The Good Life: Florence
Epitourean’s intrepid traveler, Robert Everson, shares his experience in Italy’s renaissance capital, Florence. In Florence, we stayed at the SoprArno Suites. It’s a beautiful, upscale bed and breakfast in a charming neighborhood, and an easy walk to anywhere you want to go. The rooms are gorgeous and the staff is so friendly. Our tour guides Claire, Silvia, and Todd were all so knowledgeable, and they shared their amazing personal insights of beautiful Florence. We took Epitourean’s “Gourmet Walking Tour of Florence” where we had spectacular culinary experiences. It was a day of fun and learning, and the food, wine, cheese, and olive oil were all spectacular! What a perfect way to see the city! Our guide, Claire, brought us to the most amazing places where we had the best food and wine. We also toured the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’ Accademia where we saw breathtaking art, including Michelangelo’s David. We had four hours to tour the museums, which was the perfect amount of time. Our tour guide, Silvia, was a wealth of information. She pointed out the museums’ highlights, and was able to move us right up to the front of each line. We wouldn’t have done it any other way! We also went to Chianti for a day trip to tour the Vecchie Terre di Montefili vineyard. Our guide, Todd, was amazingly knowledgeable about the Tuscan region and was an expert in Italian wines. The winery is gorgeous, and we had the entire place to ourselves for a private tour and tasting. We learned so much about Italian wines. Since our visit here, we’ve become huge fans, and now ship Italian wines to our home in the US! Leaving Florence, we took the train to Naples. It was a beautiful and relaxing train ride. Drivers from the Positano Car Service, whom are complete lifesavers, greeted us at Naples train station. They took us around Positano, which is absolutely dreamy, and having a driver was much easier than having to navigate the region’s windy and dangerous roads!
Wanderlust: One Traveller’s Highlights of Beautiful Positano
One of Epitourean’s intrepid travellers, Robert Everson, shared with us some of his favourite things about his recent culinary tour of Positano, Italy: Positano is truly a dream and a completely different type of vacation than Florence. It is so laid back and easy going, and was a perfect end to our trip. Well done Edible Destinations team! One piece of advice: make sure to buy some local ceramics and ship them home. We stayed at the Hotel Poseidon, which is funky and quirky. It reminded me of the hotel from the film, Mamma Mia! The hotel’s staff were all outstanding, especially Annalisa in the bar and Marco at the front desk. The best part of the hotel was the view. Definitely reserve one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the sea. We spent an entire day on the patio with a bottle of wine and didn’t move. It’s just so breathtaking. One of my favourite moments was a cooking class with Donna Rosa! Not the Donna Rosa in town where the hotel is, but the restaurant at the top of the town. It’s about a 15 – 20 minute drive from the hotel. We spent hours with Mamma, Papa, and Erika their daughter, learning to make several dishes and different types of pasta. This was everything we could have ever imagined an Italian cooking class to be, and a highlight of our entire honeymoon! We can’t wait to share our new cooking skills with friends and family! We also spent a day in Pompei. Definitely use a guide for your visit. It was absolutely amazing. I recommend to fit Pompeii into your itinerary when you travel from Naples to Positano since you drive right by it. Our favorite restaurant while we were there was Mediterraneo. It is only a five minute walk from the hotel. We ate there twice! Great fresh pasta and seafood. We also enjoyed Max Enoteca down in the city. It was a bit pricey, but worth it. We were so sad to leave, but have such amazing memories. A huge thank you to Edible Destinations for making our dreams come true and creating a magical experience for us. Well done!