Last week, the family and I embarked on our first trip to Europe in at least a couple of years. Having been to France a few times, the boys decided that they would rather go to Italy this time around, specifically Rome. Since neither my wife nor I had been to the Eternal City (despite many trips to Italy), we readily agreed.
After a rather arduous forty-eight hours to get there, we finally made it to our temporary home in the Prati, not too far from the Vatican.
Once getting to our apartment to Rome, we headed to the closest restaurant, where I found this. We were going to be just fine.
Our second stop was a local grocery store, where the boys found these and insisted that we had to buy them. Given the flavor, I had no choice but to relent.
We were only a few blocks from the imposing wall of Vatican City, which Sebastian and I circumnavigated early in the morning of day 2.
Rome in the early morning is spectacular.
The morning light and lack of tourists made St. Peter’s seem almost petite and demure.
On our second day in the Roman capital, we went on a walking tour of the city. The Pantheon is truly remarkable, as is the frequency with which Nathan has his eyes closed in photos.
The sun was shinning bright (and hot) through the oculus of the Pantheon.
The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen just about everywhere.
I was very happy to find one of my favorites, Rotari Brut, in the grocery store right next door to our apartment (and for only 8€).
When given the choice between the Spanish Steps…
…and the Trevi Fountain, I would have to opt for the latter (although my wife disagrees).
After a few days of walking around, my wife remarked: “Boy that store is everywhere!” “Which store?” I replied. “Saldi!” was her response. I reluctantly informed her that ‘Saldi’ means ‘Sale’ in Italian.
Rome is rife with photo opportunities…
…and religious symbols and artifacts.
I’ll be back next week with more photos from our trip (this is Castel Sant’Angelo or Hadrian’s Mausoleum for those keeping score at home).