Italy has a way of pulling us back over and over again. When we saw cheap tickets to Rome for New Year’s, we didn’t even hesitate.
This happened in spite of the fact that many people I know do not care for Rome, for one reason or another. I’m glad I went anyway because my husband and I had a great time admiring the grandiose architecture, eating delicious food, and strolling the narrow cobblestone alleys that were still decorated for Christmas.
We stayed in a lovely guesthouse right in the center of the city from which were able to walk to every major site on our itinerary. We didn’t book the trip far enough in advance to get tickets to the Colosseum or the Vatican, but to be honest, I don’t think it would have been pleasant cramming our way through the crowds. Instead, we chose to enjoy those landmarks from a distance.
One of the highlights for us was stopping at a cafe after walking through the old city and sipping on glasses of Prosecco while we listened to a Reggae band busking with a very hip older gentleman as their backup dancer.
Another highlight was climbing up the Spanish Steps just in time to watch the sun set over the Roman skyline. The weather was seriously gorgeous.
I am so glad we got to experience one last taste of a European Christmas (and of Italy!). This time next year, we will be spending our winter holiday in the States for the first time in five years!