Hi friends, welcome to the conclusion of my Italy series! Jon and I were not ready to leave Positano, but we were looking forward to our last night in Rome and one more trip to our favorite gelato spot. We said our goodbyes to beautiful Positano and had a porter take our bags up the 400+ stairs. Our driver was waiting to take us to the Naples train station and we had an easy train ride back to Rome. We then grabbed a cab back to Hotel Nazionale, where we stayed during our time in Rome. This time we got upgraded to a larger and quieter room.
After settling in, we went to Giolitti for one last gelato. I got my usual salted caramel, dark chocolate, and a dollop of cream. Jon went with dark chocolate and maybe tiramisu with some cream. Oh how we miss our daily gelato!
From there we walked to Trastevere to get in line for dinner at da Enzo 29. I mentioned this in my where to eat in Rome post, but this restaurant doesn’t take reservations and people start lining up at least an hour before the restaurant opens. We were in line a little after 6pm, and were seated around 7:15. We ordered the burrata, cacio e pepe and amatriciana. It was a delicious final meal in Italy!
Jon and I figured we should put our carb coma to use and see the Eternal City at night. We walked by the Forum and it looked so peaceful without all the tourists.
I loved finally seeing the Colosseum at night. You can take a night tour of the Colosseum that would be neat and a good way to avoid the crowds.
Trajan Market is a spot we walked by a few times, but never had a chance to visit until now. This site was commissioned by Emperor Trajan and built around AD 100. This site is thought of as the first shopping mall and possibly housed Trajan’s administrative offices. You can see some of the exterior for free but there is also a museum to see more artifacts. Maybe next time!
Our final stop was at the Trevi fountain to throw in our coins to guarantee a return trip. It’s usually lit up at night, but maybe they didn’t have it lit because the environmental protestors had thrown charcoal in the fountain a few days before. It was really a perfect last night roaming around Rome!
We had heard there was a transportation strike so we had our hotel arrange a car to take us to the airport. All was going smooth until just before boarding the plane when the gate agents announced the in-flight entertainment was down and suggested we go buy a magazine………. Luckily, I had a long book, podcasts, and a little shut eye to keep me entertained.
Jon and I had such an incredible time in Italy! It is our favorite vacation to date and was so worth waiting three years for. We saw so many amazing sites in the two weeks we were there and we certainly enjoyed eating all the pizza, pasta, and gelato. My top highlights of the trip were the Uffizi Gallery, Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Amalfi Coast boat ride, and the Path of the Gods hike. Thanks for coming along on this adventure with me. I hope this series has brought back some great memories or inspired an Italian adventure of your own. Ciao!
Posts in this series:
- Where to Stay & Eat
- Piazza Michelangelo & Ponte Vecchio
- Uffizi Gallery
- Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Accademia
- Climbing the Duomo
- Duomo Museum, Bell Tower, & Baptistry
- Palazzo Vecchio & Tuscon Wine Tour
- Where to Stay & Eat
- Churches, Churches, & Churches Oh My!
- Borghese Gallery
- Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, & Pantheon
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Victor Emmanuel Monument & Capitoline Museum
- Forum & Palatine Hill Tour
- Colosseum Tour
- Castel Sant’ Angelo
- Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour
- Vatican Museum – Prime Experience
- St. Peters Dome & Square