We started our long-awaited vacation in Rome and managed to walk a mere 18, 798 steps, on our first ½ day. The plane landed before noon and rooms weren’t ready until 1 p.m., so off we hiked to explore around the Vatican. Right away it became apparent that I would not be the navigator as I managed to take the four us on the “long and scenic” route around the outside perimeter of the Vatican! Well, it got our circulation going after the 12-hour plane flight! We found our first gelato stop and made it back to the hotel in time to shower and rest before heading out to find dinner. Pizza along the Tiber River was a great way to end our first Italian experience.
To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, Dan and I took off on a tour of Italy via a Trafalgar bus tour. Usually we like to cruise, so this was a departure from our usual mode of travel. Every two days we packed up and moved locations. It was far from a “relaxed” vacation, but it was WONDERFUL! According to my trusty Fitbit we walked 82 miles over a 12- day period. We drove 1, 183 miles and experienced, heat, drizzle, rain, cold, and humidity. Oh yeah, and a few mosquito bites along the Tiber river! A couple from our church joined us as they were also celebrating a milestone event, and had always wanted to see Italy. So the four of us, and 44 new “friends” hopped on a tour bus with fabulous Italian guide named Gianmarco.
This is the first in a series of posts that will take you on our journey through Italy just as we saw it. We will spare you the thousands of pictures we took, and include a couple of favorites. We hope this series will inspire you to embark on your own adventure. Being retired is wonderful!