|Transit at Rome airport|
To back up a bit, when we went to the Bahamas for our honeymoon, we found customs to be hilarious. A man with an excellent Caribbean accent looked at our passports, then asked if we had luggage, we said yes and started to unzip it as he said "have a nice trip!" and ushered us into the country. We could have smuggled babies, drugs and anything else in. All he wanted to know was if it was in suitcases.
We figured Italian customs would be a little more involved that Bahamian customs so we took a deep breath and headed for the cattle call that is customs. The line moved slow as molasses inspiring Ross to say "someone just needs to open the gates and let us all in." Not two minutes later it was moving. We get up to the customs agent, ready for the third degree, and he barely lifts his (seemingly hungover) head, we assume he glances at our passports (we're standing about 6 feet away from his booth, but it looks like he's looking at them) and waves us into Italy. And that was Italian customs.
One crazy no-road-rules shuttle ride later and we got all checked in to the Roma Boutique Hotel. It was lovely! Very modern, very clean and in a building that otherwise only housed offices so was quiet for the weekend. With help from the very helpful front desk manager, we made our way out to Vatican City for our 2p pre-purchased entrance.
|1 of many halls of statues at the Vatican|
|Long hallway with ceiling and wall art, Vatican|
Our Vatican tour ended with the Sistine Chapel (bigger than I expected). Then we had our first of many gelatos while in St. Peter's Square overlooking the basilica.
For dinner that night we went around the corner, per the recommendation of our great front desk manager, and ate delicious traditional Italian food. I ordered a glass of wine and was quite surprised when we received the whole bottle (I made a point to very clearly indicate 1 glass in all future restaurants). Ross ate what we can confidently say is the best pasta either of us has ever had.
Yeah...and that was all just day 1.
Day 2 we hit the streets like gangbusters. We were up and out of the hotel, map in hand, before 9a on Sunday. We saw everything: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Vittorio Emanuele monument, ancient ruins, the Spanish Steps and a whole lot more fountains and churches I can't even name.
Um...better. There was the Trevi Fountain. We literally walked out of the alley and were face to face with what I think is the most amazing fountain I have ever in all my days seen.
On our way to the Colosseum, we encountered a very vocal parade/protest that occupied the entire street we needed to take. On our detour, again fairly lost but not too worried, we turned a corner and BAM the most enormous monument I have ever seen.
|most enormous monument I've ever seen, the Vittorio Emanuele|
|Beginning of our Colosseum tour|
Then a delicious lunch (roasted chicken, so so good) and back to the hotel for a little relaxing. And before our night ended we went out to see the Spanish Steps where, because it was Mother's Day, there was a live band playing.
Needless to say, after all that, we slept very well.