The following two days after our time in Naples were, similarly, tranquil visits. Being that Sicily and Sardinia are small islands just off the Italian coast, we only needed a half day each to explore their main cities and to get a feel for the islands. This isn’t to say that they were boring, though– in fact, they ended up surprising me in ways that I hadn’t expected.
After the fast-paced and vibrant stay in Rome, our next destination was none other than in Naples which, despite being the third-largest city in Italy, nevertheless had that laid-back atmosphere that resonates well as part of the Mediterranean culture. My family and I only had a half-day in Naples, but it was still a pleasant visit.
Although visited on different days, the towns of Tivoli and Tarquinia were nevertheless covered while in Rome this past holiday break. It was after the third night that my family and I visited the former, and the day after leaving Rome to take our cruise from the port of Civitavecchia for the latter. While both small places to visit, Tivoli and Tarquinia still had the richness in history and architecture to be comparable to the big cities in Italy to see.
The smallest country in the world, the Vatican City State isn’t small when it comes to the wealth of history, architecture, and sites to see. With over five million people visiting this small country within Rome each year, it bears testament (pun intended) to just how important this place is for history, art and, of course, religion.
If Rome had dazzled me on my first night in the city, then it continued to enchant me even more so in the day time during the following day. Waking up around 7:30, I freshened up and got ready to head out to the other Airbnb in which I would be staying with my family, as they were due to arrive that same morning. We would be spending the next four nights exploring the city proper, as well as making day trips to the Vatican and Tivoli. It’d been almost four months since I last saw them, and it would be great to see them again.