Trip Report: Restless to Rome

I was a restless stay-at-home Mom. I enjoyed my daily routine of nursing, changing diapers and stroller rides around town. But the repetitiveness of the everyday began to overwhelm the joy. I needed something more, something exciting. I had a growing, insistent urge to break-out of my new, kid-centered life and reconnect with the real […]

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The most feared part of traveling with a child: the plane. I dreaded the irritated glares from fellow passengers watching me carry my toddler onto their ten hour flight. I needed a plan to keep my daughter (and us) comfortable. I chose a flight near her bedtime, brought lots of new little toys, snacks and most […]

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My everyday Mom duties followed to Rome. When I woke up that first morning, my first thought was: we need to go grocery shopping. We chose an apartment over a hotel because the kitchen gave us an option of eating breakfast or dinner without the stress of a restaurant (essential option during those temperamental toddler […]

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While planning this trip I worried about my daughter pestering people. We had successfully navigated the plane ride, and our next challenge was a day of sightseeing. Our first stop was St. Peter’s Basilica, the goliath of all Catholic Cathedrals. Thankfully, Ada was asleep in the backpack. Perfect timing – she was quiet and I […]

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Something funny happens to me when I travel. I get annoyed at all the tourists. Forgetting that, you know, I am one, too. Since I studied the Italian language on flash cards and read history books and studied current events — it made me a local. It made me…okay, I’ll admit it: better then the […]

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While buzzed of birra we happily followed Ada through the piazza, while she stalked unsuspecting pigeons and tried todig cigarettes from the cobblestones. Feeling recharged and excited to explore in our final hours of our first day, we continued on and found Rome’s greatest monument. With Ada sleeping in the backpack and Aaron and I […]

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Our second day of sightseeing began at noon. Not ideal. Traveling with a toddler means small tasks such as eating breakfast, getting dressed, packing the day-bag, take twice as long. By the time we stumbled out of the apartment, the air smelled of imminent rain, I was impatient and annoyed. I soon discovered that these […]

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I awoke to thunder shaking the windows. I thought of the ancient Romans sleeping through similar storms and went back to sleep. The rain trapped us within our small abode for most of the day. Ada was delighted.  She celebrated by drumming against the shower stalls, squealing with joy at the echoed rattles. She transformed […]

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Various guidebooks warned that crossing a street in Rome can be dangerous. Drivers drive fast and pedestrians don’t have right of way. We had no problems within the narrow streets of the historical center and this made us a little cocky. But this rainy afternoon, we were soon to be humbled. To return to Via […]

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I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose and clouded head. I slept all morning, Ada continued her shower drumming and Aaron took care of us both. We left the house after lunch, made a quick visit to St. Peter’s square and continued on to the Trevi Fountain (for Ada) and a quest to […]

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Beautiful blue sky, nothing but Roman ruins sprawled in front of me and I was in love with Rome all over again. As we stood within the Forum, I tried to absorb as much of the Roman marble and brick my mind could consume. But I knew a few hours weren’t long enough to fully […]

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We loved chaotic Rome. But I will admit, we were also exhausted from the constant noise (revving Vespas at night were the worst) and general city chaos. With one day left, we tied up loose ends by revisiting the Trevi Fountain, climbing the Spanish Steps and wandering off into the quiet and rejuvenating Borghese Gardens. […]

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Aaron and Ada in the Alfa Romeo

We gathered our bags, ate a quick breakfast and waited for our taxi, which would take us to the EuroCar rental office located in the underground parking lot underneath the Borghese Gardens. Our driver was the first Italian we met who didn’t speak English. We showed him our destination on the map and he said […]

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Orvieto

You’d think with all my planning, our trip would flow flawlessly. But if I learned one travel tip, it’s to plan on making mistakes. They’re frustrating, but sometimes they lead to unexpected experiences. And our day in Orvieto was ripe with them.

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Tuscan Sunset

We pulled into San Antonio Country Resort in the late afternoon. This family friendly resort is an old convent that was converted into vacation rentals and is a 10 minute drive from Montepulicano.

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Today’s simple goal was a forty five minute drive to San Gimignano, a medieval hill town known for its numerous towers. A simple goal for people who can navigate and not be misled by perplexing road signs. We are not those people.

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We woke up this morning nursing a Lost in Tuscany hangover. We put the map away and chose to visit Montepulicano, a ten minute drive from our apartment. This medieval hill town was where we discovered our second transportation issue: we still don’t have a stroller.

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We had hill town fatigue. Not only did Aaron’s back still ache from carrying our toddler in the backpack, but those quaint streets and trinket shops began to blur together. We ignored the gathering rain clouds, grabbed our one umbrella and headed off to visit two abbeys: Abbey Di Sant Antimo and Abbey Di Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

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We woke up to rain. Snuggled up to a roaring fire, it felt romantic, a forced relaxation day. By the afternoon we had thundershowers, furious wind and I was overwhelmed with worry that we’d have rain for the last two days of our trip. So when we woke up the next morning to heavy fog […]

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Aaron loaded Ada and our bags into the car and I took one last tour of our apartment. We made wonderful memories in this little place and I left feeling slightly sad.   We didn’t see half of what I expected while planning this trip, and a lot of those hours spent lost were frustrating;  time […]

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