Previously on our honeymoon series: Positano, Sorrento and Cinque Terre. Now that you are all caught up let’s talk ROME!
After another extremely long train ride we arrived in Rome! I feel like our last stop was the most cultural. Rome was a great way to spend our last few days in Italy and on our honeymoon. We stayed in downtown Rome and within walking distance of the at the Artemide Hotel. On the evening we arrived we were starving after checking into the hotel. We walked down the street to a local bar. We had a little food as well as a drink and just people watched for a while.
After breakfast, at the hotel, we headed to the Colosseum. We put plenty of water and suntan lotion into our backpack as well as the camera. Let me just say it is SO hot in Italy in mid-August! The line was super long to get into the Colosseum so we decided to join a tour. This was a bad idea. Although they got us into the Colosseum quickly they really didn’t provide any substantial information. Then they rushed us to go to the next two locations – Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. We decided to stay behind and really soak in the Colosseum. There was no reentry and they didn’t give us our tickets so we wouldn’t be able to get into Palatine Hill without being with the group. Scamming some tourists was a success for this group! Since it was the only issue we had the entire time we were in Italy all I can say is lesson learned!
After walking around the Colosseum we headed over to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. The line was SO short. TIP – Go to the Palatine Hill and buy the tickets there for the Colosseum. The lines at the Palatine/Forum didn’t even compare to those at the Colosseum. After getting our fill of tourist stuff we headed back to the hotel to relax and get ready for dinner.
A friend of a friend said Restaurant Romantico was NOT to be missed and boy were they right. This place was so small and well romantic … perfect for a honeymoon.
We had trouble deciding what to do on our last day. Torn between the Vatican and a self guided tour around Rome to see a bunch of sites. In the end a self guided walking tour won out. Although we really wanted to see the Vatican we also weren’t excited about missing all the other great sites around the city. Our guided tour went like this: Capital Hill, Pantheon, lunch at Life Pizzeria, Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain.
Our last dinner in Rome was at La Pentolaccia. The owner of the restaurant suggested a fabulous bottle of wine and helped us choose great meals. After dinner he suggested we get have some of their homemade limoncello. The meal was a great ending to our honeymoon!
Side Note: The wine in this picture is actually sold at Costco in VA! When I told the husband I found a wine from our honeymoon at Costco he didn’t believe me. Luckily I took a picture of the bottle and was able to PROVE to him it was in fact a “honeymoon” wine. :) Every time we buy the wine we reminisce a little about our trip.
We took an EARLY cab ride to the airport to check our flight back to the states. Does anyone remember that crazy hurricane from last summer? Well we do! When we arrived at the airport a number of flights to New York and New Jersey were already cancelled. We were fortunate and our flight from Rome > Boston > DC still on schedule. Apparently when we were in the air and on our way to Boston our connecting flight in Boston was cancelled. This was actually not a big deal since my parents live in MA so we had a place to stay. PLUS they had been watching Sophi so we got to be with our puppy too! After a couple nights with my parents and sister we flew back to DC with the dog and started our life in DC as husband and wife!
Happy Vacationing and Honeymooning!!!
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