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Vatican City

Celebrating Out Three Year Anniversary in Italy

In May 2019, Zack and I celebrated our three year anniversary in Italy and England. I have never shared anything from our trip before, but it was time to dive into all the photos!

I never took my DSLR on the trip with us and only relied on my new iPhone during the trip. These are the first photos on my camera roll to this day.

Arrive in Rome

We departed DFW on May 23, 2019 and arrived in Rome, Italy at 7 a.m. May 24. The thing about international travel is that it’s always so exhausting to “begin” your first day after a long flight.

We got on the Leonardo Express train from the Fiumicino airpot to the Rome Termini. Our hotel was walkable with our luggage. Our room wasn’t ready to checkin, but we could leave our luggage until 1 p.m.

Italy Photo Dump

It was maybe 9 a.m. at this point, so we had a few hours to walk around. One of our bucket list visits is to see the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel of the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria.

Santa Maria della Vittoria outside

Santa Maria della Vittoria ceiling

Santa Maria della Vittoria inside

Bernini Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

We also walked by the Fontana del Tritone by Bernini.

Fontana del Tritone by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Zack and Katie in Rome Italy

The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica National Gallery of Ancient Art

Piazza di Termini

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane Ceiling

We stopped for Pizza on our walk back to the hotel at Pizzeria Del Secolo.

pizzeria del secolo pizza

pizzeria del secolo pizza

pizzeria del secolo pizza

Canada Hotel

candad hotel

candad hotel

It was so warm inside the room in May that we had to ask for a fan.

katie in Italy

1 p.m. Check-in Canada Hotel
Hotel Canada S.r.l.
Via Vicenza 58 – 00185 – Roma (RM) – Italia
VAT: 03945131005

Buy 48 Hour Metro/Bus Ticket & Validate

Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel

We pre-purchased tickets for all of our tours. I like to plan my days out so I can maximize what I want to see versus just strolling the rest of the day. This was the best day/time for us to see the Vatican. I positioned it at 2:30 p.m. so we had time to checkin to the hotel, eat, and head over to our tour.

vatican city entrance

Pomodoro’s Sphere within a Sphere:

Pomodoro's Sphere within a Sphere

The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna. Yes, there is a 4 meter pine cone within the Vatican city.

The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna

Vatican Museums Collage

Vatican Museums

Vatican Museum Maps

Vatican Museum

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, located in Vatican City, Italy, is an architectural marvel and a symbol of religious significance that has captured the hearts and minds of millions of people worldwide. The construction of this magnificent basilica began in 1506 under the guidance of renowned architects like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, each leaving their indelible mark on the structure.

The basilica’s location holds profound religious importance as it is believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, the first Pope and one of Jesus Christ’s apostles. As a result, the church was intended to be a fitting tribute to the glory of God and the majesty of the Roman Catholic Church.

St. Peter's Basilica

Michelangelo The Pietà

St Peters Basilica inside

Zack and Me Vatican

Zack and Me Vatican

Castle Sant’Angelo

Castle Sant’Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a historic fortress and monument located in Rome, Italy. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, with a rich history that spans nearly two millennia. The castle has served various purposes throughout the centuries, including as a mausoleum, a fortress, a papal residence, and a museum, making it a symbol of Rome’s enduring legacy.

The construction of Castle Sant’Angelo was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 135 as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The circular structure, standing 89 meters tall, was an architectural marvel of its time and served as the final resting place of several Roman emperors.

Castel Sant'angelo

Pont Sant'Angelo

fresh water

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most charming and picturesque squares in Rome, Italy. Steeped in history and adorned with magnificent Baroque architecture, the square is a vibrant hub of activity and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Originally built as the Stadium of Domitian in the 1st century AD, Piazza Navona retains the shape of the ancient stadium, making it one of the rare examples of a Roman circus still visible today. Over the centuries, the square underwent various transformations, and during the Baroque period, it became the epitome of Roman grandeur and artistic expression.

Piazza Navona 2

Fiumi Fountain Piazza Navona

Fiumi Fountain Piazza Navona

Fiumi Fountain Piazza Navona

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of the most extraordinary architectural wonders in Rome, Italy, and stands as a testament to the ingenuity and engineering prowess of ancient Roman civilization. Originally built as a temple, it is now a Christian church and a symbol of the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa, a Roman statesman and military general, during the reign of Augustus in 27 BC, the Pantheon was initially constructed as a temple dedicated to the pagan gods of ancient Rome. However, the current structure standing today is not the original temple. It was rebuilt and completed by Emperor Hadrian in around 126 AD after the original building suffered damage due to fire.

the Pantheon

the pantheon

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a dazzling Baroque masterpiece and one of the most famous and enchanting landmarks in Rome, Italy. Located in the Trevi district, the fountain is a symbol of grandeur, romance, and wishes, captivating visitors with its majestic design and rich history.

