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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Parts 1-4 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice, Florence, Tuscany, & Rome!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Part 5: PLANT-BASED IN POSITANO

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POSITANO

& THE AMALFI COAST

The Land of Lemons & Linens

Leaving Rome is never easy...there is always so much left undone--you can never overstay your welcome! On the other hand, it makes me excited to think about returning again someday.

We headed to the train station, feeling like pros this time, and jumped a train to Naples, or, Napoli, which was the furthest we could get to our final destination on the Amalfi Coast via rail.

When planning our trip, we determined where to stay, and where not to stay, with the help of our favorite, and amazingly helpful tour guide, Rick Steves, who said, skip Naples--there are too many other great Italian cities out there! From Naples, we were met by our private transport to Positano. The dense cityscape gradually turned into a jagged coastline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As we whizzed around the edge of Italy, the roads became narrower and narrower, until it almost felt as if we'd bump mirrors with cars (and mammoth tour buses) coming at us from the opposite direction.

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Somehow, scooters and buses alike, made the weaving and hairpin turns look effortless. Beach goers and local villagers walked alongside the very perimeter of the sidewalk-less roads, seemingly without even an afterthought as to the risk of fatal injury. About every half mile, a tiny truck was stationed alongside the road, selling lemons the size of your head and fresh, lemony beverages spiked with limoncello. I was beginning to feel like I was in a Bond movie...or maybe, Under The Tuscan Sun--a must-see if you're wanting some inspiration to travel to Tuscany and Positano!

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An Oceanfront Villa

We found another gem of an Airbnb for a bargain, that was nestled right into the cliffside, overlooking the bright, turquoise ocean. We first had to stop at Hotel Eden Roc, which managed the property, and the two bellboys shuttled us--me in an adorable mini-mobile and Dusty on a scooter.

The bellboy informed us that all hotel amenities, the pool, spa, and restaurant were available to us, and that the hotel's owner used to live here!

When we arrived at our villa, we were completely awestruck by the beauty that surrounded us. There was a lofted bedroom, a tiny kitchen, and a gorgeous boughanvillea-lined walkway leading to two separate terraces. We were informed that there was also a gardener who would be dropping by daily to collect fresh produce from the on-site garden, for the the hotel's restaurant.

We were so excited to explore and find that we were surrounded by a lush garden of fig trees, strawberries, fresh basil, lemons galore, and so much more!

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Live Like A Local

After soaking up the sun on our terrace, we cautiously made our way along the edge of the narrow road about a five-minute's walk to the coastal village of Positano. The downhill shop and restaurant-lined town was bustling with sight-seers and local artisans standing outside of their family-owned, hand-crafted linen shops. The earth-toned, lightweight fabrics were just what we were searching for to enjoy our coastal experience. We both made sure to buy ourselves something special to remember Positano by.

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The next stop, of course, was the local market, to pick up as much fruit and veg as we could carry home, along with some artisanal pasta and bread. There's nothing like eating ripe, seasonal, homegrown foods. We lived like the locals, and only bought what we needed for each day, and it was always so fresh and so clean!

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Making Waves

After exploring the village and stocking up on fruits and veggies, it was time to hit the beach! We walked along the side of the cliffs, until we came to a stone staircase winding and weaving its way down to a secret beach, sandwiched between the rocks, and just a stone's throw from our Airbnb. One notable difference between our beaches and Italy's is the absence of sand. Most European beaches that we've visited have been dark, smooth stones, that if you're not careful, can be extremely hot to walk on barefoot! You'll either love or hate the feeling of laying on the stones, but I liked to think of it as a solid way to work out some knots in your back!

The weather was perfect the entire trip--not too dry, not too humid (with the exception of Rome, which was into the high 90s). The coastal breeze meant that Positano was slightly cooler, but still in the comfortable 80s, with sunshine all day. 

