Oh Roma, what have you done to my heart.
Out of all the cities we explored in Italy, this was our final stop and definitely wowed me in ways you’ll never know unless you go. We spent three full days “roaming” the cobblestone streets, put more miles on our shoes than we probably EVER have, ate some of the best food of our lives, and saw ancient history like never before.
Seeing places I’ve only ever read about; the Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Vatican + St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. The aesthetic of this place was surreal, the history intriguing and saddening, all around it was the grand finale of our trip. I’m so glad we saved it for last too, because I’m not sure our stamina would’ve held out any more afterwards. I’ll outline our days briefly and then let the pictures follow and speak for themselves, because they most definitely should.
Checked in at our AirBnb , which we could not recommend highly enough! Since we arrived in the late afternoon, we quickly napped before deciding on our game plan for the rest of the evening. We decided to tackle the Roman Forum first, and leave the Colosseum for when we had a full day (due to the crazy long lines.) So after a yummy panini sandwich stop we walked to the heart of the city, breath-taken at the grandeur of it all. The Roman Forum was absolutely incredible, even though mostly ruins, it painted a crazy picture of the Roman lifestyle and how advanced, brilliant, and creative they were for their time. We spent our time wandering here until it closed, then it was off to our first Roman dinner by the Colosseum and my favorite gelato of the trip; fresh frigola (strawberry), nutella, and greek yogurt.
The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Both took an entire day due to the long lines, and were definitely the most exhausting part of the trip. We were throughly worn out by day’s end but of course, seeing all the ancient artifacts was so worth it. And our climb up St. Peter’s Dome was perfection, getting drizzled in the afternoon rain, the view of Rome under our feed was astounding. We ended the day with incredible Italian cuisine near our little apartment, our feet refusing to carry us any further.
The Colosseum, Vespa ride, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
We fit in so much on our last full day, and of course my favorite was the enormous Colosseum whose testament to years of history was dumbfounding. The lines were incredibly long our whole stay in Rome, and today was no different, but it was worth every minute in the hot sun. And our first Vespa ride to the Spanish Steps was nerve wracking and adventurous, but oh so thrilling once we got the hang of the brakes. : )
I wish we had waited until later in the day to see the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain to avoid the crazy crowds and to truly soak in the beautiful sights, but regardless it was picturesque. And my favorite souvenirs from the trip were two polaroid prints a local took of us at the Trevi Fountain.
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