It only took three months, but the Italy blogging has begun! Hooray! I plan to do one post for each of the four cities we visited, beginning with beautiful Rome. This city is so big and diverse that I feel silly trying to capture it in photos, especially because I took fewer photos in Rome than anywhere else, but these are a few of my favorite shots from our two days there. The only time that it rained over our entire trip was once on the day that we arrived in Italy, and once on the day that we left. So we thought that was pretty close to perfect. But our first day in Rome did require us to spend lots of time waiting out the rain, and we were also so dang tired. Mostly because someone (Cameron) had this great idea to stay up late and wake up early the night before our flight so that we could sleep on the plane. Did we sleep on the plane? No. Regardless, it was an amazing first day full of pizza and history and of course taking photos. We walked through the Forum, climbed way too many marble steps, and quickly discovered the magic that is the aperitivo. Basically Italians do happy hour way better than we do, so we took advantage of that every day in Italy. The next day in Rome we visited the Vatican, which was actually one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life, so I didn’t even try to take photos inside. You just have to be there. Then we walked to Trastevere, and I wanted to move there immediately. It’s so colorful and had green things growing all over the place. I drank the best cappuccino ever and would pay big money to have another one right now. We ate lunch there as well (at the last photo in this post) but then ventured back into the city for dinner at what became our favorite restaurant, Cul de Sac. And this is a silly story, but after dinner we walked over to a bar down the street, and there was a guy there who looked exactly like Johnny Depp. So while we were enjoying our Italian cocktails, these two teenage girls were standing off to the side giggling and staring at him until they finally asked for a photo. He wasn’t Johnny Depp. But they still took a photo. The whole situation provided about an hour of entertainment because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out if maybe he was in fact Johnny Depp. After that disappointment was over, we walked to the Trevi Fountain, which is incredible at night. We both listed that as one of our highlights of the trip, and it’s also possible that you saw a video of me on Facebook throwing a penny into the water. And yes, that video was taken after a few drinks with Johnny. Then we made the long walk back to our lovely Airbnb, which had an open terrace where we drank our morning coffee and looked out over the city. Just sayin. So there you have it! Rome in the tiniest most underwhelming nutshell. Stay tuned for Florence and the Cinque Terre and Venice! So much beauty to come!