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.
Andi, the pictures of Rome in this post are INSANE. Seriously good work!
Awww what an AWESOME compliment, thank you love!
Ahhh, this whole trip looks SO romantic, I don’t know how you could stand being there without Lucas!
It was SUCH a romantic trip and every second I wished Lucas was there, but he was there in spirit for sure! Plus, I bought him a lot of presents 🙂
Ahhh, kind of disappointed that this is the last installment of the Trafalgar Italy Tour posts. I’ve been loving these, especially your food photographs.
The only disappointment I had about the Colosseum was that it was right smack in front of the metro station. The second you leave the metro station, bam! It’s right there in front of you. Sometimes I want to have that anticipation build up, see it from a distance you know. But alas, it’s still quite the site to see, especially illuminated at night.
I love how delicious your fruit tart looks.
I’m disappointed that my posts are over as well. Oh well, I will definitely be going to Europe again in the future and I very much hope to work with Trafalgar again, what an awesome company!!! I feel like the Colosseum during the day is SUCH a touristy spot (though of course a must see), but at night the energy completely shifts. That fruit tart was SO good, I finished every bite.
The more I read about this trip, the more jealous I get! 🙂
I have no doubt that you off all people would LOVE Trafalgar.
The pictures of Rome are amazing. What a trip this was! Can’t wait to read about your next adventure! Miss you! 🙂
Thank you sweetheart! Wish you could have been there with me. I’m excited to write about Chicago as well!!! Miss youuuuuuu!
Love the night shots! Rome is on my list for someday…
That’s such a compliment coming from you! Rome is AWESOME!!!
Aw the posts for Italy have come to an end.
Its been great to see what parts of the experience with Trafalgar you loved the most.
Your pics of Rome are amazing, as all you pics always are!!
Cant wait to read about Chi Town next xo
Awww thank you for such a terrific comment — you’re the best! Promise I have some awesome posts coming up!!! XO
I’ll just take a piece of that fruit tart…please! What a wonderful meal 🙂
INCREDIBLE MEAL! I’m so happy my trip ended on THAT note.
Love the photos of Rome. Also, that fruit tart looks SO GOOD! Especially with the scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
Oh it was delish! If I hadn’t had been SO full I would have eaten 2 hahaha.
Pingback: France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 6 (Part 5) | iWannaGo Travel Network
Isn’t the Colosseum absolutely stunning? It is to this day one of my favorite sights in the world. It is amazing that ancient history can sit so nonchalantly alongside modern day Rome. Beautiful!
It really is stunning, but even more so at night in my opinion. I remember visiting Rome when I was 17 and I couldn’t get over the fact that you could sit down at a cafe and right down the street was the Colosseum for you to enjoy!!!
Don’t you just want to go back to Rome and do some serious shopping – ahhhhhh – the shoes, the bags….
Ummm YES, trust me I wasn’t happy on the way to the airport at 4AM haha. I wanted a day to shop shop shop!
Your sincere, unbridled love of travel really comes out in this one. I love how wistful you get packing awww.
What an awesome compliment, thank you darling!!!
Ah, if only I could grab that food out of the computer, looks so delicious! Great pictures 🙂
Haha I wish I could grab it too! Thanks!!!
Aw man this totally brings me back to our night time wanderings through Rome. The lowlight shots look great. Rome is so photogenic at night. I ate quite a few Amatriciana dishes there as well!
It’s SO photogenic at night, I wish I would just bite the bullet and get a tripod. Would make SUCH a difference.
What great photos!! I love that your last thought, “I life should be about exploring the unknown and embracing the joy of new experiences and relationships in other places.” We start our RTW this year and I can’t wait to embrace all of those experiences!!
Ooooh how exciting! I wish you nothing but the most beautiful adventures!!!
Such wonderful pictures; you really capture the beauty of Italy!
Wow thank you SO much!!!
What wonderful photos and the good… Oh the glorious food.
Hahaha thank you! Oh how I miss the food!!!
Many for inspiring us all thanks 🙂
You’re more than welcome!!!
OMG Andi your photography is the best!!! I’m +1’ing this post, love love love the photos!!!!
Awwww thank you, thank you, thank you! You rock gorgeous!!!
Gorgeous photos. Rome and the Colisseum look sublime at night.
Thanks my friend! And yes, I love cities, especially Rome, at night!!!
What a gorgeous moon! What an adventure! To think this trip was both France AND Italy – goodness!
Wasn’t that moon spectacular! I wish that I had been able to take pics outside of the bus of it with a zoom!!! It was SUCH an adventure — one I will NEVER forget!
I totally want that fruit tart right now! Love your photos as always
Haha I wish that I could have it too right now. Thanks darling!!!
The food looked seriously incredible. I almost started licking my computer monitor! 🙂
Hahahahaha, love it!
I really enjoyed this series of posts, Andi. The photos have been absolutely stunning, and this final post literally left my mouth watering.
Thank you so much sweetheart — I’m VERY touched by your kind words! I miss Europe so much!!!
I’m so sad these posts are ending, I loooooved them!
I loved writing them!
Wow what a trip Andi!
Such an amazing trip Haley!
Andi you’re really incredible you know that?
Thanks Angie!!! XO
You are one inspiring girl Andi!
Thank you Candice!!!
I’m so glad you had a wonderful time on this trip, Andi. That last meal looked absolutely delicious.
I do hope to see more of Europe one day. 🙂
Nice post! I love the last two shots. The dinner looks amazing, especially the tart.
Thank you very much!!!