What is the perfect place for a romantic honey moon? Exactly, Italy, the land of Dolce Vita and La Bella Figura. After 3 days of touring the eternal city of Rome, we spent seven relaxing days on the beautiful coast of Puglia, the southern heel of Italy. Gallipoli is located on a limestone island, capturing the romantic charm of Italian fishing villages and the rustic Mediterranean. Reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana’s ad summer 2012 ad campaign, Gallipoli oozes the essence of Southern Italy. Enjoy the beautiful pics of Bella Italia!
I am wearing: For an overcast but warm day in Gallipoli I’m wearing all Italian! Vichy checked dress from Max & Co, metallic sandals from Attilio Giusti Leombruni, cross body bag from Moschino and Ray Ban Wayfarer 2140 sunglasses.
Ingredients for Dolce and Gabbana’s ad campaigns? Take a gorgeous model, throw in a rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag. Viva Italia!
Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli’s historic heart
All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress
Watch the fisher men sell their fish after a day out on the sea after 17.30.
A black feline soft paw chiling in the evenign at Largo Argentina
Rome is just an incredible city. Strolling through the heart of the city, every corner could be taken from a post card scene. From baroque churches to ancient archaeological sites; every building is a feast for the eyes.
Even more fascinating than the opulent buildings is the strong bond the ancient city has with cats. Yes, cats! During our trip, we stumbled upon a colony of 200 cats (!!) living at the ancient site of Torre Argentina, where Julius Cesar was once stabbed by Brutus. The cats live in a shelter which is publicly protected. Italy is a no-kill nation, meaning no healthy stray cat is allowed to be put down. The cats of Rome, Gatti di Roma, are a well known tourist magnet and decorate lots of calendars you can buy around the city. All together more than 260,000 stray cats live in Rome in over 2,000 colonies. Rome’s city council even declared cats as part of the Roman bicultural heritage.
Why do cats have such a special place in Roman culture? Apparently, it all dates back to the bubonic plague. The cat population in Italy kept the disease carrying rats in check, avoiding Italy’s population to succumb to the disease, unlike the rest of Europe. When the Italian Catholic church started to chase and hunt down cats in the 1300s, there were not enough cats anymore to chase rats and disease spread rapidly across the country.
Today, organised volunteers and the neighbourhood “gattare”(=cat ladies who feed cats) look after Rome’s felines. The most famous gattare was Italian movie star Anna Magnani, known for feeding the stray cats of Trastevere with pots of pasta.
Anna Magnani with one of her cats
So on your next trip to Rome, look out for the cats of Torre Argentina, the Colosseum and the garden of Trajan. Beautiful animals majestically perching on marble columns, looming over Italy’s ancient cultural treasures. What a sight!
Floral is a big trend this year, as seen on dresses and trousers. My newest love is this beautiful flower embroidered leather handbag byDolce & Gabbana which Mummy Romantique generously lent to me.
The muted brown and beige colours are great to team with bold colours like my yellow ruffled top by Massimo Dutti.
This flowery petit four of a handbag can be worn casually during the day or in the evening worn as a clutch.
Me in Porto Cervo, worn with the handbag over my shoulder. My skirt is from Esprit, my pink leather shoes with espadrille sole from Flip Flop.Gingerbread heart necklace from Thomas Sabo.
Floral handbags from Valentino SS 2012, seen at Galeries Lafayette Berlin.
It’s not often that I want to visit a place twice. This only happened to me when we travelled to Sardinia last year. 7 months later we are back again to experience this beautiful island in the luscious spring time.
The sunshine is out, the mood is high and the grey London skies are worlds away!
Sardinia’s signature turquoise water at Capriccioli beach.
Sardinia’s azure colours are so lush due to the granite seabed. For a day at the beach, I’m wearing a stripey Uniqlo shirt, pink jeans skirt from Esprit and sunglasses from Chloé.
Life’s a beach for this ginger tomcat at Capriccioli beach.
This year, we treated ourselves to a holiday on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, also known as the “Caribbean of Italy”. Oh my what a fantastic holiday it has been so far!
It is definitely the most beautiful place in the whole of Europe, and the breathtakingly stunning beaches can effortlessly compete with the wild, sugary-sand turquoise-watered beaches of Australia and South Africa.
Sardinia is as Italian as it gets: Stylish, elegant, sleek and in no way pretentious as you would think from the way gossip magazines describe and the pictorial depiction of celebrities frolicking on 15 million € yachts.
I can’t wait to explore the island further, pictures and more reports to follow soon!
Above I’m wearing a navy blue dress with strawberries.
Below: My mint coloured nail varnish competing with the turquoise water.