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Our Italian Summer Vacation

Eva Amurri Martino and husband Kyle with their children Marlowe and Major in Italy

Our family vacation to Italy this summer was, in a word, sublime.  Growing up partly in Italy, and having roots there, it was beyond special to introduce my kids to a country I love so much– but it was particularly incredible to watch my kids really explore and enjoy a vacation right alongside us.  The four of us were in heaven! There is nothing more chic than “La Dolce Vita”, and being in Italy was so inspiring, reinvigorating, and got my wheels turning for other trips we can take as a family! We were there for ten days total, before heading to Croatia.  Today I thought I would share the photographic album of our trip, along with some of the highlights.  Feel free to comment below if you have additional questions that I didn’t answer!

Eva Amurri Martino in a sundress in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino with children Marlowe and Major and her Italian Family
Eva Amurri Martino with children Marlowe and Major and her Italian Family
Eva Amurri Martino next to a pastel wall in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino in front of a dramatic green door in Italy

Our trip started off in Rome.  The we took a night time flight to arrive early in the morning, and surprisingly the kids did GREAT.  I’m going to write a longer blog post about international travel with kiddos, but if you want some basic travel tips check out this post about travels with toddlers! Rome is where I grew up (besides NYC), and I have family there that my kids had never met! I was excited to introduce them to my Grandmother (Nonna) who is their GREAT grandmother, as well as my Aunts Valentina and Roberta.  My brother Leone was also in town, who my kids adore, so that was a treat too!  It was so fun to see everyone, and especially to watch my kids interact with my grandmother.  She was in heaven, too.  Major was giving her big, wet smooches, and Marlowe was snuggling in her lap nonstop.  She cooked an insanely delicious lunch for us the day we got in, which I was really looking forward to.  Her Tiramisu is the best in all of Rome!

The city was insanely hot when we were there, so I didn’t want to push the kids too much to sightsee.  I decided that the two places I really wanted to take them were the Pantheon (one of my all time favorite sites ever), and Piazza Navona– where I had spent a lot of time growing up.  We even went to the toy store at the corner of Piazza Navona where I used to go as a little girl!

Eva Amurri Martino on a boat on the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino and husband Kyle in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino enjoys a cocktail In Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino by the cliff in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino enjoys a cocktail In Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino sips a cocktail from a giant lemon in Amalfi

Next up was the Amalfi Coast.  We stayed in the most beautiful rental house called Villa Luisa, right outside of Maiori.  It was built in to the cliffside in the sixties, and had the coolest indoor-outdoor floor plan.  My favorite part was the patio with a line of chairs overlooking the mediterranean.  The mornings and evenings there were insanely beautiful.  The house also had a pool, which was amazing because the days were HOT! The kids did so well with their swimming, and Marlowe even learned to float on her back.  We would walk down stairs built in to the rocks to reach these really cool swimming holes where we could take a dip in the ocean.  Since Kyle and I both love exploring, almost every day we would venture out to explore the neighboring towns.  We went to Cetara, Ravello, Minori, Positano, Amalfi, and Capri.  Each town was beautiful and special in its own way, but my favorites were probably Positano and Cetara.  The beach in Positano was beyond picturesque, and I loved the winding streets and little squares we found.  And Cetara was the biggest surprise! It’s the cutest town ever, with really cool, hip restaurants and bars, and a sweet playground right near the water.  I had never heard of it before, so I wanted to make sure to mention it here for those of you exploring! I spent a lot of time as a child in Ravello, at an estate called La Rondinaia, as the owner (Author Gore Vidal) was a dear friend of my Mother’s.  We had the pleasure of going back to visit La Rondinaia on this trip, just to see and relive the memories, and it was so super special! Gore passed away several years ago, but they kept his study exactly as it was and you can totally sense his spirit and energy there.  It was beautiful. 

Eva Amurri Martino in a floral sundress in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino in a floral sundress in Italy
Contrasting patterns in the Amalfi Coast by Eva Amurri Martino
Eva Amurri Martino in a floral sundress in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino and her kids Marlowe and Major in Rome
Kyle Martino and daughter Marlowe in Italy

Kyle and I got a little day date in one day to Capri! We took the ferry there, and it only took an hour and a half from Maiori.  Once there, we walked around, ate lunch, and got cocktails at the most beautiful boutique hotel EVER, J.K Place.  Kyle and I are already planning our return to that hotel with the kids– it was heaven.  

