Still with me? This is the end. I swear.
So if it seems like the first half of our honeymoon was a little tour heavy, that’s correct. I really wanted to see all of Rome, and I love a good tour, but I didn’t want to feel like we were obliged to do something every day of our vacation. So, I front-loaded our honeymoon with all the must-dos so we could get a feel for the city and learn where things were then take the rest of the trip to just wander.
The Colosseum was our last scheduled tour, so for the rest of the week, we just roamed (haha). It was perfect. We replaced my stolen sunglasses with some new aviators and stopped at every café that looked interesting for a drink or a coffee.
Oh San Clemente. I mentioned that this tour was our pick to replace the Vatican catacombs tour we skipped. I’m so glad we decided to visit. The Basilica of San Clemente is a 12th century church that was built on top of a 4th century basilica built on top of a 1st century Roman home! Our Colosseum tour guide put it best when he said, “Rome is like a lasagna.” So many layers.
There was no photography allowed in the church or the lower layers, but it was such a unique experience. For 5 euros a person, you can walk through all the layers and read about the history of the site and the excavations that uncovered all this history. Chris commented that that was his favorite stop of the trip. It was very cool.
We also ate. A lot. We loved the aperitivo so much the first time we did it again.
We ate our last Italian meal at the Sicilian place we loved so much. We found the pasta bolognese we had been searching for the whole trip. I had several more gelatos. We reminisced about the wedding. We had a long talk about our future. We spent so much time being totally with each other. With no cell phones and unable to even eavesdrop on fellow diners, we really just focused on each other and caught up on everything we’d missed in the last wedding-frenzied month. We called each other husband and wife a lot and gawked at our rings. We kissed and held hands and took a bunch of pictures. Basically, it was the dream honeymoon I’d hoped for.
We ended the trip sad to leave but ready to head home and resume our lives. We missed our pets and were excited to catch up with our friends and family.
We gave ourselves a buffer day before heading back to work and spent the day at my in-laws pool with our dog. It was hard going back, but all good things must come to an end, and this was a very good thing.