Monday, 30 July 2018

Wedding in Florence & sightseeing in Rome

The wedding in Florence was absolutely amazing, and I am sure that my friend Callie thinks that in the end it was worth all the angst caused by her dealings with bureaucracy both in the UK and Italy! In the photo below you can see the beautiful Villa le Piazzole where the wedding reception and evening celebrations took place, after the wedding mass in the lovely Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli in Florence. I have shared some beautiful photos of Callie and Emilio's wedding on my Facebook page.

My wedding outfit
How did my travel capsule work for sightseeing in Florence and Rome? It proved very versatile, however I hadn't quite allowed for how hot and sweaty I would get walking around the two cities and that I would feel the need to change my outfit every evening after showering, so I needed two outfits per day!  Luckily I was able to wash a couple of tops plus a dress (after a waitress spilt my glass of prosecco over  it in Florence!) I bought the red striped top shown below in the sales in Rome and the one in the second picture was bought in the sales in Alicante, so I had plenty of clothes to wear. The only item of clothing that I never wore was my blue jacket, which I had taken "just in case".

La Bocca della Verità
I wasn't as nervous as Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday" when I put my hand in La Bocca - but there again, I hadn't been telling any fibs!

Sight-seeing in beautiful Florence


The Colosseum - where else?
I had booked a tour of the Colosseum on-line, with tickets for entry at 08.45. It was definitely worth arriving early, as it wasn't too hot while we were walking about plus it wasn't very crowded when we entered, though it became a lot busier later on.
I couldn't miss the Spanish Steps!
 It is impossible to see everything in Rome when you're only there for 4 days, though I did visit the Trevi fountain one evening and throw in a coin, so I'm definitely returning some time! I had also booked a tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, which was amazing. A shame, though understandable, that you can't take photos in the Chapel.

Another highlight for me was the Galleria Borghese, which is set in lovely gardens. I rather liked the Rules for the Villa!


I am very grateful to my daughters for joining me on my first holiday without John. Kate came to Florence with me for the wedding (travelling via Rome) and then she flew back to London while Vicky kept me company in Rome. They made it a lovely memorable holiday for me.

10 comments:

  1. You look so beautiful in the dress you wore to the wedding and quite the well dressed tourist overall! Glad your daughters came to keep you company.

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    1. Thanks, Juhli. I had a last minute change of plan over the shoes I wore. I'd taken a lovely pair of sling-back heels, but when I saw all the cobbles and uneven steps changed them for some gold wedge sandals! Comfort before style, I'm afraid!

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  2. So glad you spent precious time with your daughters in beautiful Italy. You have mastered capsule holiday packing and your wedding outfit looks lovely on you. The dress is not unlike one I’m wearing to my son’s wedding next week, but mine is navy.

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    1. Thanks, Caryll. Aren't weddings exciting - and especially when it's your son? It sounds as if you'll be a very stylish mother of the groom. Enjoy!

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  3. You looked absolutely gorgeous on my wedding day, sweetheart (and I totally fell in love with Kate's outfit, too ... she's definitely my style-guru!). I'm just so sorry we didn't get time to chat much, always the problem at weddings (so I'm told, having only been a bride once ... and hopefully not again!). Thank you so much for coming all the way to Italy for such a very special occasion, and I am so glad that you got to spend some time with your beautiful girls xx

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    1. Thanks, Callie. Nobody could outshine the blushing bride though, who looked absolutely amazing! It was indeed a special occasion, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I'm just grateful that Kate was able to accompany me and that Vicky could meet me in Rome. Such a beautiful wedding - you should definitely be a wedding planner!

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  4. Beautiful wedding dress and hat, stylish and comfortable sight-seeing outfits. I'm glad you had a good time.

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  5. Even more beautiful, your smile!

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    1. Thank you Carole for your lovely comments. I definitely had a good time in Italy, both at Callie's wonderful wedding and then sightseeing in Florence and Rome.

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