Italian Honeymoon: Rome

Hi hive! Missed you all! I’ve been a little busy, getting married and all”¦and it was really awesome. I’ll wait until I get our pictures to spill any details, but I am SO excited to tell you all about it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you a bit about our little Italian honeymoon. We left for Rome the Monday after our wedding”¦


My blingy wedding nails and new initials!


First of many celebratory drinks. Confession: we asked our flight attendant to take this as a way to tell her we were on our honeymoon just in case we got any free stuff. No dice.

Our travel schedule was a little less than be desired (DC > NYC > Amsterdam > Rome), but our room was great and ready when we got there.



Rome! A view from the Forum

Normally for a trip like this, we would have some semblance of an itinerary before we went—or at least have glanced at a travel book or two. We were too busy before we left, and I felt lucky that we had a hotel! Our first day was spent attempting to get on Italian time (read: napping), walking around our little neighborhood, and game-planning our trip.

Our rough schedule every day was this: wake up, cappuccino & breakfast, some sort of sightseeing for a few hours (usually with a museum), late lunch, wander slowly back to our hotel, veg and nap, then out for a late long dinner. Let me tell you”¦this is no shabby way to spend a day.


The Forum and Colosseum

The first day we dedicated to ancient Rome. We visited the Forum (so cool!), the Colosseum, and Capitoline Museum.


Constantine. Recognizable for art history majors!


Wolfman pointed out that we came to an appropriate city—after all, Romulus and Remus, who founded Rome, were raised by wolves.


Showing off his newest accessory


We also paused a lot for drinks.


Day two was dedicated to Catholic Rome. We went to St. Peter’s and the Vatican museums—one of the highlights of the trip for me. I couldn’t believe the sheer volume of stuff they had.



School of Athens

We joked that our visit must have caused quite a stir because a day later, the Pope quit.

That night we had one of the best meals, including this monster pear and gorgonzola ravioli:


Seriously guys. I gained five pounds.


Day Three, we visited the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.



Our four nights went by really fast, so I was really glad we had a whole other city to explore”¦

All photos personal


Mrs. Gray Wolf

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    6598731ssfse3 3217 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Congratulations on your marriage! May I ask, who makes your sunglasses?! They’re adorable!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:11 pm

    @MidnightSun: thank you! we got a sweet new camera for our wedding and youll see the photo quality vastly improved over my sad iphone pics…

    glasses! so i have been lusting over ray ban’s clubmasters FOREVER but didn’t want to splurge on them just yet…so i bought these knock offs on amazon for 12 bucks…FOR TWO PAIR. and they look exactly the same.

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    iwinatcookie 55 posts, Worker bee @ 12:16 pm

    Great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time! I’ve always wanted to see Rome.

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:17 pm

    You really look like an Emma, Mrs G.W.!
    Also, I laughed at your free stuff comment, I’m such a fiend for anything free 😀

    Loving your roman holiday! And now I’m craving me some yummy raviolis, thanks a lot! 😉

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:18 pm

    BTW Rome is like #1 on my travel destination bucket list, but we decided to opt for a nice, relaxing, beach honeymoon instead because I would have felt guilty sleeping in and napping when there is so much to see!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 12:19 pm

    Congrats, you two look so happy! Rome looks amazzzzing. I think your itinerary sounds perfect! Perfect combo of relaxing, sight seeing, food, and drink! Can’t wait to see more about the trip (as I live vicariously through you…)

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:26 pm

    I completely echo @Miss Squirrel‘s comment: this looks amazing and like a dream honeymoon. Congrats to the Gray Wolves! 😉

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 12:31 pm

    I love the “School of Athens”! This brings back so many great memories of Rome. I’m glad you guys had a more relaxed schedule. When we went, we were non-stop, and it was a little too overwhelming.

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    traveller 1255 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:36 pm

    amazing, brings back so many memories of our trip there, what a fantastic honeymoon you had!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:42 pm

    This looks soooo relaxing!

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:58 pm

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!

    Looks like you had an amazing time.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    Ahh Rome looks amazing! I’d love to go, not on my honeymoon but someday :)

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    MrsMcInnis 288 posts, Helper bee @ 1:33 pm

    Love the pics! Congratulations!! Love your sparkly Mrs. nails too! :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:34 pm

    This looks incredible! I want to go to Rome so badly, but mr p has already been, so it’s going to be a while. I can’t wait to see more!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 pm

    Ahhhhahahaha that line about the pope quitting. Hilarious.

    Looks fabulous, but I can’t wait to hear the rest! :-)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 2:04 pm

    Yay another history honeymoon! I love it! You guys look liked you had so much fun. Congratulations on your marriage and I can’t wait to find out more about the big day!!

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 2:12 pm

    Glad you enjoyed! Can’t wait to hear more! I thought for sure you would have got a little something from your flight attendant :)

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    MissLe 22 posts, Newbee @ 2:24 pm

    We were thinking Rome for our honeymoon. After reading your post, I definitely want to do further research. Thanks for sharing!

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 8:04 pm

    I was there for my honeymoon 6 mths ago. I loved seeing your photos and reliving it all!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 9:12 pm

    I went to room at the beginning of college on a study abroad trip. Absolutely loved it. You couldn’t pick a better place for a honeymoon!

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    MrHT 40 posts, Newbee @ 9:41 pm

    amazing, Great photos!

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    NoSo 5 posts, Newbee @ 6:20 am

    Great pictures! Going to Italy for our honeymoon in October – your post only increased my excitement! May I ask which hotel(s) you stayed at in Rome? Thanks!

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    Kim, Guest @ 9:13 am

    Where did you get your adorable passport holder/travel documents wallet (I’m assuming that’s what it is!) with your initals? It’s adorable and would make the BEST present for some soon-to-be-married friends of mine!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 9:20 am

    @NoSo: no problem! we stayed here – – it was nice and included breakfast, which always makes things easy – the location was pretty decent, a few minutes walk from the forum. if we did it again, i might try to find a place closer to the trevi fountain/spanish steps- but really, it wasn’t a long walk between anything. if you’re going to florence, let me know because i would absolutely recommend where we stayed there.

    @Kim: etsy! my MOH got it for a shower gift and it is definitely perfect. here’s the shop:

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 12:44 pm

    Those views from your room are unreal–what an amazing honeymoon location!! I seriously cannot wait for the rest of your honeymoon posts–I studied abroad in Florence almost 10 years ago and it was an experience I will never forget!

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