Wanderlust Wednesday – When In Rome – Stuttgart Germany Photographer
Of course coming to Europe for the first time ever, I had a list of major must see cities. And of course at the top of that list is Rome. It’s a must and no way I would pass it up. We researched and found the best time to visit was the week between Christmas and New Years. Not being fans of crowds we went with that and it turned out to be the best decision.
In our older age we have figured out that sweating our hineys off while touring and sight seeing do not go hand in hand! Sure, I’ll take one for the team to see something amazing, but would rather be comfortable and luckily December in Rome is pretty much perfect.
We spent the first day roaming around the piazzas and streets to explore the area. The Pantheon was one of our first stops and was simply amazing. Thanks to Rick Steves we got our walking tour of the Pantheon and loved it.
We took the next day to do a group tour of the Colosseum, complete with the underground tunnel tour as well. I can’t even describe the feeling of being in a structure so old and historic. Quite honestly all week it was hard to wrap my head around how historic everything in the city is.
A very un-Paustenbaugh thing to do, we ventured on and took a tour the next day of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. So much beauty in that mini city and simply beautiful throughout the complex. However, we realized we took one Ella to her max. Honestly it was a long tour and a very long morning of walking throughout the complex and city. By the time we arrived in the cathedral, she was done. Tears, tears and more tears of a tired and hungry little girl! We were all done, but so appreciative of being able to walk through everything.
One thing we can all agree on in Italy – we all LOVED the food. Many times it’s hard to find a spot all of us can find food since we have a picky eater, a vegetarian and two adults who want to experience true local food. Italy provided all of us all of these things and I can’t wait to go back again to eat my way through more cities.
Aside from all the history, one of my favorite areas to visit was Trastevere. Small, winding streets, beautiful grafitti and of course my favorite Italian of the week. My drunk friend who willingly posed for some photos!
Visiting Rome got us even more excited to see more of Italy and we can’t wait to go back. So beautiful, so delicious and much to see and do.
We ended our time in Rome bringing in a new year and enjoying a once in a lifetime scene of fireworks over the Colosseum.