Thursday night i took a train right after my midterm and went to the airport to surprise the family. I stayed the night in bologna with them. I took them to their first real Italian restaurant and we all got pizza and they were so surprised how big the pizzas were. But it was very good. After we went to get some gelato and they loved it!
We left bologna Friday morning to get the bus for an 11,18 train but of course it would only happen to us that the buses were on strike, so our bus never came!! We walked the other direction to get on the airport bus but it was too full so it wouldn’t stop. So then we finally walked back to the hotel and called a taxi. The time is now after 12 so we had to change our tickets and we got on the 12,53 train to Florence, and finally we were in my beautiful city!
Friday I showed them around Florence. I showed them my apartment first then we got lunch downstairs and they loved Samantha as much as we do. Shes such a cute little women. After lunch we went to piazza signora and saw palazzo vecchio and the loggia, the duomo, the republica, the ponte vecchio and we had dinner at gusta pizza the best pizza place in florence!!
Saturday we left to go to Rome at 5am. Super early start of the week. Once we got to Rome we started to walk around a little bit and then realized it was going to be too much to see so we did a tour bus called Hop on hop off. We went and saw the Colosseum and the trevi fountain. Then came back and checked into the hotel we got some food by the hotel and then walked around some more. We saw this huge castle type building and it was this so cool! We also got to see Vatican city at night but we couldn’t get that close because they were blocking the streets for palm Sunday. After we got to the hotel me, mom and dad walked around a little bit and got our tickets for Pompeii
Sunday morning we left for Pompeii at 7am. We took the train to Naples then had to catch the metro to Pompeii we walked around the ruins for about 5 hours and still barley saw half the place it was amazing the most incredible thing i have ever seen. So much history, It is a place I have always dreamed of going and I will never forget that!! We didn’t climb the Mount Vesuvius because we were running out of time and the waiter said its a waste of money and time because you cant really see anything. So we had lunch and headed back to Naples. We walked around Naples for a little bit and then we caught the train home. Me and mom and dad walked around again once we got to Rome. It was really nice to be able to spend that time with them i feel like we never do anything like that at home.
We got picked up by Michela and Domenico in Rome and went to Ortucchio on Monday. Its about an hour East. It was so amazing to be able to meet more of our family and see some i have already met again. My nana got to see where her family lived and got to sleep in the same room her nonno did. How special is that!! Once in a life time. We had an aperitif which i love and an amazing 3 course real life Italian lunch and dinner which Loredana and Michela made and it was so delicious!! Mi piaceva molto. Michela, Luigi and Melinda showed us around town and Gianluca met up with us for lunch! It was so good to spend time with them again!! We saw the church in town had a tour of the castle in town and after we all went to the farm they have. My family produces potatoes and nochies that they distribute all over Italy. We had an amazing tour of the factory, we got to see how everything works and had a taste test it was so much fun. We were laughing and crying and having an amazing time with everyone all day. Despite the language barrier we are family and boy could you tell I cant wait to go back in may before i leave and spend a whole weekend with them!
Tuesday morning they dropped us off back in Rome near the Vatican city and we went into St Peters church and walked around, it was remarkable!! Im so glad we got to see that in person and despite the rain it was beautiful! Afterward we took the train back to Florence, had some dinner and checked into the hotel.
Wednesday we went to pizza Michelangelo, the market, had zazas for lunch which is my favorite place in Florence for pasta, went to the ponte vecchio during the day and saw all the jewels, saw some of ufizzi from the outside and went back to my place. The family met Jamie, one of my roommates and we hung out for a little bit and went back to the hotel because we all had an early morning on Thursday.
They had to catch the train to bologna and head back to the airport and I had to catch a bus to Greece at 7am. It was hard to say goodbye because i loved having them here and having the chance to show them my life here. I miss them already, but now they know why i love it here so much. Also now its only a month and half until i see them again.