Ciao, Bella! Melissa and Joe Gorga have returned to the motherland. The RHONJ couple are visiting Positano before filming begins for season 14.
The Bravolebs jetted off to Italy on July 26 for a kidless vacation, which Melissa and Joe dubbed a “honeymoon” on the July 27 episode of Melissa’s On Display podcast.
“This is technically not our honeymoon,” Melissa then clarified after Joe began asking if she was bringing lingerie on the trip. “It’s our relaxation time.”
“Joe and I are going to Positano and Capri. We are very excited about it,” Melissa continued. “We did invite our children to go, but [they weren’t interested in coming.]”
According to Melissa and Joe, they invited their three kids, Antonia, Joey, and Gino Gorga, on the trip, but all three kids declined as they would all rather spend time down the shore with their friends instead of traveling abroad.
“We invited them to Italy because we wanted to take them with us on a family trip, but Antonia said no because it’s her high school graduating year, and she has so many graduation parties. And for Gino and Joey, it’s their dead week, which means all the kids are off from [their] sports. It’s the only week you get off all summer that you are allowed to travel, so I told them I purposely picked this week so that my children could come with me. But they refused to come because their friends all rented houses on LBI and all of these things,” Melissa explained.
“So, now Joe and I are taking a honeymoon to Italy,” Melissa added. While Joe couldn’t blame his kids for choosing the Jersey shore over Italy, Melissa didn’t see it that way.
“Who says ‘no’ to Positano and Capri to go to the Jersey beaches? Just tell me, please.” Melissa quipped.
While wrapping up the podcast episode, Joe and Melissa shared their hopes for the trip.
“Open our minds and have a good time,” Joe said. “Enjoy the culture.”
Joe encouraged Melissa to “listen and learn” while in Italy and not just want to visit all the high-end places. Instead, Joe said he would like to see Melissa enjoy the authentic culture which will take her back to time with his parents.
Oddly enough, Melissa revealed that while she and Joe have both been to Italy separately, this will be their first time traveling to the motherland together.
“I’m actually very excited. Fun fact: Joe’s been to Italy [and] I’ve been to Italy. We’ve never been to Italy together. So, this is a first for us,” Melissa revealed.
Check out some photos from Melissa and Joe‘s trip so far below!
Production for season 14 of Real Housewives of New Jersey will start in late August.