Welcome back guys!
I think it's safe to say I'm not a very consistent blogger but I'll try to revive this once again :'D
So a few days after passing my test I spent 6 days in the incredible city that is Rome (or Roma) with mia famiglia (I'm practically fluent now, that's how it works right?). We actually got invited over by a family friend to visit her husband and baby girl. She was an Italian student living in England next door to us for a couple of years and we've been close to her since. This did mean that we got free accommodation, but also that we got to spend a few evenings with a cute little baby. I also think talking to them meant we got to find out more about the real Rome instead of just the typical tourist view of it and don't even get me started on home-cooked Italian food. :P
We were pretty full on with our exploring and didn't waste a minute sight-seeing. The infamous Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and of course the Vatican City, where my boy BennyD was not to be seen. You name it, we probably saw it. This did mean getting up at 7am everyday and getting back at near to midnight but it was worth it. Rome is an incredible city and I feel like we could have easily spent a few months there, with so much to see. My biggest regret is not doing any background research beforehand. I feel like I didn't know enough to truly appreciate the masterpiece of what was left of Ancient Rome. If you haven't been there then I cannot say enough times how much you need to go!
I'm not going to pretend it was perfect. The heat took a lot of getting used to, especially with no AC in our apartment :/ Everything seems quite pricey too, even when venturing away from the major tourist areas. However none of this matters when every single street you turn boasts impressive architecture, a strong display of culture and a sense of calmness amidst the crowds of people.
I'm already planning my next trip!