More of Italy!

[Currently listening to Damien Rice & Norah Jones]

I am back from New Orleans and I must say that I am…tired. I was suffering from the 5-6 hour difference from Italy and that jet lag is now accompanied by the hustle and bustle of this past weekend. Before I get to New Orleans though, I thought I would let you all see some more of my favorite pictures from Italy. It has been a week since my trip and I miss it more than anything; the smell of fresh pizza, the character of the people and most of all…frolicking around thousand year old ruins. I’ll go back one day! Enjoy.

-Lisa

398 thoughts on “More of Italy!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I miss it so much and it has only been a week and a half. I encourage you to go again and visit the few lemon farms that exist on the Amalfi Coast; it’s such a shame people are abandoning them!

      1. I hope to do a very extensive tour of Italy in the near future; I only got to see Umbria, Rome, and Florence with any depth. I’ll include the Amalfi Coast for certain! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I’m jealous that you are in Spain. I studied at the University of Salamanca for a summer and fell in love with the country. I definitely do recommend the Amalfi Coast. If you want to go somewhere where there isn’t a lot of tourists and a lot of culture, Salerno and the Amalfi Coast are great options. If you do decide to visit the coast, I encourage you to visit the local farms and enjoy some fresh produce because I know they are struggling tremendously.

  1. Italy has always been my favorite spot in the world. Your photos captured its essence quite beautifully. Brava!

  2. I’m so happy you enjoyed Italy!
    I live near Salerno and I love Pompeii.
    I hope you’ll visit my country again one day.
    Congratulation, you’ re among freshly pressed blogs!!!!
    xoxo

    1. I am so jealous of you, Valentina. I stayed in Salerno for half of my trip in Italy. Your people are as beautiful as the country you all reside in! I will definitely try to revisit again one day. And thank you! It’s weird to be among the “freshly pressed” considering this blog is more like a scrapbook for me, my friends and family. Hope to hear from you again! πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you,
        you’re making me blushing!!
        If your blog has been featured, it’s because it deserves it. πŸ˜‰
        I will follow you with pleasure!
        After Pompeii did you visit other archaelogical sites?
        Have a great day
        xoxo

  3. Great shots! My favorites are the staircase photo, the white/purple/yellow flowers and the building where the viewer is looking upward at the four pillars. Where was that building/pillar photo taken?

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ The photo with the four pillars is actually at the Vatican Museum, it’s the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica where the Pope makes many appearances.

  4. I’m glad you’ve loved Italy! You should come, next time, also where i’m living…. in Sardinia!
    Kisses

    Ting

    1. Thank you! I actually had a friend who went with me on this trip who wasn’t born in Italy, but her grandmother was. it was such a great experience for her to go back to her roots.

  5. Great pictures! You have captured what I imagine is the essence of Italy. I would love to go there one day. It’s on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! That is such a great compliment. If you want to enough, you will! πŸ™‚ And when you do let me know, so I can gawk at your Italy photos and be jealous of you. haha

  6. Hi Lisa! I love your blog- it is the cutest. Your photography is great! My blog is just starting up- have any suggestions of how I can get the most exposure as possible?

    Thanks,
    Sister Dearest (Emily)

    1. Hi, Emily! I am so happy you like my blog and photography! And honestly, I have never really striven for exposure. I would just say to blog often, tag a lot and have fun. That is seriously all you can do…on top of sharing your blog on Facebook and other types of social media. Good luck, girl. πŸ™‚

  7. I went to Italy in the fall and LOVED it! Especially the Amalfi coast. I adored Pasitano. Seeing your pics makes me miss Italy so much!

    1. The Amalfi coast was one of my favorite parts of my trip. It was a bitterly cold, but gorgeous nonetheless! And I am right there with you…I think Italy is calling our names, haha One day we’ll go back!

    1. I was only in Rome for about 4 days, but either way I enjoyed the city. I miss Italy as well; the states lack history compared to Italy. And thank you for your kinds words! πŸ™‚ I truly appreciate it!

