Our (Belated) Honeymoon in Rome, Italy 2013

This past year my husband and I were finally able to take our honeymoon! We had our wedding in the Spring of 2012 (April 14th to be exact, 2 year anniversary coming up!) and with the cost of a wedding and a recent move, we put off our honeymoon for a while to save some money for the European honeymoon we both really wanted. Well.. shortly after our wedding we were expecting a little baby girl, born March 18th 2013. So that changed our honeymoon plans to +1 more. Proud to say that even with all the added challenges we were still able to take our honeymoon to Rome, Italy the following year!

We flew into Rome on October 25th, and it was PERFECT. The warm air was just right, not hot or humid, lots of sunshine everyday and nice breezes when you needed them. We immediately checked into our hotel Lancelot just down the street from the Colosseum. We were only spending 5 days and 4 nights so we wanted to make sure we were comfortable and centrally located to make the most of every minute we spent there. They were so accommodating and friendly too! When we arrived with our 7 month old baby, they upgraded us to the suite just to give us some extra room 🙂 We had a balcony where you could view the city and nearby Colosseum. It was a spectacular site at night, I enjoyed sitting out there with a glass bottle of wine at the end of a long site seeing day in the warm evening air relaxing and soaking it all in. Even with the baby, Alex and I were able to spend our evenings alone out there together.

I highly recommend Rome as a honeymoon destination. It was very ROMAntic (hehe). People were friendly, no strange smells (I was worried about that), beautiful flowers, perfect weather, wine at every turn, delicious foods, and miles of walking with your hubby by your side.

side note: I was fortunate enough to book a wedding in Germany which is was really kicked us into gear for this trip. Photos of that Germany Castle wedding coming soon!

DAY 1:

The photo above is a panoramic from my iPhone from the balcony.
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Alex and Liv settling into our new accommodations.

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Time for food!
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Then we headed over to a restaurant for lunch, of course I had to immediately order my first glass of wine and a pizza… not pictured because it was being devoured. Apparently along with the menu.
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After lunch we walked over to the Colosseum where tour guides were ready and willing to start tours every 15-30min. We just showed up and jumped right in, we also had previously purchased a Roma Pass to gain entrance into major sites at a discount. It was a money saver for us since we visited some of the same sites more than once.
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She took all her naps and most of her sightseeing from our favorite baby carrier, Ergobaby. She was so easy to manage and a total dream the whole trip!
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Touching a 2000 year old piece of history!
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Then we walked over to Palatine Hill just across from the Colosseum for another guided tour, ruins, fountains, and killer view for sunset.

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this gives you an idea of how large this statue would have been, by big toe comparison.
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Playing around the garden at sunset.

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This garden and view were so romanic. A place I would have packed a lunch or bottle of wine and just enjoyed the sunset from this warm calm quiet place on a hill. I just reveled in it, and enjoyed the offer by a stranger to take our photo.
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And the view of Rome.
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More photos of ruins at Forum Romanum, at the base of Palatine Hill where we got our guided tour. We spent hours here strolling together, kinda got rushed out at the end since they closed at dusk.
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It’s hard to see in this photo (above) but all those little black specs are birds. That stream of birds just kept going for several minutes it was incredible.
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Getting shooed out!! (above), but I had to stop to pose anyway 🙂
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Colosseum on our way home late in the evening.


DAY 2:

The Vatican, you can not see it all in one day… or two or three for that matter. We were so glad we took yet another guided tour, they got us through in one day with just the “must see’s”. We went back again on our final day on our own.

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It’a a bathtub.
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after HOURS of breathtaking, stunning, astonishingly detailed work displayed on every square inch of this massive place it started to lose some of the magic. It was just so so so much to take in. Everything was magnificent, glad we went back another day. So much to see. Give yourself at least two days to do this!
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Sooooo I wasn’t suppose to take a photo of this, they had guards patrolling the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel making sure no one was taking photos, or talking. Every few minutes they would tell out ” Shhhh!!”, “Quiet”, “No photography or video taping”. I guess Nikon has the rights to ALL photo/video take of this Sistine chapel (they paid for the restoration), so if you took a photo they would come and delete it from your device and/or promptly kick you out. If your lens cap was off, they made you cover it. I took these photos without ever looking through the camera (hip level the whole time) kinda proud of myself.
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Another beautiful sunset shared on top of the Piazza di Spagna steps with my loves! We had a drink and just sat on the steps watching the sun go down with this huge mass of people. There was always a crowd.

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DAY 3:

We walked around downtown just touring shops, eating gelato, and seeing sites.

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Pigeons and Seagulls were the only birds I saw.
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Just a few blocks from our Hotel. Lots to see in walking distance!
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The Pantheon
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Lunch at the Pantheon square. Pretty amazing. Then we walked about some more indulging in all kinds of sweet treats.
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Trajan’s Column and The Trevi Fountain was one we just stumbled across traipsing about the city. This thing was MASSIVE, and way over the top. It reminded me of the types of fountains you’d see in Las Vegas.  So eccentric and boasting, but that’s what the Roma’s were going for. I just can’t imagine how something like this was created back then.

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Just a picture of my favorite fern… I love ferns 🙂 It’s called a Maiden Hair Fern
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Charming little restaurants like this were everywhere, and the food was delicious. Pizza’s and my idea of “authentic” Italian foods were regularly ordered…. when in Rome 😉
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We did a lot of walking… particularly a lot on this day! Alex wanted to go visit some museums so we took the long way through some parks, got lost, which was welcomed.
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DAY 4:

Spent the whole day back at the Vatican for round #2

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When the evening rolled around we headed over to St. Peter’s Basilica & Catacombs. SO glad we ended up making our way here. Even after all the amazing things I had seen up until this point I was still blown away by St. Peter’s Basilica. The marble that was used to build this was taken from ruins all over the city, it’s massive and it’s absolutely marvelous! Swiss Guards are also posted at the Basilica. 

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My hot husband 😉
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Look how tiny all these people look in comparison.
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Day 5:

Picked up and headed out to Germany!

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  • Patricia Louise Palasek - Awesome! Looks like a sweet spot to visit . We just got passports renewed. I want to go:)

  • Brandi Welles Lemon - Looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to see more photos from Germany!

  • Emily - Your photos are awesome – so glad you guys got to do this! Still convinced Olivia is the most beautiful baby ever. And oh yeah, I totally did the same thing at the Sistine Chapel! Ha!

  • Caitlin - so many awesome shots! it looks like you three had such an amazing time!!

  • Renee - Rome looks amazing! So glad that you had the chance to visit!

  • Lauren Swann - Ah!! Take me there!! These are so fun!!

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