Italian #SpritzLife Guide

As you probably saw from my Instagram, I was gone for most of the month of May. Since I visited a few different cities/countries, I'm going to break it down into different guides for you! 

I plan on spending my summer sipping on Aperol Spritz, so what better way to be introduced & educated on Aperol, its history and the Italian aperitivo culture than a trip to Northern Italy where it all started. 

After landing in Venice, we met up with the crew and made our way to Padua, our homebase for the next couple of days. We hit up Caffè Pedrocchi for lunch and kicked jet lag in the butt with a couple Spritz and burrata. 

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The next morning, we took a train to Venice for an Aperitivo tour at Bar dei Osei, Bar Code, Baessato. And... yes, we ate and drank. A. Lot. And I LOVED every second of it. With our bellies full, we did the one tourists from around the globe pay top dollar to do: ride in a gondola. 

Next stop, Milan. If there's one magical place I recommend, it's the Terrazza Aperol in the Piazza Del Duomo. Also, if you're into shopping, there's tons of shops around the Duomo. 

The next day, we drove 2 hours to the Campari Factory and toured the place. It's really eye-opening to see the process of making what can be drunk so quickly. I never considered how much time it took to ferment or mix herbs perfectly to make a consistent product that's consumed all over the world. Of course, we weren't allowed to take any photos, but I got a good one of my lab outfit. I'm challenging Balenciaga and their IKEA-esque designs here. Ya... take it all in, folks. 

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ya... take it all in folks.

Following the tour, we headed to Villa Sparina for lunch at Michelin Guide restaurant La Gallina. I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves. In the most beautiful setting I could have ever imagined, Ash took our relationship to the next level and proposed. 

What more could a girl ask for? On cloud 9.