      1. I was only in Rome for 4 days too, so I understand what you mean by ‘only’. The Vatican City by itself takes at least half a day (at the very least) to go through. Yes, I miss walking through the layers of history in Europe. I really want to go back. Presently I am trying to relive the Europe days by cooking ‘Italian’. Really need to get a cook book.

        Keep posting! Your photos are lovely πŸ™‚

  8. Beautiful pics! My husband and I went to Rome, Positano and Tuscany in 2003 and fell completely in love with Italy. We’d go back there in a hearbeat. Something that amazed me in Rome was seeing ancient columns laying on the ground beside busy streets, as if they were nothing special.

    Grazie for your post! πŸ™‚

    1. Christine, you bring up such a great point about the ancient columns laying around the busy streets. My friends and I would sit and gawk and wonder, “Do the people who live here realize how lucky they are and if they ever get used to what they get to walk by every day?” It truly is amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed my post! πŸ™‚

    1. You are so sweet! Thanks for the encouraging words. And the way I see it is if you can go to great places in your dreams, you can definitely make it happen in real life. haha Take care!

  9. I definitely want to go, I hope it is sooner than later. My overall dream is to maybe even retire there. I love the pics of the city and it’s buildings. The one with the steps particular captures my attention. The one with you and your friends sitting around having a nice big family style dinner reminds of my cousin Bobbie’s wedding. My family went to the French side of the Pyrenees for that. A lot of old country traditions have been forgotten here. So it is nice to see those pics.

    1. Your dreams are wonderful! Before I went on this trip me and my friends raved about Rome and the city and ironically our favorite part was going to the countryside in Cilento and cooking a Sunday brunch at a small B&B. By the end of the day we all felt like family. That to me is the essence of Italy’s culture; eating and enjoying our friends and family. I hope you do decide to retire there and if you do let me know how it goes because one day I too would love to relocate to Italy. Talk to you soon, my friend!

  10. Beautiful! I dream of Italy. Why did you go for? I’ll have to read back to find out. But, girl, how do you stay SO beautiful while traveling? I am hoping to travel in the future and as someone who struggles with her weight, I am scared of losing the control of not eating/working out as I want…and going soft.

    1. You are too sweet! I went for school, I studied the culture and eating habits of the Mediterranean. Well if we’re speaking about clothing, I pack a lot of basics (Jeans, t’s) and add pops of color through jackets, scarves accessories etc, allowing me to make a lot of outfits. When talking about weight, I have maintained a pretty healthy diet of eating whatever I want, but making sure there are a lot of veggies, fruits, grains and hardly any red meat. This helps me maintain weight, but in all honesty I made a pact to eat whatever I wanted on this trip because I wanted to do as the Italians did, since I was only traveling for a week and a half. haha. If you have anymore questions though, email me at ordinarylisawordpress@gmail.com. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

      1. I will have to email you! I am so interested as to what you’re studying (program)…I want in on that!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Sophya! I see you’re a graphic designer. I am jealous. I am a marketing major and would love to work in the creative aspect of marketing, so I am very much interested in graphic design. Feel free to email me at ordinarylisawordpress@gmail.com if I ever need some critiquing or you have some advice. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Marianna! Like I have told many of the folks who commented before you, one day we will all go back. πŸ™‚ And if you do, I would love to see what you photograph. Best wishes!

  11. Hi Lisa! I love your blog- itΒ΄s really woderfull, you have. Have a wonderful gift for you know convey your feelings and emotions to the fullest. I look forward to mine and you know that one day you take any of my courses on magnetism and health. Regards.

    1. Thank you so much! I am so appreciative of your feedback. I think the reasons why I speak with such emotion and feeling is because this blog is something I enjoy updating and something that I have fun doing. I can’t wait to translate your work on your blog and relate to it, because I am very much interested on issues dealing with health. Best wishes, Lisa.

