Roman Holiday – Italy, Part 5

Throwback Thursday to that time we were in Rome…

In September 2017, we found ourselves winding our way through Italy in our trusty steed, a rented Fiat Punto. From the Valpolicella wine region to Florence and Tuscany, we slowly made our way south. About 40 minutes before reaching our final destination, we made a quick detour in Lazio to the Gardens of Bomarzo. This was one of David’s only requests during our two-week itinerary in Italy—he had read about it, and as a former architecture student, he was fascinated by the idea of this surreal park created by Pier Francesco Orsini in the 16th century, littered with larger-than-life statues and architectural follies intended to astonish the viewer and make them question reality.

It was a fun, trippy little stop.

And then, ROME!

David had been to Rome before and said it was one of his favourite cities in the world. “You like it better than Paris??” questioned a dubious Mel, who had never been to Rome. It didn’t take her long to change her tune.

Day 1

Gorgeous view of Piazza del Popolo, near our hotel, from the Terrazza del Pincio
Street view of the Piazza del Popolo
Our first meal in Rome
Photo op with a marble lion, following another episode of using-fancy-hotel-washrooms
The famous Spanish Steps
Rome, aka really beautiful old shit architecture, everywhere you turn
Found on a random street corner. Stop it, Rome, it’s too much!
The larger-than-life Trevi Fountain, an amazing sight to see all lit up
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David basically couldn’t wipe this silly grin of awe and stupefaction off Mel’s face the entire time we were in Rome
Roman gelato + Trevi Fountain = love
Our fabulous room in Rome
Our fabulous bathroom with jet tub in Rome


Day 2

Day 2 started out in typical Italian fashion: at the barber’s.

Il barbiere de Roma – Day 2 begins with a haircut
Followed by the Pantheon
All that sight-seeing works up an appetite. Oooooh goat cheese pizza!
The waiter at this restaurant had no problem understanding Mel’s Italian (which was really just Spanish with an Italian accent)
Then, coffee!

Once we were all fueled up it was time to get back out there and do some more sightseeing.

Arco de Septimio Severo
The Forum
Hanging by the fountain
Families enjoying a piazza
Playing in the piazza
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
The glorious Colosseum
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We snapped a few pics, tried to take it all in, then slowly made our way back to the hotel for a nap (after gelato, of course).

Day 3

Day 3 was slightly more subdued. We’d battled the insane crowds and seen most of the major sights within the first 24 hours, so we were able to see things off the beaten path at a more leisurely pace the following day. We were definitely dealing with some travel exhaustion—we’d been traveling for six weeks at this point. But when in Rome…

One way to check out the new haircut
Weird and wonderful discoveries at the Da Vinci museum – this is the original scuba suit
Beautiful corner of a small piazza where we had lunch
You know your food is fresh when the market is right next door
Delicious antipasti
Authentic roman pasta dish covered in David-friendly pecorino romano (literally sheep cheese from Rome!)
Roman gatto watching the piazza below
Sun setting over the Vatican
Sun setting over the Vatican

We were sure to drop a coin into the Trevi Fountain on our first night, which according to legend ensures you will return to Rome. We’d go back in a heartbeat, so now we just have to sit back and wait for that little coin to work its magic!

8 thoughts on “Roman Holiday – Italy, Part 5

    1. Hey Sam! In case I didn’t gush enough about Rome, it really is amazing. Not sure I will get to writing about the Greek Islands and Cyprus, so feel free to ask me about them if they are on your bucket list. Hope you’re doing well, and thanks for reading 🙂


      1. Nawce! I was going to say, in 10 years for our 20th… but by then the boys will be pretty much old enough to take care of themselves! *ah!*


  1. Thanks for the great trip! I am not planning on going but love your enthusiasm and pictures! Great that you are willing and able to do all your traveling and share with us.

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