All in all, I feel like we all embraced the Italian inside of us on this trip! LOL. My kids ate every single thing offered to them, like total champs.  Marlowe even shelled her own shrimp, and both ate squid and clams almost every day.  I told them that the chefs in Italy don’t know how to make pasta with butter…LOL. Marlowe also got really in to the topless beach culture.  Once she saw that none of the little girls her age wear the tops of their bathing suits, there was NOTHING I could do to get her to keep one on.  Thankfully, I can report that she has returned back to customary American beach bathing with top included. Ha! I think everyone’s favorite vacation mode detail, though, was the fact that the kids stayed up late with us to eat every night, and slept in also! I found that the European schedule worked really well with them, and we napped them as needed for extra busy days.  Overall, the logistics were much more chill than I was expecting! I’m adding my highlights below, but please add to it in the comments below if you have great recommendations!

Eva Amurri Martino in a sundress in Italy
Kyle Martino in the Amalfi Coast
Kyle Martino holds daughter Marlowe's hand on the Amalfi Coast
Marlowe Martino sits on the steps on the Amalfi Coast

Highlights…

Eva Amurri Martino with son Major on the beach in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino and son Major on the beach in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino in a bikini in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino hangs on the beach in Amalfi with her children Marlowe and Major
Marlowe Martino next to a boulder on the Amalfi Coast
Kyle Martino lounges on a chair in Amalfi
Marlowe Martino enjoying some lunch by the water in Italy
Marlowe Martino smiling on the Amalfi Coast
Kyle Martino and son Major on the Amalfi Coast
Kyle Martino posing in the Amalfi Coast
Kyle Martino on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Kyle Martino kissing son Major in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino with son Major on the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino looks off the coast of Amalfi in a bikini
The Martino family on the beach in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino on the beach in Amalfi
Marlowe Martino crossing her arms on the Amalfi Coast
Marlowe Martino walking around Amalfi
Rome captured by Eva Amurri Martino
Eva Amurri Martino in a bikini in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino drinks from a fountain in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino in a floral sundress in Italy
Marlowe Martino and brother Major in the Amalfi Coast
Marlowe Martino in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino and husband Kyle in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino in Italy
Kyle Martino in front of white and blue doors in Italy
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Eva Amurri Martino and husband Kyle in Italy
Rome shot by Eva Amurri Martino
A cocktail from Eva Amurri Martino's trip to the amalfi coast
Lobster display on Eva Amurri Martino trip to Amalfi
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Eva Amurri Martino and daughter Marlowe walk in Italy
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Major Martino and sister Marlowe on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
The Martino Family in Rome
Major Martino holding a lemon on the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino on the Amalfi coast with her children Marlowe and Major
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Marlowe Martino collecting small lemons in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino poses in a bathing suit in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino swims in the mediterranean sea with daughter Marlowe
Eva Amurri Martino wears a straw hat and bathing suit in the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
The Amalfi Coast shot by Eva Amurri Martino
Kyle Martino holds son Major under an outdoor shower in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino climbs out of the water in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino wears a pearl studded headband in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino's children Marlowe and Major pet donkeys in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino's children Marlowe and Major sit on a unicorn float in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino stands on the edge of a cliff in the Amalfi Coast
Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe wears a sunflower sundress in Italy
Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe collects lemons in Amalfi
A view from Eva Amurri Martino's trip to the Amalfi coast
Eva Amurri Martino wears a colorful dress on the cliffs of Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino's son Major wears sunglasses in Amalfi
The Martino family on the beach in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino wears matching hand made leather sandals with her children in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino's son Major in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino's brother Leoné with her children Marlowe and Major
Eva Amurri Martino's personal photos from her family trip to Amalfi
Lemon knicknacks in Amalfi
Eva Amurri Martino sunbathes in Amalfi

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31 Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    Looks like a dream! How was traffic? Did you rent a car to get around Amalfi? Keep hearing traffic is worse than LA!

    07.18.19 Reply
    • omg traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as LA! But the roads are pretty stressful because they are lots of curves and the roads are skinny! (we rented a car, or took cabs for dinner if we knew we were going to be drinking)

      07.18.19 Reply
  2. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous! Absolutely love it! Can’t wait to take my kids one day. Italy is my absolute favorite and I love Positano!

