This August, I was able to check off another “bucket list” item by visiting the country of Italy with my husband and kids. It was a vacation of a lifetime! We started out in Rome and did the usual tourist thing (visited the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, toured the Vatican, etc.) and at every place we visited, I was amazed and in awe at the beauty of this city and what was accomplished thousands of years ago. It is mind blowing to see structures still standing until this day and to imagine how in the world they were able to achieve the detail and artistry of their work so long ago. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this incredible place I would put this beautiful city on your “bucket list” too! I won’t even get into how amazing the food was!
After we toured Rome for a few days, we headed down to the Amalfi Coast where we stayed at a breathtaking hotel called Il San Pietro in Positano. This hotel was inside a mountain … not around it, but actually built INSIDE the mountain. From the street you could only see a small building where the elevator shaft was located to take you down into the hotel. The views were simply amazing and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea was a highlight of our stay. After a few restful days in Positano, we boarded a plane to Sicily. Both my husband and I have family from Sicily so this portion of our trip was extra special for us and the kids. We stayed at the Verdura resort in a town called Sciacca. This place was huge and offered so many things for everyone to do during our stay. A funny policy they have at the resort is their “Bike Stealing” policy. They basically have over 185 different types of bicycles around the resort and if you need a bike, you steal any bike you find laying around! If someone needs a bike, they steal yours and so on, and so on. Good thing there were enough bikes to go around whenever you needed one. Another special moment for us during this trip is it landed on mine and Frank’s 20th wedding anniversary. Being the mushy romantics that we are, we decided to renew our wedding vows at sunset. It was such a wonderful moment to share with Alexa and Frankie there, watching and celebrating with us. Needless to say, we took over a thousand pictures during this trip but it was one I know we all will remember forever.
And now that we are already into September, there’s lots to do between the kids starting school again and me getting ready to promote my newest single “Somebody’s Baby”. I can’t wait to get back on stage!