Eric and I decided to do something a little different over the Christmas holiday and traveled to Italy. We arrived in Rome on Christmas Eve and were immediately enchanted. This was a first visit for both of us, and it was amazing to see the juxtaposition of ancient and modern at play at almost every turn. One minute you’re surrounded by folks jamming to their iPods and dodging errant taxi drivers (just like in any other modern metropolis), and then you turn the corner to walk smack dab into a structure that’s thousands of years old. It was simply incredible, and you’d have to see it to believe it. So I’m happy to share with you my photo journal below. Enjoy!
H&M + Uniqlo Jackets, Banana Republic Dress, Dav Festival Rainboots, Louis Vuitton Handbag
Since I was definitely playing the tourist on this vacation (i.e., LOTS of sightseeing and aimless meandering), I chose easy, comfortable pieces that still looked smart. It was a little drizzly and damp, so I was grateful for my packable rain boots and rain parka that I layered with my husband’s lightweight down jacket for warmth. Before my trip, I’d read that the Italians embrace the ideal of La Bella Figura which means “the beautiful figure”, a way of life that emphasizes beauty, good image, aesthetics and proper behavior. So even though comfort was my main goal, I also wanted to put my best foot forward.
A breath-taking city view that we were treated to after climbing the Spanish Steps.
Unfortunately, the outside of the Colosseum was partially covered in scaffolding, so no good photos from the outside. Nonetheless, we were in for quite a treat once we got inside. If you ever visit, I highly recommend paying extra for the special Underground Tour which takes you to the more exclusive areas.
A peek at the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona.
MORE PICS FROM THE REST OF OUR JOURNEY AFTER THE JUMP!
To be expected, much was closed on Christmas Day, but the Christmas Market and street performers were definitely in full swing at Piazza Navona.
A member of the Swiss Guard stands duty in Vatican City.
Peaceful view of Vatican City at Christmas.
Trevi Fountain was just a hop, skip, and a jump from our hotel, so we passed by each night as we headed back from our excursions.
Fun fact: I’m a little obsessed with lion paraphernalia (which seemed to be ALL over Italy for some reason). I’d love to have a door-knocker like this someday.
Colorful street lights.
Hilarious street performers.
Wow, you really are having fun! Looks amazing!!!! *adds to bucket list*
Yes, we had a blast! 🙂
Beautiful picks as always. I’ve been following your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I’m going to Italy in May can’t wait!
Have fun on your trip, and thanks for the comment! 🙂
Wow! Such stunning photos! Looks like a blast!
Petite in Pearls
Looks like you had an awesome trip! Your photos make me want to pack a bag and head to the airport : )
Beautiful pics. I was in Rome around that same time. When did you go to visit Vatican city because I went on the 27th and the Sistine Chapel was open that day.
Thanks! we went to Vatican City on Christmas Day, and left Rome the evening of the 26th. We missed it by just one day! I’m glad you got to visit. Was it amazing?
Rome is so beautiful. Looks like you had a great time. Love these photos.