Fieldtrip Files: Villa Adriana & Villa d’Este–Tivoli, Italy

I wrote a blog about planning my first visit to Italy and a commenter replied that I had to see Villa d’Este.  It wasn’t to be missed.  When it came to planning my field trips outside of Rome–Tivoli was high on my list of possiblilities.  I found a day trip for a half day visit to Villa Adriana or Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy about 20 miles outside of Rome.  I booked it for the last day before I left Rome–a good choice because I returned to Rome with time to squeeze in a last minute visit to one of the many beautiful cathedrals (Santa Maria Maggiore) and grab a wonderfully filling and delicious gnocchi dinner.

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Mangia tutti! Pizza, Pasta, and Gelato!

My last trip was to Italy for the very first time.  The food was simple, fresh, and so tasty.  I’m a picky eater, so I usually bring some snacks to help me supplement my meals on trips in case I have a hard time finding things I like.  In Italy–finding tasty food was never a problem.  My ten days were a carb fest–pizza, pasta, and gelato.  I like to think of it as the holy trinity in Italian foods.


Gnocchi with a four cheese sauce


Pizza to go–not far from St. Peter’s Basilica The pizza is weighed, heated and cut in half then the cheese side is placed against the cheese side and wrapped in paper.



Neapolitan pizza in Naples with a regional beer.


Egg noodles with a tomato and basil sauce. Cherry tomatoes were halved and put around the dish. Very simple and no heartburn!


Chocolate gelato–simple but oh so good! Had it almost everyday either for lunch or after dinner.

I’m going to…..Italy!

Ahh….Italy….never been there and that surprises the heck out of most people.  They expect with all of the European traveling I have done over the last 8 years that I’ve traveled through one of the most desired European destinations.  Nope, never been and Italian was the foreign language of choice during college so it was only a matter of time before I finally decided I needed to see Italy.


I have plans for a trip in the spring when Italy isn’t too hot and since I can only spare a week–I will be focused on Rome and the surrounding area.  Another reason I’m focused on Rome is that I’m trying to convince my sister and her husband to meet me.  My sister’s husband’s office has a location in Rome, so he can work and my sister and I can play!  We can meet him every night for dinner and nightlife.  We’ll save some sightseeing for him on the weekends.  It sounds selfish, but truthfully her husband doesn’t like to travel much let alone take big vacations.


I’ve been researching some trips and I think I’ve narrowed down where in Rome I want to stay–around the Coliseum.  The Spanish Steps will be closed for renovation this spring which is disappointing, but hopefully this won’t be my only visit to Rome.  I plan on seeing the major sights including Vatican City (and buy blessed rosary beads).  I hope to make a couple day-trips outside of the city.  Villa Borghese and the Borghese Galleries (just outside of the city center) look like they could take up a whole day.  I would love to see Pompeii or Naples or even Capri, but I would have to do more digging to see if any of those locations are possible on a day-trip from Rome.


Future trips to Italy I would love to see Venice, Milan, Florence (and Pisa), Naples, Capri, Sicily, and Sardinia.  I have many Italian holidays to plan in the future!