  12. Why not add to the copious amount of posts and likes? You obviously have an amazing blog (I did notice you cropped me out of the first photo; however, I will not hold it against you since I made it into several others- it’s probably why you have so many likes! haha kididng. Or am I? Keep up the beautiful photos and descriptive journalism, can’t wait to see you Sunday and eat our ____ pasta. (fill in the blank). Ciao!

    1. Lauren, I love you! You ARE the reason for all of the likes. Sunday will be like Donatella’s again except…not, haha I am already counting down the days. PS, Don’t forget the bread! πŸ™‚

  13. these photos are BEAUTIFUL! makes me even more eager to visit Italy and get in touch with my heritage. thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

      1. man i hope that happens! i would LOVE to live in Italy for a time! but i would probably get homesick after awhile 😦

  14. I love your photos! So rich, so beautiful – you captured Italy! I lived there for a year, and loved every moment. For funny stories about that year, see 4initalia. Enjoy your memories – like you, I can’t wait to get back there.

    1. Thank you so much! I tried really hard not to capture what I call “generic photos”. It was challenging, but meeting such great people made it easier. I can’t wait to see your adventures!

      1. For me, it was all an adventure. Every time I left the apartment, something happened. We took a walk in the park, and got locked out of our 7th floor apartment, and had to be let in by firefighters – using their bucket truck. (“Rescue Me.”) The guy with the rooftop terrace was so gorgeous I almost fell off the roof (“Fabio On the Balcony.”) We went to Venice, and Paris, and Cinque Terre….sigh….Thanks for letting me go back through your photos!

  15. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!! I’ve been to Italy a few times, and returning this May, but I still have not been to the Amalfi Coast (or Venice) and I am dying to get there!! Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Thank you for sharing these photos.

    1. Thanks, Nina! I am so jealous you have been able to travel often to Italy. Please, please visit the Amalfi Coast..it is gorgeous! And you are very welcome. Talk to you soon!

  16. Happiest place on earth!!!love love love italy and have lived there on and off for about 10 years. cant wait to go back. your photos remind me of the happiest moments of my life in italy. living, loving,eating , laughing . great photos, truly lovely!

    1. I am so happy to hear that! You are so fortunate to have been able to indulge yourself in the Italian culture longer than the week and a half I was there. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Pictures are quiet appealing. Italy is always on my list of “Must visit”, its natural beauty has always fueled my ardent wish to make it to this amazingly glorious landscape, added to it is its rich history and religious cultures dated way back…All the best with your photography and wish see if ordinary-lisa meta-morphs in to extraordinary-lisa.

    1. Many thanks to you! You have no idea how much I can relate to your statement about Italy’s natural beauty and rich history. Thank you for your kind words! I too hope I can continue to grow as a photographer. Best wishes! Talk to you soon!

  18. Love your pics! We love all things italien! the food, the people, the culture, and every part of italy is so unique. We are heading to cinque terre in May, can’t wait!

      1. the 2 prettiest towns in Cinque Terre were quite destroyed by a freak thunderstorm last October and they are on a very slow road to recovery and rebuilding. Hopefully most restaurants and touristy places will be open by early May.

  19. You got me pumped for this sunday – leaving for ITALY πŸ™‚
    I like that the photos and inspiration of Italy was moving for you. Damien Rice + Norah = awesome.

    Enjoyed this read. Congrats on Fresh Pressed.

  20. What beautiful pictures!!! I think i’ve fallen in love with the place. Visiting Italy is certainly on the top of my wish list now πŸ™‚ Thank u so much for sharing!

  21. love your photos.. you could never really run out of nice things to take pictures of when in italy.. made me remember my travel there some years back, bring lots of awesome memories..

  22. Stunning pictures!!!
    im going to italy tomorrow, and this post has made me so much more excited!! πŸ™‚

    great blog!

  23. Nice photos πŸ™‚ It is good to see when someone else has visited the same grounds as me. This reminds me I have to post my Amalfi coast pics as well. I like your blog Lisa. Godspeed!

    1. Thank you, Paula! πŸ™‚ I also love it when someone else has been able travel where I have gone…makes for great conversations, that’s for sure! Best wishes!

