Back to Nature

I might be speaking from a personal point of view or this could possibly resonate with other amazing people out there that being out in the wild and pure forests brings you so much peace and contentment.

After all the sightseeing in Rome this was the perfect way to end our trip. An hour by train to Terni from the Termini station and a short bus ride later we found our way to the Cascata Delle Marmore water fall. Created by the ancient Romans, it is the tallest man made waterfall in the world with a total height of 165 m.

The waterfall in situated in the Marmore falls park that has a couple of easily accessible and clearly numbered trails. The climb to the top is approximately 1km, aided with a couple of steps. The gradient isn’t too steep however I did break a sweat on the way up! We came across some really cool rock formations and a tunnel that leads you direct to an insane amount of spray at the end. I wasn’t up for getting soaked though, perhaps another time. Once we did get to the top, the view and much appreciated cool breeze were well worth the walk up.

It just so happened that as we were making our way out of the park we spotted a hiking trail that had a sign pointing to Castel De lago, a familiar name seen in prior searches online so we took off!

The first 20 minutes of walking were very strenuous, I was sweating so profusely that I would compare it to water pouring out of a shower faucet. Not very comfortable however, the gradient evened out after that and it was quite a pleasant hike for the next 45 minutes or so. By that time my body had adjusted and took the walking a lot better to the changing gradient.

Somewhere along the way we stopped to eat some pizza sandwiches we got prior to walking and took the chance to get much needed water in our systems then off we continued as soon as we saw gray clouds pooling in the skies. Safe to say we made it to the end of the trail approximately three and a half hours later mildly damp from the rain shower earlier on but exhausted with aching feet. Total walking time of around 5 plus hours from the time we started at the entrance of the waterfall.

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After so much activity the one thing we definitely needed was some good food and wine and knew just the place to visit again! Madre Terra, a vegan restaurant that has fresh and mouth watering twists to all their food, not forgetting their much appreciated generous measurements for glasses of wine had us back again to try the delicacies. My partner and I got fried rice balls as a starter, unfortunately no pictures were taken as we scoffed them down before they could cool down but I must say the texture and flavour definitely had us curious yet again for the main course. I chose to have ravioli and my partner had pasta tossed with some secret sauce because we couldn’t figure out the flavour, both dishes were absolutely divine and filling. We barely had enough space for the creamy chocolate pudding with cashew nuts but we ate it all somehow.

By the end of dinner we were fully satiated not just on the scrumptious food we’d just had but also on the entire experience we’d had in Rome as a whole. It would be such a Joy and pleasure to be back in Italy someday!

Aqua Park Mania

We viewed way more than we thought we would the first 2 days of the trip that we decided to do something spontaneous on the 3rd. What better way to do so than head to a water & amusement park! I personally hadn’t been to one before so I was super thrilled to get the opportunity to do so. Through our online searches we found one that had lots of good reviews and was fairly easy to get to with public transport called Hydromania.

Wooshing and swirling down the water slides I felt like I was a kid again, tons of fun! The park also has a restaurant to get food and ice cold drinks so its a perfect way to relax after zooming through all the slides. An ideal location to take a step back, leave all worries at the gate and enjoy being carefree, whether it’s with the slides or at the adult pool to get some quiet time.

After a couple of hours at Hydromania we decided to walk a little further into to streets of Rome and saw loads more incredible buildings as well as ruins and if it weren’t for my aching feet we would’ve continued walking till sunset!

Italian Getaway

With a 4 day halt between busy work schedules my partner somehow managed to whip up a trip to Italy! The journey is one he has taken multiple times but definitely a first for me.

Seeing the colosseum and Saint peter’s Basilica was a must and we most definitely did!

 

 

Insanely impressive structures just from the outside alone. A city with a lot of historic buildings that I felt thrown back into time. Super exciting!

Let’s not forget about the scrumptious food we had, I mostly eat vegetarian food but am slowly transitioning to being vegan which is not an easy feat especially when travelling however, Rome had a lot of options to offer. The 1st restaurant we went to was Bibliothe, a cosy restaurant not too far from the centre. We dove straight into their mouth watering curry in a hurry dish which consisted of decadent curried fried rice, hearty soup, refreshing salad and a tangy side dip with home made bread on the side. Absolutely divine and very filling.

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Fast forward to half an hour later when our tummies were settled, we took an easy stroll around the buzzing streets of Rome and tried my best to capture some of the amazing buildings around.