European Vacation - Stop 3, Rome.

I've been putting off writing this post, because putting the words to paper (or blog) makes it feel like I'm officially closing the pages of our European trip, an adventure that I wish could have lasted longer than a week.

The third stop on our trip was Rome, Italy. In Paris we met two other families who had bought the same Groupon as us, so we shared transportation to the airport and to our hotel in Rome which made things much easier. We stayed at the Hotel Donatello, a small boutique hotel, which was fine for our needs. The only issue with the hotel was how far it was from the nearest metro station, we didn't feel super safe at night so we ended up taking cabs from the station to our hotel.
I didn't get to Rome with any expectations, but the city was not what I had imagined. London and Paris seemed very clean and orderly but Rome was the exact opposite. There were people and cars everywhere, and the rules didn't seem to matter. It was a free for all when it came to getting from point A to point B. The first day there we stopped by the Colosseum, had pizza and gelato, and wandered for hours searching for the Trevi Fountain (which we didn't find until the next day).
We decided to take the metro back to the hotel to clean up and get ready for dinner, but it was madness! We happened to hit the station at rush hour and all I could imagine was getting trampled by the mobs of people trying to board. While we were waiting we met a group of guys from London who were in town for a rugby tournament, and we all decided that a cold beer sounded a lot better than trying to fit into a packed train. We ended up bar hopping that night with the London group, which was one of the funnest nighs of the trip, my only regret is wearing heels. The streets are cobblestone and I'm embarrassed to tell you how many times I fell in front of those boys, I know Margaret got a good laugh out of my shoe situation.
The next day we headed to Vatican City, and we bought tickets for the guided tour. This was the only tour we purchased on our trip and I'm really glad that we did. We saw the Vatican Museum, St. Peters Basilica and The Sistine Chapel without waiting in any lines. The history in Vatican City was just breathtaking. After that we finally found the Trevi Fountain (which was amazing) and enjoyed the best pasta meal I have ever had a little whole in the wall we stumbled upon.
I can't describe how much fun this trip was. It truly was an experience of a lifetime, "backpacking" for a week in Europe with  my best friend. We set off with no plan, no agenda and no expectations, and we just enjoyed the culture, the people, and the food. This trip left me with wanderlust. I'm itching to go back to Europe, and I have been daydreaming about Paris ever since we got back. It looks like it's time to start planning our next adventure...


Allyssa Idell said... This is INCREDIBLE! I've always wanted to go to Europe and I hope and pray that I get to someday. I'm so jealous!

Meg {henninglove} said...

this post is taking me back to when i went to rome with a college friend. we had such a great time, enjoying sitting on the spanish steps and then viewing the vatican and sneaking taking photos

Anonymous said...

I want your help for planning my Europe trip itinerary..actually I got a trip itinerary planning site which is having huge collection of Europe trip itineraries..
Please suggest a good itinerary to me or else plan it for me.

Alex said...

So glad you had a good time!!! Rome really is different, but in a good way. I loved the people and the fooooood.

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