Today I am sharing some photos of Brad and I’s trip to Rome as I haven’t done that yet
The Stampin’ Up! 2019 Incentive Trip was a Greek Isle’s Cruise from July 07 – 14, boarding in Cititavecchia, Italy on the 7th and returning on the 14th
Brad and I decided to add a few days in Rome at the start of our trip as we have never been to Europe. We flew out of Toronto on Wednesday July 3, at 9:20 pm and arrived in Rome (or Roma as the locals say) on Thursday July 4 at 11:30 am, we stayed at the beautiful Savoy Hotel for 2 nights and explored the beautiful city as much as possible during our short stay!
Here we are all ready for our big adventure!
I found my friend Shauna on the same flight
Brad and I super excited for our big adventure!
I found my friends Joanne and Shauna in the Rome airport
I organized a driver to pick us up (booked it through the Hotel we were staying at), and can I just say, WOW I was so glad I did! He had a sign with my name on it (among the dozens of other taxi drivers and pre booked drivers) so he was easy to spot, and he carried my bags which was super fantastic!!! I highly recommend doing this for everyone who is travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language!!
Our beautiful home for 2 nights, the Hotel Savoy, we would highly recommend this hotel!!
Atop the Spanish Steps
Fountain in the “courtyard” at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, can you see all the people in the background, holy moly it was busy!!!
Trevi Fountain, very busy place, and yes i did throw a coin into the fountain!
The Pantheon, it was so incredible inside
How amazing is it that we ate our supper in a restaurant right across for the Pantheon!
The most important site I wanted to see was the Vatican, it was my #1 can not miss being a Roman Catholic, so I had booked our 3 hour tour before we flew out of Canada. I have to admit that I was brought to tears multiple times during our tour.
Michelangelo’s statue of Mary and Jesus, during the tour we were told that this is the only statue that he had chiseled his name into, and once he had done that he immediately regretted it. The story is that he was only 23 years old when he had created this beautiful statue, sculptors did not sign their names to them. He had overheard that many different sculptors were taking credit for his work as he was a relative unknown at this point and no one believed this young man of 23 had created such beauty. He went in at night when no one was around and carved his name in a fit of anger that others were claiming his work, once done he was filled with remorse and vowed to never defame another sculpture with his name
The Colosseum, this was a very interesting tour
Palatine Hill, where Rome originally began with the brothers Romulus and Remus
Michelangelo’s statue of Moses that is located in the Basilica Di San Pietro In Vincoli, I lit a candle in this church as well as another church in Rome for my mother. When we were in Mykanos Greece I lit a candle for her n a church there as well
The gorgeous Bougainvillea outside of the Villa Medici, I had wanted to go in and do a tour, but it was a 1 1/2 hour tour and we did not have time before our car was arriving to take us to the Sheraton Hotel that Stampin’ Up! had arranged for the night before the cruise ship was to depart
My final photo is of the delicious Italian Gelato, I am serious, it was the best “ice cream” I have ever had, and the really good places put cookies in it as well, very pricey but oh so worth it for us!! We had it for our lunch twice ha-ha!! It was so hot when we were walking around the city that a gelato was all we wanted!!!
Thanks for stopping by today and reading all the way to the end. I hope you enjoyed my photos from Rome!