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Bella Napoli

 

 

It was raining the first day we arrived in Napoli, but the city was generous enough and treated us with endless sunshine for the rest of our stay. We didn’t care at all because we didn’t have big plans for the first day anyway, so we were content to just visit that famous pizzeria “Da Michele” that happened to be located a few blocks away from our hotel.

I brought Anastacia with me on this trip. She thanked me over a slice of Pizza Margherita for bringing her to Bella Napoli. This was despite her initial worries regarding all the bad rumors that she had read on the internet about Napoli. I told her not to worry and just follow The Viennese Girl, haha. For me, it wasn’t the first time in Napoli. It was actually my third visit to this city. My previous visits were always during the summer season; therefore I have always connected the South of Italy, and more specifically Napoli, with holidays and summer. But I can’t tell you enough how good it felt for us to fly with with myAustrian Holidays down to Naples in the middle of February. If I look back now, it feels even more like the right decision to take the airplane and fly to Bella Napoli in the middle of February.

One of the best things that happened during our visit to Napoli was meeting up with Marco, a guy who I got to know through Instagram and was kind enough to show us his beautiful city and brought us to parts of the city that we wouldn’t have been able to find without him. Always remember that Instagram connects people. I feel really appreciative that Marco spent one entire day with us showing us around his beautiful city.

While in Napoli, we were never alone. My good friend Marcello picked us up every afternoon from the hotel and drove us to the small Italian village of “Vietri sul mare”, because I had cravings for mussels and pasta with sea food. We were pretty exhausted every afternoon after walking through the city for hours and we had to force ourselves to leave our hotel room and go for dinner. But on the other hand, how can you deny a good dish of sea food pasta and a large pot filled of steamed mussels? I have to say, this was the best way to end every day in Napoli.

We stayed at Una Hotels Napoli, which I would recommend because of its key location. Being next to the main Garibaldi station and being close to the Alibus airport bus makes it easy for anyone who wishes to reach other destinations from Napoli. To be honest, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the hotel. But the little time we did spend in the hotel, we were always greeted by the very helpful and welcoming staff. We enjoyed the delicious breakfast on the rooftop terrace with views to the volcano and of course we loved that the pizzeria “Da Michele” was only 5 minutes of walking distance from the hotel.

To sum it up, the three nights and four days we spent in Bella Napoli were filled with lots of sunshine, hundred of photos, Italian friends, and many delicious slices of Pizza Margherita. I will come back for those and many other reasons.

It was time to say goodbye to Napoli. Our main destination for this trip wasn’t Napoli. It was Matera. About Matera, I will tell you in the next blog post.

Many thanks to ENIT Italia for making this trip happen, My Austrian Holidays for flying us to that sunny destination, and Una Hotels Napoli for the friendly accommodation! More on Instagram! 

In love with Positano

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I always have a hard time finding the right words to describe my experiences from the beautiful places that I visit. I have always had difficulties because most of the time it feels like words are insufficient to describe the experiences like I had in Positano last month, a cliff side village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. In addition, I also feel that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I often don’t feel the need to write anything here and prefer to leave this page blank.

But then, flooded with feelings of gratitude, I remind myself how lucky I am to have the opportunity to travel, to explore, to experience, and… to photograph my Humanic shoes in beautiful places like Positano. I hope I will always have the opportunity for a trip like this every now and then, so that I can take some nice pictures that I can then share with you here, on The Viennese Girl blog.  ♥

I just came back from Marrakesh. I will spend a few days in my beautiful Vienna, and then I’m off to Paris for the 3rd time this year! Hope you are having a great time too…♥

 

Vacanze italiane

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And just like that, on a beautiful summer day in August, I woke up in Sorrento. It was a last minute travel. I was sure that I wanted to go to the Amalfi coast but I was a little bit skeptical because of some other factors that had me thinking if it was doable or not.

But then, the idea of sitting alone in Vienna in August was quite horrifying, so I booked the ticket and set off on a trip to the seductive Amalfi Coast where my friends were waiting for me. The goal was to visit the villages in the Amalfi Coast and soak up everything that this beautiful region has to offer. Our starting point was Sorrento. During our journey along the picturesque villages of Sorrento, Amalfi, Vietri sul mare, Erchie, Salerno, and Positano we encountered coastal mountains, colorful cupolas and breathtaking views.

I particularly remember the amazing seafood I had everyday in the taverna “Dal Pescatore” in Vietri Sul mare. We ended my “vacanze italiane” in Napoli, eating pizza at the famous Sorbillo.

If you plan to visit the Amalfi Coast, I would recommend that you don’t take a car because the road is switchback and there is no free parking space. Consequently, you will have to spend a fortune to park your car. It’s much wiser to visit the villages by boat. Also, you want to avoid the busy months of July and August when you plan your visit. ♥

Pasta, pizza e gelato

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Although the photos above don’t portray any pasta, pizza e gelato, those were the things I had in my mind when I was flying to Florence. I didn’t want to take photos of my pasta, pizza e gelato because I simply wanted to enjoy them and not photograph them. The photos above pay a tribute to the beautiful dawn at Duomo and to the magical sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.
Both are experiences that you shouldn’t miss when you are in Florence.

