Boy, what a month it has been! I spent the past four weeks travelling around beautiful Italy with my partner, and to say it was an incredible travel experience would be a complete understatement (and I’m not just talking about the food). But a major highlight of this Italian trip was the first three days I spent in magnificent, historic city of Rome.
It’s easy to get lost in time while wondering through those cobblestoned streets. In fact, the first day we calculated we had walked 15 kilometres in total without consciously realising. But that’s the great thing about Rome; it’s all easily accessible by foot.
Firstly, we visited the phenomenal Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. I wouldn’t usually recommend accepting the ‘tourist trap’ tours (as I like to call them), which the locals bombard you with on the streets. However, the queue was two and a half hours, so we decided to fork out for a tour with skip-the-queue priority. Somehow we managed to spend almost four hours at the Vatican City. It can easily be done in half that time, but with each corner we turned, we were greeted with another miraculous work of art, building or historic feature to gush over. We were unquestionably ready to devour in some authentic Italian cuisine afterwards. The real question was; pizza or pasta?
Next we visited the Castle of the Holy Angel, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Luckily, the Castle of the Holy Angel was only across the road from the Vatican City and our restaurant, so we had time to digest that delightful pizza before walking too far. The Spanish Steps and the Trevi fountain were well worth a good look at. I could have sat there for hours on end just people watching and taking in the atmosphere of the swarming Italian streets. It truly amazed me how so many people could fit into one small laneway!
And just when I thought I couldn’t be amazed anymore, I was. The next day we spent at the Pantheon and the Colosseum – the Colosseum being the icing on the cake of this timeless trip. If you’re ever in Rome, you MUST visit this three tier roman amphitheatre, it is breathtakingly spectacular. I’m not sure what I enjoyed the most in Rome; all of the sights equally amazed me. Nonetheless, one thing I am sure of is, I will be returning.