Monday, June 19, 2017

From Italy Con Amore

Just spent two crazy fun weeks in Rome with my family with side trips to the Tuscany region, Florence (my fave), Pompei, Positano and the Amalfi Coast.  I'm pretty sure I ate my body weight in gelato and pizza and spaghetti with clams. Thank goodness for all of the walking.  We had an incredible time.

We saw all of the sights in Rome, including the Colosseum, Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, art museums and at least 100 churches.  At the crazily crowded and popular sights like the Vatican and the Colosseum, we were fortunate to find exceptional guides so that we could really understand the history.  So glad we did.

One thing I realized from the first day was that Rome was larger than life: everything is grander in Rome--the churches, the statues, the fountains. The crowds! There is artwork on every building, on every corner.  There's a sort of organized chaos and you just have to swim with it to truly enjoy and experience the city.  You also have to learn to ignore all of the panhandlers and watch out for pick-pockets, like any big city.

We logged about 75 walking miles in Rome, never taking a cab, except for one time coming back to our hotel the day we visited the Vatican because the temps were pushing early 90's and we were all starting to fade from all of the walking and the heat.  So we hailed a cab.  And promptly got a cold scoop of gelato near our hotel. Followed by dinner at a lovely rooftop restaurant.

Fun trip. Great adventure. Wonderful memories. I'm posting a few pics here but there's a bunch more on my Facebook page, if you're interested in seeing more or traveling to Italy.  Happy to have had the experience of this trip.

Hope you're having a great summer!
Ciao, for now!


Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

aWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW so jealous of you...surrounded in all of that history

Crystal Collier said...

Welcome back! I'd totally love to follow in your footsteps, but not until the littles are grown. Which is many, many years away now. Let's hope world travel is still possible at that point.

Trisha said...

Wow, sounds like you have had a fabulous time! I want to go and eat all that food too :)

Gina Gao said...

It sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing.