Journey to Rome
I have been to the Northern part of Italy many times, however, one of my best trips was when I took my journey to Rome. I traveled with a small tour group company that travels off the beaten path and explores areas that most people don’t go to. We started in Venice and explored the winding canals of the sinking city. It was very beautiful and mysterious with the maze of streets and alleyways. There are great places to seat back with an espresso and watch Italian life in action.
Then we were off on a train and a bus to Gubbio, a beautiful medieval town. This small town has a stunning mountain backdrop. We took a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. We looked like we where in a small bird cage that would barely hold two people in it!! The view from Mt Ingino was beautiful!! We went into the Basilica di Sant Ubaldo, which contains the mummified body of the town’s patron saint in a glass coffin. This was an experience!
Next we where off to Assisi - Home of St Francis, founder of the Franciscan monks. Assisi is a very religious town in Italy. There are some beautiful churches like Basilica di Santa Chiara and the Basilica di San Francesco. We also took the train 10 minutes form Assisi to a little town called Spello for the day. This little town had same great places to try local wines. We tasted many wines, but there was a wine we tasted called Tili Assisi Rosso that was an extraordinary red wine.
Next we were off to Rome by train. This city was very busy. We stayed in a great hotel near the train station. This was a good location to be able to get around and see the sights. The Roman Coliseum was not too far from our hotel. There are so many ancient ruins and religious artifacts that you need at least 3 nights to scratch the surface. We got up early one morning and stood in line to go into the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. We were glad that we got there early as the line was already long by 7:30am due to the limited number of people that are allowed to go in each day. The Vatican was well worth the wait!! It was so incredible. I would highly recommend that you don’t miss it when you’re in Rome. We spent many hours looking at the beautiful paintings and artifacts there. When we left we ate at a small café across from the Vatican and watched as the guards’ turned people away due to the overwhelming amount of people who wanted to get in. Of course the people were very upset that they could not get in. After eating we walked over to St Peter’s Square and walked through the very large square. It was amazing to see how large it is in person. After 8 days of traveling through Italy, I decided this was one of my best trips to Italy. I highly recommend taking a vacation to Italy!