Roman Holiday

Two days after my last post, I left for a 12 day trip to Rome and the Gulf of Naples. Now, I’m back in Villa San Giovanni, back to my routine and trying to squeeze the most out of the next two weeks before I return to Chicago. Because I only packed a backpack for 12 days (ouch) I couldn’t blog real-time. So, hopefully the following notes and pictures will suffice as a retelling of my lovely Italian holiday. And yes I am literally wearing the same thing in most photos. I packed in one backpack for 12 days, remember?

Here’s a bit about the first half of the trip!IMG_6345

Friday: Panic in Fiumicino. How am I supposed to meet up with my pre-arranged, Italian-speaking cab driver in this gigantic airport? Fumble my way through Italian phone/text conversations, that’s how! JULIA ARRIVES!!

Saturday: Paradise. The Taste of Testaccio tour was one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever done. Julia and I ate our way through one of Rome’s coolest neighborhoods, guided by an even cooler lady who taught us so many things about Roman food, Italian customs, etc.

Processed with VSCOcam with se1 presetSunday: First stop: Dolce Maniera. One cornetto, one ciambella… 60 cents. “We’re definitely coming back to this place.” Next, Giolitti’s famous gelato knocks our socks off. “We’re also
definitely coming back to this place!” Night ends at an Irish pub in the middle of Rome filled with hilarious people? “…. We’ll probably have to come back to this place, too.”

Monday: Returned to Giolitti (told ya so), saw the remaining sights in Rome and ate pizza at Brillo Parlante which ended with a free dessert from our waiter – “For my honeys.” – and an invitation to continue drinking at a nearby bar after his shift. Purtroppo, we declined.Processed with VSCOcam with 4 preset

Tuesday: Dolce Maniera (we keep our promises) to buy breakfast treats and colomba di pasqua to take to Castellammare with us. We took a lonnng train ride to Naples and then another long Circumvesuviana ride to Castellammare di Stabia, our home base for the next few days. We had dinner in this night. Wine on wine on wine on cheese… Things got silly.

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Wednesday: Pompeii! Julia and I both remember learning about Pompeii in middle school and being horrified by the events. This day, I was fascinated with the rowdy group of English boys running around practically wrestling while standing up. Their teacher was getting really tired of reminding them, “You’re in an ANCIENT civilization. Act like it!!”

 

To be continued…

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