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For all of you interested in where I've been...Rome, Italy!<br><br>
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Where: Rome<br>
When: 12/23-1/1<br>
Why: Why not?<br>
With: The cutest DH ever<br><br>
Last year as DH was putting in 60+ hours a week studying for law school and I was taking classes and working full time I decided that we weren't spending enough quality time together...so I booked a trip...to Italy. I surprised him one afternoon when I picked him up from class and handed him our itinerary. Husbands, do not neglect your wives even a little-wives with credit cards book trips<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
So on the 23rd of December we drove to the airport and hitched a ride to Roma thru Frankfurt. Overnight with the times zones we arrived early morning on the 24th. There would be no sleeping on the plane, thank you to the twelve children under the age of 2 that screamed the entire flight to Germany. Thank you again to the child that kicked our seats until we arrived in Rome. Despite the lack of sleep we decided (oh how stupid) to just plow through the first day-let's go to Midnight Mass...Our first hotel was directly across from the Vatican Museum. Convenient for our church plan. As the day wore on we made a rash decision-I know, let's walk AROUND the entire Vatican city state...it's far people, those walls go all the way around. We were tired, physically worn out and hungry. Must find food. Got some pizza (of course) and went to a grocery store for fruit and water and headed back to the apartment (the hotel put us in an apartment-awesome). The mission was rest so we could go to church...we fell asleep at 8pm and woke up at 9:30am the next day.<br><br>
Well rested finally, the Catholic guilt set in-we were in Rome, there are Catholic churches on every block, we are across from the Vatican, it is Christmas...and we didn't go to church. What more can I say.<br><br>
The rest of the trip went by in a blur. 8 full days in the city, viewing the most awe-inspiring architecture. The historical significance was not lost on us and we reached a new level of appreciation thanks to our local guides. Hands down favorite for me was the Colosseum. Simply amazing, the structure, the history. Fantastic. We hit all of the major sites, St. Peter's, the Forum, Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and on and on we went. It was a sight to see. I don't think we could have packed any more into our time there (okay maybe a litte), but that just means we'll have to make a return trip someday.<br><br>
The food...yummy. I am a sucker for good food and trying new things. I love gelato, cream and pistachio sauce on pasta, prosciutto and mozzarella, lentils, Tuscan beef, all of it. I love it all. Thankfully we walked up and down hills (avgeraging 5 miles/day) so we could eat without guilt. Unfortunately we both ended up sick at one point during the trip-one day for him, one for me-so we were a little hesitant at times.<br><br>
The wine...delicious. Frankly, I'm a bit slow in the wine category. I'll need to go out to Oregon for a tutorial with Hobey and Bannon<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That said, however, I really enjoyed all of the wines that I tasted. Mostly reds from the Lazio region of Italy. I'm partial to the Chiantis of Tuscany, but everything had such a smooth taste that I wasn't about to complain. No bitter after taste is a big selling point. lol<br><br>
By the last couple of days I was ready to come home. Sadly, Rome was not my favorite place-though truth be told I predicted this. It's a city, with nearly 4 million people. It's poluted and dirty and busy. Of course I loved the places that had some open spaces, grass, trees...I am a small town girl afterall. But I wouldn't trade the experience. I got to discover new places and spend time with the man that I adore. We celebrated our 4th anniversary while we were there and every year from here on out when we put up our Christmas tree there will be an ornament that will always remind us of our Christmas in Rome. Go there, see it, be awestruck by the history, indulge in the food and wine, see a country through someone else's eyes. You won't be disappointed.<br><br>
So, although I didn't fall in love with Rome I still love Italy. It's a magical place to visit.<br><br>
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Hi Alicia - Welcome back! Sounds like a fabulous trip - I have heard the same about Rome (I have never been to Italy, but hope to do this in the not so far future), but that there are some other fantastic places to see. The food sounds fabulous, and it looks like you were able to get some good hill workouts in!<br><br>
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Hey Alicia - welcome back and glad you made it over to KR (if you hadn't guessed, I was mmoonhead on CR)!<br><br>
Sounds like the trip was fabulous, even if Rome itself wasn't the most favorite of places for you. Do you have any intentions of going back to Italy sometime in the far off future?
 

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Joe and Heidi-Florence is one of my favorites, Pisa is great, Assisi is pretty...but the BEST place in Italy (at least in my opinion) is Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast. Hopefully in the next few years we can get back to Europe; there are so many places that we want to go and only limited resources...
 

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Ah man, I miss Italy. Nothing quite beats a glass of red from Lazio with a huge plate of bucatini all amatriciana...unless of course it's a Brunello with a bistecca a la fiorentina. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> Did you make it to a place called Pizzeria da Baffeto just off the Piazza Navona. BEST. PIZZA. EVER!<br><br>
Sounded like a blast Alicia. And you're welcome to OR anytime. I agree with your assessment of Rome. The history is awe-inspiring but give me the Tuscan countryside any day.
 

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Awesome trip! So you've been to Italy before, right? We did the 2 weeks road trip last year... Didn't make it to Cinque Terre, is that the birthplace of pesto sauce? We still miss the food and wine from Italy...
 

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Way cool!<br><br>
As a (little less than a year late) 80th birthday present for my father, my wife and I are taking him and our two boys in February. My grandparents came over on "the boat" from Benevento. We'll spend half our time in Rome and half in Campania.<br><br>
Countdown is underway!
 

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Italy is the country I <b>most</b> want to visit. Thanks for the vacation report, it sounds like it was a wonderful time. Can't wait for my turn!
 

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Alicia - glad to hear you had a great time in Rome! What a nice present to yourselves. I would love to go back there some day (I visited there almost 20yrs ago) but there are too many other places I would love to go.
 

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My wife and I spent a week in Rome in June for our honeymoon - it was great! It's truly an amazing city to walk around. I second the recommendation of Cinque Terre - that was part two of the honeymoon. It's heaven on earth!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://http//mcmaster.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=73340&id=513214268" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
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