Ciao! Buon Giorno! I'm feeling very nostalgic - 3 years ago today we left for Italy for the first time. We had such a great time that we went again the following year too. Just my daughter Katie and I went and both times we traveled with family and friends (14 of us in total). I knew at the time circumstances may never allow us to go again (or at least for a long time) so we took full advantage of the opportunity, and the generosity of my brother-in-law renting a villa for all of us.
The first year we spent 3 nights in a hotel in Rome and then went on to a villa in Torgiano in Umbria. I took a ton of pictures and I'll share a couple with you - this posting is about our Rome/Umbria trip.
In Rome we saw the Colosseum, The Vatican, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Forum, The Spanish Steps and more. It was all so incredible but I thought the ruins of The Forum was the most impressive. The food, the culture, the architecture, the landscape, the language - everything was so lovely and magical.
Just as we arrived at The Vatican a storm rolled in - I was able to capture this photo before the rain came down. This is the dome inside St. Peter's
My favorite picture from the ruins of The Forum
After leaving Rome and moving out to Umbria one of the first places we went to was Assisi.
Almost everyday we went to a different "hill town" and here are some pictures just showcasing views of the beautiful Italian architecture and landscape in Umbria.
It was so relaxing and everyone was free to do whatever they wanted. If they wanted to stay home by the pool they could or if the wanted to venture out to explore the neighboring towns - there was always a group doing one or the other. The villa was lovely and, making it a total taste-of-Italy experience my sister and brother-in-law ordered 4 dinners to be cooked for us during our week long stay - it was such an incredible part of the trip. Talk about spoiled - did I feel spoiled! This is our "dining room" at the villa where our prepared dinners were served. They were course after course of incredible food and drink.
I loved taking walks from the villa - there were vineyards, olive trees, fruit trees and all sorts of vegetables growing all around -
My sister and her family have continued with their European summer trips and right now they are on a Mediterranean cruise and my brother-in-law texted me to say they missed us in Rome (upon their arrival for the cruise). I can't help feeling nostalgic but I have my pictures and my memories to cherish forever!