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Fine Dining

After a day at the beach, we cleaned up and got ready to do what we do best--eat! We stopped off at a little sidewalk cafe on the walk down into the village and enjoyed some pasta with pomodoro sauce. Almost every restaurant menu in Italy had an abundance of fruit on their dessert menus, which we loved. Typically, you'd want to eat your fruit first for optimal digestion, but hey-it's a far better option than cheesecake like you see here in America! We also found some vegan limone (lemon) gelato that kept us coming back each night.

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The winding corridors down to the city center were packed, wall-to-wall during the day, but in the evening, everyone congregated at a cluster of beachside restaurants. We wandered our way downhill, in and out of linen shops, art galleries, and bakeries, until we reached the bottom. We sat down to enjoy a drink and observed as an Italian toymaker displayed his arsenal of fun artifacts for a little girl.

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All Aboard

Late that night, we sat out on our terrace and made up stories about the people floating in their impressive yachts that lit up the pitch black horizon. 

The next day we hopped the ferry and took a 30-minute trip to the famed island of Capri--known for its extravagant shopping and ritzy population of tourists.

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

Fun In The Sun

Later in the afternoon, it was time for another day at the beach. I spent my time collecting blue-green sea glass, re-capping our adventures in my journal, and I finally cracked into my vacation book (which ended up being one of my all-time favorites), The Alchemist. Dusty spent most of his time in the water with the GoPro, per usual, and eventually climbed his way up the rocky ledge to dive into the deep, turquoise waves. Murmurs of varying languages and dialects carried across the sea breeze as I closed my eyes, and relished in the present moment.

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That's Amore

That night, we made reservations at the Hotel Eden Roc restaurant, Adamo ed Eva, after discovering that they offered an entire four-course vegan dinner option! It was a week or two past our fourth wedding anniversary, but we decided to celebrate on our trip, and this restaurant was perfect. We couldn't have been more pleased with the food, the service, and the ambiance! We enjoyed one of the most gourmet and delicious meals of our lives, while overlooking the Mediterranean from the the rooftop restaurant. 

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La Bottega di Brunella

Special shout out to our favorite local linen distributor, La Bottega di Brunella, and Vito Mandara (follow @vitomadara on Instagram)! On our last day, Dusty and I wandered into what we agreed was the most beautiful linen shop, and each bought something for ourselves. We met Vito, whose family owns the linen store and crafts all of their own garments, and got to talking with him. It's funny just how small this world is--when Vito asked where we were from, he knew exactly where Nebraska was! He went on to tell us that he had actually spent a year as an exchange student here! He also said that he didn't miss it! hah!

Below, Dusty is wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants, both from the shop, and I'm sporting my awesome, new linen tote bag!


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The Last Hurrah

On our last day, we spent the morning on our usual exploration via "jog-tography." We grabbed our iPhones, locked the door behind us, and hit the pavement for some sight-seeing and a good sweat session. After our final morning run in Italia, we grabbed a bite to eat an an adorable little cafe, called Casa e Botega. They offered smoothies, smoothie bowls, fresh juices, porridge, and an assortment of home goods. The ambiance was so fresh and beachy--someday we hope to have a place of our own with similar vibe!

After that, we bummed around town until dinner time, got dressed up, and went to a beachside restaurant for one final pizza and pasta combo, and listened to some live music.

Positano was positively wonderful!

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Ciao Italia

After two and a half weeks abroad, can you believe we still weren't ready to come home?! Italy treated us so well, from the fresh markets to the home-cooked pastas and pizzas, we enjoy every minute of it. The deep history, the beautiful language, the fabulous fashion, the breathtaking scenery, and the wonderful people made us feel right at home. 

We hope that you've thoroughly enjoyed this five-part, EatMoveRest In Italy series. It has been a joy piecing together so many photo-video memories, and sharing life through the lens with all of you has been a pleasure! 

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We're looking forward to bringing you more travel and lifestyle content, and, of course, tons more plant-powered recipes, nutrition, fitness, workouts, rest & relaxation, and so much more!

As always, EatMoveRest Your Best!

