We're currently planning (well attempting to at least!) an escape to Europe this coming Summer & what better place to start the investigation of where to go, which route to take than a country local! So, we recently caught up with our Lunacita Elisa about her top picks from her home country, Italy.
Read on to get inspired and start planning your trip over there too, hey perhaps we can even hang out on the road (We're planning on buying a van....you?) x
Elisa: Selecting three Italian locations to describe was an arduous choice. I love traveling around the world but I also love discovering and visiting my land. Italy is full of fantastic places to discover: not only cities but also small countries, in fact I often prefer little towns For this reason I chose to talk about three famous locations in the world but not as the typical cities that tourists visit in Italy.
The first is Porto Venere which is a small country in Liguria to which I am very attached. The city is part of the Gulf of the Poets famous for its beauty: the castle, the churches overlooking the sea, the narrow and colorful streets, the cave of Byron and all its picturesque views that leave you breathless. Precisely for this reason Porto Venere has been included in the UNESCO heritage.
It's a seaside city but I don't recommend it to go to the beach but I recommend it to two kind of people: "the romantics" for the walk along the promenade, the medieval center, for the breathtaking view once you get to the top of the castle and to "lovers of good cuisine" for Ligurian focaccia, oil with bread, trofie with fresh basil and for the Ligurian wine specially the Vermentino.
Although in Italy the cuisine is excellent, in the tourist resorts it is easy to find restaurants that pretend to offer good traditional dishes counting on the lack of knowledge of foreign tourists about italian cuisine. So I can recommend the "Portivene Restaurant a sea of flavors", intimate and romantic location that offers delicious dishes. Being a small town Porto Venere can be easily visited in one day but I recommend you to stay at least one night to enjoy the place even with the lights of the evening.
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The second location I want to talk about is Burano, one of the islands of Venice, famous for its lace and colorful houses and because of this Burano is one of the top 10 most colorful cities in the world. This small island can be reached from Venice by boat and to enjoy it you need to "get lost" in its narrow streets.
One of the most beautiful views of the colored houses that extend along the banks is the one from the "Tre Ponti", a wooden bridge that connects three banks. The colors of the houses, which today have become the main feature of the island, once served to delimit the properties. There is a legend linked to the colorful character of the island, which tells that it was the fishermen who painted their dwelling, in order to recognize it from afar during the long periods of absence due to fishing. I recommend taking a day to visit the town to discover it in all its streets and to be able to photograph it in all its colors.
The restaurant I recommend is called Riva Rosa where you should eat outdoors or upstairs which, besides being beautiful, also offers a wonderful view of the canal. Do not forget to have an aperitif with the famous Spritz in the land where this drink was born.
The third place to which I am attached is Ostuni, a small town in Puglia also called the White City because of its quaint old town that stands on the top of a hill of the Murge whose houses are painted with white lime. Ostuni is one of the most fascinating examples of Mediterranean architecture. The historical center is made up of houses that overlap and intertwine and for this reason give it an evocative and fascinating character. The apparent disorder of these houses is a real labyrinth made of narrow streets, stairways with palaces, portals and beautiful views and so you are walking through the narrow and bright streets that leave enchanted and give the idea of being in a place out of time.
Absolutely worth seeing are the Piazza Sant'Oronzo from which you then enter the white city where you will find the splendid Gothic cathedral and the blue door, one of the most instagramed areas of Ostuni. In the city center there are many small shops that sell typical food products - you absolutely have to buy oil, taralli, orecchiette and a good bottle of primitivo or negramaro - and hand-made home decor.
Typical are the beautiful ceramic pierced lamps and the pumo, a typical symbol of Puglia, whose shape is similar to that of the buds and in fact is a symbol of prosperity and fertility and in the southern popular culture also has auspicious propitiatory function in defense of evil. Another reason to visit Ostuni is the sea, the city has also received several awards for cleaning the waters of its coast and for the quality of services offered, becoming the city with the cleanest sea in Italy.
It is worth staying at least one night in this country to make the most of it, but it is also possible to visit during the day. A very nice restaurant that I want to recommend is called Osteria Monacelle and this, like the others, offers very good typical Apulian dishes in a typical location. If you are a couple, I suggest you book one of the tables outside on the local street.
These are three places in Italy that I have in my heart and that I never get tired of visiting. I hope that you will have the good fortune to be able to explore them one day too. I recommend, arm yourself with a camera because they are really suggestive!
Eli is one of our LunaCita's and you can often find her adventuring around Italy & other countries around Europe. Head over here to follow Eli on her adventures at @elisavir on instagram or click here to learn more about our Lunacita Ambassador programme! x
P.S. If you have ANY tips at all on must visit places in Europe or how to tackle it in a van I would love to hear from you! We are Europe virgins and can't WAIT to explore and eat our way through some of the continent.... hit us up on email@example.com.
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Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 15" (Petites & almost a Choker length) to 23". Our 15", 16" and 18" length necklaces all come in our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain which is slightly heavier in weight. All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all necklaces are adjustable by 1"/2.5cm in length. Below is a diagram of how our chain lengths sit on a body. If you have a large breast area, you may find that the 23" length chain sits in between your boobs...a good thing or bad, I'm not sure, that's up to you!
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 15cm & 17.5cm
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.