Ancient Rome

IMG_8448Rome was saved for last on our trip.  Vast and beautiful, we were sometimes overwhelmed by just how much there was to see there.  Our legs also had the workout of a lifetime.  I was disappointed that the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps were under restoration at the time that we were there, but I can appreciate and respect Rome’s efforts to preserve the history and culture of this ancient city.

My highlights:

IMG_8110(Seeing preserved ruins scattered throughout the city)

IMG_8274 IMG_8413(Vatican City)

(Seeing Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam)

IMG_8130 IMG_8217(Visiting the Colosseum – while eating the biggest donut we could find)

IMG_8080(The Pantheon at night)

IMG_8462(Having dessert at 1 am while the streets were empty)

(On our last night in Rome: Having dinner together at Life)

Sean and I loved this trip for the simple things.  We had on great pairs of Nikes, carried everything we needed in two backpacks,  and wandered everywhere while barely looking at a map.  Visiting Italy had always been a dream of mine, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to see so much of it, together with Sean.

A Glimpse of Tuscany

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We made a short stop in Siena on our Italy trip, so we tried to make the best of our day there.  I had always wanted to see the countryside of Tuscany, so we booked a wine tasting tour and explored the region of Chianti.  We saw cypress trees lined up and vineyards that stretched for miles.  I saw but a glimpse, but it was enough.

My highlights:

IMG_7915(Wine tasting)

IMG_7966(Visiting a castle for the first time)

IMG_7985(Having dinner in the Piazza del Campo)

IMG_7988(This panna cotta)

The Art of Florence

IMG_7781Florence, for me, is the city that felt the most immersed in art and in it’s history.  And although Sean and I visited two of their most well-known museums, the city itself is filled with sculptures and street art (if you look closely).  The cobblestone streets, and the beautifully aged buildings that lined the Arno River made for the most picturesque sunset.

My highlights:

IMG_7492(Visiting the Uffizi)

IMG_7569(Having lunch at Fiorino D’oro)

IMG_7657 IMG_7690(Day trip to Pisa – We just missed the rain!)

IMG_7758(Seeing Michelangelo’s David at the L’accademia)

IMG_7825(The view from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset)