All roads lead to Rome.
Rome was one of the cities I really wanted to see, I’ve heard so many good things about it. And it definitely was worth it. We have spent 4 days there and I think we have managed to see and do a lot.
We landed at Ciampino airport at about 10am and at 13:30 we had a tour already booked to visit Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. This was a guided tour and our guide was perfect, gave us loads of info and, of course, loads of jokes. We really enjoyed it. We booked this tour via www.tiqets.com .
This tour finished about 5:30pm, and I won’t lie I was exhausted and hungry. So we went back to hotel, got changed and wondered out to Enoteca Cul De Sac. One of my favorite motivational speakers Robin Sharma has mentioned this place, I’ve checked reviews on Tripadvisor (as you do) and we’ve decided to visit it. It’s a small cafe and I’d say not too touristy, so we loved it. Food and service was great and they had the thickest wine menu I’ve ever seen. True heaven for wine lovers.
As it was Sunday we said we will take it easy… So we have visited probably all churches and basilicas on our way (that wasn’t my plan). I won’t be able to name all of them, but I must admit they all are quite impressive. I found that within the Aurelian Walls – which define the ancient kernel of Rome – there are more than 200 churches and 19 basilicas. That’s a lot!
Piazza Navona is an impressive piazza square. Definitely worth a visit, as well as Trevi fountain. So many people around Trevi fountain, but it’s beautiful and you definitely have to make a wish and toss a coin.
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church.
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. Worth to mention that most of designer shops are based on the street leading to the Spanish steps and then if you look to the steps and turn left there are even more. It’s like a shopping heaven! But everything is a bit more expensive compared to UK prices. So I withhold myself from buying, but a lot of things on my wish list now. Well, I’ve actually bought a t-shirt but it doesn’t count as shopping, right?
Regarding food, I’d say you really need to check the place before you go, on day one we made a fatal mistake and went to a random cafe to get some lunch and it was awful food, service and way too overpriced.
As Italy is famous for their pizza. For dinner we checked the best pizza place in Trastevere. Trastevere is a bohemian place, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife. You need to go there and try a slice of pizza at La Boccaccia. Tiny place with just a few tables inside and outside, but it was the best pizza I’ve ever had. Loads of bars to choose from and a lot of other pizza places in Trastevere.
We have visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Loads of history and definitely worth a stroll around and make yourself feel as one of the Romans in the ancient times. Beautiful!
We haven’t used Metro or buses to get us to places, we actually walked everywhere. And I think that’s why we saw so much.
We have stayed in Hotel Vespasiano, it’s a 4 star boutique hotel situated behind Vatican. It was perfect location for us, clean, modern room and very helpful and friendly staff. We would go back.
While in Rome you can’t miss a Michelin Star dining experience. We headed to Enoteca la Torre. Restaurant is based in a beautiful Villa Laetitia owned by Fendi family for generations, it was built in 1911 by the Roman architect Armando Brasini. We had a taster menu and we both enjoyed it. It is pricey but worth it.
Last day in Rome as we had to catch flight back to Manchester at 9pm. We said we will have a chilled day. So we headed to Villa Borghese. It is the largest public park in Rome and a great safety valve to escape the noise and bustle of the city of Rome. We strolled through the park to visit beautiful Galleria Borghese. Had coffee and a cake in a beautiful Antico Caffè Greco, the oldest coffee house in Rome with a beautiful art work and marble tables. We loved service and atmosphere there.
As you probably noticed in my photos 3 out of 4 days I was wearing Adidas sneakers. They seemed to be the comfiest for that much of walking. I’m still gutted that Y-3 sneakers I’ve ordered from Farfetch specially for this trip, as I knew we will cover loads of miles, arrived in different sizes. But oh well, I did survive without them.
As you can see, I don’t really like to wear all the touristy outfits, like walking boots, comfy trousers, fleece jumpers and backpack… I feel much better in my usual style and it is as comfortable! I wouldn’t do a sightseeing tour in heels though.