A couple of weekends ago I went to Rome. This was my third time there so you’d think by now that I would have seen everything and wouldn’t still be blown away by how beautiful the buildings are and how amazing the architecture is. But even now I still haven’t seen everything, although I’d like to think that I have seen the majority of the tourist attractions that can be done, and i’m still totally blow away with the beauty and incredible architecture.
The first time I went to Rome I was 16 years old and I was still in that ‘why do we have to go here I don’t care’ stage but I do remember thinking that Rome was beautiful. It wasn’t until last year when I came back for the second time that I saw it in a different light and started to respect the architecture of each and every building, and that’s not just the tourist attractions, it’s all the buildings you walk past and don’t usually take any notice of. Which is why I couldn’t resist going back for a third time.
This time I think I spent most of my time looking up all the buildings, instead of looking where I was going, it’s amazing that I didn’t trip over anything or walk into things… I also went to a few places and did a few things that I had never done before, which was a nice change.
My day to day itinerary is as follows:
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that on the Friday I went to a Roman Catholic Baptism at Pontifica Parrocchia Sant’anna, which is a church inside the Vatican City. This was an amazing experience, despite it being in Spanish and me not understanding a word that was said.. The church was truly beautiful, like many buildings in Rome! After the Baptism we went for lunch at a restaurant called Taberna dei Gracchi, which was delicious and very filling! Stuffed from lunch we decided to head back to our hotel to have a little nap.. Eating lots of Italian food is TIRING work! After our lovely little nap we headed for a wander, hopped on the Metro to Flaminio – Piazza del Popolo and found ourselves at Fontana della Dea Roma, Obelisco Flaminio and Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto (a church), the Fountain and the Church are beautiful, more proof of how beautiful and amazing the architecture in Rome is! The Obelisco Flaminio is one of the 8 ancient Egyptian Obeisco’s in Rome. From there we headed to a secret courtyard garden which was at the back of a hotel… After taking a few pictures here we continued our wander over to The Spanish Steps and then to The Trevi Fountain where we took some photos, I made my wish, and then we continued onwards and came to Colonna di Marco Aurelio. From there we carried on walking, but not before we stopped off for some delicious Italian Gelato. I just couldn’t help getting two scoops, one Chocolate and one Oreo, SO GOOD! Now happy with our Gelatos in hand, we continued onwards and we found our way to the Pantheon (this is where Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I and Umberto’s Queen Margherita are buried) and the Fontana del Pantheon. Afterwards we continued our walk to Piazza Navona which is where Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana del Nettuno are located. After taking many photos we walked over the road to a little wine bar/restaurant where we could finally sit down, relax and have a bottle of wine. A couple of hours later and the wine finished we hopped in an Uber back to our hotel to go to bed. What a fantastic first day in Rome!
On Saturday we got up nice and early and decided to head down the road to Suprema Corte di Cassazione which we had seen on our Uber drive back on Friday night. Also down the road was a beautiful cathedral but unfortunately I don’t know the name of it. After taking photos of both buildings we headed towards the Vatican City as me and my mum were going to do the Vatican Museum Tour… On the way there we went past Castel Sant’Angelo and stopped to take some photos. On a side note, I paid to go in on my last trip to Rome in December and seriously it is SO interesting! I would 100% recommend a visit… To be honest, i’d recommend a visit to practically all the places I mention in this post! After getting our photos in we continued walking towards St. Peter’s Basilica. On our way there we saw one of those magic people that sits down and pretends that they have no head.. You have no idea what I mean do you? Well don’t worry, I ‘made friends’ with him/her so will put a photo of us together at the bottom of this post. After I left my friend we carried on our walk down Via della Conciliazione, which is the long path that leads to the Basilica. Once here we had to wander to find the meeting place where we collect our tickets for the Vatican Museum Tour and meet up with the tour guide and all the other people doing the tour. We of course went into the Sistine Chapel which is soo incredibly beautiful, you really have to witness it once in your lifetime! The only negative comment I can make about being in there was the ignorant people who completely ignored all the signs which said to be quiet and not to take photos, which is something that I think is totally fair. The amount of times the security