Ciao a tutti! This week was SPRING BREAK!!! My break began with a bus ride to Rome to meet my mom and my sister at the airport. We stayed in Rome for four days, took a day trip to Pompeii, went to Florence for 3 days, came to Perugia for a day and a half, then went back to Rome for our final night before they boarded their flight this morning. This week was jammed pack of adventures and laughs, so I'll just give you guys the highlights.
Saturday (Day 1)
My break started early with a 7:30 AM bus trip to the Rome airport. I waited there for my mom and sister's flight to land, then we stole someone else's taxi and went to our AirBnB. We climbed up the seemingly endless stairs (Pro Tip: CAREFULLY read the descriptions before booking an AirBnB). After enjoying the view from our window for a few minutes, we went to find food. After lunch, we hit the ground running and started our trip with a tour of the Roman Catacombs. In order to preserve their integrity, and out of respect for the dead, they do not allow pictures inside the catacombs, but I did get some in the churches that were over them. We went to bed early that night to prepare for our day trip to Pompeii! Step count: 13,343 steps, 5.23 miles
Sunday (Day 2)
Our day started bright and early with a 5:30 AM bus to Pompeii. The bus dropped us off in the middle of nowhere, but we made our way to a café where we sat and waited until it was time to head to the ancient city. The taxi dropped us off and the wrong entrance, and we made the whole tour group late, but we eventually made it to the city. It's so much bigger than I thought! We took a 2-hour tour, and still only saw 2 sections of it. After Pompeii, we took a train to Herculaneum. We grabbed lunch, which caused us to be late to this tour too, but it was fine because it was just the three of us plus the guide. We finished the day back in Rome, with lamb and lovely bottle of red wine. Step count: 18,125 steps, 7.09 miles.
Monday (Day 3)
Monday was spent at the Vatican. We had a lovely guided tour of the museum, and I finally saw the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. The pictures don't do it justice, and I guess my art history class paid off because I recognized some of the pieces. It was crazy packed, but worth it. It seemed only fitted to end such a day of piety with a Spritz Making class! We learned how to make pretty much all the spritz, and we were allowed to go behind the bar and make our own. We asked one of the bartenders for a dinner recommendation, and she pointed us to this great little spot near the bar and a bottle of wine to try. Truly a great way to end our last day in Rome. Step count: 20,562 steps, 8.02 miles