For the second half of our honeymoon, we made our way to Italy, and today’s post is all about our time in ROME. I took a day trip to Rome when I studied abroad in Florence, but visiting the city was at the top of Zack’s bucket list, and I was excited to return and show him some of my favorite places, as well as discover new things together.

Day 4: We left London bright + early to head off to Rome. One plane, one train, and a few blocks of walking, and we had arrived at our hotel. With no specific plans for the evening, we decided to take a stroll towards the Colosseum. This was one of the top attractions Zack wanted to see, and even though we were going to tour the inside, I really wanted to see it at night (I had only ever seen it during the day). We were not disappointed.

Day 5: We headed back to the Colosseum for a self-guided tour through the inside, then made our way through the ruins of the Roman Forum. By the time we finished, it was lunch time and we found the perfect spot (the cutest little table on a balcony above the street) to sit back and relax with a bottle of wine.

Once we were happy + full we wandered the streets to the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and of course, made a stop for some gelato.

In the evening, we went to our dinner with a host family (booked through  a company called Bonappetour), and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the trip. You can select a host (all are professional chefs and/or wine sommeliers), and plan your evening from there.  I’ll go into detail on all the food in a separate post, but our hosts, Alessandro + Elena, were so welcoming, and we had an absolute blast.

Day 6: Check out my next post on our day trip to Florence.

Day 7: On our final day (sad face), we visited the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. The artwork and architecture is pretty amazing, but the cherry on top is definitely seeing the Sistine Chapel (apologies for my blurry photo that I attempted to snap). We spent the rest of our afternoon enjoying our last hours in the city. . .grabbed one more gelato, had a FANTASIC last meal, and even stopped by the Colosseum one more time (because it’s just so darn incredible).

Final thoughts: I love Italy. . .all of it. It was great to have the opportunity to visit again, and I hope I’ll have many more visits in the future. The food (and wine) are just. . .too yummy. And the sights are pretty spectacular too.

XO – Courtney


















  1. Dana Wimple
    February 23, 2017 / 1:14 am

    The photos are so beautiful. I love how you planned the trip so well. You’ll need to tell me about the host family more.

    • March 13, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      of course! my post “eating across europe” has more details!

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