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Rome | Adventures in Italy

I’m a little late with posting the rest of our Italian Adventures- and I can’t wait to share the rest with you!

Before I begin- I want to thank you all for praying for Joey- he is still recovering, but is doing so much better. For those of you who don’t know- Joey has been in and out of the hospital since we returned from Italy and was finally diagnosed with atypical pneumonia after lots of tests and many days of sickness. We are so thankful for amazing family and friends who have lifted Joey and I up in prayer constantly- we literally had people praying for us all over the world! It has been such a comfort to know we are covered in prayer- being sick is never fun, but it’s especially scary when you are thousands of miles away from home and dealing with an unfamiliar health system. Your prayers were felt and so appreciated. Thank you.

Back to Italy. Second stop: Rome. This was our most jam-packed day of our trip, and the most history-filled day of our journey. We left our previous leg, Positano, at 4:30 am to drive through the windy roads of the Amalfi Coast back to Naples to catch a train to Rome. We arrived in Rome about 8:30- and after a quick McDonalds breakfast (the egg mcmuffins tasted better in Italy- no joke) we headed to the Colosseum. Joey and I decided to only pack in backpacks for this trip- so our journey through Rome was done with heavy backpacks! Definitely a day where I felt a bit better about all the yummy calories we were ingesting in Italy!

The Colosseum was incredible- an AMAZING sight to behold- so massive and so full of rich history. We spent a lot of time walking around- and we decided to buy a small book explaining more of the history of the Colosseum. I laughed when we bought it thinking about how I would complain about reading all the signs at various historical places as a kid- and now- we wished there were MORE signs to read!

After exploring the Colosseum we headed to the Roman Forum- it was amazing to walk through loads of ancient history- literally LYING on the ground. I honestly couldn’t tell you what exactly I was taking pictures of- but I know that everything is at least a thousand years old.

Our last stop for the day was Vatican City. We walked a couple miles from the Forum to Vatican City- and by the time we arrived we were aching! Backpacking is hard work! So we didn’t spend as much time in the Vatican as we might have if we weren’t tired- but it was still pretty amazing! We checked our bags once we arrived (oh sweet relief!) and with my bag I checked my camera- so no pictures to share from the inside- but you’ll just have to go visit one day for yourself!

Rome was definitely an experience- and something that everyone should see- it wasn’t my favorite leg of the trip- but it had some tough competition against the Amalfi Coast and Venice! But I absolutely loved roaming through Rome;)

Here’s a brief recap in pictures!

Right out of the Rome Train Station- sad to see graffiti in such an ancient city, but some of it was beautiful!

Right out of the Rome Train Station- sad to see graffiti in such an ancient city, but some of it was beautiful!

Ancient churches and buildings everywhere

Ancient churches and buildings everywhere


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First stop: The Colosseum

First stop: The Colosseum


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Such an incredible massive sight to take in!

Such an incredible massive sight to take in!


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The Arch of Constantine to the left of the Colosseum

The Arch of Constantine to the left of the Colosseum


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The Roman Forum: SO much ancient history in one place

The Roman Forum: SO much ancient history in one place


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Our walk to the Vatican

Our walk to the Vatican


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SO many street vendors and performers on our way to the Vatican

SO many street vendors and performers on our way to the Vatican


Crowds lined the streets

Crowds lined the streets


The Vatican

The Vatican


A night out in Rome :)

A night out in Rome :)


An incredibly high fashion and expensive shopping district just off the Spanish Steps

An incredibly high fashion and expensive shopping district just off the Spanish Steps


Window Shopping was all we could afford! ;)

Window Shopping was all we could afford! ;)


View from the Spanish Steps

View from the Spanish Steps


Love that handsome man on the right :)

Love that handsome man on the right :)

Up next tomorrow on the blog: Venice! My favorite leg of the trip- can’t wait to share!

Until then- happy Monday! Here’s to a great week ahead…

March 3, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Emilia Jane - I simply MUST go to Italy! <3

March 3, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Natalie - I absolutely love travel photographs! I would LOVE to travel to Rome one day! Looks incredible!

March 3, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Sarah - beautiful!

March 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

Nastja - Oh, Rome! :) I went there a couple years ago, it was amazing!! :)

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