Rome, the capital city, is the most touristic city of Italy. I heard a lot about Rome before going there and was impressed how everyone I know loved Rome. So, I had huge expectations and I still loved it. I don’t know specifically what it was: cheerful vibe, happy people, charismatic old town, preserved history, mouth watering food or something else but it was an amazing experience!
We stayed at All ways garden hotel and we really liked it. It was a bit out of the city but we didn’t mind the travel. It took us about 30-40 minutes to reach the city center and was fairly easy to get there. The reason we didn’t mind the commute was because this hotel was almost halfway between the city and airport. Because we were only there for the weekend and out flights were leaving very early on Monday morning, it made more sense to stay somewhere closer or at least midway to the city (See, Planning before the trip helps 🙂 ).
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So, Let’s see how to spend a perfect day in Rome:
- Colosseum: Colosseum has been an iconic symbol of Rome since a long time now. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. It was completed in 80 A.D. (so, looong ago!). It was mainly used for gatherings for gladiator-style fights or performances. Over the years it has been damaged by fire and earthquakes.
2. Dig into history while exploring Roman forum: Just next to Colosseum, the ruins of various government buildings make an interesting sight.
3. Walk in the city: After coming out the Roman Forum time machine, we headed to old town. The path was marked so no chances of getting lost! We just followed the signs to the Pantheon and had an amazing old town experience.
4. Pantheon: One of the most preserved buildings of ancient Rome. It was built between A. D. 118 and 125. These inscription you see on the building are from the previous building and are believed to be from 27 B.C.
5. Shopping : Of course! If you are in Italy, you have to shop! There is just too much pretty stuff. I bought 3 (yes 3!) leather bags! 😀 Actually, I was amazed to see a shop that was dedicated to just leather gloves! Only gloves!
6. Food: We were in food heaven in Rome. No doubt we had Gelato and coffee break every hour! Pizza was amazing! Pasta even better and Tiramisu (and I am drooling again!)
- Vatican city: Being in Rome is a perfect opportunity to see Vatican city and museums! We did that as well. I will write a separate blog about them (soon hopefully).
- Don’t eat at touristic places: This is my personal rule. Eating at very touristic places has always been a disappointment to me. It is expensive and not even good. One of the reasons we loved the decision of staying a bit further away and enjoying the amazing food from the local restaurant.
- It can got pretty hot in summer and crowded as well. We went there in mid October. Not too hot or cold and okay-ish crowded. Bit is Rome, I don’t think it can ever be not crowded 😀
- Buy tickets online: Buying tickets beforehand a is always a good idea to avoid queues and wasting time.
- or go early.
- or buy city card: There are several options for getting around in Rome and some of the travel cards also included free and speed-up entry to the sights! Depending upon what you want to do in the city, it could be a good deal. We didn’t buy them because we wanted to keep it very laid back.
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So, That was all for Rome. I loved it! It is a perfect city!
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