The Honeymoon: Italy & Malta

Photo Sep 20, 7 31 10 AMWhen you think of a perfect honeymoon location, what’s usually the top pick?  Italy!  And for very good reasons – the food, the scenery, the wine, the coffee, the rolling hills, the history…  You get the idea.  I haven’t been for years, and this would be Brendan’s first trip to pasta country, so we decided to make it the honeymoon destination for us.


We started in Rome.  Brendan booked us a room at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria (holy buckets), and we proceeded to hit up every major attraction – the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and the Vatican just to name a few.  Rome is super walkable, and we were able to visit most of the sites in less than two days.  We also kicked off our daily lunch regimen of gelato and espresso.


After a couple days we rented a car and took the scenic route out to Calascio, one of a dozen Abruzzo area, 9th century stone villages clinging to mountaintops.


Brendan’s wonderful friend, Nick, lives in Calascio and generously lent us his villa while we were in town – and stayed close enough to play tour guide through the region.


We hit up most of the villages in the surrounding area, including Sulmona for the most epic lunch I’ve ever had (thanks to Gino’s sons, we pretty much spent the rest of the day in a food coma).

We were definitely not there long enough, and soon were off for our final destination – Malta.


Everything about this tiny island state was an unexpected delight.  The history is palpable – from the Knights of St. John to the Ottoman invasions to World War II (Valletta has one of the best war museums I’ve ever experienced).  Mdina, a tiny medieval city, is simply magical.  And everything was amazingly affordable.

And then – too soon – it was over, and we were on our way back to Portland.

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(The beginning of many great adventures!)

Sept 2016

One Comment Add yours

  1. Brooke says:

    Bel viaggio!


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