Rome, Italy 2018

August 6, 2018

Today we took the shuttle bus to Rome from the port which is about 90 minutes away.  We met up with our relatives for lunch with an amazing view of the Pantheon. After lunch we walked around a bit we visited the Trevi Fountain and a few other fountains. Afterward, we took the shuttle bus back to the ship.

August 23, 2018 – Second time

Today we disembarked from the ship and checked into The Waldorf Astoria Hotel. After we settled in we decided to take a walk around Rome and took a taxi to John’s Aunt Giovanina’s house to have lunch with her and her daughter Gloria and granddaughters Laura and Alessandra. We then we to the hotel to relax before we were going back to her house for dinner. We left their house shortly after dinner we had a big day the next day we were flying home which will take about 14 hours.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Capri, Italy.

If you would like to see what we ate while in Rome, Italy.

John and Aunt Giovanina
Maria & Aunt Giovanina
Gloria, Giovanina, Laura, John, Maria & Alessandra

Fontana de Trevi – Tevi Fountain

Maria & Aunt Giovanina
John & Aunt Giovanina

The Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri Hotel

Nutella Heaven

Rome, Italy 2012

August 18th – 21st, 2012

Rome is so unique I feel like it’s one big archaeological site. The amazing thing is that they find new sites all the time just by doing new construction or renovations.

It’s so great to walk around you will always run into some cool fountain or new piazza you’ve seen for the first time.

We also have family there so anytime we are in Rome we meet for lunch or dinner or both. It’s always nice to see our relatives. Another favorite thing we love to do is eating lunch across from the Pantheon it has become a tradition for us. The more we come to Rome the more comfortable we become walking around and exploring this fabulous city.

This visit they were clearing the Trevi fountain, and it was blocked by scaffolding so we can’t wait to come back and see it nice and clean.

If you would like to read more about our last trip to Rome and see more pictures click this link to our 2011 trip.

John with our aunt Giovanina who lives in Rome
John with our cousins Laura & Alessandra who live in Rome

John outside of the Colosseum

Spanish Steps

Beautiful gold dome in one of the many churches in Rome

Basilica of Sts. Vitalis
Inside Basilica of Sts. Vitalis

The Pantheon
The Pantheon

Fontana di Trevi – Trevi Fountain
Fontana di Trevi – Trevi Fountain

St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy 2011

February 7th – 20th, 2011

Today we left Florence and rode the train to Rome. Once again an enjoyable train ride full of beautiful scenery the only difference is that this time we got on the correct car thank goodness. We checked into our hotel The Excelsior was opened in 1906. The hotel is located in a great spot, and the building’s architecture is beautiful we were lucky enough to have a corner suite.

After settling in, we did what we usually do take a quick walk around the city to get familiar with it. After a few hours of walking around, we decided to get back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

The next day we were happy to walk around and get familiar with this great city. The first thing we did was walk to the Trevi Fountain. It truly is amazing. I can’t believe that the water just continuously runs and never ends. The fountain is breathtaking it’s a must see in person.

We visited Vatican City. From the outside to the inside it was fabulous. We even saw the window that the pope addresses the people in the square. Another cool thing that was there was the Swiss guards outside of the Vatican. Their outfits are cool mostly because I love anything with stripes.

The next stop on our walking tour was the Colosseum. Once again a jaw-dropping experience. This building was truly something spectacular we saw where they kept the animals and where the spectators sat.

We also love the Pantheon. The great thing is that there are a few restaurants in that square so every day we would have lunch with our relatives facing the Pantheon. It was the best view you could have while eating Italian food. There’s nothing like spending some time eating and catching up with family luckily we have relatives who live in Rome, and we ate lunch and dinner with them almost every day.

The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain
Excelsior Hotel
Our suite in the Excelsior Hotel
Maria & John at The Vatican
Swiss Guards outside of the Vatican
Maria & John at The Colosseum
The inside of the Colosseum
The inside of the Colosseum
The inside of the Colosseum
The inside of the Colosseum
The Pantheon
The Pantheon
Maria & John – with our aunt who lives in Rome Giovanina
John with our cousins who live in Rome Gloria, Laura & Alessandra