Despite having a five hour bus ride to Rome ahead of me, I had butterflies in my stomach — if my unforgettable Trafalgar Tours trip needed to come to an end anywhere — I could not think of a better place. During the long drive an enormous full moon, which turned the sky a gorgeous shade of pink, kept me company.
Upon arrival into the Eternal City, we immediately checked into the Kolbe Hotel, a stunning 15th Century luxury hotel, with the the Roman Forum in its backyard. Unfortunately, I would not be able to truly enjoy my two-level suite, as I had to be at the airport at 4AM for my flight back to the States, however when I return to Rome in the future I will definitely be staying there again. Before our farewell dinner, we stopped at one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Colosseum.
Dinner could not have been at a better restaurant, The Cabiria, located in the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, and Chef Luigi Sorrentino could not have created a more memorable last meal in Europe; even the table setting had creative touches!
The culinary journey began with fresh cherry tomato focaccia.
Our next course was rigatoni pasta “Amatriciana style.”
Our final course was a white fish with natural green beans and fried potatoes.
And to complete the meal, we had a delicious fruit tart with vanilla ice cream.
Our Travel Director Marco thought it was essential that we see Rome illuminated at night, thus we made two important last stops. The first was to St. Peters Basilica, where the Pope just so happened to be that evening.
The second was to the Roman Forum, which as previously mentioned was conveniently next to our hotel.
As I was finishing packing, I was overwhelmed with the thought that I always have when traveling: life should be about exploring the unknown and embracing the joy of new experiences and relationships in other places. We must begin the expedition and follow wherever the path leads. And I highly recommend allowing Trafalgar Tours to lead the way from time to time.