whatifwewalked

Luke & Nell

What if we walked? 👣👣 ➳ S l o w travel stories from a wandering English couple ➳ Now: middle-of-Italy ➳ Our nice blog:

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First stop in Spello: Villa Fidelia ― A villa and garden hidden on a steep hillside of Umbria, the Villa Fidelia is so beautiful the King of Italy chose it as the venue for his daughter's wedding reception in 1930! Fast forward almost 90 years and this afternoon there was no-one there. That is except two little girls, both were very much in awe of all the twirling it took to get this photo. Most Princessy. • • • • • #italiainunoscatto #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #lppathfinders #ig_italia #italia #italygram #globelletravels #femmetravel #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #wanderwithpurpose #youmustsee #iamtb #mytinyatlas #teamkaptainkenny #theconstantlycurious
Back on our little journey through Umbria ― And down the olive tree slopes of Monte Subasio to the next village of Spello. Spello is mediaeval, with Roman bits still strewn about too, and so pretty! • • • • • #living_europe #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #ig_italia #italia #italygram #travelcouple #creativetravelcouples #makemoments #wanderwithpurpose #adventuretogether #exploremore #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #teamkaptainkenny #pathport #theconstantlycurious
September walks in Umbria ― Walking 1200m up in between Umbrian hilltop towns. We've been busy with work the last few days but coming out finally makes us realise that first, the seasons here are just beginning to change, and second, the sunsets here are incredible - it's not just Tuscany with all the golden light! Are you beginning to notice autumn where you are? • • • • • #beautifulplaces #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #ig_italia #italia #instagramitalia #italiansummer #fromwhereistand #travelcouple #findthelight #makemoments #livecolorfully #aseasonalyear #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #teamkaptainkenny #teamsalty
A little town called Assisi ― We are giving you a pretty thorough look at beautiful Assisi. It's the most famous place in Umbria but like so many busy places in the early morning only us, shopkeepers and the odd cat were around. But did you know Assisi is actually one of the most popular pilgrim destinations in the world? The fourth apparently, to be exact. It has one huge Basilica, and it holds the remains of St Francis, the saint of Italy. He liked birds you know! • • • • • #assisi #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #ig_italia #italia #through_italy #instagramitalia #fromwhereistand #welltravelled #postcardsfromtheworld #travelcouple #chasinglight #streetshot #prettylittlecities #travel_drops #culturetrip #passionpassport #teamkaptainkenny
From below Assisi to way, way above ― The town of Assisi sits between a valley with a big road, and a mountain called Monte Subasio. So before we even really went inside Assisi we walked below and then walked above. Up beyond the treeline on a steep, stony path that gave us that great thing: toy town perspective. Miniaturising Assisi but also all the worries and stresses that rush around down there. It honestly makes you feel so much calmer being so high! What do you prefer: looking up at the world or looking down? • • • • • #beautifuldestinations #assisi #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #ig_italia #europediscovery #slowtravel #fromwhereistand #welltravelled #theglobewanderer #creativetravelcouples #travelcouple #coupleslovetravel #iamtb #mytinyatlas #culturetrip #cntraveler #TKKeurope #teamkaptainkenny
Leaving Rome for now, heading into Umbria ― And the beautiful town of Assisi seems the most awe-inspiring place to start. Isn't this just incredible? While we're here we're going to take you on a kind of slow tour of the hill towns of Umbria, connecting them up together on paths through the hills and mountains. We're beginning at Assisi. Has anyone been? Wanna come for a walk? • • • • • #speechlessplaces #assisi #umbria #italy #ilikeitaly #instagramitalia #europetravel #stayandwander #postcardsfromtheworld #creativetravelcouples #travelcouple #iamtb #darlingescapes #culturetrip #passionpassport #TKKeurope #teamkaptainkenny
Back where we belong wandering the winding streets of Trastevere, dreaming up secret routes through Rome. This is what we like doing best: making up a walking way through places that means we can see things but are also off on our own adventure. We're the people that suddenly just burst out into a heaving tourist area from some hidden alleyway - oh, hello! We put them up on our blog actually, and we're working on Rome now. How do you like to get around a city? We think you should join us down our secret avenues. • • • • • #travelwithfathom #beautifuldestinations #rome #italy #ilikeitaly #italytravel #living_europe #instagood10k #sidewalkerdaily #sheisnotlost #girlsthatwander #travelcouple #iamtb #tlpicks #mytinyatlashello #culturetrip #passionpassport #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Our