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Roman Holiday

Though it was hard to say goodbye to Florence, we took the high speed train to the Eternal City. After focusing on the Renaissance, it felt like we had stepped back in time. 
Walking in the Roman Forum and through the Coliseum brought this era in history alive. 
The Spanish Steps were buzzing with activity! Even a little rain couldn’t keep us away.
Conde Nast Traveler is just one of the many places I found rave reviews about the newly opened J.K. Place Roma. Just steps from the Via Condotti (known for it’s amazing shopping), the Trevi Fountain (currently undergoing restoration), and the Spanish Steps (whose fountain was also under restoration), the location was excellent. Yet, we often just wanted to relax in the lobby or linger in the cafe.
The line outside the Vatican was incredibly long! Definitely book your tour early and consider a personal guide to help you navigate this mini country within a city. Also, knees and shoulders must be covered, so be sure to dress appropriately.
We walked everywhere….from the Pantheon to the cobblestone streets near our hotel.
One of the best suggestions I got from Sandy (our travel advisor) was to visit the Borghese Museum. The tickets must be reserved in advance, as they only allow 200 visitors in at a time for a specified 2 hour window. I wish all the museums would do it this way. 
The nightlife filled with lit fountains and street performers felt like an Old World version of Times Square at times. I just know my boys loved it. 
All I know is that I’m kind of dreaming of that red Vespa!