2015 was a busy year, filled with many weekend excursions that included spending the 4th of July in Boulder Colorado, a girls trip to San Fran and Napa, three trips to NYC, a cabin weekend in the North Georgia Mountains, and weddings in Nashville and Indiana – BUT the big trip was to Italy over Thanksgiving.
Italy had been planned for well over a year when I found out I was pregnant, and was anchored around my entire family meeting in Rome and then heading to Sicily to meet our extended family in Marsala. The dates were firm and when we found out I was pregnant there was concern that I would not be able to make the trip…who knew that when you hit 30 weeks of being pregnant it’s not exactly recommended to fly longer than two to three hours at a time and at 36 weeks no plane travel is recommended…I was going to be 33-35 weeks and taking an 11.5 hour flight. Fortunately my pregnancy has been uncomplicated and a week before we were supposed to go my doctor signed off on the trip. I am so glad she did!
RG and I arrived in Rome four nights before the rest of my family, rented the cutest apartment through Airbnb and explored the city. I was surprised at home much I enjoyed Roma. I’ve heard conflicting things about this city, people either love it or are overwhelmed by the traffic and large crowds…I am definitely one of those who fell in love.
We stayed right off of Campo de’ Fiori, which is a short walk from Piazza Navano and the Jewish Ghetto. It is also about a mile walk to the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and other historical sites. We could not have asked for a better location, Campo de’ Fiori itself is charming…a small piazza that houses a local market six days a week surrounded by some great shopping and multiple gelato shops. I ate gelato at least once a day, sometimes twice, and never got sick of it! Since the whole trip was up in the air until just a few days before we flew out I didn’t have much planned for our time in Rome, which is very unlike me. But it turned out to be great. We saw a ton, ate fantastic food and got to know the local culture. I wouldn’t have done it any differently!