Rome love story ― We have a connection with Rome that borders on the magical. We first came here together a few years ago, because Nell won flights in a hole-in-one golf game (never played golf in her life. This is still funny to us today). We could pick anywhere in Europe and we chose Rome. Our memories of that trip are similarly charmed. Everything just mysteriously went right, from the February weather to the restaurants we picked, and the hotel we got an upgrade for. We can remember eating torta della nonna like we were in a dream. We came back last year having walked all the way there from the UK. Rome then was like this shining beacon in the distance for four months, our beautiful, impossible goal. We can't really put into words what Rome was to us then. Now, we're living just an hour away and we're walking its streets again. At this point this city feels personal to us, like we share some secret. Or that somehow Rome has a place for us, saved. It is without doubt the weirdest and most wonderful feeling we've ever had about a place. And that's without mentioning one thing about how breathtakingly beautiful Rome is. Which it overwhelmingly, stupendously is. If you've made it this far down this caption, you deserve a little slice of torta della nonna. • • • • • #rome #roma #toromewithlove #trastevere #travelerinrome #summerinitaly #italy #italia #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #italytravel #traveltagged #travel_drops #thebest_windowsdoors #sidewalkerdaily #creativetravelcouples #athomeintheworld #coupleslovetravel #welivetotravel #travelustcouples #traveltogether #iamtb #globecouples #mytinyatlas #culturetrip #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Did you know that Umbria is barely an hour away from Rome on the train? ― We didn't! So once we worked out the route from the little town we live, we hot-footed it to the capital. While we're in Umbria we'll be sharing Rome as well, doing some blog posts too. Being here (again) made us wonder if it might be our favourite city in the whole wide world. Have you been to Rome? Our first stop: the Spanish Steps! • • • • • #spanishsteps #prettylittlecities #rome #roma #toromewithlove #travelerinrome #romeitaly #topromephoto #topitalyphoto #likerome #summerinitaly #italy #italia #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #italytravel #instatravel #traveltagged #exploretocreate #sidewalkerdaily #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #iamtb #girlaroundworld #suitcasetravels #culturetrip #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
First sight of Umbria ― We didn't know much about the Italian region of Umbria before we arrived, so to explore we thought it was a rather good idea to hop on a couple of e-bikes (that's right, electronic bikes! The excitement). We quite literally zoomed around finding the most beautiful hilltop villages, weaving through olive groves and up over what are essentially mountains on our sweet little motorised cycles. And it was nowhere near as hard as cycling a normal bike! In fact it was a breeze. Have you ever tried an e-bike? If you want to know anything about them, ask away. • • • • • #summerinitaly #italy #italia #ilikeitaly #borghitalia #whatitalyis #ig_italy #igitaly #europe_gallery #kings_villages #borghiitaliani #umbria #stayandwander #traveldreamseekers #instatravel #thetravelleague #exploretocreate #chasethelight #sheisnotlost #femmetravel #citizenfemme #adventurebeautifully #adventuretogether #iamtb #mytinyatlas #prettylittletrips #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Golden August adventures ― We just love August. Warm days but yellowing now and hazy, with sometimes just a hint of Autumn. We've found too that if we go out later in the afternoon, it's a beautiful time of year to walk. What have you all been up to this month? • • • • • #stayandwander #summerinitaly #italy #italia #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #italygram #europe_gallery #umbria #travelcouple #creativetravelcouples #couplegoals #coupleslovetravel #traveldreamseekers #thegreatoutdoors #instatravel #hikinglife #traveltagged #exploretocreate #chasethelight #backpackwithme #adventuretogether #girlswhohike #suitcasetravels #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Chuiso per la ferie / closed for the holidays ― We've been a bit quiet on here in August, we're not quite sure why. But it's funny to think that actually we're like a lot of places and people in Italy, as August is the traditional time to shut up shop (sometimes for the whole month!) and go on holiday, escaping the hinterland heat in favour of mountains or coast. We've stuck around and although the midday sun is fierce, the streets emptier, and the little shops closed, August in Italy has its own sleepy magic. And we did have our little mountain escape too, right next door in Monti Sibillini National Park. So we've got lots of Italian August adventures to fill you in on - but do you ever have (unintentional or otherwise) Instagram breaks? • • • • • #umbria #umbriacuoreverde #montisibillini #mountainmonday #ferie #agosto #mountainroads #summerinitaly #italy #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #ig_italia #thetravelwomen #womentravel #thegreatoutdoors #exploremore #instatravel #hikinglife #traveltagged #traveldeeper #adventureisoutthere #adventuretogether #letsgosomewhere #suitcasetravels #mytinyatlas #culturetrip #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Alpine walks in the Apennines ― We'd heard there was only one glacial lake in the whole of the Park. So we walked steep up for a couple of hours to find it from the road, with mountains mountains mountains everywhere all the way up. We got to a refuge half-crumbled from the earthquakes and these were the lake views behind. We would totally recommend this walk if you are visiting the Apennines! • • • • • #dispatchfrom #lemarche #bellaitalia #montisibillini #summerinitaly #italy #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #ig_italia #thegreatoutdoors #exploremore10k #apennines #mountainlake #hikinglife #hikingadventures #hikingtrail #travelgram #traveltagged #traveldeeper #lovetheworld #speechlessplaces #letsgosomewhere #mytinyatlas #pathport #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #ichosetowander #teamkaptainkenny #adventuretime
And we're back! Welcome to Umbria ― Our first impressions: it's wild, it's quiet, and it's totally different from North Italy! It feels more let alone, where ancient things hold sway. This is Monti Sibillini National Park in the Appenine mountains. The village ahead clinging on to the hill is the only one around, standing at 1452m. You might remember that this whole area was rocked by a big earthquake two years ago - this village still bears the eerie marks. After all the travel and the moving and getting to know our new job too, we are itching to get out and explore! • • • • • #dispatchfrom #umbria #umbriacuoreverde #sibillini #summerinitaly #italy #italia #ilikeitaly #whatitalyis #ig_italia #thetravelwomen #womentravel #thegreatoutdoors #exploremore #instatravel #hikinglife #traveltagged #traveldeeper #lovetheworld #speechlessplaces #letsgosomewhere #suitcasetravels #mytinyatlas #culturetrip #pathport #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Almost alone in the mountains - a little story ― For the whole day we were up in the Maritime Alps, we didn't see anyone. But late on, a lone man appeared over the ridge, in walking gear but with only a small rucksack and a camera in his hand. We said hello, and commented on how perfectly clear the blue sky was, how lucky we were. He smiled in a funny way and said in a light French accent, 'Ah but this valley, today it will fill with cloud. Not everyday, but today it will.' There was no cloud in the sky, not even scuffing the mountaintops. We could see the rocky layers for miles and miles. This mysterious man could tell we were sceptical so, still smiling, he suggested we stay and watch. 'It will be the most beautiful thing.' He said. And with that off he went. Well. He wasn't wrong was he? • • • • • #italia #italy #summerinitaly #piedmont #piemonte #mountaintop #drama #mountainstories #whatitalyis #ig_italia #italy_vacations #italygram #thegreatoutdoors #exploremore #wondermore #instatravel #hikinglife #lifeofadventure #athomeintheworld #momentslikethese #fromwhereistand #forgeyourownpath #folkvibe #artofvisuals #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Happiness found in the mountains ― So from Turin the most famous place to get up to the Alps would probably be Gran Paradiso. But we found that for ease and speed we opted for a day in the Maritime Alps. Only about 90 minutes out of the city we could walk in the mountains all afternoon, still in Italy but only just: that breeze is a French one, fresh from Provence. Happy, happy August days! • • • • • #italia #italy #summerinitaly #piedmont #piemonte #mountaintop #windswept #whatitalyis #ig_italia #italymagazine #italianplaces #italy_vacations #italygram #postcardsfromaroundtheworld #instatravel #hikinglife #hikingadventures #travelcouple #athomeintheworld #momentslikethese #fromwhereistand #mountainlovers #dametraveler #wearetravelgirls #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
Day trips in Piedmont! ― One of the little wanderlust habits we have: just one day heading for the horizon. We drove straight out of Turin and kept going, eventually stopping to walk in the Maritime Alps. Such a buzz to finally be in the mountains we've been glimpsing these past two months! Got us thinking about walking over the Alps last year, on our way to Rome. We'll be putting up our #throwback Stories of the up-and-over this evening! • • • • • #topitalyphoto #italia #italy #summerinitaly #piedmont #piemonte #whatitalyis #ig_italia #ilikeitaly #postcardsfromitaly #italianplaces #italian_landscapes #bestvacations #postcardsfromaroundtheworld #viewfromthetop #athomeintheworld #hikingadventures #mountains #adventure #beautifulplaces #mytinyatlas #intravelist #pathport #earthpix #passionpassport #theconstantlycurious #teamkaptainkenny #ichosetowander
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