Food in Italy is like nowhere else. And since I haven’t been to the Bel Paese for the last two years, I kinda missed it and I totally ignored the calorie count, and the fact that I want to lose 5 kilos. Diet can wait, I thought. It wasn’t that urgent anyways!

This is my last blog post from Florence. After Florence, I spent a few days in Vienna and later on, I embarked on a plane to Napoli for a new adventure by the Amalfi coast. Stay tuned for more postcards from Bella Italia. It felt like this August was dedicated to a culinary journey to Italy. Pasta, pizza e gelato, in other words, the trilogy of happiness! ♥

My Florence

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In Florence, we woke up very early to take photos and watch the sunrise from Ponte Vecchio. Waking up at 05.00 is not exactly my thing, but the views and serenity of the city rewarded us and made us think to repeat the same thing again the following day. The rest of the day was proceeding like this: First, breakfast at our boutique hotel and then a little rest. Right after that, I was heading to the panetteria which was next to our hotel, Firenze Number Nine, for my all time favorite “panino con prosciutto e mozzarella”. Some habits never change when in Italy!  Later on, in order to beat the heat and quench our thirst, we were sipping iced cappuccino with chocolate at the terrace of the historical Caffè Gilli while watching people passing by. Long strolls and sightseeing during the day were accompanied by gelato or a piece of pizza in the shape of heart from the pizzeria Gusta pizza. At the end of the day we always ended up in this bar, called La terrazza lounge bar, our favourite place for aperitivo with spectacular views over the city of Florence. For dinner we were heading to some trattoria that was recommended by our Italian friends. Check out Trattoria Sostanza, Alla vecchia Bettola, and Il santo bevitore. A little before we go back to our boutique hotel we treated ourselves to a midnight gelato from Gelateria La Carraia.This is my Florence ♥

Firenze Number Nine

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I spent the last days of July with my friend Edisa at the wellness hotel, Firenze Number Nine, in the heart of Florence. On The Viennese Girl blog, I am happy to feature all the beautiful hotels where I have had the good fortune to stay at and hope that you can use the information from my posts as useful tip when you are looking for accommodations, in this case, Florence. There were several things that I loved about this boutique wellness hotel, such as: the young and enthusiastic staff, the breakfast in the garden, the smell once you enter the hotel, the location of the hotel, our gorgeous maisonette, and the view from the big windows, to name just a few. I remember how quickly and easily Edisa and I adjusted ourselves in Florence, like we have been living there forever. Our boutique hotel, Firenze Number Nine, was our home, our starting point for our little adventures around Florence. It felt like “we really want to be here” and “this is the place to be right now”. On the last day, we also tried out the hotel’s spa department. Both of us treated our bodies to a relaxing massage that lasted about one hour. It felt so good having such a treatment, especially after a few days of taking photos and walking around the city, non-stop. Sadly though, after the full body massage, it was time for us to check out.. Can’t wait to go back! ♥

20 things to do in Italy

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20 things to do in Italy: 

1.    Being able to understand everything that the Italians say, especially when they talk about you and they think that you don’t understand them. It is such a blast.

2.    Getting lost in the small streets of Venice without having a map in hand. Just listen to your instinct and let yourself  be surprised.

3.    Eat eat eat. Everywhere and everything. With an emphasis to Pizza, spaghetti, gelato, mozzarella and prosciutto.

4.    Drinking Martini Asti. Every moment is appropriate for a glass of Martini Asti.

5.    Shopping at Camomilla in Via del Corso. Don’t go with your boyfriend because it is very possible that he will get sick of all these pink girly stuff.

6.    Missing the last train to Perugia and trying to figure out where to spend the night in Rome.

7.    Sitting in the steps of Piazza di Spagna for hours.

8.    Eating cannoli and cassata in Sicily.

9.    Having a ride in a scooter in Rome like Audrey Hepburn did in “Vacation in Rome”.

10.    Driving a vintage Fiat 500! They are just so cute and funny!

11.    Having my own apartment behind the University of Perugia.

12.    Discovering all the small villages in Umbria and Toscana.

13.    Acting spontaneously because you are a tourist and it is all permitted. In the end, whatever happens in Italy stays in Italy.

14.    Shopping in Via Montenapoleone in Milano. Your credit card will suffer.

15.    Feeling the romance in Piazza Michelangelo in Florence.

16.    Exploring Florence on a bicycle.

17.    Eating “Bistecca alla fiorentina” in Florence.

18.    Having crazy summer nights in Amalfi and the Costiera Amalfitana.

19.    Feeling the beautiful chaos of Napoli listening to the song “Una notte a Napoli” of Pink Martini.

20.    Small talks with Old Italian ladies who get excited when tourists can speak their own language. Be prepared to receive a dozen questions about who you are, where you come from, and why you speak Italian etc.

Do you have similar experiences in Italy?