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January 12, 2019

Rome Stopover [one day in Rome, Italy]

Can we just take a moment and praise Rome for all that it is?

I knew very little + had no expectation when we arrived in Rome. Nate and I planned a stopover last minute because it was literally cheaper to have a stopover in Rome on our way to Santorini Greece from Rio than it was to fly directly from Rio to Santorini. Holy GREAT DECISION. Rome is amazing.

We took a red eye from Rio to Rome and were SO SICK but we had 36 waking hours to see all of Rome. This happens to be rather doable with a plan.  Straight off the plane we slept for a hot minute, then went directly to the Colosseum before sunset. You’ll see different lighting because we may or may not have visited it three times during our stay in Rome. It is truly a magnificent site. I was far more aw-struck by it than I honestly expected to be.

Our Full Day

If I am being honest, I literally don’t know the name of most of these. We grabbed a map from our airbnb with all the main historic sites, drew a path and took ALL OF THE PHOTOS. Judge me if you wish. You could easily spend weeks or months in Rome learning about all of the history. Tours take time. We didn’t have that. So we went for seeing everything we possibly could in one day.

Enjoy the photos my friend.

We headed in for the night, exhausted, jet-lagged and ready to prepare for our flight to Greece the next morning when someone sent me a DM on IG and said “oh my gosh make sure to see the Trevi Fountain!” It was then that we realized we somehow missed this insanely iconic monument. You better believe we grabbed the camera and went straight to the fountain.

This was THE MOST packed place we went all day. Needless to say, we snapped the pictures so fast and got out as soon as we could. With that said, it was gorgeous and I am thrilled that follow slid into my DM’s.

Rome reflection

It so happens that one of my 1:1 online training clients just moved back to the states from previously living in Rome when we were planning this. She had given me the down low on what the best use of our 36 hours would be, what food to eat, what monuments to skip and so on.

My biggest suggestion to anyone going to Rome is to go for longer than one full day. Go in late September or October. I can’t speak to other times of the year but it was HOT in September and I know it’s freaking blazing in the summer. But don’t let weather keep you away. Go to Rome in your lifetime please. It was stunning, and truly awe inspiring. We aren’t lovers of history but this was a location where I wish we could have done a few tours and heard the stories behind these buildings and culture.

Rome = 10/10.

Next up, we headed to what I expected to be my favorite location…stay tuned for Santorini Greece.

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