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TRAVEL INSPIRATION: VILLA BALKE, ITALY

I’d give my right arm, and quite possibly my left one too, to spend some time at this gorgeous Italian retreat! Located between the city of Naples and the historic town of Pompeii, and just a short boat ride from the glamour of Capri, this modern Villa boasts light and airy interiors, a private beach and 2 swimming pools, and that’s just for starters. Photographer Kate Nielen headed over to explore for us…

Destination: Italy, Torre del Greco

How long does it take to get there? A flight to Naples takes just over 2 hours then about 45min
by car

Why did you pick Torre del Greco? I was invited to join a few luxury wedding planners for a
site visit trip to Italy. Villa Balke was our first stop.

Where did you stay? We stayed in Hotel Marad which is owned by the same lovely ladies as
Villa Balke

What to do? The whole area is amazing! From the raw beauty of Vesuvius to the refinement of the
Amalfi coast. Not to mention centuries upon centuries of history.

What to eat? Southern Italy is fascinating. There is history around every corner, but also amazingly vibrant contemporary culture and outstanding natural beauty. During our trip we also discovered all the workings of organising a destination wedding in Italy. Villa Balke is definitely a place to consider if you are looking in the area. fabulous seafood! fresh, tasty… amazing! And of course pizza! So different and amazing too! Every bit of food we were served was divine. From starters to cake. Not to forget the wine!

What to wear? Summer chic!

Would you visit again? Any time!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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