We went to Italy to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It still seems unbelievable that I was able to visit such a beautiful place! Italy is full of old world charm that we can not experience here in the US. I'll try to tell you a little about our trip, but I mostly want to share the photographs. Aside from my iPhone, I only had my old Pentax 645n film camera with me. Most of these, as my film friends will guess, are fuji 400h 120 film.
We arrived in Rome at 8:30 am and, after dropping our luggage off at our bed and breakfast, we walked to a few of the major tourist attractions. Coming around the corner and suddenly seeing the Pantheon in front of us was breathtaking. We also saw the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps.
The second day in Rome we accidentally slept in until 10:30! Crazy jet lag. But we felt so much better and were ready to eat pizza for breakfast and then tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum. A stormed rolled in that afternoon, but we found a nice cafe along the street and enjoyed lunch with a bottle of wine (of course).
After a couple days walking around Rome (we averaged 10 miles per day on this trip!), we decided to take the train to the coast to see the beach. So we were off to Anzio! It was a beautiful, HOT day and the water was clear and warm. We sat in beach chairs for a bit and then had lunch at a Mediterranean fast food place along the beach. That afternoon we headed back to Rome on the train. Unfortunately the train shut down and we all had to get out in a small town! We couldn't figure out how to call a taxi to this small town, and uber wasn't working either, so we tried hitch-hiking. It wasn't actually hitch-hiking, though, because the local residents were offering to drive people places. We found a lady (who only spoke Italian) to take us to a "bus station". She drove through those tiny roads like a race car driver and we thought for sure we would die. But, we made it to the bus station--which was really a bus stop. The signs were in Italian, but we decided if we were headed toward Rome we would be ok. That was until we figured out we were sitting at a stop in the middle of nowhere with three women barely dressed. They were protsitutes! At first it was sort of entertaining to watch the men drive by, but then it wasn't. :( The bus finally arrived and took us to another town where I swear 100 people boarded the bus. Squeezed in like sardines we eventually made it to the outskirts of Rome. Thank goodness a taxi drove by! We were back to our b&b soon after and then able to make it to Pierluigi's for a late dinner. (AMAZING restaurant by the way!!) What a day!
After the prostitute fiasco, we covered our knees and shoulders and headed to the Vatican for our tour. ;) Along the way we found something called the Key Hole. It's not a publicized kind of thing so it was difficult to find. But when you look through this key hole to a private garden, you can see St. Peter's Basilica perfectly framed. It was fun to find and really beautiful to see but difficult to photograph!
After the Vatican and St. Peter's tour, we found a restaurant along a busy square for dinner. We loved the live music and performers in Rome. It was a beautiful and busy city! While in Rome we met some fun people from the US, Australia, and Holland. It was interesting to enjoy wine and conversation with each of them!
Few fun facts about Rome:
They swear their water system is clean and water bottles can be filled straight from city fountains. I couldn't do it. lol
Breakfast in Rome is a cappuccino and croissant.
Our bed and breakfast keys almost always included a skeleton key!
I have so many more photographs to share! If you would like to see more from Rome, check it out HERE. <3
I'll share more about our trip in another post. We also visited Florence and Venice!