Florence and Rome- our ‘rinse and repeat’ tour with the kids

 

At the Coliseum in Rome
At the Coliseum in Rome

After a few days in Naples we were on the move again for our ‘rinse and repeat’ tour of Italy with the kids boarding another FrecciaRosa high speed train for a few days in Rome. This was our fourth time in the eternal city and we were just as excited to be backat our favorite city in the world, just like visiting an old familiar friend. 

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Return to Rome-revisiting our favorite city with friends

With Sandra and Vyse at the Coliseum
With Sandra and Vyse at the Coliseum

We’ve done and seen so much in the month of June, on the go every day that I’m just starting to get caught up on my blog entries.  We had been intensively traveling with our besties from Calgary (Vyse and Sandra) who joined us for 10 days in Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, then our kids came out and we rinsed and repeated. Overlapping with the kids my dad came out to show us his native land of Slovenia. We spent 6 days with him and the kids, then Janet and I drove them to Venice where they started their journey home.  We returned to Slovenia and spent another 10 days with dad, a few days ago we dropped him off at the airport in Ljubljana and drove back to Venice where we hopped on a plane for Palermo, Sicily. 

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Our last few days in Rome, Italy

Click on the pic below for a video of our last days in Rome and explanation below;

After checking off most of the sights on our Rome-to do list we just spent a few days wondering around, getting lost in the side streets and finishing up that list.  We spent an afternoon cruising the atmospheric neighborhood of Trastevere, stopped in a few more breathtaking churches and yesterday we dropped by the Vatican. We didn’t bother going in as they had some lineups and we have been before, instead we decided to save it for the spring when we return with some friends and family.

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Our First week in Rome, Italy

Downtown Rome
Downtown Rome

The first time we visited Rome seven years ago, we were gob-smacked to see the Coliseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum in it’s city center, the architecture, history, culture and natural beauty that surrounds it. Over a few days we walked until we couldn’t take another step and were astonished at how much there is to see. This time we have eleven days to explore and have been able to get a better comprehension of the Eternal City. The more we see the more we are astounded by it, if you lived a lifetime here you’d never run out of something new to explore. You can’t describe Rome, you have to experience it. It is sensory overload, compounded by the throngs of people that overtake the city

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