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 4: There's No Place Like Rome

Fashion + Style, Food + Nutrition, Eat, Lifestyle, Relationships, TravelErin StanczykComment

Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Parts 1-3 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice, Florence, & Tuscany!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Part 4: There's No Place Like Rome

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ROME

THE ETERNAL CITY

From Vineyards To The Vatican

We stepped out our front door, held each other tightly, and gazed out over the rolling vineyards one last time. We took in a breath of fresh, Tuscan air, and saddled up in our Fiat to make our way to the Eternal City--Roma!

We had originally made plans to return our rental car and take a train, but it was such smooth sailing (on the right side of the road--phew!), that we decided why not keep it and drive down to Rome? We opted to take the scenic route, past the expansive Lago di Bolsena, on out to the coast, passing through tiny villages, and stopping often to wander and explore.

Upon entering the circular city of Roma, memories from our European honeymoon came rushing back. We crossed over the Tiber River and caught a glimpse of St. Peter's Basilica, towering over the rooftops.

We made our way to our Airbnb, nestled in amongst other romantic, pink and orange dwellings. Our host informed us that there was no elevator in our age-old apartment building, so we proceeded to lug our over-packed luggage up three, long and grueling flights of crooked stairs. When we stepped foot inside, though, we were instantly transported back to modern time.

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Keeping The Faith

The following morning we woke up at the crack of dawn and cabbed to the outskirts of the Vatican City, to meet our tour group. This would be the one and only pre-arranged, organized day of our trip, and a must-see for any Roman tourist! The reason why it pays to book a tour of the grounds, is that you get to bypass the endless line of people that wraps around the city's walls. Nothing brings the Christian faith to life like seeing Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel and listening to the stories of the faithful throughout the ages. Ultimately, though, regardless of one's beliefs or religious affiliation, the Vatican City is an awe-inspiring spectacle to be witnessed by anyone!

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Conservative Chic

Most basilicas and chapels require that your shoulders and knees be covered, so I opted for a lightweight, linen button-up from Gap, my new favorite linen pants from a local shop in Venice called Sweet Benedict, a cute and comfortable pair of sandals from J.Crew Outlet, and I always keep my favorite Ray-Ban Clubmasters in my purse, because they go with anything and everything!

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Smoothies + Salads

After our tour of the Vatican, we came across a café by day, turned night club and cocktail lounge by night, advertising açaí bowls, so we stopped for lunch! Escopazzo had the most uniquely amazing smoothies and superfood salads, and the aesthetic was on point!

Matters Of The Heart

One of our favorite locations in Rome is the Villa Borghese gardens--a lush, green, heart-shaped park in the midst of the city, providing a breathe of fresh air, similar to that of Central Park in New York.

As we wandered our way to the park to reminisce about the first stop we made on our honeymoon a few years prior, Dusty and I got into a silly argument. It's funny how the tiniest sliver can sometimes inflict the deepest and most painful of wounds. We pierced our way into the garden's edge, as the metaphorical blood began to drip from our mouths--we were being tested--I could feel it.

Romance isn't always romantic--even in Rome.
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I refused to pass through the vein of the heart until we had settled our differences. Sometimes you've got to break down and strip everything away in order to repair and re-build. Emotionally and physically exhausted, we finally came to a point of tears dried up, a crack of a smile followed by relief and laughter, and made amends. 

God has a funny way of injecting symbolism into our lives--if we look and listen, the synchonicities will begin to become evermore present and apparent. We crossed through the park with a renewed sense of the bond of marriage, and just how sacred it is.

Sunshine + Sundresses

Sundresses were literally almost all I packed...or bought! The sun was beaming hot, and the temperature didn't drop too much at night, so the brand new dress I bought in Orvieto (our previous stop), was comfortable for daytime sight-seeing and evening outdoor dining. I love finding one-of-a-kind gems that you can't get back home--the type of garments that you keep forever! And, when in Rome, you pair your dress with none other than gladiator sandals--I just love how they peeked out perfectly from the front of this dress!

