Hello everyone! its been a good while since i did a post, i feel like with work, traveling and keeping up with the Youtube blogs I’ve completely neglected my website. I used to LOVE posting on here and for the past few months I’ve just totally not ben inspired. But we are here and motivation level is high so lets go over things to do in Rome!
ROME the ancient city, can never be covered in a day or 3 days, if you want to see the real Rome and do as the Romans do, you’ll need to probably invest in a properly and settle down there. However if option 1 isn’t viable for you then you’ve come to the right place.
We explored Rome for 1 and a half day and i know that, thats not enough time to give to a city as itinerary packed as Rome but we managed to tick off a lot of boxes on our must see list.
We started the day off bright and early i.e 6 A.M! we were out of our hotel around 7 A.M. Romans are early risers so you will find major tourist attractions open by 7:30. I would highly recommend starting the day off early because that is when waiting lines for Sistine Chapel and the St Peter’s Basilica are shorter in the Vatican.
SISTINE CHAPEL & ST. PETER’S BASILICA – VATICAN
So Vatican is a separate state within Italy but is recognized as a separate state and ruled by the pope, the people in the Vatican pay no taxes to the Government of Italy but do receive protection and infrastructure from Italy.
One thing i would recommend is that if you are planning on visiting the Sistine chapel, book your tickets in advance skip the hour long waiting line. Waiting time is directly proportional to peak season rush in the city so if you’re planning on visiting anytime between April to September make sure you have your bookings!
The Sistine chapel is absolutely MAGNIFICENT. If you have even a little bit of an artist in you I’m sure you’d appreciate the grandeur of Michelangelo’s artistic abilities. It is said that it took him 4 years to complete the paintings on the ceiling and these paintings were open for public to see just 500 years ago! its a shame that people before that couldn’t see how grand and breathtaking the ceiling actually is.
The St Peters’s basilica – which is a 10 minute walk from the Chapel is a place you need to see as if your life depended on it. There are no tickets to see the Basilica which is located in the St Peter’s Square so the lines tend to get longer and the place starts getting full.
There is so much to see in this Basilica, its like seeing history pass you by in the form of art. Rome was once occupied by the Greeks, then the Constantinople so the art in the basilica is a mixture of both. Also as Italy was the heart of Renaissance, so the paintings in the basilica capture the art popular at that time. For me the best place in all of Italy was this Basilica.
If you’re a girl and you’ve happened to have seen the Lizzie McGuire Movie then you know she meets Paolo at the Trevi Fountain!
The fountain is beautiful, if you actually look at the structure rather than finding a good angle for a photo -which might i add is absolutely impossible as there are just many tourists- you will see how incredibly detailed the architecture actually is.
Shops surround the area where the fountain is located, so you have a lot of options to eat, shop and explore. I loved the little alleyways with cobbled streets having cute little cafes and restaurants.
THE ROMAN FORUM
The Roman forum dates back to 500 B.C. It was later on expanded by Julius Caesar, and was the place where the townsmen would come together to sell goods, have discussions, meet new people and socialize. If you are planning on visiting the forum- which happens to be very conveniently located right in front of the Coliseum- book a tour so that you can get to know about the history of the area.
THE ROMAN Colosseum
Probably the most notable landmark in all of Europe is the infamous Colosseum of the city of ROMA. A total of 50,000-80,000 could fit in the Colosseum in 80 AD to watch the gladiator fights. The building was later on used to hunt animals for sport and later on for religious events.
The structure is partially destroyed which is largely due to earthquakes that came a few 100 years ago, however the half broken side makes the Colosseum more mysterious and a sight worth visiting.
The burial place of Rome’s kings and other prominent figures, including Raphael. The Pantheon is a true representation of Roman-greek architecture. Its surrounded by a square so there are a lot of places to take photos, look a around and spend a nice evening
The most popular square in Rome for tourists is very close to the Trevi fountain and the Pantheon. Its an area where you can snap countless photos and your friends would think that you visited more than one place. Every corner is incredibly diverse!
HAVE some gelato at Giolitti! which is very close to the pantheon .
Also i highly recommend Pizza :p not sure if you’ve had it, its the best!
WATCH MY VLOG TO SEE OUR TIME EXPLORING ROME