When in Rome!

When your doctor tells you you’re one of his healthiest patients and to go have fun, you immediately book a ticket to Europe and go on one last baby free adventure! These last two weeks traveling Italy and France were the best. You can watch some of the highlights of our trip in the youtube video below.

We started the trip off with three days in Rome.

When we got there we spent the first few hours wandering around admiring the beautiful, bustling, ancient city. The culture, the people, the food, the incredible architecture. All of it so raw and real, intriguing and exciting. How could you not fall in love with this place?

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I love that you can walk into any church and see the most amazing artwork throughout.

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Of course while we were here we had to see the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel.
Pro tip: purchase your tickets in advance online! This will save you so much time. The line outside for people waiting to buy tickets was ridiculous, and we got to skip right ahead of all of it thanks to our quick little online purchase. We did this with our Vatican and Colosseum tickets. Basically anything you can book in advance, do it and do it now. 
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Entering the Colosseum

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The Vatican
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Saint Peter’s Square

After the Colosseum we found ourselves in front of this incredible monument, The Altare della Patria. Naturally, I thought it was appropriate to do the splits. I don’t know if it’s because I was pregnant or what, but the guard did not like me doing this and immediately asked us to exit. When I asked him why, he gave no explanation and just kept telling us to exit. It was all very confusing. So be warned, no splits in front of this building unless you want to leave early. I’ve paved the way for you.

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The next day we did a food tour with Walks of Italy. I have decided that, I don’t care how “touristy” it is, I really enjoy starting off a trip with one main tour.  I have found it to be a great way to get a feel for the city, learn more about the foods and culture, and get great recommendations from a local on what to see and where to eat the rest of the stay, and make friends with other world travelers. We’ve gotten some of our best recommendations this way.

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Tasting different olive oils.

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Making our own Italian pizza.IMG_7355

Our tour guide’s restaurant recommendations:

Zi’ Umberto -> Piazza S. Giovanni a Dio
I Vascellari -> Via dei Vascellari
Da Francesco -> Piazza del Fico (need to book ahead or go at lunch)
Ginger ->Near the spanish steps (great for fresh light meals)

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Old Bridge -> near the Vatican
Geo Lotti

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With so much to see and explore in Rome, three days wasn’t nearly enough. We will definitely be back to explore the rest.

Have you been to Rome? What did you think? What are your recommendations?

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