guards had to talk over the speakers to tell people to be quiet and to stop taking photos. I even saw someone ‘subtly’ try and take a photo, which she soon stopped doing when she saw me glaring at her.. I just think it’s so rude and disrespectful to ignore the rules and try and ruin the experience for everyone else by posting photos of it on your social media, the rules are there for a reason… Okay, sorry my rant is over! After leaving the Sistine Chapel we headed into St. Peter’s Basilica and wandered around there. In here we saw Michelangelo’s Pieta marble statue which is of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ after his crucifixion, death and removal fron the cross, it honestly brought a tear to my and i’m not in the slightest bit religious, although I don’t think you really need to be to really appreciate the beauty of this statue. 3 hours of walking later we left to see that it was hammering it down with rain, which was a pain as we were both starving. A few minutes of hanging around and seeing that the rain wasn’t close to stopping (and I was getting a bit hangry) we decided to leave and leg it to a restaurant, but not before my mum stopped to buy some brollys because we were SOAKED through from only a minute in the rain. Eventually we came across a cute looking restaurant where we decided to stop and get some food. Yay hangry Georgia disappeared pretty quickly! After finishing up our lunch we headed back to our hotel to put some dry clothes on and have a little nap before we headed out for the evening.. Are you sensing a bit of an afternoon nap theme going on?? Two hours later and feeling refreshed from our nap, we got up and headed to Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (this is the building that you can see from many high up places in Rome that has two horse and chariot statues on the top of the building), remember I briefly mentioned him when I said what we did on Friday? For a monument with no tomb in it it was HUGE, but incredibly beautiful. You can go inside during the day but unfortunately it was closed when we arrived. After we stopped admiring it and taking photos we wandered on and came to Trajan’s Forum, which was also closed, but you could still see all the ruins that were left from what used to be. I would love to go back one day and have an explore, it really is impressive. From there we headed off to go find somewhere to have dinner. Finally finding a place, it was 10pm at this point so lots of places were closed, we sat down and I ordered a Carbonara which was delicious but SUPER cheesey (I love cheese so this made me happy). Happily full after dinner we decided it was time to head back to the hotel and go to bed. My feet were sooo sore after all the walking we did!
My last day in Rome, I really didn’t want to leave! I could easily have stayed for another few days. Today we were keeping it pretty chilled as I was having to head to the airport at about 3pm. So we decided to head over to Palatine Hill, luckily for us today they were doing free entry! Yipeee! I vaguely remember from my first trip to Rome that we had a tour guide who explained all the history behind this hill. I don’t really remember all of what the history was but I do remember that in Roman Mythology Romulus and Remus, twin brothers, were the founders of the city of Rome and were raised in a cave called Lupercal by a she-wolf.. Yes you heard that right. Apparently their father ordered for them to be killed as they were a threat to his ruling and they got saved and that’s where the she-wolf comes into it.. I guess we will never know the truth but I think this is a pretty cool Mythological story. Anyway, we had a wander around and took loads of photos. There’s still left over marble from the Flavian Palace which was built in 92 AD. How insane is it that this still remains? Palatine Hill has so many ruins and history that I would be here for hours trying to tell all of it to you. This is another place, along with everywhere else, that I would really recommend that you visit if you go to Rome. It really is incredible and has great views of the rest of Rome. As we were leaving we stopped at the top of the hill to take a few photos of the Colosseum, which is also a huge recommendation of mine! I didn’t go in this time as I had been in there on my last visit, but was also short on time. Maybe next time I’ll visit again… We hopped onto the Metro back to the hotel so that we could grab some lunch before I had to leave for the airport. We ended up going to a restaurant called Calabascio where I had the most delicious Calzone I have ever tasted in my life! I almost licked my plate after I finished and to be honest, if they had said that they had accidentally made two and asked if I wanted it, I would 100% have said yes, even though I was so full that I only just had space for a Chocolate Soufflé dessert… After we payed up we left, I got my case and headed to the airport.
I had such an amazing weekend but I think my feet are grateful that they can now have a little rest from walking around all day.
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Thanks for reading x