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Romance In Rome

Later on, we stopped by another must-see--the Trevi Fountain. That evening, following suit, we re-traced our steps back to our honeymoon hotel, Hotel Ambasciatori, where we enjoyed a sip of rosé at the bar and reminisced while munching on fresh olives.

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Stepping Out

Another must-see--or must do, is the Spanish Steps--an iconic, social hangout spot, littered with locals and tourists alike. Stepping our way down, we were met by horse-drawn carriages and narrow streets lined with shopping in all price ranges. The waft of fresh basil atop classic, pizza-and-pasta dishes spilled out from countless ristorantes and the melody of a distant accordion floated through the corridors. 

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Plant-Powered Pizza & Pasta

Dusty and I enjoyed more than our fair share of pizza and pasta, whether home-cooked (below) or dining out, and something different was baked into these artisanal, Italian classics. We didn't feel the pangs of a "food coma" once--as would be the norm at home with a deep dish pizza from somewhere like Old Chicago!

The cracker-thin-crust pizzas with barely even a dusting of cheese on top were the standard throughout all of Italia. We had no trouble asking vegano? (vegan?), or simply requesting senza formaggio (without cheese), and instead, we piled our pizzas high with tons of veggies; many restaurants even offered vegan cheese options. Pasta was equally as easy and delicious, and plant-based or not, you can't go wrong with spaghetti pomodoro--a typical pasta dish topped with fresh tomato sauce and basil.

Our favorite restaurant that we stumbled upon was called Hosteria del Mercato, which had plenty of healthy and delicious plant-based options. We dined outside on the narrow, cobblestone road, and enjoyed bruschetta and pizza, and then wandered our way inside for a dose of design inspiration. Upon entering the cross-shaped venue, there were crates overflowing with fresh, local fruits & veggies, and a juice & smoothie bar. Moving forward, there was indoor dining, backed by a lush, live, green wall. Off to the left was a fresh, bio (organic) supermarket, and to the right was a cozy, well-decorated bar. Someday we hope to open a place just like this one!

Fresh Fruit + Stunning Sights

On our last day, we went for a long run, looping around the Villa Borghese gardens and making our way to Campo Dei Fiori's well-known, open-air produce market. We re-fueled and stocked up on a bit of everything, and cabbed home to get ready for some necessary sight-seeing.

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Our Airbnb was a straight, 5-minute shot to the Coliseum, where we marveled, snapped photos, and worked our way along the curved road, to witness the ancient Roman ruins, and one of our favorite structures, the Altare della Patria

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Nothing says Rome like red! I just knew when I bought my brand new, flowy red dress from Banana Republic, that it would be the perfect outfit to make me feel like a Roman goddess! Rome was the hottest of all the places we stayed in Italy (about 100 degrees!), so the more lightweight you can go, the better! I paired my dress with the hubby's favorite Ray-Ban Aviators and a simple sandal from J.Crew Outlet, and felt comfortable and fabulous--the best combo!

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The Golden Hour

We walked our way along the road back to our Airbnb and stopped at a clearing to watch the sunset over the horizon. It seems that no matter where you wander, all of Italy possesses a warm, orange glow, pervasive at any time of the day--but especially just before nightfall.

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There's No Place Like Rome

The photo to the left was taken on our honeymoon in June of 2013. We came upon a random church with a large, crumbling yet alluring facade. We entered and had a moment of silence, and little did I know that Dusty was snapping a shot of me from behind, that would now hang, framed beside our bed. It reminds me that God is always shining down on us.

This time, we had planned to swing by one evening to pay a visit, but it had closed at 6pm and we had just missed the cutoff. The next morning, we made our way to the train station and there it was, sitting right next door! We had about an hour to kill, so we took turns guarding the luggage and were both able to stop in. God also has a sense of humor, and puts things in our paths right when we least expect them!


Love Is An Action

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Before we departed, we left our mark on Rome, and Rome most definitely left its mark on us. The main takeaway from Rome was that, you can be in the most romantic city in the world, and still find your heart upside down and inside out. There is an ever-present light and a looming darkness that evades our human existence on this earth, and from time to time, the two butt heads, and cause us to be tested in a very real way. Dusty and I have had our fair share of marital hurdles to overcome, but we've managed to come out stronger, more mature, and with a greater sense of understanding of one another's differences each and every time.

