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Friday, March 9, 2018

WHEN IN ROME...

Tyler and I both loved our trip to Italy, and part of what made it so special was our time in Rome. Rome is such an ancient city, with so much history! It is important to plan out what you want to do and see while you are there, or you will find yourself lost and wondering if you are going to make it to the forum before it closes totally guilty
Rome is so, so big! We flew in to FCO and once we landed neither of us had phone service read my solution for this below Normally we would have just grabbed our bags and taken a train in, but since we didn't have a working phone we took a cab into the city. This is a flat rate fare, and if you don't have Euro's on you yet, you have to make sure the cab takes a card! (some don't)
I was so enamored by the colosseum//so cool to see in real life 

We chose to stay in an AIRBNB here and it was fabulous! It was on a street not far from the colosseum and all of old Rome, so it made walking the streets and getting around super enjoyable. Our place was super dreamy with a loft and beautiful tiled ceilings that were literally ancient. I will be totally honest, I thought every meal in Rome was totally average... It is fair to say that I had high expectations, because who doesn't when in Italy.. but I was not impressed really at all. Rome has become so touristy that the food felt average and not as authentic as other places we have been. We tried places that were tiny mom and pops and places with crazy great reviews on trip advisor... so I feel like we gave it a fair shot!

 The city totally made up for the average food with its amazing sights. Each time you walked further down the street, you would stumble into something even older. The colosseum literally took my breath away when I saw it for the first time. Tyler and I marveled as we walked by it on our first night there going to dinner. We woke up the next day and toured the inside and also saw the Arch of Constantine. 
 First day spent exploring R O M A
This is the Arch of Constantine with the Colosseum behind 
I took this pic on our way to dinner the first night

Of course the colosseum was my favorite to see but here are a few of my other "must see" spots in Rome
Trevi Fountain: This gorgeous fountain has had me mesmerized since Lizzie McGuire went to Rome (lol) and I could not wait to see it!! It was so impressive to me, Tyler actually took me back a second time so I could see it again before we left Rome.
ps I was serious about this coin throwing... I did it more than once. Also this is the hardest picture in all of Europe to get, people are E V E R Y WHERE. We have the best outtakes from this!

 Vatican City: This was such a cool experience. We took a train ride to Vatican City and spent our morning exploring the Sistine Chapel and the afternoon walking through St. Peters. This is one of those "plan it out" kind of days. We actually opted to pay a little more to jump ahead of the line when visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel- its a ticket you can buy just off the street, and then they escort you past the line into the building where you can enter. This museum and chapel are massive... you could literally spend an entire day here. The art is incredible and it is obviously a must see. 
Loved looking up at all the ceilings...
Since we were visiting in off season there were not many lines we had to wait in, but this day was chalked full of them. To get into St. Peters we waited for over an hour...My sister was there last summer and said the wait was over 4 hours so it obviously gets out of control quick. This was Tyler's birthday so we waited to go in, because its something he has always wanted to see! 
We also visited the Pantheon and made our way up the Spanish Steps. Both our close to some great window shopping and gelato shops! Here I am on the Spanish Steps- it was cold and rainy this night! 

My very favorite night there was Tylers birthday night. Instead of going out, I cooked for him and we stayed in our cute apartment. I got the chance to go to the local market and select meats and cheeses for an appetizer, put together a fresh salad and I made pasta for dinner! Everything tasted better with their local ingredients, and I had the best time cooking for him. I thought it was so sweet he wanted to do that to celebrate his birthday, its a memory I will always treasure. 

If you are traveling abroad and don't have a great international phone option I would totally suggest doing what we did. We both got an international plan with Vodafone. All you need is your passport and 20 Euros and you will have enough data to last you a really long time, and a way to make calls if you need to! Make sure you find someone that just has the "Vodafone" sign in the window as an authorized dealer, and they will sell you a SIM card for your phone! It takes about one hour to set up, and then you are good to go! This is S O E A S Y and so worth it. We were able to use our phones to navigate, answer emails and stay in touch without worrying about any international roaming or data charges! + you get a cool Italian phone number 

Some of this post has obviously been logistics and about Rome's sights... but I had to share a few of my favorite pictures and memories! It was a wonderful first trip to Rome, and I am so glad we went. Its funny, most places I visit I am immediately dying to go back- Rome wasn't that way for me but it was so cool to experience. You can read about places I dream of visiting in my next Italy post :) For now check out some of my favorite highlights from the trip!

PS while we were there we worked with EVER as well as Francesca a wonderful local photographer that captured some of my favorite photos to date. Tyler and I were just dancing in front of the colosseum when she took these...
Francesca is truly an artist, and it was very cool to see her photography style and be in Rome with her!

Sorry this post was ten miles long-hope you enjoyed anyway
XOBARNETT

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