This post as been a LONG time coming! Recently, we decided to pack up the family, and head to Italy for my husbands work break. He only gets two breaks a year, and we wanted to take advantage of our time in Europe and go to one of the most famous cities in the world, ROME! Let me tell you, what an amazing city! If you have been there you know, but if you haven't, its hard to put into words. The history is amazing, and when I say that I mean, mindblowingly amazing. Is that even a word? To think our brand new 3700 sqft home in Langley was falling apart before we even moved in thanx to the worlds laziest builders, and here this city has architecture that has withstood thousands of years, and countless wars. I can't even wrap my head around the details and craftsmanship put into this place. I think the photos speak for themselves. I wish I could give you some details on the restaurants we hit up, and the shopping we did (we didnt) but we honestly just flew by the seat of our pants! We only had 3 days, so we tried to fit in as much as possible!
Our trip started off with a bit of a panic. We had to drive 1.5 hours from Nuremberg, to Munich, to catch our flight. About half way there we realized we forgot the most important part of our luggage. The stroller. How in God's name were we going to sight see, for hours at a time, with a 2 year old, with no stroller. We instantly started googling stroller rentals, and while most of them were bogus, we did find one company Roma Rent Bike, who had a stroller available to us. We were able to pick it up the following morning, which was a bit stressful as we had purchased tour tickets for the Vatican for 10 am, and had to pick the stroller up at 9:30. Needless to say we missed our tour. But the directions were a bit confusing as to where and when we were to meet our group, so we would have missed it either way. The people at Viator were extremely accommodating and allowed us to reschedule our tour for 2 hours later. Which left us 2 hours to kill. We decided to fill that time with what everyone should do in Rome; EAT. The food in Rome was TO DIE FOR. You haven't pizza, bruschetta, pasta or a caprese salad until you have been to Rome. Needless to say the Vatican was amazing. There was so much to see, and so much to soak in that there is no point in trying to describe it. We were able, however, to see the Sistine Chapel, with a sleeping toddler, so it worked out perfectly.
We stayed at the Royal Palace Luxury Hotel and let me tell you, that name is false advertising. Go to TripAdvisor if you want to know how bad it was. It was, awful. None of the windows shut properly, and even though they advertised as sound proof, it was nowhere near. My poor husband cant wear earplugs so he had to endure the CRAZY loudness of the street below. The restaurant attached to the hotel, which was right below our room, turned on Sade at full blast, at 1 am, while they cleaned up after guests. One hotel guest actually screamed out the window for them to, "shut the *&#% up!" All of the light switches and outlets were protruding from the walls, the wallpaper was peeling, half the lights didnt work, the mattress hadnt been replaced in probably 20 years and was completely sloped and rock solid, the shower didnt close, and the wifi was non existent. Needless to say, DO NOT STAY THERE.
Besides our awful hotel, our trip couldn't have been better. I mean, there was a Pinkberry styled Gelato place right next to our hotel! We were also located blocks from the Spanish Steps, so we could easy walk to amazing locations like the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain, which just opened after a year of renovations! I was thrilled when I heard the rushing fountain because I thought it was still closed! If there is anything I can recommend, it is going to the Pantheon at night, and eating at the restaurant patios located in the small square, so you can enjoy people watching, and wonder at the beautiful architecture and history laying before you. If you havent been, and find yourself in Europe, Rome MUST be at the top of your list. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it in 2 or 3 days. We could have done it in 2 with a toddler in tow!