June had such a beautiful start to it with its comfortable summer temperatures and the school year coming to an end (can I get a hallelujah?!). We needed a refreshing break from the craziness of spring, and waking up in Sorrento was such a peaceful way to dive into the weekend (and my birthday)! The views on the way there were just a taste of the beauty that we were about to be surrounded by all weekend- absolutely amazing. We spent the first Friday evening of June at our first Italian agriturismo, Il Giardino di Vigliano. This property has been in the family since the 1400’s!!! The farmhouse itself has origins from the Roman times and its watchtower was once used to prevent the attacks of Saracens from the sea. Handmade dishes are prepared daily by the women of the family using items from their farm, citrus groves, and garden. It was here that I was introduced to my newest summer addiction- melon wrapped in prosciutto. So delicious and so simple! Luigi, the son, took us for a stroll through their lemon pergolas and explained the dying tradition of “straw” cultivation. Even after all this time I still can’t stop staring at the photos of the views!!! You can see the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvio, and the Sorrento coastline. One of the most breathtaking views was waking up to the sunrise (by accident) at 5:30am and watching the sky slowly transform into light with a fog that loomed along the cliffs.
We sadly said goodbye to the Nunziata family Saturday morning before driving only 5 minutes away for the next days adventure. We grabbed a panini at a local salumeria to save for a beachside picnic and some wine to take home. Parking just outside the shop, we hiked a narrow path out to Bagni Regina Giovanna (Queen’s Bath)- a place of scenic ruins of a Roman villa with coastal views and a secluded beach for swimming. The waters were still quite a bit chilly then but it was such a gorgeous cove and place to explore. We enjoyed our fresh prosciutto and cheese sandwiches while sitting on the cliffs and watching a group of boys cliff jumping into the water below. We will definitely be back here again!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!