We have always been big proponents of eating al fresco in Italy — there’s something so fun about picking up a baguette, some local cheese, some salty things floating in oil and a bottle of wine from the local alimentari and munching on it on the beach as the sun goes down or while people-watching on some church steps. Now you can have the same experience, but luxed up a notch. Vivi Picnic in Rome does all the heavy lifting. This company offers everything from do-it-yourself to all-out luxury picnics. Just show up, and you’ll find your wicker basket, linen picnic mats and cushions, fresh flowers, and champagne glasses waiting for you. Their all-organic menu is a major plus, as is the fact that once you’re done, the company does all the clearing up for you. We especially love this idea for special occasions — they’ll kit you out for birthdays, first dates, and even weddings.


What better way to end your luxe picnic day than by heading back to crash at some five-star Roman ruins? The Inn at the Roman Forum features a stone gallery with 2000-year-old engravings that were discovered and excavated in 1887. There are several rooms to choose from, but we fell in love with the Rooftop Garden Suite on the top floor, with its own private patio surrounded by trees and flowers.


I’m a sucker for cool new Italian art pieces to decorate my home with, and I’m loving this latest find — Anna Monaco’s online shop, Anouk. Her prints are graphic, colorful and simple — we love her Le Sireneuse series because it reminds us of our Southern Italy tour, and her collection of Vesuvius prints through the seasons makes for a pretty quartet.


Ciao from The Cinque Terre! Thinking about joining us on a tour in 2022, or just curious about what to expect from travel in Italy this year? We’re hosting a FREE masterclass this Saturday, March 12th to answer all your questions.

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