Friday, November 8, 2013

Rome, Italy (Part 1)

We were VERY blessed in regards to weather during our trip - especially with it being such a likely-to-rain time of year. It really seemed like everywhere had rain except while we were there. Here we are leaving Vicenza, and about to ride a train to Rome.

By the time we got to Rome and settled into our hotel, it was about mid-afternoon. That day was a bit drizzly, so we took our chances and decided to hold off on the big stuff for the other days. The first day we walked around our neighborhood, got our Roma passes, saw the National Museum, and ate dinner. We had fun walking around the museum pretty much by ourselves... After dinner we stopped by the Trevi Fountain on the way back to the hotel.

I loved these little carvings. Do you recognize the stories?

The next morning, we headed to the Colosseum - on the top of our list of things to see! It was everything that I imagined it would be. I really wanted to watch "Gladiator" afterward to imagine a little better what it used to look like.

After the Colosseum, we strolled through Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and meandered over to Campo de Fiori to start our "heart of Rome" walk. It went from Campo de Fiori, through Piazza Navona (my favorite place in Rome!), past the Pantheon, and ended up at the Trevi Fountain again.

When you are a couple traveling alone, you end up taking a lot of interesting pictures of yourselves individually, the same self-shot over and over again with barely anything in the background, or the awkward you-asked-a-stranger-to-take-it-and-they-can't-find-the-button pictures. We made sure to get a good variety of all three kinds so that we had some options!

This was a little ways up the street our hotel was on. We walked to the Spanish Steps right as the sun was setting. It was a pretty happenin' place.