Italy Highlight: Rome!

If you missed any of the previous Italy vacation adventure recaps, check them out first!

  • Italy Highlight: The Food! (the comments section has a great discussion on healthy eating while on vacation!)
  • That Time When a 4 Mile Run Turned Into a 4 Hour Run
  • Elle & Rob’s Italian Wedding Weekend

The first pit stop on our Italy adventures was Rome! I’ve been to Rome before but Matt hadn’t, so we decided to spend a few days checking out the sights. Here are some of the highlights in photos!

The Spanish Steps + a beautiful blue sky. The steps were insanely crowded but still pretty.

The Trevi Fountain – my favorite spot in Rome – again, very crowded but so pretty.

The Pantheon:

Walking over to the Colosseum:

The Colosseum:

On our last day in Rome, a Sunday, we decided to go check out the Vatican. We had lunch and then arrived at the Vatican in the early afternoon. When we arrived, we were greeted with this sight:

Um… what the what?! “Jeez,” I said. “I remember the Vatican being crowded last time I was here, but it was nothing like this!”

There were so many people we couldn’t even get anywhere near St. Peter’s or any of the other touristy areas, for that matter. We were so confused. What on earth was going on?!

We wandered around looking confused for about 20 minutes until we found someone who spoke English. “The Pope is coming!” they said.

Tourist fail. I guess we should have looked online at schedules first. So much for sightseeing at the Vatican! 🙂

It was wild – apparently it was some big special appearance (not a weekly thing), so there were thousands of people around. It was seriously like being in downtown D.C. on Inauguration Day or the 4th of July or something. Matt and I hung out for awhile waiting but eventually figured out that he wouldn’t be appearing for a few more hours, so we decided to walk over to Castel Sant’Angelo instead.

We had some lovely views along the way!

There it is!

Views from the top of the castle:

Stay tuned – more Italy recaps to come! Next up: Pisa & Lucca, the two towns we stopped in on our drive north to Cinque Terre.

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