    1. Thank you! I traveled mostly in the Southern part of Italy…Salerno, Cilento, parts of the Amalfi Coast and then we headed to Rome. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a long stay to be able to travel to other places.

      1. Wow! Amalfi Coast…is without doubt one piece of heaven. Have you been in Positano? Is on Amalfi Coast? Recently I’ve seen some pics from there which are magnificent. http://bit.ly/GZsf9C Have a nice evening! πŸ™‚

    1. I know exactly how you feel! Lets go back!! πŸ™‚ And thank you for sharing, I love seeing other peoples adventures as much as I like sharing mine with all of you.

  24. wow………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .
    your pics are as BEAUTIFUL as you…………..,LISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I’m going to the Amalfi Coast in one month and cannot wait! Thank you for sharing such lovely photos! Would love any suggestions for day trips, as we have 1-2 days with no plans as of yet.

    1. I am so happy for you! The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous. I know that the local farmers are having a hard time with their business during this tough economy, so I encourage you to check out the local lemon farms, go to a vineyard and definitely go to Tramonti- it’s a quaint little town. Let me know what you decide to do!

  26. Hey Lisa, many photos on this page perfectly capture the way I feel about bella Italia… just great!
    Here’s one of my all time favourite Italian songs I wanna share with you:

    ciao πŸ˜‰

  27. Gorgeous photos…a nice tapestry of colors and scenes that represent the country so very well. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I especially love the photo of the pansies with the mountains in the background.

    Take care.

  28. Beautiful photos! And beautiful faces! Thanks for sharing your experiences. And congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  29. I really like your photo’s! They particularly caught my attention today because my husband and I are going through the visa process to move to Rome and came across a stumbling block this morning. These pictures reminded me of why we’re going through it all! Thanks! ~Tiff

    1. Hey, Tiff! This opportunity for you is so wonderful. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you. Stay strong, it’ll all be worth it; I promise! Good luck and best wishes!

  30. I absolutely LOVE the pictures! How many days were you there and what did you go for? Vacation? What type of a camera do you use? Your blog inspires me to travel more and take better jealous. MY Dream is to go to Italy someday! Thanks for sharing your memories!

    1. Thank you! I was there for about a week and a half and I went with my university. I studied the culture and diet of the Mediterranean. I shoot with a Canon Rebel! Inspiring you is probably the greatest compliment I could possibly receive. I encourage you to live out your dreams. If you want it bad enough, you’ll do it! Don’t be a stranger! Talk to you soon. πŸ™‚

  31. I visited Italy 10 years ago and it’s never left me. Your pictures made me miss it all the more. I hope to one day go back. Thanks for the journey…

    1. Thank you, Kat! I am so happy that I could remind you of this great country. We have been so fortunate to have experience the culture of Italy. Talk to you soon!

  32. Thank you so much for sharing this brings back so many perfect memories for me πŸ™‚ Did you visit Ravello? Wine and Drugs was a highlight of the Amalfi part of our trip lol.

    1. You are so welcome! πŸ™‚ I did visit Ravello, I believe two of the pictures above were taken there. I drank the wine, but there were no drugs for me. haha Take care!

      1. Let me rephrase that… LOL wine and drugs is a little store in Ravello. The owner is so interesting and we sat for over an hour sampling wine. haha

  33. Thank you for wonderful glimpses of the land my Grandpop and Grandmom came from! Great pictures. It was nice to be here. You gave me my first view of a lemon tree.

    1. You are SO welcome! You don’t know how happy it is to hear that about the view of a lemon tree. Many lemon farms are being abandoned for jobs in the city, so the ones left are near and dear to my heart! Thanks for stopping by, Maria.

