WHEN IN ROME

Italy Day 2

Ruche Maxi Dress, Ted Baker Bag, Sam Edelman Sandals, Target Hat, H&M Sunglasses (bought in Rome)

Our second day in Rome was definitely one to remember! It started at about 6AM when drove over to Vatican City. We had scheduled an early access tour to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and the super early start was so worth it! It was really special to experience such unique piece of history so peacefully without the crowds, and we felt so fortunate to be able take in every detail on our own time. After we exited the Sistine Chapel, we wanted to see more of the art and other parts of the museum, but with certain sections closed for restoration, we actually ended up getting lost in the Vatican! As we made our way through, we actually ended up seeing entire museum, including the Sistine Chapel, twice! After quickly walking through the Sistine Chapel the second time around (and having other tourists look at us like we were crazy for not stopping to admire it!) we headed over to St. Peter's Square to get a first hand view of St. Peter's Basilica. Since it was a Wednesday, the square was packed with a papal audience--people waiting for the Pope. We got as close as we could to snap a few pictures (without tickets to the papal audience, we could only get so far into the square), and then grabbed a cab back to our hotel.

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When we got back to our hotel, it was barely 10am, and we hadn't eaten breakfast, so we decided to enjoy the brunch at the St. Regis. After stuffing ourselves with delicious omelettes, fresh coffee, and every type of croissant imaginable, we were in major food coma and took a nap before starting the second half of our day: a pizza making class! This was one of the most memorable parts of the trip! After filling up on our freshly made pizzas, we worked it off by walking and shopping through Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps. My inner fashionista was thrilled as we admired the beautiful window displays of all the luxury designer boutiques!

We ended the day by hiking up through some gardens to capture these photos of my dress. Hiking up wasn't easy in this floor-length maxi, but it was so worth it! Not only did we get some great shots, but we got a complete view of Piazza del Popolo and the entire city just as the sun was setting. It was a breathtaking moment and a beautiful way to end the evening!