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LA DOLCE VITA

From picturesque Positano to ever charming Como, our Digital Art Director, Hannah Busby, shares her ultimate Italian checklist and what to pack on your next trip. La Dolce Vita, welcome to the sweet life…

STAY

Lake Como | Hotel Metropole Suisse in Como or Bellagio

Lake Como was an absolute highlight of my trip and one of the first locations I visited. After a 24 hour transit, nothing made me smile more than looking out my window to the main square at the heart of the city and overlooking the beautiful scenery that is the lake, whilst enjoying a Prosecco. The Hotel Metropole Suisse transports you back in time with a neoclassical, yet modern style room with chandeliers and neutral Venetian style chairs to sit and lap up the view! They also have a hotel in Bellagio where my Brother and his wife stayed at, and it was just as beautiful! Luckily enough they had a small terrace we enjoyed an aperitif or two on…

 

Cinque Terre | Riomaggiore or Vernazza

When we went to the Cinque Terre we actually stayed in a town south of it named Lerici, which is a small port town, where hardly any English is spoken. They also have the freshest seafood you will ever eat! We caught the ferry to all five towns in the Cinque Terre, and when I go back I would stay at either of the two most beautiful towns, Riomaggiore or Vernazza. During the peak of summer (we were also there during a heatwave) you want to be staying where the best swimming spots are. These two towns had the most to offer with B&B’s, boutique apartments and restaurants with a view!

 

Positano | Palazzo Talamo

If there is one place to go in Italy, Positano is the place. The picturesque town lived up to my extremely high expectations and is even more beautiful than it looks in images. We stayed in a family owned small boutique hotel, which was very affordable, as Positano can be extremely expensive. As much as I would like to say I am a strong independent woman, I also have a budget! Pablo and Carmela who run the place made us feel so welcome and where extremely helpful with recommending some local places to eat and visit. Our room had a cute balcony that overlooked the main beach with all the colourful umbrellas and was only a short, 398 steep stairs down to the main beach. In hindsight, this seems far! But after laying on the beach all day, drinking Aperol Spritz and eating pasta, a walk up some stairs was exactly what we needed.

EAT

Lake Como | Restaurant La Punta

This restaurant is located right on the waters edge of Bellagio. A family run authentic, yet modern restaurant that has it all. The view, the food, the wine and a perfect swim spot to dip in the fresh water lake right after lunch. Once we were refreshed we roamed the little alleys and side streets finding local bars. In Italy, always order the ‘casa’, or ‘house’ wine. Unlike Australian wines, all Italian house wines are natural and have no preservatives. Not to mention they are cheap and incredibly tasty!

 

Cinque Terre | Al Castello – Vernazza

Vernazza was the third of the Cinque Terre towns we visited and by this time we where famished! We wanted a view over the whole town so we walked up to the top of the cliff top to Al Castello to eat and take in the view. With eight signatures dishes it makes it easy to order, and as they are their specialties they will not disappoint. The kitchen is open and you can see the chefs enjoying a Grappa while they cook the food. If you are going, pre-book a table on the edge to really enjoy the view.

 

Positano | Da Vincenzo

This is a MUST if you are going to Positano. My mouth is watering just thinking of the most perfect, delicious lasagne we ate. They also offered a fresh lobster pasta which was a special on the day. Good food, beautiful looking waiters who also recommend wines that match your meal perfectly…the way they describe the wine is incredibly sexy! Book ahead as it’s hard to get into.

SHOP

This is a little crazy for me, but honestly I didn’t do much shopping. All the coastal towns specialise in hand made lace, luxuriously soft linen, and wicker basket bags, all for very affordable prices. The Florence weekend markets where really great for all things leather, and Milan will not disappoint for the big stores like Zara, Sephora and Mango. I might have also been a little hesitant on the shopping front as I over packed and didn’t have a lot of room in my bag …. Pack light if you want to shop!

 

SEE

While we where staying in Lerici we drove to the Tuscan town of Lucca. Walk or ride the around the Renaissance walls which circle the historic city, and climb the Medieval ‘Torre Guinigi’ to over look the whole town and enjoy the holm-oak trees.

Como, Florence and Milan have some of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen, and it is something that I never got sick of looking at. The craftsmanship is so intricate and it is covered in detail! No wonder it took over 6 centuries to build! I think we forget how young Australia is, and when walking around Italy I was blown away with the old architecture and history seen on every street.

I am a sucker for all things touristy, and to answer your question yes! I did one of those hop-on-hop-off buses. When you have a limited time in a big city like Milan, I wanted to see and absorb as much as possible.

PACK

I completely overpacked…not unlike me though! I ended up wearing the same five pieces throughout the trip as they were comfortable, light and kept me cool in the sweltering heat. Key items I swore by are –

• A slip dress – The perfect travel piece, and perfect print for Italy, I  took the Airelle Dress in Daisy Print

• A cropped tee – The Aje Cropped Logo Tee (arriving October), the new staple you’ll go crazy for! Next level cool without even trying.

• A denim skirt – My choice being the Natalia Denim Mini, unique in style and divine in quality.

• An oversized shirt – I packed my old favourite in the Aje Lemon Print as it has a ‘Dolce Vita’ vibe!

• A black cami – The Candence Cami was my choice here as the delicate neckline made it a simple piece to pair with everything.

• A perfect bikini – For swimwear I never look much further than Matteau. They fit me just right and have a great array of colours and styles. Their quality is top notch too!

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