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Experience the Eternal City of Rome.

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Our family loves to to vacation together, just the 4 of us. When we travel we prefer to be off the beaten path. Islands are our favorite!

Who doesn't have a trip to Italy on their bucket list?

Like everyone else in the world, Italy had been on our bucket list forever. With a husband that is 100% Italian, we knew it just had to come to fruition at some point in time. A few years back, we hosted two Italian exchange students for the summer, Alessandro & Lorenzo, best friends from Rome. Lorenzo returned two years later and attend high school here in Connecticut for six months. As luck would have it, the following year Lorenzo's family extended an invitation to share their "summer holiday" with them on the Amalfi coast. Our trip included visits to Rome, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri Island and Gaeta. Come along, we'll show you around!

Are arrival into Rome and our flat for the next two days.

Clearly we were EXHAUSTED!
Clearly we were EXHAUSTED!

Ciao! After a long (twelve hours to be exact!) flight, we landed in Rome

Rome is such a glorious city offering a multitude of things to see and do. There's really something to keep everyone enthralled.

We happened to have our own personal tour guides in our extended Italian family and a nice place to stay in their flat, if you don't have that luxury there are plenty of places to stay in and around the city as well as many shops that offer bike and walking tours.

This was hands down the greatest thing we did on our entire trip. Our family loves being outdoors and off the beaten path so it was easy for us to choose to forgo the museums and indoor tours in exchange for experiencing the sights and sounds of Rome. Meandering down the side cobblestone streets, past the monuments (and crowds), along the river, through a large park high above the city then back down and past the Coliseum, the Vatican and many other major landmarks. It was just surreal and something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.

Tip: A bike tour or even renting on your own is well worth it, just being able to get away from the crowds and around the city made it much easier. They even have electric bikes for those not feeling so enthusiastic about peddling!

Bike riding around the city with the Colessium as out backdrop!

The Colosseum
The Colosseum

Riding past the Colosseum!

View from a park above the city
View from a park above the city

Did you know that Rome has fountains all over the city that is clean and free to drink?

A secret locals know and you should too, the water in Rome it is perfectly safe to drink and refreshing as well!

Rome has more than 2,500 gorgeous fountains that are not only beautiful, but practical as well. The water that flows from these fountains is clean and cold so be sure to bring a empty bottle to fill up on your day's adventures.

There are many gorgeous fountains all around the city. Of course there are the famous ones such as Trevi & Neptunes but many smaller ones are just as beautiful

Altare della Patria

The Altare della Patria ([alˈtaːre della ˈpaːtrja]; English: "Altar of the Fatherland"), also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II("National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II") or Il Vittoriano, is a monument built in honor of Victor
The Altare della Patria ([alˈtaːre della ˈpaːtrja]; English: "Altar of the Fatherland"), also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II("National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II") or Il Vittoriano, is a monument built in honor of Victor | Source

The Vatican. Outside the lines are insane waiting to tour. We we're happy to just snap a few photos and move quickly out of the crowds.

The do sell tour tickets if you really want to visit the inside, we heard that the wait can sometimes over 2 hours long!
The do sell tour tickets if you really want to visit the inside, we heard that the wait can sometimes over 2 hours long! | Source

The Vatican

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Piazza Navona

This area served as a city market from the 15th century onward. You'll find many Baroque style buildings around the square which stem from the 17th century when the piazza was adorned with its fountains, including the famous Fountain for Four Rivers by Bernini in 1651.

Now, the modern Piazza Navona is lined with cafes, artists, shops, street performers and three beautiful fountains. It's great place of to spend time during your visit and a beautiful spot for the photography lover.

Be advised the Gypsy beggars are quite a nuisance. They may pick your pocket as well, so watch out for groups of them especially with children or dolls they will drop so when you try to help your pick pocketed from behind.

Street performers await around every corner and are quite entertaining. These were just a few but many more are in streets and piazzas all over the city.

The Pantheon


Gelato anyone? We found gelato most refreshing and available at every turn! Many days it served as our entire lunch! Fan favorite? Lemon and mango!

Wrapping up our last day in Rome! Onward to The Amalfi coast!

Molte grazie
Molte grazie

Until next time Rome. Off we go to the Amalfi coast!

While our time in Rome was much too short, we certainly soaked up ever moment there. After a good nights rest it was off to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri Island and Gaeta. Stop by my other hub pages for a peek if you have some time! Until then...

Arrivederci and Molte grazie!

Have only one day in Rome?

Rome can be overwhelming with so much to see and do. If you only have one day to squeeze everything in, here you'll find some of the best options! What to do with only one day in Rome.

Golf cart and Segway rentals

Another nice way to get around the city if you are tired of walking is by renting a golf cart or segway. There are places all over the city that offer these rentals. They also offer guided tours. We rented an adorable red golf cart and rode all around in Villa Borghese Park.


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      9 months ago from CONNECTICUT

      Agree 100% SO much to see and not nearly enough time!! We also need another trip ;)

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      9 months ago

      Great, informative article! Loved Rome so much, especially the ancient buildings and culture. It brings back many memories since I last visited Rome 8 years ago... Fontana di Trevi was my favorite fountain... especially the gelateria across from it! There was so much I didn't get to see, so another trip is surely due!


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