True love is not merely a feeling, it's an action. Choose love, be love, share love, spread love.

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Positano, coming up next! We'll be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

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Eat The Rainbow

Pad Thai has always been a favorite of my and Dusty's, but restaurant versions are typically laden with oil, over-salted, and too sweet, not to mention, they may not be gluten-free!

Our Raw Rainbow Pad Thai recipe incorporates all of the colors of the rainbow in the form of fresh, seasonal veggies! Enjoy this quick & simple, nutritious & delicious, plant-powered, indulgence for lunch or dinner in no time at home!

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Count Colors, Not Calories

Raw, living, whole, and pure foods are positively nourishing and life-giving! If there's one thing I learned since going plant-based, it's that you can eat to your heart's content! Rather than counting calories, you're free to focus instead on incorporating all of the colors of the rainbow into your diet!


Raise Your Vibration

If you're in the area, be sure to check out Nebraska's first annual yoga, music, and plant-based food festival: High Vibe Festival in Omaha at Stinson Park and Aksarben Village, put on by Lotus House of Yoga! Dusty and I are honored to have been invited to share our knowledge and passion for a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle in two separate talks!

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In the AM, we will be discussing Finding Balance, and doing the 3 things we all do every day, that we could be doing better: EatMoveRest. We plan to expand on the importance of bringing your best self every day, by finding balance and practicing self-love and self-care. Come with an appetite for a Pin-worthy Pad Thai food demo, and watch as we whip up our rad, Raw Rainbow Pad Thai *wink wink* and show you a few fun, food tricks to make a Pinterest-worthy, nutritious meal. Time will be allotted for a Q+A and group discussion on plant-based diet, fitness, and mindfulness.

In the afternoon, we will be covering The Art of Living Raw, where we plan to touch on the importance of incorporating an abundance of colorful, living, raw foods into your diet, as well as other aspects of living raw, like being authentic, transparent, true to yourself, honoring your soul, and listening to your intuition. Our afternoon talk will be accompanied by an Insta-smoothie Bowl demo & tasting, where we'll show you how to make delicious, Instagram-worthy, Açaí and Pitaya smoothie bowls!


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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

There are more than enough colors in this epic, plant-powered recipe to get your body revved up and ready to live! Enjoy this noodle-y, Asian-inspired delight alongside some tofu for added protein, or sliced mango for a tropical twist!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, rainbow-licious

 

ingredients:

veggies

  • 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

sauce

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or nama shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 teaspoons pure maple syrup, agave (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

 

method:

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  1. Prep vegetables and add to large bowl and mix with hands.
  2. Place all ingredients for dressing in blender or mini processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing into bowl with vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle with hemp seeds & sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

optional:

  • Add tofu for an extra kick of protein.
  • Add sliced mango for a tropical twist.
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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice & Florence!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Tuscany

Grapevines + Fine Wines

The Road Less Traveled

When we were planning our trip, Dusty and I decided it would be a good idea to stay somewhere a bit more remote halfway through, to catch a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities. As much as I love to go, go, go, I knew in the back of my mind that we would enjoy the bliss of doing nothing for a couple of days. To really get off the beaten path, we rented a car!

With tensions running high, we buckled up, and hit the open road in our Fiat. To our surprise, the roads were well-paved, and we didn't get lost once--even on the winding, hilly trek to our Airbnb cottage in the middle of nowhere. I will say that I'm glad we opted for a vehicle with GPS and an international data plan for my iPhone!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

This Side Of Paradise

When we arrived, we were greeted by the homeowner, Ramona, and a bottle of Lapone Vineyard & Winery's finest. After being given a tour of the grounds and our private guest house, we were shocked and speechless--it was more than we could have ever hoped for!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

The old, stone cottage, accented with cherry red shutters was a picture right out of a movie. We lugged our bags to our bedroom and began to make ourselves at home. After snacking on some local cherries and figs, we made our way out to the back patio and followed the stone path leading us to the expansive lap pool overlooking the rolling vineyards. This would be our home for the next four days.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

To top it all off, I was greeted by a friendly feline on the property, that agreed to join me for a photo shoot. I think I made friends with at least one cat, each place we stayed!

