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Italy – August 2015 – April Smith

This past August, April Smith and her husband honeymooned in Italy! Here is more about their amazing trip, in her own words and pictures:

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Where did you travel?
My husband and I traveled to Rome, taking excursions from Rome to the Tuscany Region of Florence, then traveled to Naples and the island of Capri.

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What dates were you there?
I left Memphis on August 24th, 2015, arriving in Rome on the 25th and came back August 30th, 2015.

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How long did it take you to get there?
I had one stop in Atlanta, GA between Memphis and Rome. Our flight left Memphis around 2:30pm on the 24th and arrived in Atlanta around 4:30pm. Our flight in Atlanta to Rome left around 6:30pm. The time difference from Memphis and Rome is 7 hours. Therefore, if it was 12:00PM in the afternoon in Memphis, it was 7:00PM at night in Rome. Our flight from Atlanta to Rome was about a 8hr and 45min flight. Therefore we landed in Rome around 9:30AM (Rome time). The flight back to the U.S. from Rome on August 30th was about a 10hr and 45min flight. We also had one stop between Rome and Memphis, which again was Atlanta.

Have you been there before?
Neither me nor my husband had been to Italy, let alone out of the country. This was our first out of the country trip together for our Honeymoon!

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Tell us a little bit about your trip.
Before Nick and I got to Italy, we already had a set schedule of things and excursions to do each day. On Tuesday the 25th, we arrived in Italy and got to our hotel by our private transfer around 1pm. Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we decided to take a walk around our hotel to explore around the city. After arriving back to our hotel around 3pm, we took a long nap til about 8pm because of the time difference. After that, we went to a close restaurant nearby and got our first real Italian dish. On the 26th, we had a Cooking Class and Walking Tour of Florence. We got up that morning and walked to the Rome Train Station to catch an early train to Florence. It was about an hour and a half train ride. It was actually a nice train ride because we were able to see the open land between the two cities. Once we got to our specific location, they first took us around the city of Florence on a walking tour and to the local supermarkets to get our ingredients for the dishes we were going to make later that day. After the walking tour, they took us by bus up the Tuscany hills to a gorgeous home overlooking the city. We then cooked and prepared several meals. After our tour was over, we explored the city ourselves and then took a train back to Rome that night. On the 27th, we explored Rome, taking an all inclusive tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Then we went to the Vatican City and received more shared tours of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. We also were able to sit in a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, which was once in a lifetime thing to do! On the 28th, we traveled with a tour group by bus to Naples, which then took us on a fairy to the island of Capri. We passed by the second most active volcano that destroyed the town of Pompeii. At Capri, we traveled to Anacapri for a delicious lunch and were able to take in the beautiful island! After that we purchased tickets to see the Blue Grotto, which is a blue lit cave that individuals can go inside and experience. This island is beautiful! On the 29th, my husband and I got a couples massage at a local Thai massage spa and then just explored more of the city of Rome, really focusing on all the beautiful fountains. After that, we went to one of the locals favorite American style restaurants and walked around the city some more with a bowl full of gelato! Our flight was the next morning back to the U.S.

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What was my favorite part?
Everything was amazing! I think my favorite was the Italian Cooking Class in Florence because all the delicious food, wine, and views! However, the landscape and views of Capri were amazing! Probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Everything about Italy was beautiful. Many buildings, history, and tradition you don’t see much in the U.S.

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