    07.18.19 Reply
  3. Stefania says:

    Ciao ciao, che bello leggere e guardare le foto della nostra (anche tua) Italia. Sono contenta che ti sia piaciuta. Torna presto, magari al Nord. Io abito vicino Milano

    07.18.19 Reply
  4. Kelley Misetich says:

    Hi Eva,

    Loved reading this post about your amazing trip to Rome, the pics are beautiful and your family is just precious. There is something so magical about being in Europe, it feels like you are in a different world. You have given me so many stunning places to visit when I go next year 🙂 Does your dad still live in Rome? I am so in love with the crystal blue waters and beautiful chic colorful buildings.

    Thank you so much for this.

    Hope you have a beautiful day 🙂

    07.18.19 Reply
    • Thanks, Kelley!!! 🙂 No he doesn’t, he lives in canada now!

      07.18.19 Reply
  5. Irina Visan says:

    OMG are you the most photogenic (and beautiful) family ever or what? Adorbs!! But I think it’s safe to say that Lowie is the little star posing like a supermodel in her precious outfits! She’s a natural 🙂 Thanks for sharing I might have to hurry up my next tript to Italy.

    07.18.19 Reply
  6. Johna DellaValle says:

    Hi! Love your blog and pictures. Love love love amalfi!!! Wondering if you noticed anything about gluten free options? Me and my husband have traveled there but not since I had kids. My 4 year old daughter has celiac and was wondering if it would be easy if I brought her on our next vacation?

    07.18.19 Reply
    • Ooof, that’s so tough! I did notice some options at placed we went to in rome, but I think in the smaller towns like the Amalfi coast, it may be more complicated. You can always phone ahead though! I hope it works out for you guys! xo

      07.18.19 Reply
  7. Suzie says:

    What a special trip! So beautiful. Happy for you!!!

    07.18.19 Reply
  8. Kelsa says:

    Where did you get the pink floral dress that you’re wearing with the pink headband? I don’t think I see it linked and it’s so so gorgeous.

    07.18.19 Reply
    • It’s a brand called Janet Russo, but isn’t available online, which is why I didn’t link it 🙁

      07.18.19 Reply
      • Kelsa says:

        Ah, bummer. But thanks! It’s so pretty on you!

        07.18.19 Reply
    • Areth says:

      I love that one too 😍

      08.22.19 Reply
  9. Esme says:

    What an amazing trip! Love how grown up your kids look! Did you take all the photos or did you hire a photographer out there for some of your outings?

    07.18.19 Reply
  10. Anita Jordan says:

    Hi Eva, we are planning a similar trip next year. Would you base yourself again in Maiori or would you choose sorrento or another town? Thanks

    07.19.19 Reply
  11. Gorgeous photos ! This vacation looks like it was perfect !

    07.20.19 Reply
  12. Victoria Calleja says:

    Love this post! Gorgeous pictures! So glad you had a great time. I love the black swimsuit with the belt-like thing at the waist 🙂 Could you share where it’s from please? And I’d love for you to do a post on what you keep in mind when packing clothes for travelling (I don’t think you’ve ever done one?) How do you pack a stylish suitcase without carrying an entire wardrobe? 🙂

    07.20.19 Reply
  13. Kate says:

    These pictures are absolutely stunning, and this whole trip looks like a total dream! I lived in Rome for 5 years in my early 20s, and miss it everyday. This is giving me major FOMO, but also inspo for a long trip there next summer!

    I just keep thinking how special it will be for your kids to have these incredible pics of their childhood, but especially of mamma looking so gorgeous and glamorous! I think we all love going back to look at these kinds of memories..it’s so cool yours are memorialized on your blog like this. ♥️

    07.20.19 Reply
  14. Lisa says:

    AMAZING!Photos.. What a beautiful trip! You all looked so relaxed and vacationed. Wonderful memories! XO Lisa

    07.22.19 Reply
  15. Alana says:

    I have to say, all of these pictures are so dreamy, but the ones of you in particular are GORGEOUS!!

    07.22.19 Reply
  16. Areth says:

    I loved following your trip online, but these photos all together are absolutely gorgeous! I hope someday I can go there and have even half the amazing trip your family has had. Also I love how photogenic you all are. Beautiful kids

    08.22.19 Reply
  17. ru-chan says:

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    09.30.19 Reply