friend owns and had a little nightcap. It was the perfect end to a lovely evening!

Chica left back to NYC the next morning and the group was down to 4!

 

Firenze

Firenze

The Duomo Cathedral (At night and there are still this many tourists out!)

The Duomo Cathedral (At night and there are still this many tourists out!)

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Baecation Part 2: The Amalfi Coast

Next we drove from Rome to The Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Sant Agnello, near Sorrento for 3 days. We stayed at another apartment with a gorgeous view called Casa Vienna. The lady who owns the three-bedroom Bed & Breakfast – Vienna – was an absolute DOLL! I would recommend her to anyone who wants an Italian B&B type of stay. She is a local of Sant Agnello and knows the Sorrento area very well. She’s clearly also very popular since our Taxi driver knew exactly who were talking about without even having to give him our full address – they went to school together. Clearly a small town. This was by far the most exciting leg of our vacation and my favorite. These were the days we spent on the water – my favorite place to be!

Rome to Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Rome to Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Day 1

On the first day we took a ferry from Sorrento to Capri Island. We went on a boat tour around the city where they explained some of the history, talked about some of the legendary monuments and notable structures on the island and we took a swim in the famous Blue Grotto – one of the natural wonders of the world! In order to get into the Blue Grotto we had to get into these tiny little boats small enough to fit into the 3-½ -foot wide cave opening and lay completely flat. To be honest it was quite scary since there were a bunch of boats that looked like they weren’t going to make it. Once we were inside it was absolutely gorgeous and the water was so cool and refreshing.

Dacone, Chica & Regine on our 9am ferry to Capris Island

Dacone, Chica & Regine on our 9am ferry to Capris Island

Hailee & I on the ferry

Hailee & I on the ferry

 

Side Note: The Roman Emperor Tiberius used The Blue Grotto as a private bathing pool when he retired to Capri. He was known to take his visitors and sexual liaisons to the Grotto regularly.

 

Getting some sun on the boat tour around Capri Island - on the way to the Blue Grotto!

Getting some sun on the boat tour around Capri Island – on the way to the Blue Grotto!

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Baecation Part 1: Rome

What is a ‘Baecation’? First I must define the word ‘Bae’. I was shocked at how many definitions there are on the Internet for ‘Bae’, and while there were many that made me laugh hysterically*** I have concluded that your Bae is a significant other. This doesn’t necessarily mean your boyfriend/girlfriend, Husband/Wife but also your girlfriends, homegirls, ace boon coons and day one chic’s. Lol. So simply put a ‘Baecation’ is a vacation you spend strictly with your significant other or others. AKA no family you don’t feel like seeing and no one to rain on your parade!

I decided to jump on the end of a Eurotrip some friends of mine were on so I spent my Baecation with my ace and day one from Undergrad, Hailee and three other close friends – Chica, Dacone & Regine and it ended up being the best vacation I’ve been on in a while. This was mostly because we decided we wanted to actually see the cities we were visiting. Instead of staying in skyscraper hotels we rented out cute local apartments, we ate foods on recommendations from locals, but what was most fun, although I wasn’t very prepared for it, was the physical aspect of the trip. We spent many afternoons (including a couple of rainy ones) walking through the ruins of Pompeii, in the scorching sun walking up hundreds of stairs into Capri City and even a bunch of crazy people jumping off cliffs that were entirely too high. However, I am getting ahead of my self.

I met the girls in Rome a day behind schedule because they got stuck in Serbia coming from their already 3-week trip around the rest of Europe. My flight got in an hour late and Air Serbia broke Hailee’s suitcase. Needless to say that wasn’t a great start to our vacation but we didn’t let it set the tone!!

In Rome we stayed in a small 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city. Unfortunately a lot of Rome was under construction so we missed out on a few attractions like The Trevi Fountain and The Pantheon. We did however make it to The Colosseum, Vatican City, The Spanish steps around sunset, which was gorgeous and took a nice long walk down Via Dei Condetti.

Side Note: Via Condetti is Rome’s leading shopping street, it contains a wide category of haute-couture boutiques and salons, the headquarters, ateliers or major offices of major flagship labels such as Valentino, Bulgari, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Prada and Dior. It is also home to several of the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, antique shops and bars.

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I’m mad this guys hat is photo bombing our picture but I still love this one!

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Hailee & I in front of the Colosseum

 

Dacone at The Spanish Steps

Dacone at The Spanish Steps

Hailee and I at The Spanish Steps near Via Condetti

Hailee and I at The Spanish Steps near Via Condetti

Regine taking in a beautiful sunset at The Spanish steps

Regine taking in a beautiful sunset at The Spanish steps

Our next stop was The Amalfi Coast… Read More In Beacation Part 2!

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