Venetian Twilight

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog is wearing the Jane Polka Dot Dress by LK Bennett

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. It wasn’t just our final night in Venice but also our final night in Italy. After 2 incredible weeks in the country my father’s family immigrated from (their roots are in Naples), it was almost time to say goodbye. But we chose to spend our final night in Italy in style.

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Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella from The A List blog wearing a RED Valentino daisy faille dress in Venice, Italy

There were 2 cities in Italy that my husband had always wanted to take me to – Florence and Venice. We had already visited Florence in the middle of our Italian honeymoon, so now it was time to visit the city on the water.

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Under The Tuscan Sun

Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Chianti Tuscany vineyards Christy Dawn Dawn Dress

Tor and I chose to spend a few days in Chianti not only to relax but also to drink some homegrown Tuscan wine. In case you don’t know, wine is pretty much my one and only alcohol of choice. I blame my parents for that, since both are big wine lovers (my father is even opening a wine bar this summer, so yeah it runs in my family!).

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Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Honeymoon Rebecca Taylor Amanda Dress Eugenia Kim Happily Ever After Hat

After a few days in Florence, Tor and I rented another car (a little manual BMW) and drove about an hour south of Florence to the Tuscan wine region of Chianti. There are so many little towns within Chianti, but we settled on Radda in Chianti as our next destination.

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Pitti Palace

Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Florence Italy Pitti Palace Zimmermann Realm Dress

If a city has royal history, you know I have to spent at least one day exploring its royal historical roots. For our second day in Florence, Tor and I decided to visit the Pitti Palace on the south side of the Arno.

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