Preview: Three Weeks in Italy

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The day has finally arrived – Justin and I will be boarding a plane and flying to Italy!!! It is our first time visiting Italy so we are making the most of it, spending a glorious three weeks in Italy. Our itinerary is filled with awesome plans and we thought we’d let you in on some of them ahead of time. We won’t be blogging at all while we’re overseas. I know, that’s a long time to be away from the blog – the longest I’ve stepped away from it since the beginnings of Justin Plus Lauren. However, you’ll get to read all about our adventures when we return. Plus, we’ll be posting lots of updates mostly in the form of photos on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Youtube!

If you happen to be traveling through Italy while we’re there, be sure to send us a message on any of our social media networks or by our contact form and it would be great to meet up! Here are our travel plans while we’re there:


  • Spending 3 nights in Venice at Warm Hospitality Venice
  • Ride a Vaporetto along line 1 to ride down the Grand Canal
  • Visit the islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello
  • Rent bicycles to ride around the island of Lido
  • Take tours at Basilica di San Marco and Doge’s Palace at Piazza San Marco
  • Walk across the Rialto Bridge
  • Gondola Ride in Venice with Tinggly as their brand ambassadors
  • Getting lost walking around all over the place


  • Spending 5 nights in Florence at La Farina Apartments
  • Visiting Gallerie dell’ Accademia to see the statue of David
  • Seeing the Duomo in Florence and climbing the nearby bell tower
  • Visiting the Uffizi Gallery
  • Spending a day in Lucca exploring the town and riding bicycles
  • Tour with Florencetown: VIP Siena and San Gimignano By Night (Visiting Siena, San Gimignano, Tuscan countryside)
  • A day in Ferrara with Agata of Null & Full and who is hosting us for a vegan cooking class and showing us around town!
  • Hoping to have time to visit Piazzale Michaelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, Oltrarno neighborhood

Cinque Terre

  • Spending 3 nights in Riomaggiore at Gramsci 31 Apartment
  • Stopping in Pisa for the day before arriving in Cinque Terre
  • Hiking to the five towns: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso Al Mare
  • If there’s time, taking a ferry to Portovenere for the day


  • Spending 5 nights in Sorrento at Villa Elisa Sorrento
  • Exploring Sorrento including Sorrento Cape and perhaps swimming at Bagni della Regina Giovanna if it’s warm enough!
  • Taking the ferry to Capri for the day with a boat tour to the Blue Grotto, take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro, and visit Villa San Michele
  • A full day Amalfi Coast tour with a private driver with Lovely Amalfi Coast to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello
  • Spending a day at Pompeii


We are traveling everywhere by train and we’re planning on eating lots of pasta, pizza, and gelato! We’ll return with the low down on all of the vegan food that we ate in Italy.

Have you ever been to Italy? What was your favorite thing about Italy?

30 Responses

  1. Sarah Lynn
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    Wow! What an amazing adventure, your itinerary is jam packed!
    I absolutely loved Florence, make sure you check out the leather markets I bought a purse there five years ago and it’s still in great shape!
    I’m heading back to Italy on May 15 for about three or four weeks and this time I’m extremely excited to visit Cinque Terre. Safe travels!
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  2. Karilyn
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    Exciting! I have wanted to go to Italy forever, but I never have made it because I like you want to see it all and I just never have time! Can you hike to all 5 towns on the cinque terre in one day? I had always planned to do it in a few days, sleeping in different locations as we went. I can’t wait to take my son on this with me. We love hiking and I wonder how he will do on an urban hike like this. Look forward to your trip!
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    • Lauren
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      We visited all 5 towns in Cinque Terre though we didn’t hike them all. We hiked on the only part of the blue trail that was open btween Monterosso and Vernazza. For the other towns, we took the train to each one, and stayed in Riomaggiore. I would definitely do it over a couple of days if you want to hike between each one. You can take the many red trails to hike between the other towns. I also recommend taking the ferry to Porto Venere for the day if you get the chance! I’ll be writing about all of this really soon so stay tuned!
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  3. Andrea
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    You are hitting my favorite spots: Florence, Sorrento, and Cinqueterre. You will have an amazing time! Eat gelato at least once a day!
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  4. Tara Lepore
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    You are going to absolutely love it, Italy is one of my favorite countries in the entire world! My favorite site in Rome is the Pantheon, but all of it is…amazing. Have fun! I’m interested to see how your vegan food choices look, looking forward to hearing from you guys!
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  5. I am so excited for both of you. We took the kids to Italy this summer, and everyone loved it so much. It’s such a wonderful place for history, culture, wandering around and, of course, eating. My kids’ favorite part was Gladiator School in Rome. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite as so much of it was incredible. Have a great time, and I’ll be enjoying it through your eyes via social media.
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    • Lauren
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      I could see why your kids would like gladiator school so much!! That sounds like a blast. We really loved the Colosseum. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite place too. Italy is so amazing! We both loved it!
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  6. Zita
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    Sounds like such an amazing trip!! I saw a bit of Italy about 5 years ago, Florence was by far my favourite place but I never got to Venice… Guess that means I have to go back!
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  7. I hope you enjoy every second of it!!! I’ll be in Rome May 8-18, I’d love to meet you guys πŸ™‚
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  8. Katrina Elisabet
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    Ohhhh I DO HOPE you get to go to Bagni della Regina Giovanni!!!! I have dreams about that place. The water is warmer in there than outside the cove thanks to warmth from the sun, but I hope you at least visit and dip your toes in. I’ve changed my FB picture back to a selfie I took there; I’m that in love with the place! πŸ™‚
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    • Lauren
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      Katrina, it was incredible there! We did visit though we didn’t go swimming. It was still far too cold. I did put my toes in the water though to test it out πŸ™‚ It is amazing, one of the prettiest places I’ve visited!
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  9. Sam
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    You guys! This has been a long time coming – I’m really excited for you. And of course, I can’t wait to read about what vegan goodies you discover! Have an awesome time!
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  10. Ruth - Tanama Tales
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    This trip is going to be awesome! Can’t wait to read about all your adventures.
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  11. Have a wonderful time! My friends just came back from a week in Italy and absolutely loved it. I’ve also read many posts about how wonderful the place is, enough to make me put it as #1 on my bucket list. I hope we can follow in your footsteps in about two years.
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  12. Katie@worl
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    Wonderful plans guys! I am hlad you are taking a break from the blog to enjoy your time. Blogging on the road is difficult and for a shorter trip I think its better just to soak everything in and write like crazy when you get back before you forget all the sweet details. I will be right across the ocean later this week. Believe it or not I actually checked tickets to venice and milan because I was looking for the cheapest option but Greece was still the winner. Have an amazing trip and I can’t wait to see tour posts when you’re back!
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  13. RobRob
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    I am so excited and happy for you guys…and more than just a little bit jealous! A week in Florence – how awesome! And a week in Sorrento also? Fabulous. Those were two of my favorite stops, but really – just about anywhere is grand! πŸ™‚ Have fun – we’ll be following right along with you!

    • Lauren
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      Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚ Now that we’re back…I’m longing to see other parts of Italy and even return to some spots someday! Just that kind of a place. Loved Sorrento and Florence, too!
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  14. Loving following you guys along. What an adventure! Venice and Burano are two of my favorite parts of Italy. Safe travels!
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  15. Steve Tierney
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    Southern Italy #WeekendWanderlust

  16. Steve Tierney
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    Italy #WeekendWanderlust

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