  34. heyy!! i’m kinda naive abt blogs but really liked ur clicks and all the write-up part!! πŸ˜€
    really impressed the way the have designed ur blog and pictures are simply awesome!!!! πŸ˜€

  35. hiii!!! i’m kinda naive abt bloggin stuff…. everything apart i really liked ur clicks and write-up part!! simply impressed with the design of ur blog and awesome pictures too πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I am not used to all of this feedback for my small blog, but I am truly happy that you have found an interest in my photos. And if you are hungry for some Italian food, I encourage you to make some. It’s a lot easier than you would think! Thanks again. Take care!

      1. Well No wonder, If your blog comes at freshly pressed frequently, you would be used to it. And that’s a good thing that you are replying everybody’s comment. I am sure every new comment on your blog is filling you with the excitements.

    1. Thank you! It means a lot when a person enjoys my photos of their home country. It shows I’m doing something right. haha And I will definitely stop by, I am curious to see photos that you capture as a local and the things that draw your attention. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

  36. I was in Rome on the third floor of a building when the earthquake struck. Very scary! But my trip to Italy was wonderful. I loved everything especially the food, the old ruins, the olive trees, just everything! As an artist the Sistene Chapel was glorious to me lying on the floor and looking up. Breath taking!. I would not trade my trip to this country for anything. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and memories!

  37. Beautiful Photos, i just recently went to Italy and I loved it, it was purely amazing. It’s nice to see the adventures of others in a beautiful country(:

  38. Wow! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. I enjoyed your photos very much and look forward to more. My blog often focuses on Italy as that is my other life on the boot and bringing to the attention of the planet is a lovely goal.
    Cheers to being abroad and for sharing!
    M

    1. Thanks, Michael! I am so happy to hear you like my photos. I read your about me and am jealous of your job and can really relate to the part that says this “This blog is for the rednecks that attempted to squelch my creativity and ultimately pushed me to escape their world of derision and short-sightedness.” I am from Georgia and have also felt overwhelmed by some folks who are a bit more close minded than me. But thanks for reading! Hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to getting lost in your blog. Best wishes!

      1. You just made my evening Lisa. You are very likely far from ordinary and anyone with a passion for Italy will naturally be a friend of mine. I am so pleased you would take some time to dig into my work as it has been a lifetime in the making. I look forward to your future posts as well and cheers!
        Michael

  39. Italy is on my list of countries to see before the end of this year and seeing your photos just made me want to hop on a plane immediately! After all, it’s not every day that you get to run around in thousand year old ruins. Oh my goodness. I’ve read so much and even studied the culture and language. I’m officially going to buy pants one size too big just to accommodate all of the food I plan on eating. I’ll make sure to grab a camera because taking photographs – as you’ve beautifully exhibited – is one way to capture the memories and share them with others. Thanks for brightening up my day πŸ™‚

    1. Oh my goodness! Your comment made laugh out loud! I should have thought about packing a pair of pants a size too big. haha And you’re absolutely welcome, my pleasure. Let me know when you do decide to go to Italy!

      1. Haha! I’m telling you — whenever you plan on some serious eating, especially in food countries, you can’t go anywhere without a size or two larger pants – they are life savers and who doesn’t love draping ? lol I definitely will! I can’t wait to read more of your stuff – keep it coming!

  40. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Not only are the pictures awesome, but they remind me of my amazing experiences in Sicily and Northern Italy (and Southern France as well)! The lighting along the Mediterranean is like no other. I took so many pictures while I was there… on a brand new Kodak Advantix! lol. The photos seemed so crisp and beautiful at the time, but that was 16 years ago-they don’t compare to what today’s technology can produce! Still, they hold many happy memories. Seeing your photos, I can almost taste the fresh seafood pasta and the brick oven margarita pizzas… I can smell the lemons on the trees in everyone’s yards, rosemary in everyone’s gardens, and the olive oils on everyone’s tables… I can hear the sound of the waves crashing on the stone beaches and the American pop music (back then it was a lot of Madonna and Michael Jackson) playing at every outdoor market… I can feel the clean air as I breathe and the crisp to the bread as I break it… I can see the ancient ruins of the amphitheaters of Syracusa and Taormina, the above-ground cemeteries where whole families were berried in the same marble ‘boxes’ (for lack of a better word), and the narrow cobblestone streets [Where stop signs are written in English, so the Sicilians just beeped and blew right through them! (that’s the reason my Sicilian friends gave for running the stop signs. lol) There were 22 auto body shops in one really small town because of all the accidents that happen when someone attempts to drive down those narrow cobblestone streets that are lined with parked cars on both sides]. The memories are endless-and thanks to your pictures, still as vivid as they were 16 years ago! Thanks again for your post!

