As my sister’s journey with me was coming to an end, we decided to take a long weekend trip to Rome and loved every minute of it.
Here is what our four days consisted of:
Off to Roma! I accidentally fell asleep the entire trip so shout out to Gabrielle for capturing the incredible scenery on the way.
We checked into our hotel and decided to hit the city. We walked miles and miles but were so amazed by the history and beauty that filled the streets.
Whenever we saw old churches, we decided to check them out. It was always worth it.
On the way to get food, we stumbled across the Pantheon. It was a delightful surprise.
We decided to fit in with the tourists and grab a selfie.
We ventured in and read everything that we could about the history behind the Pantheon.
Pandali: Another entirely gluten free bakery. We got calzones and a croissant and they were absolutely delicious. For all my gluten free foodies in Rome, you have got to check this place out.
Boo. The Spanish Steps were closed for maintenance work. It was still worth the walk – the shopping was great and the view of the steps was mesmerizing.
We found these steps to walk up instead and decided to name them the American Steps!
Villa Borghese Gardens: The Central Park of Rome
We decided that we wanted to take a trip outside of Rome to a small town. After some research, we got on the next train to Tivoli. If these waterfalls don’t convince you to take a day trip to this tiny town, I don’t know what will.
We spent the rest of the day at Villa D’Este. This museum was unreal. The hours we spent exploring here had me feeling like I was in a little girl in a fairytale.
After we got back from our day in Tivoli, we used our 24 hour bus pass to get to Trastevere to eat at a popular spot for celiacs, Mama Eat (more to come on Mama and gluten free food later this week)!
The Vatican: One of my favorite places in Rome. No pictures or words will describe the beauty in the history and art here.
We went directly to St. Peter’s Basilica. We got to see the only work that Michelangelo ever signed and the burial site of Saint Peter. This weekend, Mother Teresa was canonized by Francis. There were thousands of people there for the event.
We spent some time walking around the city, taking in the views and telling street vendors that we weren’t interested in whatever they were trying to sell us (besides maybe this apron).
Eating Gelato everyday is a must. Sublime is a gelato shop near The Vatican and has both gluten free and dairy free options. As you can see, I was really excited about my cone.
A day at the Colosseum. The coolest part is that we got in free because it was the first Sunday of the month. Well, probably actually the coolest part is that this thing is almost 2,000 years old.
After, we went to the Roman Forum. So mind blowing thinking about the people that have walked here before us.
Ended our day at The Trevi Fountain. We ate gelato, made wishes and felt a lot like Lizzie McGuire.
Gab left Rome for the states the next morning. I will definitely miss seeing this smile everyday and am so thankful I got to experience a taste of Italy with her.
My long weekend in Rome had me feeling a little like this, but I can’t wait for all my adventures to come with Della.