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Aug 8, 2012

Rome in a Day: the Colosseum & a Scenic Tour of the Roman Forum

The last few hours of our time in Rome were spent taking a scenic bus ride through the city, making stops at the Colosseum and parts of the Roman Forum area. Some of the photos were taken through the window of the bus, so forgive the smudginess. I have to say, though, that the Colosseum did not disappoint. It was so much bigger in person than I'd imagined it in my head. We didn't get to go inside, but seeing from the exterior was fun enough for me. 

After spending all day exploring Rome, we hopped a train and made the 2 hour journey back to our villa in Carmignano. It was after 8pm, but we were starving. Finding Ristorante La Frugola was a complete god-send. So thankful that Italians eat dinner late! We stuffed our faces with pasta carbonara, sausage pizzas, and calzones as big as your head. And a wine...of course there was wine. To end the evening, our waitress, who was as sweet as pie for tolerating our giant group of non-Italian speaking Americans, sent us over a bottle of Limoncello...for free! Happiness was passed all around. :)

Well, folks...there you have it. Rome in a day! I know we only scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in Rome, so I'm happily counting down the days until we go back. Up next on my family vacation recap...a day soaking up the Tuscan sun. Otherwise known as our "down day," and it was much, much needed!


  1. Ahhh, I'm soooo jealous. :) It's been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Italy, especially to visit Rome. So happy for you, these pictures are beautiful! :)

  2. Great pictures - and yes, I am jealous too!

  3. Beautiful pictures, and that pasta looks so delicious!

  4. Oh my gosh!
    You guys looked like y'all had so much fun! Green with envy over here... :)


  5. Soooo jealous you are there! Loving these pics!

  6. my heart just did backflips seeing Roma.

    you have the cutest outfits.. can we come move to Germany next and we can share wardrobes and travel together?

  7. We just got back from spending 4 days in Rome and loved it! Curious though, that second picture you posted... what is it? We saw it on our walk to the Pantheon (actually thought it could have been the Pantheon at first, and was a bit disappointed until we realized we were wrong). Anyhow, we never did figure out what it was. Any clue?



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