    1. πŸ™‚ This comment makes me soooooo happy. You have no idea! I feel like no matter how long from now I will continue to look back and remember exactly what you described in the comment above. Thank you so much for the description of the beautiful memories you have made. It makes me so happy to know that someone else has experienced similar memories as me in such a wonderful country. Thank you!

  41. Italy is very beautiful and wonderful. I hope I can visit to italy like you. Ohh. thanks a lot. I can see your photo on italy

  42. Really beautiful photographs, I think that you captured the look and feel of Italy perfectly. I haven’t been in a decade, since I was in middle school, but I’m itching to go back really soon. Do you speak any Italian? Thanks for posting!

    1. Thank you! Please go back and capture your view of Italy; you have great talent, my friend! Unfortunately, I do not speak Italian, but I am fluent in Spanish and that helped me very much on my travels to Italy. Take care!

  43. Wow, amazing photos. They really give an impression not just of Italy as a country, but of its people, its culture and its food. Awesome πŸ™‚

      1. It was! And I’ve heard so much good about the Amalfi coast as well. I think I have to go back there soon. Maybe try Amalfi this time. πŸ™‚

  44. Lovely pictures πŸ™‚ Your post just reminds me to take my camera around a bit more often when I go out in Rome (I’m Italian anyway)

  45. congrats on being freshly pressed.. your photos deserve it! the view over the sea and the mountains is stunning.. very nicely captured πŸ˜‰

  46. wow that awsome!!! i love the pictures!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ my family and i are going to visit Italy next year!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ and now im even more excited!!!!! ( we r going to visit my aunti, and her boyfriend) and im excited evn though its in 2013 😐 but thats ok, since just last year we went to Romania

  47. Although everyone has already said so (and you’re probably fed up with hearing so…!) but great photos, you’ve really captured the warmth and romance of the south and its people-thats what real tourism should be all about, and not just going somewhere to catch some rays! Thanks for sharing your photos, it seems like it was an amazing trip.

  48. I simply loved those buffaloes, the sea, the dance move in the pic, the food, the flowers, the mountain. But, i believe, it’s the way you put the beauty of Italy here that i’m loving the most.

    Awesome pics! Gonna share with my buddies on Facebook!

    (to God): so, when are you sending me to Italy???

  49. Great selection of photos (particularly the action jumping shot – love it!) Have never been to Italy before but having seen these pics I am definately going to look to go some time this year!

  50. Great photographs that have captured the esence of Italy, a place I so look forward to visi some day. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed πŸ™‚ wish you all the very best in your travels & blogging.

    P.S.
    Great stamina on replying to all the comments individually…that’s a talent by itself πŸ™‚

  51. Absolutely amazing photos! You have the cutest outfits too. May I ask what you were in Italy for and where…I am hoping to study abroad in Florence in the fall, but have never been to Europe! Thanks for sharing! Xo Chelsea

  52. Love the photos! You’re really pretty by the way! And the food looks amazing too πŸ˜€
    Thanks for sharing!

  53. Oh, I so need to go! Thanks for the beautiful photos. My favorite shot is the one with people around the dining table. The joy in that one really struck me. πŸ™‚ Nice work!

  54. WOW! Those were amazing photos you posted! One day, I will walk the streets of Italy and enjoy the amazing food!

  55. Absolutely gorgeous! This makes me want to pack a bag and go to Italy right now. I am hoping that my job will send me to Italy next summer. I have been to Rome and I’m fairly sure if I go back to Italy I will never want to leave.

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