Mapped Out | Italy- Bologna, Umbria & Florence

I was lucky enough to go on holiday with my boyfriend and his family to Italy this summer. It was his parents 25th wedding anniversary so they hired out a villa for us all to stay in with their family friends. I had the most lovely time so I thought I would share a few pictures from the places that we visited and of the villa. Be warned- this is a very photo heavy post but I just had to share them with you!

We first flew in to Bologna and spent the day there. It was a lovely city filled with narrow cobbled streets and beautiful architecture. We only had the one day there as we were driving to the villa the next day so we made the most of the little time we had. We headed over to the old part of the city which was amaaaazing. The buildings were just incredible with all their arches and high ceilings! I can’t even begin to describe.

For lunch we stopped off at this little restaurant down one of the narrow cobbled streets. I had a lovely bowl of tortellini in a creamy sauce. It was so delicious! Unfortunately I was too hungry to think about taking pictures so completely forgot. But just take my word for how scrummy it was! After lunch we went back to the hotel to freshen up and then headed back out to explore the city some more. There is so much to see, even if you are just walking through the many streets. I would definitely love to go back to Bologna one day!

The next day we drove to the villa. It was about 2 hours away from Bologna, in a little village called Monte St Maria Tiberina. It is such a beautiful place right up high in the mountains. We were staying in the villa Palazzo Prugnoli. Honestly, none of us were expecting this when we got there. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The villa itself was huge and it had the most stunning views. Apparently the Prince of Milan once stayed there! As we were up so high, we could see all around us. The sunsets were just incredible. I just wish I was back there now…

The house keeper had the cutest dogs!

We basically stayed at the villa for the whole week as it had everything we needed. We had a lovely swimming pool which overlooked all around us. I spent most of my time sunbathing by the pool topping up my non existent tan… Every evening we had a delicious meal washed down with lots of Prosecco! We were honestly living the life! We spent lots of time playing table football and ping pong which I can now say I am semi-professional at. The villa had everything so we didn’t go out much. It was just so nice to relax and read book after book. I ended up reading Looking for Alaska, The Husband’s Secret, Dark Places and Before We Met, all in one week!

This sunset picture is completely unedited- it really looked like that!

It got to the following Saturday and it was sadly time to leave. As we had to be out of the villa by 10am, we decided to take a day trip to Florence. I have always, always, always wanted to go to Florence, so I was super excited! I definitely wasn’t disappointed when we got there. The architecture and buildings were just stunning. I just can’t believe people built the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, as stupid as that sounds! It is just so magnificent. Just seeing sights like the Ponte Vecchio (built in 1345 would you believe?!) was amazing. The Palazzo Vecchio was another great sight- really medieval with lots of little cobbled roads leading in to it.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore

The Ponte Vecchio filled with lots of little jewellery shops.

Florence is such a beautiful place with so much to see- I just wish we had had more time there! If you are thinking of visiting Florence, I would recommend going in a cooler month because when we went it was so hot that every time I stepped in to the sun I felt like I was burning.

This was such an amazing holiday! I would love to go back to these places and see everything that I wasn’t able to see before. Italy is just such a beautiful place with the best food. I definitely won’t forget the week I spent in Italy this summer.

Have you been to Italy? What are your favourite places?