Okay, I know I’m the worst. I got so close to keeping up on these blog posts, and I just let it get too far away from me. The weeks following my trip were absolutely insane. My flights home were a bit of a mess, I had a bachelorette party to attend, I worked almost every day, my sister got married, and I drove back to New Orleans for school, which started today. I am determined to finish this travel series though! So, I guess here is about where I left off.
We left Chianciano Terme relatively early to start our trek to Rome, making a quick stop in Orvieto on our way. We were only there for about 2 hours, so we were very limited on what we were able to see, but we did get to see the “Pozzo di S. Patrizio” aka the well of St. Patrick. This was such an odd experience, hiking wayyyyy down into the well, but I’m really glad we did it.
After our quick descent into the Earth (and about a million stairs), we headed back to the bus and made our way into Rome. We got surprisingly lucky and made it into Rome with almost zero traffic, which is quite a change from the last time I was in the city. We had a bit of time to get settled in our hotel, which was really nice and spacious, albeit very retro. Then we headed out on the town to get dinner for our tour guide’s birthday. Before getting dinner, we stopped by the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and one of the oldest (and best) gelato shops in Rome. For dinner, we had some amazing pasta, as well as some less-than-amazing aperol spritzes. Afterward, a few people in our group went out for drinks, but Jess and Sarah and I decided to have a more relaxing night in, seeing as we had a big day touring the city coming up.
Our next day in Rome was filled with activity. We started out pretty early by making our way to the Colosseum. It was a bit rainy, but it actually made for a nice cool day, which was refreshing after so many scorching hot days. Our guide was amazing, making our almost-two-hour tour seem like about 30 minutes. After the Colosseum, we stopped by the Roman Forum and the building known as “The Wedding Cake”, some staples of Rome. Finally, it was time for our Pasta making class. EF offered an optional excursion in Rome, where we were able to pick out fresh ingredients and make our own pasta from scratch. It was such a cool experience, especially because I’m not typically one to cook, let alone make things from scratch. Once the pasta making class was done, we headed back to our hotel to have another relaxing night for yet another big upcoming tour day.
Rome is one of those cities where you could spend ages there and still not see everything, so it’s no wonder we had so much packed into our 3 days here. Our last full day was spent exploring the Vatican. Sadly, it was ridiculously hot and ridiculously packed, so it wasn’t my favorite experience, but it’s still pretty amazing. I got to see one of my absolute favorite pieces of art, The Creation of Adam, and even got myself a t-shirt of the famous hands nearly touching. After finishing up in the Vatican museums, a large group headed to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. The food was amazing. I love Italian food, but it was nice to switch it up a little. After dinner we did a bit of shopping (I got myself a new swimsuit for Greece) and then headed to the Trevi Fountain yet again, hoping to get some better, less crowded photos. Pro-tip, go to the Trevi Fountain very early in the morning, or later at night, otherwise photos will be almost impossible.
After the fountain, we made our way back home to repack our suitcases for our next stop: Athens!
Stay tuned for more updates,
xoxo, second sister suzie