Rome: A Run Down On The Touristy Spots.
Rome took my breath away as soon as we arrived in the city in our taxi, I was just glued to the window. It really is a beautiful place and one I hope I return to. The best thing about Rome are the little things you can discover, on every street there's something lovely to look at which made the 10 miles we covered each day, so worth it. I've been back from Rome for a couple of weeks now but having only just found the time to sort through my pictures, I'm ready to show you what we got up to on our whirlwind four-day trip.
WHERE WE STAYED
I didn't actually take pictures on my camera of our hotel which is a bit of a bummer, I do have a few shots over on my Instagramif you want to see. We stayed at Suite Sistina, just a 2 minute walk away from the Spanish Steps and Piazza Spagna. I would highly, highly recommend staying around this area. We were a 15-minute walk away from everything and who doesn't love to be surrounded by designer shops?
FONTANA DI TREVI
The first stop on our itinerary was the Trevi Fountain and oh my god, I didn't realise it was that big. Like, it's huge. We kept on coming back to the Fountain on our trip because it's just beautiful. On our last evening, we were huddled around the fountain and someone proposed! It was the most romantic thing I've ever seen.
THE VATICAN CITY
The ancient city was a 40-minute walk from our hotel and this was the longest journey we took, I was well and truly dead by the end of the day. They're plenty of 'hop on and hop off' buses that tour around the whole city but we prefer walking, just so we can take everything in and experience the city. We arrived at the Vatican Museum at 11 in the morning, at this point the queue wasn't that long! We did pre-book our tickets so we didn't queue and I'd recommend you do this where you can because you don't want to waste your trip stuck in long queues. The Museum is just spectacular, every step I took, I was in awe. It is extremely busy inside and you'll soon learn to hate tour groups but nevertheless, just smile through the pushing and shoving because the Sistine Chapel is worth it. Unfortunately, you're not allowed pictures inside the Chapel so we took our time so we could soak it all up.
What better way to spend an afternoon than in St Peter's Square? We sat on the steps and just lapped up the sites where we recharged ready to enter St Peter's Church. The Church is free entry but the queues are enormous and in the blazing sun, that is the last thing you want to be doing. We pre-booked our tickets with Get Your Guide, yes we did pay to enter the Church but it was worth it as we missed all the queues and this meant we could have longer inside. I highly recommend Get Your Guide, I booked all our tickets for Rome and Paris through this company and I've never been disappointed.
The Church was my highlight of the trip, it is absolutely breathtaking inside. It is well worth visiting if you're going to the Vatican City. You can also climb right to the top of the dome, this is something we didn't attempt but if I return to Rome this is something I'd definitely do. You have to pay to climb to the top and it is a heck of a lot of stairs so make sure you're prepared!
COLOSSEO, FORO ROMANO, PALATINE HILL & THE PANTHEON
The last few things on our list was the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Pantheon. A very busy day indeed! Rome just has so much to offer. We didn't queue for the Colosseum as our tickets let us head straight in! It's hard to wrap your head around that the amphitheater was built around 70-80 AD. Next up was the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, it is just so rich with history, you can visit the Temple of Caeser where visitors still place flowers and coins to this day. Make sure you climb to the top of Palatine Hill as the views overlook the rest of Rome and it's definitely worth seeing.
The Pantheon is only a 20-minute walk away from these sites and was back in the direction of our hotel so we decided to go here last. The Piazza della Rotonda is a lovely, lively place perfect if you want to grab a bite to eat and visit the Pantheon. Around the corner is the famous Della Palma Gelateria where they have 150 different ice cream flavours to choose from! If you love gelato like me, you will love this place. The Pantheon is free to visit and you do have to queue but it is totally worth the wait. This is the best place to get to the Piazza Navona as well which is just a 5-minute walk, another lovely place to chill and eat pizza.
Rome is one of my favourite cities by far, I'm missing the tortellini already!