Hey everyone! Lauren here from Department of Agra-Culture. I’m super excited to be taking over the S&R blog for the day sharing some pictures from our travels to Italy. If you’ve ever been there, then you already know what an amazing culture it has and how each city has a unique and special vibe all it’s own. In Venice, nothing beats lounging in a gondola, sipping on a chilled Bellini, gazing up from the water at the gorgeous buildings around you. To float along paths made of water will make anyone feel like a queen.
One of my favorite Italian cities is Florence, or Firenze. This might be mainly due to the leather market through which I could spend hours perusing (ahem, I mean stopping and sniffing every single item), but the art and intelligence that this city has produced is unparalleled to any other and is inspiring. Artists, inventors, Architects, and writers were basically crawling out of the woodwork of this city; Michelangelo, De Vinci, Dante, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Machiavelli, and of course Gucci were all from Florence. The city lives and breathes creativity and embraces people who are finding themselves and making their mark on the world.
When you own a small business, I feel like regrets are constantly creeping into your thoughts. Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies as cheesy as that may be and this quote from the movie is so applicable. Regrets remind me of poor past decisions I made and make me doubt my capability to make any wise future decisions. When I hold onto the regrets, I am giving them power over myself and I refuse to do that! Leave your regrets in the past. Learn from them in the moment and then move on. You know yourself, and while every decision you make may not be your best, those past decisions are done, and you have the power to forge your future.
Hiking Cinque Terre is a dream. Adventurous hikes up into the rolling hills providing breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean sea? Yes please, every day. Every couple of hours during the hike, a quaint colorful town will pop into view precariously perched above the sea. The towns seem to not have changed for ages, and each sits quietly gazing out at the vastness beyond the horizon. This is a view over Manarola with the grape vines creeping up the hillsides.
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live. — Hans Christian Anderson.
Rome. Live the dulce vita lifestyle for a few days wandering through the Eternal City’s picturesque piazzas, people watching at the Spanish steps, stuffing your face with pasta and wine, and imaging what it would be like when this city was the capital of the entire known world.
I’ll leave you with this sunset view taken from the Ponte Vecchio. Most people like to take photos OF the Ponte Vecchio, but the views that you gain from the bridge itself are just as beautiful. The bell towers and terra-cotta rooftops create unique silhouettes as the setting sun casts its last gaze on the Arno river. I hope you enjoyed some glimpses of Italy today and hope you follow us on our future wanderings!