by Erynn

Vacationing in Italy was amazing. Drinking lots of wine while there didn’t hurt either.

This book details the top 100 wines from Italy and gives tips on things like:

• wines to avoid at all costs
• the best wines for under $20
• the best varietals
• the best whites
• the best reds
• the best wines of each region
• the most underrated wines
• the best winemakers of the year

I put it to practice. See?

I drank champagne in our hotel room with a view, red table wine, Prosecco, a delicious white mineral-y white wine that I neglected to write the name of, local Cinque Terre wine, beer, and a negroni.

We did some other stuff too besides drink. Our 6-hour hike in Cinque Terre from Riomaggiore to Monterosso was hands-down my favorite part of Italy. Scroll to the bottom of this post for our full itinerary, if you’re interested!


Our Italian Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Train from Milan to Florence
  • Checked into Hotel Perseo
  • Dinner at Il Latini
  • Dessert at Festival del Gelato

Day 2:

Day 3:

  • Train from Florence to Cinque Terre
  • Checked into Locanda Ca da Iride (wonderful place to stay!)
  • Beach day at Riomaggiore
  • Dinner at Dau Cila

Day 4:

  • Epic hike from Riomaggiore to Monterosso
  • Dinner at Gambero Rosso in Vernazza

Day 5:

  • Train from Cinque Terre to Milan
  • Tried to eat a panzerotto lunch at Luini but it was sadly closed for their summer holiday
  • Shopping and people watching in the trendy Brera district
  • Plane from Milan to Paris

Stay tuned for pictures from Paris!


10 thoughts on “Italy

  1. The negroni is one of my all-time favorite cocktails — and I made it so after buying a huge bottle of Campari, then seeing I was going to have to teach myself to like it. Your photos are gorgeous. Good thing Ecco could point the way with your vino!

  2. We did that hike, too, and it was amazing, though with all the beautiful fruit trees and the incredible views, I wanted to be able to go slow and linger, but it was hard to do on such a narrow path with so many other people. I think that’s why I’m so rotten at hiking–I just get too distracted to keep going. Better to stay in town and eat my way through all the gelaterias.

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