Happy, happy Thursday, friends!
Here’s the good news, after today, I only have one more vacation recap for you. #yourewelcome 😉
It was a long and very FULL vacation, so my recaps are a bit out of control, but I am pressing on and today, I’m sharing our VERY full and fabulous day in ROME!!
But first, if you missed the other vacation posts from this trip, catch them below:
PART ONE: BARCELONA
PART TWO: BOARDING THE BEYOND & PROVENCE
PART THREE: MONTE CARLO
PART FOUR: PORTOFINO
PART FIVE: CINQUE TERRE
PART SIX: CORSCIA
Okay, we covered a lot of ground on this day, and I think I have approximately 450 photos and videos, so I trimmmmmed them down to these right here, but it certainly doesn’t capture everything. If you were here, I would hand you my phone and let you scroll away, but I’m trying to hit the highlights on today’s blog post.
Two very important things to note:
1: The best money we spent was on our private car! It was super roomy, had air conditioning and our fabulous driver could drop us off right where we needed to be and then be right there when we were done to take us to the next spot. This saved us SO MUCH TIME and allowed us to see much more of Rome than our time allotted. Our driver and our guide were both so integral in our family having the best day in Rome. We saw and learned SO MUCH!!! This was the kids’ first time in Rome and though it certainly didn’t do it justice (one must stay in Rome to truly experience it!), it certainly helped. Let’s get back to that air conditioned vehicle part, this was super important because…
2: IT WAS SO FREAKING HOT. Good golly! It was H-O-T in Rome. I mean, I knew it would be hot (I’ve been there several times in July), but it was like brutally hot. You will see us sweating profusely in just about every picture. It was just hot. Hot. Hot. It was hot. That’s all. I just wanted to let you know that it was hot.
Here we go, our ship arrived that morning at the port in Civitavecchia and our driver was there early waiting for us to hop off and into his van. The ride into Rome took about 90 minutes, so we had to start our day early to maximize our town. When we arrived, the first place we went was to…
…Vatican City where we met our tour guide who had already pre-purchased every ticket we needed for the day. She was SO knowledgeable and had even grown up right there in Vatican City (the smallest country in the world…and if you missed it before, we had just come from the second smallest country in the world), so we were so happy to have her along. I learned more this time around at the Vatican than I had in all of my other trips. She brought maps with her, photographs, detailed information…she was engaging, informative and super sweet.
Let’s do this, Vatican City!
Any time I could take photos (some rooms did not allow them), I did. You’re all very welcome that I’m not posting them all 😉 .
It was approximately 4 million degrees outside but nice and cool in most places inside.
Anyone else always think of Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting when they go to the Sistine Chapel? I love that movie, and he has so many great lines, but that line about the Sistine Chapel is one I think about often.
You know you’re a mom of three girls around this age when after leaving the Sistine Chapel, they’re all arguing about which one of them gets to name their daughter Sistine.
Also please note, in certain areas of the Vatican, your shoulders have to be covered and you need a skirt/longer pants on. Our guide pointed out that they were being suuuuper relaxed about it due to the heat, but we had come prepared and both Kensington and I wore skirts and then brought sweaters/a scarf to cover our shoulders in those specified rooms. We changed back into our shorts in the van after we left.
Onward we go…
Ashby loves to learn. I love that about her. She loves to ask questions and truly, truly wants to know the answers.
Ashby’s face here was not ready for the “cheese”…either that or she was hot because you know, it was approximately 4 million degrees outside.
So sweaty. So funny. She’s posing like one of the statues.
Love these guys.
It was certainly crowded! I’m super glad we had tickets in advance for everything.
…those Spanish Steps 🙂 .
I should rent her out for your next vacation. She’s pint-sized entertainment 24/7.
Little Miss Joy!
After the steps, we headed over to…
Water not sweat…I think. Honestly, it could be sweat.
After the fountain, it was time for…
…LUNCH! Our guide knew in advance that we would love a gluten-free restaurant to stop and rest for a minute, so she had reservations for us here at Vivi Bistrot. It was DELICIOUS!!!!
I think I could eat Italian food every day for the rest of my life.
After our delicious lunch…
…followed by some time in Piazza Navona.
We had tickets to wrap up our time in Rome at…
…this little place here.
Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called the Colosseum. It’s kind of famous 😉 .
We learned allllll the things. Again, I’ve been multiple times, but after this trip, I understand exponentially more.
It’s like a bar joke…six sweaty Americans walk into the Colosseum…
It was a FABULOUS day! We had to head back to the ship around 3:00…
…and when we arrived, they handed us soaking wet cold towels and water. It was much appreciated.
After some looooong cold showers and lots of scrubbing…
…we reemerged clean people ready for dinner and fun on our ship.
And ended our night with a silent disco. It was such a blast.
And that my friends, was Rome in a day.
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See you girls tomorrow! xx