It’s been just over one month since we went to Rome and I’m still not over how incredible our trip was. I don’t often want to go back to places because there is so much more to see in the world, but Rome is one of those cities that I feel has more to offer that we just didn’t get time for. In my first post about Rome I talked about how you can spend a lazy afternoon in the city without spending too much money, and this was another one of those inexpensive days in the city. Not every attraction has to be paid for, so make the most of those that don’t!
During our long and sweltering walk from the hotel to the center (slightly misjudged the distance) we stumbled across a few key buildings, including Castel Sant’Angelo, St. Angelo Bridge, Corte Suprema di Cassazione and Piazza Venezia. We didn’t get a chance to visit these places properly because we already had a pretty tight schedule, but even just getting a few photos was good enough. Like I said before, there’s so much to see that it’s virtually impossible to see it all in one holiday. Hence why I now have a million photos.
One of the main hotspots we wanted to venture into was The Pantheon, a former Roman temple which is now a church. It’s free to go inside and is one-hundred per cent worth elbowing your way through the crowd to get there, because when you’re inside you feel like you’re a tiny person in a huge religious snowglobe. It’s incredible, and there’s just no way to describe the sheer size of it. We also stopped off at a handful of the other countless churches in Rome, and they’re all as beautiful as each other.
I’d be lying if I said we were amazed by the Spanish Steps – because although they’re nice steps, they are just steps – but it was good to tick another attraction off our bucket list nonetheless. The view from the top was pretty nice and it was another good photo spot, so definitely check them out if you’re in the area. And if you like makeup, there’s a Sephora at the bottom, so win win.
Last but not least, my favourite place in all of Rome, the Trevi Fountain. This whole courtyard area was absolutely stunning and there was such a good atmosphere, whatever time of day. We went two or three times and there was always so much going on. We saw two proposals, I got chatting to a local and tried to decipher his Italian tour-guide style speech about the monuments, and we spent an hour just people-watching as the sun went down. This is hands down the most romantic and beautiful place to sit and take in everything that’s going on around you.
We finished the day eating Italian’s finest pasta, drinking beer and roaming around the back streets like we had all the time in the world. We also had amazing gelato (highly recommend the melon flavour), but don’t try to get a photo of yours by the fountain like I did or you’ll get whistled and shouted at by an angry security guard. Our first day in Rome perfect and looking back on the photos reminds me of which a great trip it was. I have another two days’ of photos still to share yet, and if you’re not sold on Rome by the time I’ve shared them all then I’m not sure even the Pope could convince you to book a flight.