Once arriving in Rome, the 1st thing I had to see was the infamous amphitheater, The Colosseum. It was with pure amazement to see this structure that was built back in 70-80 AD, home to gladiator battles, with my own eyes. As I strolled around Rome, one word kept coming out of my mouth, “wow”. After only being in this country mere minutes, I was already smitten.
As I made my may wandering over to the next must see, Vatican City, I had to make a pit stop for my taste buds. Gelato was calling, and I answered it with two scoops of some luscious oreo gelato.co from Old Bridge Gelateria! (http://gelateriaoldbridge.com) I don’t know how they make this stuff so delectable and flavorful, but I have been missing out. I’ll never look at ice cream the same again.
The “wows” continued as I stood in Vatican City. To see the home of the Pope, surrounded by so much historic and religious significance, left me awestruck. Wandering around St. Peter’s Square in speechless wonder, as it one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever seen.
As much as I loved seeing all of the monuments and historical sites of Rome, I wandered upon it’s seaside which is just as magnificent as the inner city. Ostia Lido is near the ancient port of Rome, with a gorgeous views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. I was able to spend a relaxing evening by the ocean, followed by a delicious dinner in a rather swanky restaurant/piano bar. (http://www.insolitoroma.it) This was the perfect way to spend my last night in Italy, I was able to take some moments reflecting on the past week I had spent in such a picturesque place, as well as, ponder on the meaningful memories that were made.
One thing is for sure, I can say the “country of love” left me basking in the afterglow. I was so captivated by this beautiful country, that I decided to give myself the best souvenir to bring home…a tattoo of yet a simple word, but has an impactful meaning…AMORE
My tattoo was done by Alfonso at Ink of Vesuvuis in Naples. I went in knowing what I wanted but was unsure of the font. He drew it out for me in a matter of minutes…had my new tattoo in as little as 10 minutes!