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First of all I want to say that the link to register and find out more about next year’s Italy trip is now live here! So you can join us on 2018’s fashion tour of Italy! This post is a recap of my last three days in Italy, it has gone by so fast, but I can’t wait to get home and start sewing since I gained so much inspiration during this tour.

I combined these three days into one post because we got rained out on day 7 and didn’t get up to much, some days the weather just isn’t on your side. Even in Italy!


This was the instagram store I posted on BurdaStyle’s Instagram on Sunday. It was to bad since I really wanted to see San Gimignano, but then I remembered there is always next year… It wasn’t just a bit of rain, it was actually flash flooding in the area so we all knew to be realistic in knowing that we couldn’t do the day’s activities.


The bus driver actually told us about a near indoor mall where all the Italian’s go to shop, so we headed there! To my joy there was a Primark there. I know it is fast fashion, but everywhere I travel in eurpoe that has a Primark I always purchase a pair of pyjamas as a souvenir for my trip. When I travelled to Ireland and England this past summer I did the same thing.


The tour for the majority of people ended tonight since Rome was part of the extension tour. So we had our farewell dinner at the hotel this evening, and these are just a few of the lovely new friends I have met on the tour! We have Christina from Indianapolis, Parvin from California, and Joan and Connie, my fellow Canadians on the tour from Alberta and British Columbia.


It was a nice dinner, the bottom picture only being our first course! And Dana May one of the ladies on the tour stood up and gave said a poem that she wrote during the tour that mentioned everyone, it was so sweet to hear.


About 10 of us continued onto Rome on day 8!


Before we even checked in we picked up a local guide that hopped on the bus and we had a little bus tour of the main Rome attractions.


Then we hopped off the bus and walked around the Piazza Nirvana to see all the sites of this area including the Trevi Fountain.


And here is Joan and I in front of the Spanish Steps which is near all the fashion shops in Rome including Prada, Dior, Valentino, and more.


We walked around the area a little more and I was taking in all of the amazing window displays including this one which had giant spools of thread which I found really cool!


After we toured around a bit more we went back to the hotel and checked in. The group then met for a lovely Italian dinner completed with dessert, we all then took a walk to St. Peter’s square to see it lit up at night since it was just a stone throw away from our hotel.


Today we woke up ready for a day of touring Vatican City!


Unfortunately we woke up to horrible weather, but nothing could stop us this time! We all had our rain coats and umbrellas prepared.


But then just as we entered the Vatican the sun came out, it was glorious!!


All of the sites of Vatican city were amazing, but I especially loved all the statues, Since I studied the history of costume I was familiar with the fashions of these centuries and I loved seeing all the draped dresses the women statues wore.


It is just amazing that these statues made of blocks of marble achieve such fluidity in the drapes of fabric.


This one in particular was inspiring to me, and even a style that you see on red carpets! After the tour of this specific sculpture museum I had the urge to get home and drape some fabric.


The first BurdaStyle pattern that came to mind was this Vintage Dress because of the back cowl. All fashion styles repeat themselves!


I took so many pictures of all the other sites we saw, and these are just a few of them. We saw the Sistine Chapel, the gardens and of course St. Peter’s Basilica which I can actually see from my hotel room (just the dome though). Our Craftours guide Agnes from Ireland actually got married to her British husband in Rome at St. Peter’s almost 30 years ago, so it was fun to see her excited to be back there.

Our Vatican guide told us a funny story about brides in St. Peter’s, since they have special days where brides can come and get married here. Just last month she saw a bride that “forgot” the rule in this church that one’s shoulders must be covered, and she had a fancy… but strapless gown on. So she had to borrow a jacket from someone in order to be wed there.


The sun was out in full swing now and I got a tour mate to snap a picture of me in front of the square.

After this we had the afternoon free, and I simply went back to my room to pack up and get some work done before I fly home early tomorrow morning. Again, I can’t believe this trip has come to an end, it has been such a fabulous and inspiring experience. I’m taking away the pride that Italy takes in their craftsman culture, they are so proud and supportive of all the artisans in the country and the various products they create. What a beautiful country and culture and on this tour I really felt like I took it all in!

Want to come with us next year? The information is now live on Craftours so you can sign up to be on the 2018 tour in September here!

See you there!



  • Purplefan_large

    Nov 13, 2017, 06.01 PMby purplefan

    It’s been fascinating seen details of architecture, styles and colours from the tour! I agree with your Vintage Dress mention-yes, it definitely aligns with the sculpted dresses seen on the statues and in art.

    I’ve printed off the 2018 tour information—may as well aspire now.

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Nov 9, 2017, 05.58 AMby nrobson

    so cool and lots of inspo!

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    Nov 8, 2017, 02.02 PMby SeamRacer

    Was that the Hotel Emmaus you stayed at in Rome? Just wondering because when I was last in Rome I stayed on the 4th floor of that hotel and could see St. Peter’s Basilica dome from my window, like you. It is a stone’s throw from the Vatican and at a convenient taxi stop!

    Thank you so much for sharing all the pictures and stories of your trip Meg! Absolutely loved reading about it and seeing a small part of what you saw. Now I am so tempted to go along on next year’s trip!

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Nov 8, 2017, 09.01 PMby MegH

      You totally should come! No it was the Star Hotels Michelangelo Hotel we stayed at.


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