Under The Tuscan Sun

As sunbeams shot across the bedroom the next morning, I felt my heart skip with excitement. I grabbed my phone to drop a pin on our location to make sure that I wasn't dreaming. I tip-toed across the cool, pale pink tiles and reached for my running shoes and made my way upstairs to rinse and chop some fresh fruit. Shortly after, my partner in crime joined me, and we enjoyed our breakfast in comfortable silence, gazing out the arched window at the expansive Italian hillside. This would turn out to be one of the best days of our lives.

There were no alarm clocks, no schedules or itineraries to follow, no tours to be at, just clear skies, sunshine, and plenty of time to do it right...Eat, Move, Rest. After breakfast, we took a right, heading out the driveway, which quickly turned to gravel. We ran up, down, and around, passing small, family farms with sheep ready to be sheared, ratty olive orchards, and never-ending rows of grapevines. We re-traced our steps home, shed our sweaty clothes, threw on our bathing suits, and made a B-line for the pool.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Sunglasses, big hat, a good book, quiet music, and endless sunshine. As we stepped to the water's edge, I grabbed my phone, gave Dusty a playful shove, and caught a quick "Boomerang" as he made a splash. As he re-emerged, we died laughing, watching the video clip on repeat. We spent the next several hours enjoying the art of doing nothing.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Grow Green

Olives, grapes, and figs were in abundance on the property, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't pluck a few!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

A Hilltop Village

Later that day, we hopped in our Fiat and drove a ways south to a tiny, hilltop village called Orvieto, where we explored the famous, black-and-white striped Duomo.  This region of Italy is technically considered Umbria, but to us, it was all Tuscany. We walked the narrow, quaint, and nearly motor-less streets lined with artisanal bakeries, chattering townsfolk, and hand-made linens. The majority of the shops were temporarily closed for a mid-day "siesta," or as they call it, a "riposo," and would re-open in the evening. Most of Italy embraces this extended lunch hour, and it provides tourists time to slow down and take it all in. As we wandered down the cobblestone road, we stumbled upon a group of budding musicians, serenading a crowd.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

As shops and restaurants began to re-open, we sat down to enjoy some delicious bruschetta and beautiful, ribboned avocado salads. Later on, we finally found a local produce market and stocked up on more fruit and veg to keep on hand, and some pasta and fresh bread to prepare for dinner. Three reasons we love to use Airbnb instead of booking a hotel: 1) we love to have a kitchen to cook in, 2) they are typically less expensive, and 3) they have more character and style!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Flying High

On our way out of town, we made a pitstop at a park overlooking the valley below. We grabbed our cameras and walked along the path to have a look. To our left was a large, round, cement pad, where a group was wrapping up an outdoor yoga class--shortly after, was the real treat! An older man and a younger couple showed up with two wooden crates with holes drilled in the side. As the younger man placed a large, leather glove onto his hand, he reached into one of the crates to unveil a stunning, masked hawk. He removed the mask, blew his whistle, and the hawk took off and soared right over our heads. A few cues later, and the hawk was right back on the man's arm. It was apparent to us that no matter what career, job, or hobby, one had in this country, it was all done with such passion!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

Find Paradise Within

The main takeaway in Tuscany was that sometimes less is more. Often times, I feel more anxious when I'm doing nothing, as opposed to having too much to do. I like to visit cities, people watch, shop, eat, mingle, and meet, but out of every day abroad, that particular day we spent by the pool stuck out most to me. I can whip up almost anything delicious and nutritious in the kitchen, but I still haven't quite figured out what the recipe for a perfect day is--but I do know two crucial ingredients--love and laughter.