I’ve always known Italy was my kind of place, I don’t know why as I have no Mediterranean family nor have I ever been, but I still knew it was a place I would love! So back in January 2017, myself, James, my best friend and her partner decided to book a midweek break in Rome – and let me tell you – it DID NOT disappoint!
So taking it way back to when we booked, we got such a bargain! We booked through Expedia and the total price for return flights from Manchester, and 3 nights stay was £115pp. Yep £115 per person. We stayed at a little gem of a place called the Dulcis Inn Pantheon which could not have been in a better location, literally 2 minutes walk from the Pantheon and about a 5 minute walk from the Piazza Novona. After reading up on online guides and talking to family it became obvious that Rome’s famous attractions can build up quite a hefty queue – which I’m not going to lie – I’m not a fan of (how very un-British of me). We decided it would be a good idea to book most of the sights before we arrived. We bought a Rome City Pass for about £70 per person I think, which included a 48h hop on/off sightseeing bus tour, skip the line for St.Peter’s Basilica, The Colosseum, the Roman Forum including Palatine Hill and also entrance with audio tours for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Back to the trip…
After arriving at the airport we got a bus ticket to the Termini Station in Rome (about £3pp) this was easy to do, and even though it does take you through the roughest areas of the city, do not let this effect your view on Rome! We dumped our bags at the hotel and it was straight out to explore. First stop – Piazza Novona for a quick Aperol and some bruschetta.
After soaking up what has to be the most beautiful city architecture we continued on our exploring mission. Rome is literally full of Basilica’s (church’s) and most of them just seem like another doorway off the street. One that stands out was the Basilica of Santi Apostoli. Now this place is something else! I’ll let the picture speak for itself…
After picking up my mouth from the floor it was onwards to the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II for what I think is the best view Rome has to offer for 7 euro’s.
Early start today to visit the Vatican museum and St.Peter’s Basilica. This is what I was looking forward to, even though I’m not religious myself this place just has that sort of atmosphere that makes you feel like there’s got to be something bigger. Any who! The museum is jam packed full of art and collections which are all pretty much stolen goods that they have taken over the years (Tut!). Even though I didn’t see everything or understand everything, I definitely appreciated what was on show.
If you don’t manage to visit the museum you still NEED to go to St. Peters Basilica. This place is on another level, it is free entrance but we had paid a bit in our city pass for skip the line (definitely recommend to spend the extra!).
(Standard poke the tall building pic)
After that excitement we spent the rest of the day on the hop on/off bus taking in all what Rome has to offer.
Another early start after a little too many Long Island Ice tea’s. Today was the day. It’s Colosseum and Roman Forum time. Now I’m going to be honest here, the Colosseum has a lot of hype and its great it really is…but from the outside. The inside…well…its not the best. Maybe its my imagination or lack off, but I just expected more, I don’t know what just more.
The Roman Forum on the other hand, now that’s the shiz. You literally don’t know where to look, there’s just so much!
If you don’t see anything else in Rome make sure you go and just sit here for 20 minutes, Honestly.
Back on the bus we went in the direction of the Spanish steps and the Piazza di Spagna. We didn’t spend a lot of time here so I can’t really comment on our experience – so this is a must explore more when we return!
Home Time 😦
In summary, Rome is a city that cannot be forgotten. The atmosphere, the views, the food, they all spoke to me on a level that makes me say – Italian life – This is me Now.