It’s been a dream of mine to go to Italy for years now. I kept putting it off saying I’d go someday and finally decided to make it happen.
Here’s a little backstory as to why I wanted to go…as if you need a reason to travel to Italy. My paternal grandparents were both from Italy. I grew up hearing my grandpa (we called him Papa) talk about it and having relatives from Italy come visit us in the U.S. He would say that Northern California where we lived reminded him of his hometown in Italy with the rolling hills and farmland.
That started the dream of going to visit someday but I didn’t give much thought or energy to it because we didn't travel growing up. It was just a passing thought.
After I started homeschooling my youngest daughter Destiny in fourth grade, the desire was reignited when we studied history and learned about Rome, The Colosseum, The Vatican, Pompeii and the Roman Forum. It’s funny because I didn’t enjoy history when I was in school because it felt like I was just memorizing dates of wars and it wasn’t interesting. When we studied it together it brought it to life through the people and making it more about what they went through, learning about the culture and things they did.
I promised Destiny that I would take her someday to see the places we studied in person instead of just looking at pictures in a book. I made good on that promise! For her high school graduation, we surprised her with a trip to Italy. She was so excited! She’d been studying Italian and was looking forward to speaking it in Italy.
It was a good thing she had taken Italian because I studied it for a while but could only speak so much. She was able to translate and communicate when I couldn't. Thank goodness!
We arrived in Rome in the evening and were greeted by the most amazing sunset as we landed. We had a private car pick us up at the airport because we felt it would be much easier especially since we were arriving at night. It was so nice to have someone there to guide us and get us to our place easily. We stayed in an Airbnb close to the Vatican.
We picked the Airbnb because it was a cute cottage located by the Vatican and the host reviews were amazing. They said he was very helpful and even stocked the fridge and pantry with some food so you wouldn’t have to run out and get food as soon as you arrived. He’s also a chef and has a home restaurant next door to the cottage and we were looking forward to having an authentic Italian meal with him.
Besides Rome, we went to Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast, Florence and Venice. I'll be sharing more about our adventures in Italy in upcoming blogs.
I'd love to hear from you! What is your dream vacation?