Oh Beautiful Roma! I loved it here! By this point I was feeling better but had lost my voice and unfortunately poor Brookie was starting to get sick as well. She had pushed herself a little too much the first week and now unfortunately this meant she was pretty much stuck in bed while Jenny and I went out and explored the city. We started to call it our honeymoon cause it was just the two of us now haha. The first day we continued the pasta and gelato binge along with a tour of Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. We laughed at how much our necks hurt by the end of the tour cause we were always having to look up at the ceiling. Talk about a neck cramp haha. It was a full day of site seeing and strolling through the crowded piazzas. So lively and full of music. It was amazing to be in this city with so much history, I loved it. The following day Brookie mustered up enough energy to come check out the collosseum with us along with the palazzo and pantheon. It was pretty awesome to be amongst the ruins and see how giant the collosseum really was. Definately a check off the bucket list!
That night Jess and Kayley made it to Rome and we met up for dinner and a walk about the city. Somehow our days have become based soley around food. Walk a bit, have a gelato, walk a bit, have some pasta haha. Not a bad daily routine!
The next day Jen and I woke up early to beat the huge line for St. Peter’s Basillica. What we didn’t realize though is how strict they are about their dress code. The day before we had gotten into the Sistine Chapel with shorts and a long sleeve shirt on. So naturally we wore a similar thing that day. But after waiting in the entire line we got to the front and the guy said we couldn’t go in wearing shorts. We had to wrap a shawl around our legs to our knees. I asked him what he wanted us to do and if we could just go buy a shawl and come back. He laughed and said no we had to wait in the entire line again and that we better hurry cause the line was only getting longer. This wasn’t going to happen. I was so bummed. Luckily, Jen took her long sleeve shirt off for me cause she was wearing a tank underneath and let me tie it around my waist like a sarong covering most of my legs. She said I know how much this means to you having grown up Catholic, and let me go in without her. I was so happy and gave her he biggest hug having literally given me the shirt off her back. The church was absolutely stunning as I looked around in awe. It was really special getting to spend those quiet moments in there and even getting to sit down for a quick prayer. Just to slow things down for a bit and take it in. I will always remember that.
The last day in Rome all of us girls had a walk about and checked out the Spanish steps and remaining piazzas we had yet to see. We did a bit of shopping and had dinner down in the Trastevere area we hadn’t yet explored. The next day we were heading down to the beautiful Amalfi Coast for some much needed time in the sea!