This deserves its own post because it is just so good. It’s always a tough decision between pizza or pasta. Good thing I can’t go wrong!
Tough life right?
We arrived in Rome the night of May 11. When we got to the hotel, we planned the 2 full days that we were in Rome, and this is what we came up with and followed.
The first day we went to Palatine gardens, Palatine Hill and the Roman forum. It wasn’t what I expected. It was all archaeological. All ruins. But very cool to see in person. Gretchen and I kept on saying how amazing it would have been to see it a couple thousand of years ago in its hay day.
Right next to that was the famous Roman Colosseum. That lived fully up to its expectation. I was completely awestruck. First of all, the engineering skills it takes to build something like that in that day of age is incredible. Then, just the feeling of being in the colosseum is overwhelming. All the history that took place there and I was standing inside of it.
We had lunch after that and then proceeded to the Spanish steps. The steps were in the middle of a very cute plaza that was very lively. Great atmosphere around it. The view from the top was pretty nice. Gretchen and I had to do them since we both studied in Spain.
The next big attraction we went to was the Trevi Fountain. That was very cool. It was on the side of a building and I thought it was in its own plaza, but it was incredible nonetheless. I threw a coin in, but then Mums told me we needed to throw 3 coins in for our wishes to come true! Oh well. Hopefully 1 will do.
Dinner was after that. Of course we had Italian food. I can eat Italian food every night and love it every single night.
The next day was another fantastic day.
We started in Vatican City. The first spot we went to was St. Peter’s basilica. Apparently there’s a dress code there which we did not know about. I was fine but Gretchen needed to cover her shoulders. So we asked this one girl to borrow her scarf. The girl was younger than us and happened to be there with her class from school. We had to stay by them cuz we weren’t going to steal the scarf. We were pretty much casually stalking this girl and her class. They didn’t speak English, but we knew that they were talking about Gretchen. It was hilarious. The church itself is the second largest in the world. This one, like most others, just had the most glorious designs and decorations.
We stayed in Vatican City and continued to the Museums and the Sistine chapel. Sistine chapel was amazing. I was sneaky enough to get a picture so be on the look out for that when I post them. Props to Michelangelo for doing that great of a job.
Lunch was close to Vatican City and then we walked along river for awhile. For a real long while. We actually went off the map we were given. Oops. We did find an amazing Gelato store though! And it was completely legit. The people didnt speak English. The woman that took my order thought I understood everything she said, but I had no clue. She just put random flavors in my cup. But it was sooooo good.
We made our way to the Pantheon and then Piazza navona.
Another great Italian dinner was eaten once again and then we headed back to the hotel for the night.
I love Rome. The beautiful weather helped. It was sunny and mid 70s both days. But everything about it was incredible. I think it surpassed Lisbon as my favorite city (besides Barcelona) in Europe. The history, atmosphere, and mix of big piazzas and small streets really makes it incredible.
Sorry for the long post. I plan on posting for each city, rather than every day.
Next stop: Florence!
Until next time,
You think it would be hard to pack for only two weeks in a travelers backpack, but it’s actually real easy. If its not necessary to bring, don’t pack it! I have successfully done this.
There’s actually less in that bag now then there was when dad and I shared that bag for Paris!
My room seems really empty now and it’s getting a little sad