Trip to Italy – A Photo Essay

Many photos from my trip to Italy in June 2014, of historical sites, tasty eats, plus some tips on traveling while vegan.

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Today, I don’t have a recipe for you, but instead, a ton of photos from my trip to Italy earlier this month. Actually, I say “ton” but this is a very small percentage of the photos I took. To give you a brief overview, my family and I first stayed in Rome for 4 days and enjoyed taking some tours, then headed out to the Italian countryside for a week in Preggio, Perugia and a few other cities within driving distance.

It was actually in Preggio and Assisi that I suffered from a serious panic attack due to freelance work emails and being overwhelmed with how much work needed to be done once I returned home. Talk about infringing on a great vacation. Now that I’m back home it’s gotten better but anxiety is now something that I struggle with more seriously. If there was one thing this trip taught me, it’s to not stretch yourself too thin because it will catch up with you in a huge way.

On a lighter note, I really loved Rome and walking around the city amongst buildings that held so much history. Overall it was a tremendous experience.

The Forum

The Forum Italy

The Forum - Italy

Our amazing tour guide Antony

The House of Vestal Virgins

The House of Vestal Virgins

The Colosseum

The Colosseum - Rome, Italy

The first of many fancy churches

Church in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Here is what I would show servers and chefs when I went out to eat with my family (yes, I know vegana is the feminine version, google translate didn’t know that I was female! πŸ˜‰ ). It was SUPER helpful!

Il Margutta Ristorarte – a vegetarian restaurant with many delicious vegan options; not to mention, walking distance from my hotel!

Il Margutta Ristorarte - a vegetarian restaurant with many delicious vegan options; not to mention, walking distance from my hotel!

Trip to Italy

Vatican Museum

St. Peter’s Basilica (those letters at the top are 5′ tall, to give you a sense of scale)

Villa Torlonia – Mussolini’s Villa

Mausoleum of Constanzia

St. Agnese Basilica


Pin the tail on the YOLO

Preggio, Italy – complete with some of the many swallows always flying around

Tiny Preggio on the hill top

My Sister and I at Ristorante La Castagna Di Piccioli Luca – Preggio, Italy

Agriturismo Bellona – Down a tiny dirt road I had one of the best meals of my trip.

Preggio, Italy – A view from the farmhouse in which I stayed.

Castiglione del Lago:

Preggio, Italy

Assisi, Italy:

A final farewell to Italy

If you have any questions about any of the photos or my trip to italy, just leave a comment below! πŸ™‚

14 Comments on “Trip to Italy – A Photo Essay

  1. Your trip looks amazing! I lived in Rome for 6 months, and that brings back a lot of memories! I wasn’t vegan at the time, though. Was it pretty easy to find food?

  2. Thank you for showing this post. The photos are beautiful. My dad was born in Rome and he really wants to take us there to show us where he grew up. Was it hard to find vegan food you liked even with a google translator?

  3. Sorry you were so stressed about work stuff, Jackie. That must have been really tough knowing you had so much to do and trying to enjoy a vacation. I hope things have calmed down a bit for you.
    Your photos are gorgeous! I’ve never been to Italy, but I really want to go!

  4. Overwhelmingly beautiful photos, my dear! <3 It looks like a beautiful trip… I hope you're doing well and finding ways to manage your anxiety. Stay strong and remember all the beauty in life! Thinking of you.

  5. Ah, bella Italia! I lived in Florence for a few months back in 2009 and really loved it. Love all your pictures.
    Hope you’re doing ok now you’re back. Take it one day at a time πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Jackie! Almost feel as if I were there :-). I’m sorry that some of your trip was marred with anxiety, but I’m sure that the majority of your memories are really good ones.

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  8. Aloha from HawaiI! I just stumbled across your blog when looking for some recipes and was delighted to stumble across this blog about your trip to Italy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. My husband and I am going there for the first time in November, and I am really nervous about maintaining my vegan diet while we are there. Was it hard to eat vegan while you were there? Were people familiar with vegans and vegan options, or were they kind of put off by it when asking for help with the menus? I would greatly appreciate any advice and tips that you might have for our trip.

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