Construction of the Trevi Fountain began in 1732, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi, and completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini. The fountain was built at the terminus of the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct, which has been supplying water to Rome since ancient times. The theme of the fountain revolves around the sea, represented by Neptune’s chariot, led by Tritons and sea creatures, surrounded by allegorical figures.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps, known as “Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti” in Italian, is a famous and iconic landmark located in Rome, Italy. It is one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, attracting tourists and locals alike with its grand design and lively atmosphere.

The Spanish Steps were designed by the Italian architect Francesco de Sanctis and were constructed between 1723 and 1725. The steps connect the Piazza di Spagna at the base to the Trinità dei Monti church at the top, creating a stunning stairway adorned with elegant curves and decorative elements.

Spanish Steps from the top

Spanish Steps from the top

Dinner at Ristaurante Alessio

Ristaurante Alessio

Ristaurante Alessio

Ristaurante Alessio

Saturday, May 25

The second morning in Rome we had tickets for a tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Circus Massimo.


Arch of Constantine



Food options: Grazia & Graziella, Ristorante Aroma, Ristorante Arlù

Landmarks: Pincio Promenade/Ponte Umberto I (bridge)

Sunday, May 26
7 – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast

11 a.m. check-out Canada Hotel

1:53 p.m. Train – ES – Rome to Naples (Arrive 3:05 p.m.)
Rome Termini > Naples Centrale

12 p.m. Check-in B&B Napoli Suite
TEL.: +39 081 5543271

Sight-seeing: Galleria Umberto I

Pizza: L’Antica Pizzeria “da Michele” open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

From hotel:
Naples City Centre
Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi – ruins
San Lorenzo Maggiore – art-filled cathedral

6 p.m. Tickets – Naples Underground Tour

9 p.m. Dinner

Monday, May 27

8 a.m. Tickets – Amalfi Coast & Pompeii tour – 8 hours
PIckup: Hotel Una in Piazza Garibaldi 9/10 at 08.05am

Tuesday, May 28
11 a.m. check-out B&B Napoli Suite

9:45 a.m. Train – TRN – Naples to Venice (arrive at 9:15 a.m.)
Napoli Centrale > Venezia San Lucia
NTV DIRECT connection (Italo Train) #8962

3 p.m. Vaporetto on Line 1 to the Ca’ d’Oro stop

2 p.m. Check-in Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
Campo Santa Sofia
4198/99, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 241 3111

Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

4 p.m. Gondola ride (if time)

6 p.m. Tickets – Venice Walking Tour by Night: Aperitif and Legends

9/10 p.m. Dinner (any restaurant)

Wednesday, May 29

10:30 a.m. Check-in for flights

11 a.m. Tickets – Murano and Burano Islands Half Day Tour (4.5 hours)

3:30 p.m.
Drinks – Harry’s Bar (bellini)
Book store: Libreria Acqua Alta

Doges’ Palace
Campanile di San Marco – 8 Euro

7 p.m. Dinner at hotel – need to schedule reservations when we get there

Thursday, May 30
12 p.m. Check-out Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

60 minutes Alilaguna Linea Blu – Go to Fondamente Nove (F. TE Nove stop for ticket desk) stop (6:32, 7:02, 7:32) $15 EU

10:30 a.m. Flight to London (2h15m) (arrive at airport 8:30 a.m.)
British Airways Flight 2583

2 p.m. Check-in Novotel London Tower Bridge
10 Pepys St, London EC3N 2NR, UK
+44 20 7660 0675

1 p.m. Gatwick Express Train to Victoria Station (tickets printed or in app)
Take tube from Victoria Station to Tower Hill about 17 min (Oyster Card)

4 p.m. Camden Market

Dinner Holly Bush Pub
Oblix at the Shard

Friday, May 31

10 a.m. Tickets – Harry Potter Walking tour w/boat ride (2.5 hours)

1:15 p.m. Afternoon Tea – Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

Things to See
Piccadilly Circus
Westminster Abbey
Harrods (shopping and food)
British Museum
Hyde Park
Abbey Road
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge
Tower of London

Food – Maltby Street Market
Leadenhall Market

Saturday, June 1
12 p.m. Check-out Novotel London Tower Bridge (anytime checkout)

4:15 a.m. Tube (every 10 minutes) from Bank Station to Lancaster Gate (33 minutes)
4:50 a.m. Padding Station (Heathrow Express every 15 minutes) to LHR – London Heathrow Airport (33 minutes)

8:40 a.m. Depart London (arrive 5:40 a.m.)
American Flight 51

12:50 p.m. Arrive in DFW


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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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