Italy Road Trip

This past August I went to Italy to eat, explore new places and soak in the sunshine on a road trip from Rome-Bari. I finally got around to gathering up my pictures and notes from our adventures..I hope this inspires you to book your Italian vacation!

ROME

Where to Stay: We loved our affordable and homey stay at La Mongolfiera Rooms. You could easily find a hostel or an Airbnb or a higher end hotel - there are so many options in the capital city of Italy.

THINGS TO DO & SEE IN ROME

  • Piazza Navona - a beautiful square & fountain

  • Trevi Fountain - iconic fountain (very busy! I suggest going first thing in the morning)

  • The Forum - great restaurants and streets to get lost in around this area

  • Colosseum - iconic spot to see!

  • Santa Lucia - beautiful courtyard for breakfast or dinner

  • Tonnarello - delicious pasta served right from the pot in the heart of Trastevere

  • Da Enzo Al 29 – famous for house made pasta           

  • Terrazza Borromini - beautiful rooftop with great views of the city

  • Hotel Raphael - another beautiful rooftop

  • Hotel De Russie - adorable courtyard

  • Osteria Delle Coppelle - restaurant and speakeasy cocktail bar in a great area full of restaurants

  • Fatamorgana - delicious gelato for dessert

  • Frigidarium - more gelato

View from Terraza Borromini

NAPLES

We drove from Rome to Naples, stopping for lunch at the famous, L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele - what Naples style pizza dreams are made of. As seen in Eat Pray Love - the lines at this place are crazy - locals and tourists line up at all hours of the day to get their hands on this stuff. I recommend ordering out and taking it to sit outside and enjoy in peace.

 SORRENTO

  • La Sorgente Sorrento - beautiful rooftop

  • Ristorante O Parrucchiano Sorrento - beautifully lit traditional Italian restaurant with string lights hanging from lemon trees & delicious food!

Airbnb in Sorrento

 CAPRI

  • Rent a Boat

    • The most economical option is to take a ferry from Sorrento or Positano to Capri and spend the day on the island. The better option is to book a boat tour or rent a private boat. The boat tours with a skipper range in price depending on the amount of people that are on the boat with you.

      30-60 people – 50 euros

      10-15 – 90 euros

      4-6 people – 120 euros

      Renting an entirely private boat for the day with only you and your guests and a skipper can range from 300-600 euros

  • Gardens of Augustus - beautiful spot to visit after shopping or window shopping depending on your budget

  • La Fontelina - Stunning beach club, make reservations in advance

BARI, POLIGANO A MARE

This area of Italy is less explored by most tourists and has always been a dream of mine to visit because my grandfather’s family is from the region. Bari was charming, local, beautiful, full of history and character - I would highly recommend adding this to your list.

  • Grotta Palazzese - a stunning hotel restaurant in a cave - worth the splurge for the experience *reservations only

  • Polignano A Mare Beach Drive - although full on a hot summer day we loved driving through the bustling city and finding a spot on a rock looking in at the beach for the afternoon

Views from our Airbnb in Bari, Italy

Views from our Airbnb in Bari, Italy

ALBEROBELLO

This historical town on our way from Sorrento to Bari is truly a hidden gem. Yes, there were visitors but it was not busy at all. We loved spending an afternoon roaming around and admiring the beautiful stone homes.