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Up early on a Thursday morning, so I thought I would finally post this!  I started writing when we got back from Italy, added a little here and there, uploaded pictures, it has been a work in progress.  I already have other posts in my head and pictures to share, but don’t want to get too ahead of myself.  One topic for now, and then I will try to post again in LESS than 7 months this time 😉  I have been busy with school, almost finished my Master’s degree! (May 2016, cannot wait!).  And I have been working out and trying to get fit and healthy with 21 day fix and Shakeology.  I am making progress and I can post about that later!

Italy is amazing, and there is so much to see.  I have been to Rome before, but not Sorrento, so Ray and I wanted to do a little of both.  We flew into Rome and got there around 10 am Friday May 15th, Italy time.  We had a transfer from the airport to our hotel.  We had a little ‘issue’ with the hotel and ended up finding a different one.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the same area, but we were glad we found one.  It was a busy weekend with the tennis finals and a lot of hotels were already booked.  We ended up in the Via Veneto area, but was still within walking distance to all the sightseeing (long walk, but we walked, nonetheless!).

We stayed in Rome for 4 days and visited the Spanish Steps, Catacombs, a few churches and Villa Borghese before having dinner with my cousins Ornella, Donatello and Martina that live in Rome.  Some pictures from Rome, then I will continue with Sorrento.

Spanish steps

Spanish steps

san giovanni laterano

San Giovanni Laterano

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Villa Borghese - Museum

Villa Borghese – Museum

Pond in Villa Borghese

Pond in Villa Borghese

We hopped on a train Monday morning from the crowded Roma Termini to Sorrento.  We purchased our ticket online for Trenitalia, which was very confusing once you get to the station.  There were kiosks that asked you to enter in a purchase number, so we entered what we had and it didn’t print any tickets out.  I waited in a line for them to tell me there are no tickets to print and to just have my number handy (which is not what the site said).  So we boarded the train, got pretty good seats, waited a few minutes.  A man came in and started spitting off words in Italian and everyone started getting off the train.  We had to ask what happened, apparently there were engine problems.  So they guided us to a new platform, boarded another train, and our seats were not great this time, but we were on our way.  No one checked tickets on the train

The drive was scenic, but we were going so fast I tried to just take a nap.  Looking out the window for too long was making me dizzy!  Once we arrived in Naples we had to catch another train via the Circumvesuviana, around Mount Vesuvius.  This was a much more scenic route, taking us through little cities, and stopping every ten minutes or so.  Sorrento was the last stop and it was beautiful!  Once we got off the train we had to find our hotel!  First we were going to take a taxi, and he was a little perturbed and said well you could just walk there haha.  We stayed at Hotel Eden (I didn’t even get pictures of the front! So I had to link to one…).  Most of the rooms were renovated, so it was quite nice and new.  The garden was beautiful and the restaurant attached was delicious, but a little expensive.

We walked around town our first night and explored all the shops and the main part of town, searching for our future dinner spots.  We were only there 5 nights and there were tons of restaurants to choose from!  We stopped in a little Scottish bar called The Horse Shoe.  The owners were so funny and cute!  They were a husband and wife who had previously owned an Irish Bar, which they sold to a young group of guys since it was already successful.  They opened this bar and already had loyal customers, and this bar was just as successful!  They had pictures of themselves with celebrities that have visited the bar in the past.  They played sing along music like Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin “That’s Amore.”  So appropriate 🙂  I would definitely visit this bar again!

We did a few day trips to Pompeii, a drive along the Amalfi Coast, with a stop in the town of Amalfi, and a boat trip to Capri.  Extraordinary, for lack of better words.  The pictures say it all!  We took the Italo train back to Rome on Sunday (this one was much nicer and comfier, slightly more expensive), staying at hotel Cosmopolita right around the corner from Piazza Venezia.  We met my college friend Rosella (Roxy) for a drink.  It is great to have people to visit on any trip!  Then we walked around the Piazza, around the Forum, and around the Colosseum.  Our flight was Monday morning, and we were so sad to go!  The food was incredible, the sights were breathtaking, and the whole trip was spectacular!  We can’t wait for our next trip, we haven’t settled on a destination yet, but thinking maybe Costa Rica!  Enjoy some pictures, until next time!

  Hotel Eden – Sorrento Italy

20150522_181639 View from the room

20150522_192043 Sitting on our balcony

IMAG1100 Pompeii

IMAG1395 Drive to Amalfi

IMAG1381 Amalfi Catheral

IMAG1123 Capri

IMAG1128 Hiked to the Natural Arch on Capri

IMAG1426 Sunset in Sorrento

IMAG1094 Dinner at local Sorrento Restaurant (can’t remember the name!)

IMAG1090 Beach at Sorrento

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Altare della Patria Piazza Venezia

IMAG1438 Colosseum

Want to see more pics? I have an album of 300+ on Facebook 🙂

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