1.10.14

ROME - Part 2

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So here is our 'Rome in a Day' part 2! Picking up where we left off, we had just finished exploring the Vatican Museum. We had to make our way back to the meeting point at the Spanish Steps and we decided it was the perfect time for some gelato ... when in Rome! Unfortunately for us the Trevi Fountain was being restored while we were there but we were able to stroll through the Piazza Navona which holds the Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi. The stunning fountain represents four major rivers; the Nile (Africa),  the Rio de la Plata (America), the Danube (Europe), the Ganges (Asia). On the tour we passed the Vittoriano Monument - built to celebrate the uniting of Italy as a nation - and we were told that when the bronze statue set outside was originally completed there was a celebratory dinner held in the horse's stomach before they closed it up. That just shows how big these monuments really are! I was particularly awed by the ruins of the Roman Forum. Some of these ruins have been uncovered as little as 20 years ago - in truth, ruins are still being uncovered in Rome today! We ended our tour at the grand Colosseum. Unfortunately we were too late to go inside but it was still an amazing sight. After a huge day we were excited for a bit of rest but not before an epic feed. We dined at Cantina & Cucina where we both tried a starter of crispy roman artichoke. I then had pasta and Luke had pizza. A perfect day in Roma. 


emma

29.9.14

ROME - Part 1

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After our time in Positano we decided we'd sneak in 2 nights in Rome. Therefore we planned to see Rome in a day! Maybe it was crazy but I absolutely loved it. It was such a huge day that I've had to split the photos into two parts. After a bit of research (on trip advisor of course - my bible!) I found there was a group of history students/experts who ran a free walking tour of the city. In the morning at 10am-12noon was the 'Vatican tour route' and in the afternoon at 4pm-6pm was the 'Colosseum tour route'. We decided on doing both tours and even booked tickets into the Vatican museum at 1pm. Thank goodness we did because the line to get in without pre-booked tickets was unbelievable... as in people were waiting for hours and hours just to get in. At 10am we almost missed the tour when we stood under the wrong pillar near the Spanish Steps - a quick dash up and down the steps before we found the group had us puffing before we'd even started! After walking through the high-end fashion streets of Rome we came to the Pantheon. I was pretty excited to see it as I had studied the structure & artwork back in high school. The dome is just enormous and absolutely awe-worthy. We made our way through alleyways and past monuments till we ended up at The Vatican. In one of the photos above Luke is pointing to the 3rd window where the Pope addresses the public. I took hundreds of photos while in the Vatican museum and the majority of them are of the roof artworks... mind-blowingly-beautiful. I've had to be strict and only use a few in this post but trust me when I say that a visit is worth the crowds. My favourite was the Gallery of Maps ... that was before we arrived at the Sistine Chapel. I know people say it's overrated, but it was another piece that I studied in school and it was unbelievable to actually be there. We even managed to get a sneaky selfie while we were there - pretty proud of it since the guards were very strict and getting people to delete their photos if they were caught. Stay tuned for my next post - Rome part 2!


emma

28.9.14

AMALFI COAST

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Before leaving Positano we spent a morning on the pebble beach eating pastries & fruit for breakfast from a little local cafe. We had a quick swim and watched as the locals brought tourist boats in and out of the little bay. We arranged to catch a ferry which took us all along the picturesque Amalfi Coast before we reached Salerno. From Salerno we caught a train to Naples and then a fast train (up to 360km per hour!) to Rome or 'Roma'. Positano was relaxing and damn pretty but Rome held some really exciting adventures for us which made it one of my favourite places on our trip! Keep an eye out for the next post when we did 'Rome in a day'!

emma

26.9.14

POSITANO

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It took us a while to get to the little cliff-side town of Positano - a train and a bus (not to mention having to roll our huge Antler luggage bags down the one-way Positano road to try and find our hotel for half an hour) but when we finally made it we were so relieved! We spent two nights in this charming place, resting up from our travels and eating all we could fit! The first night I had the most amazing Gnocchi. I'm not going to even try and describe the quality of the buffalo mozzarella we ate there because it was a whole other level and I'm basically drooling just thinking about it. Indescribable! That also goes for the views which is why I'll let the photos speak for themselves there. We stayed in a sort of B&B run by an old italian man named Claudio and a very strong woman who carried our heavy bags on her shoulder up 3 flights of stairs. Claudio was so charming and helpful, the place always smelt like salami when you walked in and the view was just all ocean. I still have a bit more of Positano to come in my next post plus some snaps from our boat trip along the Amalfi Coast before heading to Rome!


emma