We are in love!! Rome is an amazing city, I know it’s been a couple of days since we last spoke so I will just get down to business.
Once we left Sofia we had a 5hr stop over in Istanbul. This must have been one of the most busiest airports I have seen, lots of different cultures everywhere.
A couple of Iran children took a fascination to Em and kept on wanting to touch her hair, know her age, name and all about her. It was very cute really. We had the most amazing ice cream there too, so thick and dense full of flavour.
Once we left Turkey we landed in Rome!
Our transfer was in a brand new Benz it was raining and the driver was travelling over 130 km per hour. Traffic is just mental here cars everywhere and the parking is interesting. We have taken a couple of photos for on FB too see.
Our first day in Rome we went to the Vatican City and St Peters and the Trevoli fountain ( getting our twilight on ), words can’t really describe how stunning everything is. All the old churches and ruins amongst the new. Lots of information overload.
The Vatican City is exactly that a complete seperate city within the city of Rome. It has its own currency, police and there they speak current Latin, with just over 800 permanent residents there. To work or live in the Vatican City you have to speak fluent Latin.
The Vatican was stunning inside and out so was St Peters, what amazed us at St Peters is that there is real Popes on display there bodies are either covered in wax or silver and are in glass cases.
We got shown where the pope lives and the smoke stack.
On the second day we went to Niece and Pompeii, about a 3hr Drive from Rome. Niece wasn’t what I expected at all a stunning place but pleased it was just a stopover.
Pompeii was so interesting, to hear about how they figured out which was what shops and houses, bakeries and brothels and how they are trying to restore it. We got to see some of the bodies that have been frozen for a lifetime in ash.
When they have restored some of the fixtures the always do it in a different coloured stone so that you can tell the difference on what is original and what is new. We find it strange that you can just wonder freely amongst something so important and old. You could walk amongst the building and on the roads, you could still see the markings on the roads from the chariots.
On the 3rd day we went to the Colosseum words can’t describe this, for its time it was built it’s just amazing and it’s right in the middle of Rome. It’s not the full structure anymore only the shell now due to the Christian priests pulling it apart to use the materials to start building a new city by the river once the Roman Empire fell. Again you can see the difference in the stone from the original to the current. I also couldn’t figure out what all the holes through the old Roman buildings where but it turns out that they are from where they took the metal out to melt down to use for their statues so that is why most of the structures have fallen. It’s not hard to imagine what happened there once you see it but it’s still amazing that the history survives and is a small reminder on how young New Zealand really is.
The food is divine here, the pasta, pizza and the seafood are good with such passion and you can taste it. Oh and also the Gelato was absolutely amazing too!!
Written by Carolyn and Emily ❤️