An Italian Getaway

Allie Siarto, Michigan small business photographer, travels to Rome, Pompeii, and Capri

I spent just over three weeks in Italy and France over the summer as a part of a study abroad trip that I co-led through Michigan State’s advertising and public relations department. Jeff joined me for the first ten days while the girls stayed with my parents. We took a whirlwind two day weekend tour to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. If I did it again, I’d plan more time for each, but we were happy to be able to see such gorgeous sights.

Jeff flew home after ten days, and my group jumped on a bus to drive to Cannes, France for a week at the International Festival of Creativity. Our bus drive spoke about as much English as I speak Italian (about 300 days of Duo Lingo, I have basic phrases, but I’m far from conversational), so that made for some interesting interactions as we worked out plans along the way.

We wrapped up study abroad with a final week back in Rome, where I ate my way across the city—I found a little bookshop that sold English books and spent most evenings with a glass of wine and a book on ivy covered narrow cobblestone streets.

The heat the final week was more than my little midwestern heart was used to—it got up to 104 one day, so I bought a one day pool pass after class to stay cool. While I was floating, I saw ash flying through the sky. Apparently a nearby park had caught on fire from the combination of drought and heat. I had a small air conditioning unit in my bedroom that could cool the room just enough to make sleeping bearable, but the rest of the apartment had no AC.

In the height of the pandemic, I was resigned to the fact that I might not be traveling again for a long time, but it was so refreshing to get out into the bigger world out there and to appreciate cultures beyond my own.

Michigan branding photographer in Rome - overlooking the river
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - American University of Rome in Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie Siarto by a rock wall in Rome
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff in a cobblestone street in Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie sitting on steps in Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff sitting on steps in Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - large set of steps in Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - looking out at the river from the bridge
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - set of beer cans nailed to a block of wood to serve as a menu
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie on a cobblestone street in Trastevere with a yellow building behind
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff on a cobblestone street in Trastevere with a yellow building behind
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff on a small road
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie leaning against an ancient brick wall
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff sitting by a fountain
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - overlooking Rome from Trastevere
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - a narrow cobblestone street
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Naples train station
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff on a tour in the train station in Naples
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - train station in Naples
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Pompeii tourists
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Pompeii ruins
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - a path along the outside of Pompeii
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Pompeii fresco
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff in Pompeii
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie in Pompeii
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Jeff in Sorrento
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Allie by the water in Sorrento
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - view from the water of Sorrento
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Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Sorrento from the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Sorrento from the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Sorrento by the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Sorrento near the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the ferry
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - view of Capri from the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - view of Capri from the docks
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Michigan branding photographer in Rome - boat ride around the island of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - boat ride around the island of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the docks
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the docks
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the docks
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the docks
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri from the water
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - a row of canoes along the beach in Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of Capri on the way up to Anacapri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Anacapri lift to the top of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view looking down at the boats and water from the top of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view looking down at the boats and water from the top of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view looking down at the boats and water from the top of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view looking down at the boats and water from the top of Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - a small shop called La Gatta with a cat sleeping out front
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - a cat sleeping in front of a small shop in Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - Limoncello in small frosted glasses in Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of the beachfront n Capri with canoes and colorful buildings
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the view of the beachfront n Capri with canoes and colorful buildings
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - looking out at buildings and the water in Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the rocky beach in Capri
Michigan branding photographer in Rome - the rocky beach in Capri

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