Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When in Rome....

How cool is this place?!?!

In St. Peter's Square outside of the Vatican

Hanging out on the Spanish Steps

The infamous Trevi Fountain. And yes we each threw a penny in

Mom, Dad, JR and I in Campo de Fiori grabbing a beer before our evening walk through the city

The views in Spello were incredible. This is on top of the hill where we stayed.

JR and I at dinner on the last night. The food was DELICIOUS!

Here we are in Perugia enjoying the view from the top of the hill. You could see close to 6 cities from there.

Bob, JR and dad at the cooking class the four of us took. Maybe the best thing we did while in Italy!

The view of the country-side just outside of our apartment in Umbria. Beautiful!!!
Well as you can see, we just got back from a little European vacation with the WHOLE family. We had a great time. My mom, dad, Bob, Lea, Josephine, JR and I headed out to Rome on Memorial day. We stayed there for 6 nights and took in most of the tourist attractions (Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Vatican City etc). It was really fun to listen and learn about the history of the city, but the hustle and bustle of it all was quite exhausting. Lets just say that on the days we didn't have anything scheduled we enjoyed a little extra sleeping. We stayed in an apartment just outside of the ancient city and enjoyed being in a residential area. We ate a TON of gelato and did our best to try and learn a little bit of Italian. Luckily, the locals were patient with us as our Italian skills were minimal to say the least.
After Rome we took a train 2 hours outside of the city into Umbria to a city called Spello. It was simply beautiful there. The town in literally nestled into the side of a hill. All of the streets are cobblestone, the buildings are all made out of the old limestone that you saw in the Ancient city, and the nonnas (Italian for grandma) were adorable. There was only one bakery there and it closed at 12:30. We were told to go early because there are times where he runs out of bread by 10/10:30 and closes up shop. So all of our pastries and bread each morning were fresh. We enjoyed the quiet and quaint village after coming from the busy metropolitan area.  The time seemed to fly by while we were in Spello but we enjoyed every bit of it.
It's nice to be home now and sleep in my own bed, but the vacation was wonderful and refreshing.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!  I may post more later.....

..til next time


LJ said...

looks amazing! now call me back :)

Megan said...

LOVE the pictures! They definitely tell the story of your trip. I can't wait to hear it too. I hope you are settling back in. We will have to catch up soon.

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