- Late night dinner at La Base and a walk through the Colosseum area
- Colosseum Tour (Tip: To save money look for one of the tours that cost 27 euros. There will be plenty of vendors outside of the Colosseum that offer tours for much cheaper than the 100 euro official tour. Note, it only cost 25 euros to get inside.
- Ice Bar Rome - Very good drinks and a literally cool place for a brief hangout. Take one of the city promo maps and you'll get 2-for-1 drinks.
- Hop on hop off tour - A great way to see the city and many of it's main attractions. I always prefer to travel above ground so I can get a feel for how the city moves. I like to see where I'm going and grasp the layout.
- Trevi fountain - Hopped off the tour bus and visited Trevi. What a BEAUTY! It's usually packed and hard to grab a solo picture, lots of street vendors and police blowing whistles (you're not supposed to sit on or put your hands into the fountain)
- Spanish Steps - Seems to be a cool hangout spot for tourists and locals. It sits in the middle of one of the city's high-end shopping areas. ANY AND EVERY designer you can think of has a store close to the Spanish Steps. Grab some gelato and just walk around peeking in-and-out each of the luxury stores.
- Giuseppe Zannoti and Acqua di Parma stores - My coworker told me about some of the unique Acqua fragrances you'll find throughout the various parts of Italy. While walking through Piazza di Espagna, I stumbled upon the Acqua di Parma store. AMAZING SCENTS! I grabbed one and so did hubby. We went back the next day to have each of our bottles engraved.
- Shopping and walking - Funny thing, the city is VERY walkable and not as big as you would think. We walked from Piazza di Espagna back towards our Airbnb near the Colosseum after some light shopping.
- Train to Naples - We took Rail Italia to Naples for the second part of our trip. The train is an efficient way to get to and explore other parts of Italy. Book tickets here.
- Ferry to Capri - Booked round trip ferry tickets to Capri from Naples. Book tickets here. Tip: get to the dock early so you can visit the information counter and print tickets. They will more than likely NOT honor electronic tickets.
- Docked in Capri - We took the lift to the top of Capri and walked from there. I'm convinced folks don't have an actual concept of time and distance. We were told one of the beaches was a 20 minute walk. 45 minutes later we FINALLY landed at Marina Piccola.
- Marina Piccola - And what a beautiful scene it was. Worth the walk (in the wrong direction initially). We rented beach chairs at 18 euros a piece. Much better than having to lay out on the rocks without a beach towel. The water was chilly but perfect considering the heat.
- Carthusia Capri - Don't forget to visit Carthusia Capri for some super sweet home fragrances and perfumes. You'll find the flagship store on the walk downhill toward Marina Piccola,
- Dinner at either Al Capri or Paolina Capri
- There are tons of swanky restaurants lining the hills of this beautiful island. Any of them (especially those with a view) would be a good pick. I would suggest either of the two above.
- Almafi coast (Maiori beach, Almafi, Positano) - Our Airbnb host was a retired taxi driver so we lucked up by being able to book a day tour to the Almafi Coast through him. We started near Salerno and ventured back west via the windy road along the coast. Our first stop was Maiori. I would have preferred to spend the day in Maiori. It reminded me so much of South Beach. We finally landed in Positano.
- Chez Black Restaurant - sits right on the beach in Positano. The food is EXCELLENT. Once you're done eating, head over to the beach and purchase a chair for 15 euros. Lay out and enjoy the sun.
- Sorrento - I think I might LOVE Sorrento! If you have the time, take a quick drive through the city. If you have more time, spend the night! Tons of great shopping, restaurants and sites.
- Train to Rome - so much moving and shaking... at this point I was exhausted!
- Fashion townhouse Airbnb - By far my favorite Airbnb throughout the trip. Close to the Spanish Steps, shopping, restaurants, many monuments.
- Shopping Zara - I LOVE this store! What I love even more is that I found some exclusive items that won't be available in the US. SMILES :)
- Shopping and people watching
Either plan an itinerary for the northern cities or the southern cities. We chose to go south after Rome. Naples (Napoli Nah-pol-lee) is definitely a city I could skip in the future. Many refer to Naples as the armpit of Italy and after our few days there, I can see why. We spent most of our time outside of Naples (Capri and the Almafi Coast on two separate days)
Next time I go to Italy...
I'll fly into Rome and spend a day; take the train to Sorrento (spend 2-3 days with a day trip to Maiori); and set sail to Capri to spend 2-3 days. I would like to actually take one of the many 1-day cooking classes. Pretty sure that will be a cool experience. At some point I would LOVE to visit the northern cities in Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence) .