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When in Rome…

written by Elizabeth Ashley September 9, 2016

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I feel like I’m really adjusting to being here and it’s amazing because I am finally able to relax and really enjoy all the traveling. BUT, after 8 days of non-stop traveling place to place… I’m exhausted! I’m starting to really understand the whole, “I need a vacation from my vacation” thing. Anyways, back to Rome… I have dreamed of seeing Rome since The Lizzy McGuire Movie. Hillary Duff just really had a way with making every eight year old girl want to run away and become a pop star in Italy.

We were only in Rome two nights so right when we got off the train we headed straight to our hotel, dropped off our bags and went to the Colosseum. The best way to get tickets and see the Colosseum is buying them by the Roman Forum and see that first then head over to the Colosseum (the same ticket includes both entries). The Roman Forum is really old, it is so hard to fathom how old it is when you were born in a country founded thousands of years later. After we walked around the Forum we headed to the Colosseum. We entered the Colosseum and were stunned by the architecture and design. We could only imagine the roars of the crowd and how packed the Colosseum would get when watching an event, it was really eye opening. After walking around for about 30 minutes without water (because they were all sold out) we headed back towards our hotel. On our way home we stopped at a local pizzeria and enjoyed a “pie” as well as a caprese salad(which are mine and now Braxton’s favorite too). 🙂

The next day, we made our way to Vatican City. We woke up early and got on the Metro which is basically the same as a New York subway. After hearing from locals that a lot of pick pocketing happens on the metro we were told to stand near the back or very front where it is less crowded(thankfully we never had any issues). Our first stop on the way was at the Trevi Fountain, yes the one from Lizzie McGuire ;). We made our wishes by tossing Euro coins over our shoulders as “the Romans do” then headed off to the Vatican.

When we arrived, we stood in a long line adjacent to the outer wall waiting to get in the front door. Just some advice, never buy tickets from the tourist guides out in front. They charged 33 Euros for a one person ticket into the Museums when the same ticket costs 16 Euros inside at the ticket office. Once we made it in, we found our way toward the Sistine Chapel. We walked through some beautiful, elaborately decorated hallways which held numerous statues, paintings and rugs older than America itself… aka SUPER OLD. Braxton joked that if we touched any of the rugs they would turn to dust lol. Once we made it into the Chapel itself we were taken back by the exquisite detailed work of Michelangelo. We were told not to take any pictures or risk getting kicked out of the city, but Braxton being the rebel he is snapped a photo anyways. Then after touring the whole Vatican City we stopped at a restaurant outside of the City walls for lunch and enjoyed another caprese salad(#sorrynotsorry).

One of the best moments we had in Rome wasn’t at a Museum or monument it was at La Cucaracha Mexican restaurant which made us feel at home. After a few burritos and enchiladas were were content with life itself and headed back to the hotel to prepare for our next adventure.

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

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