This trip was such an incredible experience for my family and me and I truly loved every part of Italy. We did have some bumps along the road, such as when one of the bags flew off the roof of our car in the rain on the highway or when our (what we thought was parked) car rolled down the hill and smashed into the fence that enclosed horses, but this does not compare to all of the amazing places we were able to see.
Our first stop was the city of Rome, where we spent five nights in an apartment. The city was absolutely breathtaking and I had never seen anything like it in my entire life. Rome makes you feel transported back in time and the sightseeing was spectacular. The first day, we visited the Villa Adriana and the Villa D’Este. Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, was designed to be a home for the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. This Villa was incredible to tour because so much of the buildings and structures remain from 117 AD. Also, you can still see today remains of the thermal baths, the Greek Theatre, the Nymph Stadium, and so much more. After we explored these ruins, we ventured off to the Villa D’Este in Tivoli, which is famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and especially its abundance of fountains. My mom, sisters, and I enjoyed wandering through the gardens at sunset and experiencing the beauty, while learning about the Italian history. We were pretty tired after the first day, but we did not go to bed without stopping to get some delicious Italian gelato.
On Day 2, we figured out which buses to take and visited the Roman Forum, Capitol Building, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill! We learned so much about the history of Rome and spent the very sunny day walking around the city. We also learned that crossing the street in Rome is not something to take lightly and you have to be very focused and alert if you want to get across safely 🙂
On our third day in the city, we ventured over to Vatican City and explored the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. A tour guide took us through these unbelievable places, which helped us learn a lot more about the history. I loved learning about Michelangelo’s painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and definitely recommend putting it high on your bucket list.
On our final day in Rome, we saw the Trevi Fountain, climbed up the Spanish Steps, and took in magnificent view. My favorite part of the day was visiting the Trevi Fountain. Although it was very crowded and everyone was trying to take the perfect selfie as they threw a coin over their shoulder and into the water, the fountain was spectacular and the water was perfectly turquoise and clear.
Did I forget to mention that every day we spent in Rome we had pizza and gelato at least twice? Well, we did and why not when it tastes that incredible!
Thanks for reading about our time in Rome and parts 2 and 3 of our Italy adventures will be coming soon, so make sure you are subscribed to my blog! Have any of you been to Rome before?