Famous for its ancient buildings and rich history, Rome is a brilliant city to visit. Its classical ruins mixed with a modern feel allow for a great balance when exploring the city. To put it simply, Rome has everything you could want from a capital city. What drew us to visit Rome was its ancient past and importance on shaping Europe. Obviously, Rome might not be for everyone, but if you’re interested in history, architecture, religion or art then it should be high on your bucket list.
Another major attraction for us wanting to visit Rome is of course its one of the major cities in Europe. And Italy as a country is known for many great things, one of them being how amazing their food is. Throughout our time in Rome, we definitely made the most out of being able to eat great Italian food anywhere. You wont be surprised to hear that Rome offered some of the best Italian food that we have ever tasted. . The vast amount of choice on offer is incredible. Pizza, lasagne, pasta, or just an ice cream; there really is something for everyone. Both the quality and quantity of the food did not disappoint.
We started our trip to Rome with visiting one of its main attractions which we are sure you will have heard before; the Colosseum is one of many attractions in Rome that is simply unmissable. The Colosseum built in 70AD is remarkably still standing. The sheer engineering genius of this building is miraculous. The tour provided offers a terrific way to experience the Colosseum as it allows you to walk inside the arena, as well as through the passageways of past gladiators. What struck us about the Colosseum is just how well built it is. It was just incredible to walk around and feel apart of its history and understand its importance in Roman society. What’s really nice about visiting the Colosseum is that If you’re going to Rome in the summer, then there are quite a few nice restaurants and bars along the way that you can relax at before or after your visit to cool off from the burning sun!
Something that we really enjoyed doing was just walking around the city, as we always like to get a feel for it. What’s awesome about Rome is that from just walking around the city, you will undoubtedly come across some of Rome’s other, smaller, ancient ruins. The ancient ruins are scattered near the Colosseum area. As someone with a great interest in History, it was easy to appreciate their significance to the Italian capital. However, if you’re limited for time then you don’t need to worry about setting aside a great amount of time to see these ruins as they’re on the way to the Colosseum. Another famous landmark in Rome you may wish to frequent is the Spanish Steps, however, this area is quite touristy and personally, we think there are better things to see. One of the better things to see without a doubt is the Trevi Fountain. Like most things in Rome, the engineering brilliance of the fountain is something to admire. In the day time it attracts many tourists, so maybe visit in the evening or at night. The area still attracts quite a lot of people but it is a lot easier to get a good photo! We visited in the day and night, and visiting in the night was so much better, especially as it was a lot cooler in the night time, less people and all lit up!
Although none of us are religious, that did not put us off going to visit Vatican City. It’s another one of the areas that you must go when in Rome. The tours were some of the more expensive that we have been on, but it’s such a wonderful experience walking around St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. The artistic brilliance of the Sistine Chapel is like no other and blows every other chapel out of the water. What stuck out to us was just the amount of gold in St. Peter’s Basilica. What is nice about visiting a site like St. Peter’s Basilica, is that you do feel at peace with yourself and its nice to just sit down and think about everything. As we had a pretty hectic few days trying to see as much as we could in the limited time we have, we did really enjoy just sitting down and being in an environment that brought us some peace.
Depending on the length of your stay, you might want some time out for a day trip to the Italian coast. As we travelled to Rome for four days before moving on to our next city, we decided that we would spend one day at the coast. Waking up early and taking a short train ride to the coast we enjoyed an awesome day at the beach. With temperatures constantly hitting the mid 30s and becoming quite uncomfortable walking in it all day, we decided that taking a short trip to the beach was what we needed. If you’re travelling by yourself or with a small party, then try and take part in some beach sports or make friends! During our trip, we met some people from all over the world and played some beach football whilst also deciding to all go swimming in very active waters. If you do have some spare time then going to the coast is something that would really recommend. Going to the beach was a really nice way to end our short stay in Rome because it was just so hot whilst we were there.
Something we all agreed on but is something that we expected was that the downside to Rome is it is not a place where you would go for a wild night out. Many cities might focus on both nightlife and daytime activities, but Rome certainly puts more effort in giving travellers a brilliant day time experience. However, the positives of the city definitely outweigh the flaws as there is just so much to keep you occupied. Saying that, we did end up going to an open roof night club, which was the first that any of us had gone to, and it was an enjoyable experience. My recommendation would be, save your money on the clubs and spend more on the food!
All in all, Rome is a great city to go and visit. There really is just so much to experience, historically, culturally and spiritually in Rome. If you’re stuck on how many days you should give Rome, we feel that going for four days is the perfect amount of time to experience everything that Rome has to offer.
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