Travel is what fuels my creations. Travel to me is so personal, and my personal style of traveling has been tweaked and honed for years, focusing on the parts I find most fulfilling.
I like to balance my trips with well researched spots (scouring Airbnb for the most unique accommodation) and the thrill of wandering through an unknown street to make my own discoveries. You won’t find me in a 100-person lineup to see the city’s most revered monument. Instead you’ll find me at a café tucked away in a residential area or the local farmer's market.
My most recent trip to Italy was to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, revisiting the very spot where we tied the knot! But it was also a chance to reset and refocus. I am so excited to share all of my favourite moments and spots from the trip with you and hope that it can bring you some inspiration for your next adventure.
We have been to Rome before and opted out of the typical tourist experience for an itinerary that left ample time for wandering. Rome is a great city to walk around and get lost in. My favourite part of Rome was all the amazing vintage shops. If you’re in the mood for thrifting, check out Twice Vintage Shop in Trastevere and Humana Vintage in Monti. I found some amazing pieces that carried me through the rest of my trip!
As per Anthony Bourdain’s recommendation (which never disappoints) we had an amazing meal at Trattoria Settimio after pre-dinner drinks at Vino Olio. Ps, in order to get into the trattoria you have to ring the bell.
Accommodation: G-Rough Unconventional Luxury Suites
Our next stop was the Amalfi Coast. We took a train and hired a driver to pick us up from the Naples train station (we used 'DriveAmalfi'). Positano was our first Amalfi destination and while it definitely deserves points for beauty, it has become a vacation hot spot and we found it a little crowded for our liking. However... we did have an amazing dinner at hill-top Donna Rosa. Would recommend forgoing the long, upward trek and getting yourself transportation – heels and hills do not get along.
PJ set: Lisa Says Gah
We were more than ready to move on to our next destination, our 'castle on the sea' as we called it between Ravello and Minori. The highlight of my entire trip was being able to jump into the ocean with ease and float for what felt like hours. I had so many inquiries about our hotel which was called Villa Scarpariello – it was truly such a gem that exceeded all my expectations.
Bathing suit: Londré
From here we ventured to the top of Ravello to visit the restaurant where 10 years ago my husband and I had our wedding dinner with 10 close family members. It was so surreal to revisit the same spot after all these years and reflect on all the changes that life has brought. The hike up to the top took about an hour where we had dinner at Villa Maria.
Before leaving our castle on the sea we walked to the nearby town of Minori for dinner at Midnight Sun. If you are in the area.... go there. And order the lemon ricotta pasta.
Being one of the oldest cities in the world, we decided to pop by Matera for a night and explore the caves and historic streets. We felt instantly transported to another world and would definitely recommend stopping in for an evening. And I of course wouldn't be caught traveling without my Saint Christopher Necklace - the patron saint of travelers.
Puglia was a huge highlight for us. Every morning we went to Bar Adua and mingled with the locals over morning espresso. Coffee culture in Italy is one of my favourite parts about the country. Everybody is so engaged with the person in front of them as opposed to their iphones – it's a good reminder to unplug and be present. For the first half of our stay we were at a gorgeous Airbnb in Martina Franca that had luxe Italian decor in spades.
Once it was time for dinner we freshened up and settled in at Osteria del Coco Pazzo di Colucci (say that 5 times fast). Couldn't resist introducing my rings to those ivories post-dinner. All from the soon to launch Fine Collection.
Necklaces: Seville Cross Coin Necklace, Love Token Necklace Round, Round Spark Locket
Pants: Jesse Kamm
Top: Réalisation Par
We took lots of time to explore the surrounding areas and found some amazing spots. The town of Cisternino had an outdoor antique market which is something I always try to find, no matter where in the world I am. After a long afternoon of antiquing we had lunch at Osteria Monacelle in Ostuni.
To spice up our culinary knowledge, we made reservations at Masseria Cervarolo where we learned how to make orreciete pasta. They also serve amazing 5-course dinners which change every night, and overlook a gorgeous pool-side property.
Our final stop in Puglia was the Masseria Potenti hotel (pictured above) which had dreamy grounds and delicious food. And just like that we were off to our final destination: Sicily.
We took on the East Coast of Sicily and while we didn't luck out in terms of beaches, the people watching couldn't be beat. The real Sicilian gems can be found in smaller towns off the beaten path. Don't be afraid to explore!
Dress: Faithfull the Brand
Accommodation in Modica: Casa Talia (would highly recommend)
Accommodation in Noto: Dimora delle Balze