We had to wake up at 6:00 a.m. today to get everything done. We packed last night, so no problem besides our last few things. We washed up and ate croissants for breakfast. Then we started our trek 20 minutes to Roma Termini train station for a 30 minute express train to the airport. We had spent several hours in Roma Termini on our first day in Italy, so we were pretty familiar with the layout and timings. We got to the airport at 8:05 a.m. and it took about 45 minutes to get through the entire customs and check-in process. At Leonardo da Vinci Fiumincino Airport, international flights are all out of the same terminal that is separate from the main airport. You have to get on a bus and go to what is essentially a warehouse to check your bags and go through customs. Then you get back on the bus and come back to the airport to go through security. It’s a long ordeal.
We sat around waiting for our 11:20 a.m. departure and explored some shops and ate pizza at 10:15 a.m. since we were already hungry from being awake for four hours and not knowing when we would get lunch on the plane.
The flight left on time and we spent the flight reading, watching movies and eating pretty good airline food. We were unsuccessful in our attempts to take naps, so after 10 hours on the plane, we arrived back in the USA extremely exhausted.
My dad picked us up and took us back home. We had dinner with my mom and my brother and gave them all the quick overview of our trip and zipped through our 3,000 photos from the trip.
We’ve now wrapped up our Italian Honeymoon in just 13 short blog posts. We have given you as good of an overview as we can express in writing, but obviously the true experiences live in our minds and our hearts. My favorite place on the trip was Lake Como and Morgan’s was Cinque Terre. Our second favorites were each others’ favorites. This was seriously a once-in-a-lifetime trip. We will never be able to recreate everything we experienced and did on this trip, even if we went back and did it again. There was something about it being our first time in Italy and it being our honeymoon that will make it different than anything we will ever be able to do again. We learned a lot (and will share some of that with you tomorrow) and definitely know where we will go back to whenever we are able to go back to Italy in the future. For now, just know that it was the most incredible trip and we couldn’t have done it any better…