Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekend Tour of Campania

After being in Rome for two weeks now, it was time to get away and explore. That's why my university took us on a tour of the region of Campania this past weekend. The views were breathtaking and the wine & cheese was glorious.



Our first stop was Paestum, an ancient Greek town near Naples. Here is a temple built for the goddess Hera. The sun was shining that day and we all took some great pictures of the ruins.


Posing for a quick photo in front of the beautiful Italian sun! That day I was wearing my Barbour coat, keeping me warm on chilly days, as well as my Saks Fifth Avenue silk scarf that is one of my favorite accessories at the moment! It really makes any simple outfit classic.


The next day, we visited two different "farms": a mozzarella farm and a vineyard. These sweet little cows are dubbed 'bufala' and they make the best and freshest mozzarella cheese. We also saw how they make the mozzarella, which is a long process, but completely worth it for the amazing end product.




After meeting some bufala and eating lots of cheese, we made our way up the hills of Agropoli to a vineyard called Cantine Marino. Being able to drink legally here has never been more rewarding than this moment. They make an amazing white wine as well as a pretty great red; they even make extra virgin olive oil! As you can see, there were also some great photo ops.


We spent two beautiful nights at Lloyd's Baia Hotel on a cliff over the sea in the town of Vietri sul Mare. Can you believe how stunning this sunset is? Italy has my heart.



On the very last day of our long weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Montecassino. My friends and I agreed that this place was stunning. I have never been so moved by architecture in my life.



The Basilica Cattedrale di Montecassino was the best part of the visit. Everything in the church was decked in gold and beautiful, bright frescos that almost brought tears to my eyes. I have never felt so close to my Italian heritage and Catholic faith. This was especially significant because my great grandfather was from a town only twenty minutes away from this sacred space.


Our beautiful Roma awaited us as we arrived back last night. I can't wait to have more weekends full of travel and adventure. Keep checking back weekly for more. My upcoming travels include Venice, Florence, Paris, and Milan!

Have a great week!
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