the last six days of our trip, we stayed in rome. I saved the best for last:) mark was in heaven and I loved seeing him so happy to be there. this post isn’t as organized as my others, but you get the idea. we were so thrilled to finally be in Italy. I think I took a total of 500+ pictures JUST in Rome. so here’s just a little bit of that.
the was the street our hotel was on. isn’t it so cute?
the metro’s were definitely something to look at with all that graffiti!
right across from the Colosseum, there was “palatino hill” that was one of mark’s favorite spots.
everyone drives like crazy over in europe. I always kept thinking to myself that I could never drive around here. especially with my minivan:) everyone drives those tiny “smart cars”
the trevi fountain. It was like a rock concert it was so crowded. the trevi fountain and the spanish steps were definitely the places to hang out and people watch.
ENTERING THE VATICAN MUSEUM…. it was unreal. the main thing we wanted to see was the Sistine Chapel. so we walked and walked and walked through tons of rooms and hallways over and over again that were leading us to the Sistine Chapel.
and then we walk inside this dark HUMONGOUS room. The ceilings had to have been 30 feet or more. (I guess I could Google the actual height.) the room was FILLED with people. shoulder to shoulder everyone looking up towards the ceiling. It was breathtaking. you weren’t allowed to take pictures… but everyone was sneaking pictures, so I did it too:)
it was just beautiful. I took an art history class in college ( a requirement for a photography major?) I totally did not like this class, but I learned about all of these paintings that we saw in France and in Italy. so it was pretty cool to see the ones that I had studied 8 years ago. but everyone knows the “creation of adam.” I couldn’t stop looking all around me. just incredible.
right next to the Vatican is St. Peter’s basilica. OMG. HANDS DOWN my most favorite thing to see. WOW. one of those places you have to see to believe how amazing it was.
the spanish steps
the last night we were there we cruised down the street with all of the shops called Via del Corso. we had been to the beach all day and decided at the last minute to go. It was SO AMAZING!!! I seriously was SO BUMMED that it was pitch dark and I couldn’t see the bright colors and architecture that were on that street. the shops were all closed as well. BUT, I’m glad we went. at the end of the street are the Spanish Steps. people do some crazy things but it’s hilarious to watch. we stopped at a restaurant right on the corner and ate the BEST food I’ve had since we were there. pizza and lasagna. and of course the water:)
and we had to grab our last gellato as we walked back to our hotel. here’s some pics of the amazing food, hotel rooms, and beach the last day were there. the beach sand was black. It was interesting. pretty…. but I missed the familiar white sand beaches:)
I still can’t believe I pulled this trip all by myself. It was truly an amazing 12 days that mark and I will NEVER forget. I KNEW that once mark graduated I wanted to take him to europe. I had been thinking and planning this trip for over a year. we still sit in bed at night and think about all of the amazing things we saw. I’m so blessed to have family that were willing to watch the kids while we were away. I know they’re always in good hands with my family and mark’s family. everyone always asks what our FAVORITE part of the trip was, or what was the #1 place that you would go visit again. It’s a toss up. I thought Paris was beautiful. BUT I would have to say Italy. there’s SO MUCH to see and do there and the people are wonderful and the food is amazing. we were there for 6 full days and we just about saw everything we wanted to. we will go back to Italy someday…. we want to visit so many other places. first on the list would be Florence and Venice. I’ve only seen “the David” in Vegas… I’m ready for the real deal:) here’s to an amazing TRIP!!!!! I love that mark knows so much about history and wants to visit so many more places. as long as we can go to the beach wherever we are… I’m good.