Here's the link to part 2 if you missed it: Roman Holiday Part 2
Day 8: Vatican City
We wanted to start the day at St. Peter's, but the line was so incredibly long that we thought there wouldn't be enough time to get through it before our appointment at the Vatican museum. We visited the Castel of St Angelo instead. Blake likes castles a lot, so he was happy to see it. We found lunch afterwards at a great pizza by the slice place called Alice Pizza.
Day 9: Pompeii and Naples
An early train took us to Naples, and then we transferred to the Circumvesuivana train to Pompeii. That was an amazing experience. Seeing a whole city that was destroyed in an instant was fascinating and sobering.
Day 10: Villa Borghese
We had a 9am appointment at the Borghese Gallery, and so obviously the metro was like 20 minutes late. We ended up running half the way there from the metro stop (it's pretty far from the metro) and being like 10 minutes late anyways. So I wasn't in the super best mood when we were looking at the artwork there. But it was a beautiful collection, with some fantastic Raphaels.
Next, I wanted to stop at the lake at the Villa Borghese because I thought it looked pretty.
Afterwards, we grabbed lunch at Alice Pizza again and then spent some time packing our bags for our flight early the next morning. We had our last dinner in Italy at a restaurant called La Fornace, which was probably not my favorite restaurant we went to, but it was still good. We spent our last few euros on gelato, an extremely delicious cannoli, gnocchi and pasta to bring home, and some pastries for the next day's breakfast.
Day 11: The flight home
We had our AirBnb host drop us off at the airport, which was very convenient. We had a little bit of trouble getting our boarding passes to print, but eventually we got it all straightened out. Our flight was going fine until we got near the US. There were some storms there that were causing turbulence, and flights were delayed which meant we had to circle for a long, long time. The turbulence was getting really bad, and the temperature on board was getting higher. Those things combined made me very sick, to the point that I puked in those bags they leave behind the seat for you to throw up in. It was basically the worst flight of my life.
We eventually landed in New York, and we made our way through customs, where we had to declare our cheese and they asked us seemingly normal questions about our trip that we could tell were actually being used to determine if they thought we were doing something wrong or not. Eventually they let us through without even checking out our cheese. This airport kicks you out and makes you go through security again for your connecting flight, which is the worst. It took us about an hour to get through, and if our flight wouldn't have been delayed we would have definitely missed it. I decided to try to eat something while we waited, and by the time we got on our last flight I was feeling mostly okay. They made us check our bags even though there was enough space, which ticked us off, but the rest of the flight went just fine, and we made it home alive! Blake made me promise to never fly on an airplane again, but I am totally breaking that promise soon. ;)
We had the best time in Italy, and we couldn't have asked for better travel companions! It was a life's dream come true for me, and I am so grateful we were able to find super cheap tickets and pull off this trip. I saw some of the most beautiful things in the world and ate some of the most delicious food I've ever had in my life. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I'm so glad we did it!