I was meant to write this article 4 months ago…but well you know… life took over. It’s time for a quick city guide to Rome. We visited Rome for the first time last December. Luckily, the weather was nice so we enjoyed those 4 days to the fullest. Rome streets are an open museum: look up, down, left, or right and you will be able to see some majestic buildings, statues, and historical monuments. Making the visite of the city in a few days can be quite challenging.
We stayed at a lovely small hotel called The B Place even if it wasn’t at the heart of the town, it was still close enough to make most of our journey walking.
On this first day, we took the tube (small tube service compared to Paris or London, making it very easy to use) towards the Fontana di Trevi. It’s a very busy place and you need to be patient to take a shot without people taking selfies in your back. The fountain is majestic but being a very touristic place, not quite the one I wanted to stay too long nearby.
We then walked to the Altare della Patria, and took the time to visit the inside before heading to the Coliseum. We didn’t buy any ticket in advance hence why we had to queue quite a while (around 30 minutes) before being able to access it. We took an audio-guide to guide us through the whole visit. It was worse it to discover and understand a bit more what was happening in this giant edifice years ago. It’s quite fascinating to manage to imagine how was life back in the gladiator’s time.
After 2 hours spent to explore the Coliseum, we walked to the Roman Forum for the end of our day 1. It was a lot of kilometres walked so we were quite exhausted but still took the time to have some amazing pasta at Camillo B.
Probably my favourite day. We walked from our hotel towards the Villa Borghese park, the park overview the Villa Medici. It was a sunny Saturday morning, we passed an old books market before joining the park. The sun was warm enough to wave goodbye to my jacket. The park is very nice, there are many coffee shops to stop for a break, pannacotta, cake and cappuccino it was! Walking through the park, there is a lovely small lake on which you can navigate on some small boats.
The first Sunday of the month, in Rome, some museums are free. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo. Being free, we had to queue for a while as it was very very busy. At only 5 minutes walk from our hotel it was a must-see, we crossed the Ponte Umberto I, to walk towards Trastevere. Trastevere is considered as the new area, quite trendy one. We stopped for an ice-cream (of course), and saw the evening mass at the Basilica di San Bartolomeo all’Isola.
The last but not the least. For our last day, we enjoyed a last fluffy coffee at Vivi Bistrot at the end of the Piazza Navona. This is not only a fantastic place for coffee the food is also very good, I took some very yummy Lasagna.
Visiting the Vatican has probably been my favourite time in Rome. True city in the city, the two main places to see are the Basilica di San Pietro and the Sistine Chapel (unfortunately we run out of time for the latest).
We arrived early Monday morning and didn’t have to queue much, probably around 15 minutes. We spend a total of 4 hours in the Basilica. I wasn’t expected to spend that much time, to be honest, but there is just too much to see. The best decision we took was to climb all the way up (you can pay extra to do it by lift, but a lot of steps are still remaining). It was the most wonderful climb due to the architecture of the dome, the stairs are actually not straight, nor are the walls so you have the feeling of snitching in a tiny corridor before the reward, once at the top, to see the whole basilica from the top.
- Eat an ice-cream at GROM
- Have lunch at the most trendy place, GINGER
- Clim all the way up in the Basilica Di San Pietro, Vatican
- Enter in as many churches as you can
- Eat pizzas
- Get lost in small streets
- Plan to come back