Tuesday, 17 December 2013

What to pack for a Winter trip to Italy

So what do I take on holiday with me for a Winter trip to Italy?  Please note these are my own opinions and I haven't been asked to name-drop brands or anything.

A good book for a start.  I have to take at least two new books with me when I go away, for those cold winter evenings.  Having read the marvellous The Little Book by Selden Edwards (a New York Times bestseller) I was delighted to discover there is a sequel, The Lost Prince.  I have just bought this for myself for Christmas.  I like my books to have characters that are richly drawn and an interesting plot.  The Little Book is a story of time travel, family, history and romance.  I thought it was wonderful so cannot wait to read The Lost Prince.



I always take a good lip balm because we go on lots of walks and spend time on our land pruning our olive trees.  My current favourite is by Burt's Bees.  They are brilliant as a balm, but I also love that you 
get a subtle hint of colour.  I just bought 'Hibiscus'.  I will also be taking my Urban Decay Naked2 palette, always handy.


www.lookfantastic.com £5.99
www.lookfantastic.com £37.00

We always take the ipad so the children can watch cartoons, or play Angry Birds.  This year, the favourite is Angry Birds Star Wars 2.  



available on Apple Apps
We also take lots of books, along with paper, crayons and pencils for the boys to draw.  I have my own sketch pad with charcoals, pencils and watercolours which I keep in the Italian house.  I haven't had enough peace in the last two years to start anything 
new though!

Packing lots of clothing for layers is essential as you 
never know whether it will be warm or cold in the daytime (nights are cold though).  

Bart's Kamikaze Bomber Hat £34.99 www.johnlewis.com

We have a selection of blankets in the house and....lots of candles!  I love candles anyway, but they are essential to have around the house in Italy because occasionally in the mountains there are power cuts.  I had fun looking at the John Lewis website, picking out things I have also tried on and looked at in the shop.


Jo Malone Candle Deluxe £115 www.johnlewis.com - you can never have too many candles!


Melin Tregwynt Seaford Stripe Lambswool Blanket £95 (and made in Wales!)

Since my last blog post, where pretty much everybody thought Italian children writing to their parents was a lovely thing indeed, I thought I should tell you that over the last three days, Alfie has been writing little notes to Ralph, Will and I, telling us how much he loves us, how much he loves having a little brother, how much he loves playing with Ralph and how excited he is to go to Italy with us. He is either a little darling or very canny with Christmas approaching, I think it's the former though. 

This will be my last blog post for two and a bit weeks, as we are spending half the Christmas holiday away in Italy and I wanted a proper family break with no social media.  I am looking forward to sharing our Christmas exploits with you all.  All that remains for me to say is thank you very much for supporting my blog and I hope you have a very Happy Christmas! 


Beautiful shop in Pacentro selling nativity figurines





46 comments:

Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the break!

Meg said...

You forgot one thing.... a bag big enough to stuff me into!!! Jk... not really. Maybe a little.

whimsicaltruth said...

Wishing a Happy Christmas to you too! Enjoy your time with loved ones in Italy :)

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

Have a very Merry Christmas - Buon Natale! Enjoy your break...

Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} said...

Have a wonderful time Louisa! I can't wait to hear about your trip!
xoxo

elle alice said...

Have a wonderful Christmas vacation! These are wonderful tips!

Lulu G said...

Thank you Tina, have a great time too!

Lulu G said...

Meg, you made me laugh! Hope you have a great Christmas! : )

Lulu G said...

Thanks Whimsical, have a great time too!

Lulu G said...

Ahh, thank you Deb, you too!

Lulu G said...

Hi Tiffany. Thank you, I hope you have a great holiday too! x

Lulu G said...

Thanks Elle! Have a lovely Christmas!

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Nice to meet you! I accidentally found you on 2justbyou blog and what a pleasant surprise, I love the design of your blog and learning about your adventures in Italy. I too always take at least 2 books when traveling :) Have a great time!

Lulu G said...

Hello Sonya! Thank you so much, that's lovely to hear. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Sara Louise said...

The Little Book is going straight onto my goodreads :)
Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays! x

Lulu G said...

It's a fantastic read! Hope you enjoy your Christmas too, Sara Louise! x

Sarah-Jane Begonja said...

Such great tips, that lip balm looks good. Must see if I can find that here in Croatia. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Lulu G said...

It's a really good lip balm, after trying other brands and getting fed up with them! Merry Christmas to you too, Sarah-Jane! xx

A Mum in London said...

Have a great Christmas in Italy, Lulu! See you next year :)

Lulu G said...

Thanks, A Mum in London, you too! : )

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Katherine Unique


Lulu G said...

Thank you for your lovely comments Katherine. I'll follow you back on Bloglovin. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Poppy said...

Louisa,

It's as if you were packing to come to Crete, especially with regards to the layering of clothes, candles for those never warned about power cuts and lip balm, as the sun is still quite strong at times, especially in the early afternoon!

Enjoyed connecting with you and hope to catch up in the new year!

Buon Natale

and

Felice Anno Nuovo!

xo
Poppy

Lulu G said...

Grazie mille Poppy e buon natale e anche felice nuovo anno a voi! xx

Charagh Bibi Kwakye said...

I hope that you have a wonderful time in Italy! :)

Charagh-Bibi from Celia x

Joy said...

Lulu, I enjoyed your recommendations- good for many destinations! I hope you enjoy your break and your holiday- looking forward to hearing about your adventures! :)

mail4rosey said...

Burt Bees does make good stuff! I like the bomber hat, that's the cutest one I've seen!

Lulu G said...

Thank you Joy! I hope you enjoy your Christmas too.

Lulu G said...

I love that hat Rosey, warm and cute too! : )

Kiki said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family in Italy. Love the hat on this list, that is something on my Christmas list this year after moving to Iceland it is highly needed.

Lulu G said...

Thank you Kiki! That hat is so toasty and warm when it's on, but it looks great too. I love it anyway! I hope you have a Happy Christmas too. : )

BavarianSojourn said...

I think I would like to find pretty much all of that stuff addressed to me under the Christmas tree! have a wonderful Christmas, and I look forward to catching up with your adventures in the New Year! :)

Lulu G said...

Ahh, thanks Bavarian. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too and 'see' you in the New Year! : )

Corinne said...

My naked 2 palette goes every where with me!

Have fun in Italy! Lucky thing ;)

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

Lulu G said...

That palette is indispensable once you've had one isn't it! Thanks Corinne and I hope you have a great Christmas too. xx

Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats said...

A great shopping list. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas! Enjoy the holidays!

Julia Toussaint said...

I love the sweaters! The manger is so pretty too :D

Lulu G said...

Thanks Jessica. I hope you have a lovely Christmas too!

Lulu G said...

The sweaters are lovely aren't they. Hope you enjoy the holidays Julia! : )

Olivia @FjordBeauty said...

Have fun in Italy, I hope you have a great Christmas too. :)
Jo Malone candle is a MUST :P

Olivia Beauty from the Fjord xxx

Lulu G said...

Thanks Olivia! Happy Christmas! xx

Katherines Corner said...

Enjoy your holiday break. Looks like you have lots of lovely things to take with you. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

Anna @ Eat, See, Do said...

I love that hat and Burt's bees lip balm is 'da bomb'! Have a wonderful wonderful Christmas Louisa. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Lulu G said...

Thank you Katherine! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too. x

Lulu G said...

That hat is great isn't it Anna! I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too. : ) x

mail4rosey said...

I'm back again, here to wish you Merry Christmas!