This is my favorite story! This is the story of how my husband and I have gotten engaged. In November of 2014, my boyfriend and I planned a trip to visit Rome in April 2015. I was so excited. I had been to Europe with my parents as a child. We had gone to Ireland, England, and Wales. That was my only time out of the country-I was not what some would call a world traveler, but, my boyfriend at the time was quite the traveler. He had traveled a lot growing up and continued through his adult life. He had been all around Italy, and many other European countries. Not only had he visited parts of Italy like Florence, Venice, and Rome, but he actually lived in Rome when he studied abroad for a semester at Penn State. I was thrilled to be going with my own personal tour guide.
First thing was first, we had to get the time off of work and book the plane tickets. We were living separately in two different states at the time, so this was a bit tricky to work out. Once that was figured out, we had to then research where we would stay. We decided to get an Air B&B right in the center of Rome in the Campi de Fiori area. This trip was a dream for me. As the trip got closer, the more anxious and excited I got to see Rome for the first time!
As soon as our flight touched down and we got into Rome, I was in awe. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. As soon as we got into our Air B & B, we threw our suitcases down and immediately went to see the amazing morning markets and walk around the cobblestone streets. That day it was raining and I remember going back with my boyfriend to the Air B & B to change before dinner. We were exhausted from the jet lag, but so excited to be in Italy. I couldn’t wait to see everything! We walked out of the place we were staying in the rain, it was dreary and cold, but I was too happy to care. We stopped to look through the Aventine Keyhole which gives you the most amazing view of the Vatican. There was a long line to see this. After, we continued walking until we got to this beautiful orange garden (Parco Savello). It such a beautiful garden that gives you a less touristy feel. It provides the most wonderful panoramic view of Rome including the Vatican. I was overwhelmed, then when my boyfriend got on one knee, I was blown away. I was in shock and will never be able to remember what he said, but I remember saying “yes.” It was so romantic, we were in Italy looking over Rome and I had my fiance and a ring-life couldn’t get much better. He even snuck a bottle of champagne and some glasses for us. We were literally on top of the world-this was the best moment of my life. It was just him and I.
After having our time alone enjoying each others’ company, we were ready to have dinner and celebrate. We also took a bit of time to get on wi-fi at a bar to connect with Viber and our family and friends in the states. I had to call my mom and my future mother-in-law of course!
The rest of the trip was filled with bliss, romance, and of course the beauty that is Rome. We were there for a full week and got to explore everything there was to see. This was the hardest trip to end, we weren’t looking forward to going home. But, we have been lucky to continue to take many adventurous trips since then!