Hello darlings! As I mentioned in this post, I traveled to Rome this past weekend! Micky and I took a three hour bus to the airport in Rome. From there we jumped on a train and made it to her father’s cousin’s (Luca) house. I have never felt so incredibly welcomed in my life. They honestly were probably one the nicest families I’ve ever met. They helped us get to the center of Rome, helped us set up a tour, Luca even gave us a tour of some sights we would have never of seen if we did not go with a local. The Italians really know how to make you feel welcomed.
Friday was just a travel day so the next day we woke up at the crack of dawn and took a bus and a subway into the city. From there Luca dropped us off at our bus tour. We were handed head phones and then the bus departed. The morning tour showed us Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, Pantheon, Palazzo Madama, and St. Peter’s Square. The only disappointing moment of the entire trip was that the Trevi Fountain was STILL under construction. There was actually a little part where you could chuck your coins into. Micky and I both did it but it just wasn’t the same Lizzie McGuire feeling. Perhaps we’ll come another time and get the real feel for it.
Here are some of the pictures from the tour:
We then took a bus to Piazza Venezia. We saw three couples get married around the Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. We also almost walked in on a wedding but I’ll explain that later…
We met Luca at Piazza Venezia and he then brought us to il Piccolo Mondo. Il Piccolo Mondo by far had the best Italian food I’ve had thus far.
After having the best lunch ever, we went to get Gelato on the Spanish steps. This picture really does not do it justice. The view you get from the top is breathtaking. If you ever go to Rome this sight is a must.
The gelato place also sold these cannolis that were bigger than my fist! I didn’t get any, but I was thinking of my mom who loves them.
After chowing down on the delicious coffee and chocolate gelato, we walked to Luca’s hotel where relaxed for a little bit. We then decided to take the trip to the Colosseum. (If you go to the Piazza Venezia it’s about a mile away). I always imagined the Colosseum a lot smaller than what it really was. It’s incredible. There really is no other word for it. Yet again, these pictures do not do it justice! After learning about it in Latin class, I thought it was the coolest thing since ice cubes.
Finding our way back to his Luca’s hotel we got a little bit lost and went down an alleyway where a couple was getting married. We looked like a deer in headlights and turned back around.
The next day we toured around with Luca. Not many of these pictures do it justice (I sound a little redundant don’t I). The last picture was the beautiful panoramic view of Rome. At 12p.m. every day a cannon goes off from this location. We got to see it happen. It was incredibly cool… and very loud.
Doing everything on Saturday we actually ended up walking 14 miles! So it is a bit of walking so be prepared if you come to Rome and expect to see everything! It’s an incredible city that I would see twice again. Especially the colosseum.
We have planned every trip until November! Sardinia, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Assisi, Barcelona, Paris, London, and Venice/Verona. We’re trying to find a Christmas Festival for the month of December and something to do the first and last week of November! Other than that we pretty much have it settled. If you have any advice about something we should visit in November or Christmas Festival please let me know!
The next stop is an Italian cooking class tomorrow and Florence this weekend! See you soon.