Italia - Rome

Part I - Rome

Esplorare - Explore 

I was privileged enough to spend my Spring break participating in a phenomenal study abroad trip to Italy. I was surrounded by incredible, adventurous, passionate and interesting people. I had the time of my life and in the short amount of time I was there, I felt totally at home and immersed in the culture. Italy is a wonderful place. I highly recommend any student to take the opportunity to study abroad. March 9th - March 16th was one of the best weeks of my life. 

Here I'd like to share a few pictures and experiences with you all. I think I took a little over 275 photos and its unrealistic to share all of them on here, so I've tried to condense it to the most important things.

Buon divertimento!

Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE airports? So many different types of people there, going all different places. When you are in an airport you know your'e extremely close to "jetting off" on your travels and it is so exciting! I would live out of a suitcase if it meant that I could travel the world. 

Cliche plane wing picture....

We have landed in Italy, and immediately took a walking tour of the city while waiting for our hotel rooms to be ready. Already passing cute little cafe's meaning I am already in love <3

Frist stop,

Fonanta Di Trevi

 to make a wish. This is one of the most famous fountains in Rome! I've heard that thousands of euros are tossed into the fountain daily by tourists, making their wishes. I had my wish prepared before arriving to Italy. Still waiting to see if it will come true! 

The moment of truth! Keeping my fingers crossed that the Trevi Fountain grants my wish :)

First off, the weather in Italy is beautiful. It has Florida sunshine, as well as the demographic of Florida as well. When I first arrived in the airport I saw palm trees! Here we are relaxing on the Spanish Steps. They are a really popular/famous set of stairs in the city where everyone (mostly young people) sit and hang out when the weather is nice. Also has a pretty good view of the metropolitan area of Rome :) 

One of my favorite things about Europe is that there are constantly people everywhere, and outside. Its perfectly acceptable to plant yourself on the side of the street and people watch. 

Me just kickin it in the

Piazza Del Popolo

. Still jet legged and haven't slept in over 24hrs. Also, I am the most awkward person alive when in a picture alone, I can't just stand there and smile. Nope. Too strange. 

P.S. See that beautiful building behind me? McMansion on the hill? Surrounded by palm trees? Yeah, Rome is beautiful. 

My hotel room had a view of St. Peters in Vatican City!

For some strange reason this became one of my favorite buildings. Maybe it was because of the scale of the size. Known as The Wedding Cake for a nickname. It was built in the early 1900's so the Italians hate it. It looked heavenly in the sunlight, I was so in love!

Here is my friend Shane checking the map as we sat on some steps in the middle of the city. We got royally lost so many times on our trip. Even at 12:45 am with a group of friends. It always made for really fun adventures though. The winding streets of Rome were just hard to read on a map. Getting lost lead us to some of the best times.

We have arrived at the Colosseum! 

I did have a normal picture of me in front of it, but I can't seem to find it. Peace sign it is!

It was beautiful out! The inside of the colosseum was huge! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It's incredible that this ancient structure is still standing. Think about all the history that happened here! Amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better day to explore. 

The Roman Forum! Ancient ruins for dayyyys. So cool!

A little dark but here I am atop the steps next to the Forum. In ancient Roman times the city was alot lower on the ground, so most of the ruin sites you have to take stairs down into because the buildings are lower than street level thousands of years later. I thrifted this shit for $1.50 by the way. 

The Pantheon! Ancient Roman temple I believe. The inside was incredible. It was lit by a singular circle skylight in the ceiling. 

Raphael's tomb. World famous painter. 

Beautiful Bernini Fountains. This night it began to rain really bad. We took shelter in a cathedral, since they are almost always open. It was a Sunday night and little did we know we had wandered into a Catholic mass that was sang in entirely Latin. It was beautiful! I won't forget it. 

You can tell by my boots, purse, and jacket just how much it was pouring outside! This was just outside the Vatican City. Still in positive spirits of course despite the rain and cold! How could you be in a bad mood in Rome?

Cappuccino to warm up on the stormy night :) 

We can't forget Italian cuisine! Soup, salad, and of course PIZZA!

The Popes fortress and former prision. Beautiful in the golden streetlights! 

Now we will enter the Vatican City!

Be warned that I have very few pictures. I ended up having the flu in Italy and semi-collapsed in the Vatican Museum. I had a fever of 103 degrees and ended up having to go back to the hotel for the day :( I did get to see a papal doctor though, and the Italians were very friendly about the whole thing!

Here are some pictures inside the Vatican Museum.

That is all I have for now from Rome! I don't want to bore anyone with dozens upon dozens of pictures. I was only there for a few days and spent the bulk of my week in Florence, Italy. My next post will be about the outstanding town of Siena! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I look forward to sharing the rest of my trip with everyone in the near future!

With all my love,

Summer