Wander Wednesday: Veni Vidi Vici, Roma

Alleyway in Rome, Italy

Alleyway in Rome, Italy

As I was combing through old pictures, I came across some from my trip to Italy in 2008 and wanted to briefly share my experience there. Although I’m more than proud to be American, I can’t deny that I have both Italian and Serbian blood in my veins, so when my parents booked this trip, they decided to ask my dad’s parents to come along. My Grammy’s family was originally from Abruzzi, but my Pop’s family was from Rome which is where we visited. I took away memories from that trip that I hold close to me every day, especially ever since my Pop passed away in 2013.

Rooftop foliage on Santi Cosa e Damiano

Rooftop foliage on Santi Cosa e Damiano

Throughout college I took four years of advanced Italian, so I was able to help in translation, along with my Pop who was fluent in the language. It was something that I got to share with him that no one else could; it was a special bonding experience between us that I cherish to this day and will forever.

We had the opportunity to visit family on Pop’s side that none of us had never met before. They lived on an adorable farm in Castelliri just outside of Rome. Their land was sprouting with love and home grown produce.

Driveway leading to my family's farm outside of Rome, Italy.

Driveway leading to my family’s farm outside of Rome, Italy.

We joined Pope Benedict XVI in a Vatican mass and explored Vatican City. Our sights also included St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, Cripta Cappucini, The Spanish Steps, The Temple of Caesar and tons more.

The Roman Forum from the rooftop of Santi Cosa e Damiano

The Roman Forum from the rooftop of Santi Cosa e Damiano

Beggar woman praying in the streets of Rome.

Beggar woman praying in the streets of Rome.

View from the rooftop of Santi Cosma e Damiano

View from the rooftop of Santi Cosma e Damiano

Amongst everything else that made this trip special was that I had been only weeks pregnant with my son, and although I didn’t officially know it yet, I just knew it {blame that on my gypsy Serbian side}. Realizing that my little baby was experiencing everything vicariously through me is something that cannot be replaced or topped.

I would love to go back to Italy one day {among many other places of course}. What are some of your most coveted vacations?

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