When 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.
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 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.
(The beginning of many great adventures!)