Adventures in Europe ⊰ ⊰ *Part four*

Our last leg of the trip would be spent in the Lazio region and Italy’s capitol, Rome. We flew from Barcelona, Spain to the Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino. From the airport, my mom and I were driven to our hotel in the heart of Rome. On the road, our driver gave us a history lesson about the city and culture. I learned endless facts about landmarks, traditions and the daily fads taking place there. The drive became exceedingly scenic as we entered the city, passing numbers of stunning, ancient buildings. We were able to see the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Sistene Chapel and the Castel Sant’Angelo. We stayed two nights in Lazio, walking distance from the end point of one of Rome’s earliest aqueducts, Aqua Virgo, the stunning Trevi Fountain. After throwing a coin in, we stopped at shops on the street and had the most delectable gelato. Exhausted from jet lag, my mom and I spent our extra time ordering room service and watching The Talented Mr. Ripley and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Our time in Rome was too short, leaving us feeling a strong need to return one day. We packed our bags up and headed out of the city, back to the airport. Our flight had a layover in in the wondrous Dublin, Ireland. Hours later we boarded a plane back to the states, on a long, nine hour flight. Arriving at Chicago O’Hare, we ordered an Uber and slept a whole four hours until reaching home. For the weeks to follow, we basked in the memories of our new adventures and hoped that one day we could have the chance to revisit our previous destinations.

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