Arriving at the airport we headed out to buy tickets to the central bus and train station in Rome, Roma Termini. The tickets cost €9 for a return and it took the same amount of time as a private taxi would have. Our hotel was a 5 minute walk from Termini, we dropped our bags and headed out around 3pm, to make our way to the Musuem Capitallio – it was free to enter because it was a Sunday. This is the same for many other sites in Rome on a Sunday but we didn’t have so much time to fit in anything else that evening. We decided to walk over to the Piazza Campo De Fiori were we had dinner. Taba Café was the restaurant we ate at, the atmosphere was great, and with live music and fairy lights it somehow felt cosy whilst still being winter. Every restaurant had their own ‘greeter’ who are very persistent to bring you in, we found out that all the restaurants pretty much serve the same dishes at similar prices too. That night we had an amazing vegetarian pizza and a pasta dish which wasn’t so great, coming in at €29.
The day started with the Colossuem, as you approach there will be an abundance of people trying to sell their package deals for the day to you. However keep walking towards the entrance as the prices dropped from €55 per person for a guided tour to €35 per person which is what we paid. We joined a group who took us around the Colosseum as well as the Palatine Hill. There was time given in between for pictures, both were shown in so much detail and I’d highly recommend having a guided tour instead of looking around yourself as I’m sure we would have missed half the things we had done it on our own. A bus short journey later and a little walk along some very cute streets we turned a corner and unknowingly we turned up at Trevi Fountain, it was stunning! We didn’t stay for long because of the crowds so decided we would revisit early morning the next day. Lunch was then eaten on the go- a slice of pizza and a gelato at Saint’ Eustachio. The Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are short walk apart, however as we arrived we learnt that it was closed on the day for cleaning. With my gelato in hand we continued walking towards the Spanish Steps. Make sure you don’t stop to take photos on the steps as you will be shouted at by guards who will make sure that everyone around knows that it was you that broke the rules lol! Around 5.30 looking over Rome’s skyline it was spectacular to watch the sun set over the city.
We arrived at the Trevi Fountain around 10.30am, they were actually cleaning the fountain at the time and not a lot of tourists around it was just perfect to get a close of view and to take pictures without someone photo bombing every shot like the previous evening. After that we walked back to the Pantheon again, this time actually getting to see the inside! I was so excited about the Pantheon structurally the building from the outside is so great but the inside and seeing how it’s lit with a big hole in the roof was even more impressive. We walked over to Caffe del Pincio, the view was amazing!! The gardens are beautiful too, we walked through it to catch a bus to the Vatican
museum. I’d booked a guided tour online a few days before we flew out so I could choose what day and time we wanted to visit and I’m so glad I did as we avoided some huge queues. The guide itself was very informative, I thoroughly enjoyed it a lot more than I had expected. To be honest it’s not that I wasn’t interested in the history, I was just far more excited for the Sistine Chapel. It truly was jaw droppingly beautiful, I was just in awe of everything. We managed to find a seat around the edge and I remember feeling so overwhelmed by it all, it really did live up to its well-deserved hype! We visited La Montecarlo for dinner after a few friends had spoken very highly of the place and it was brilliant! I’d almost had pizza for almost every meal since arriving so we went for pasta and OMGosH it did not disappoint. The prices were so affordable and the portions were huge.
Our last day was just a half day has we had a flight in the evening. We saved the St Peters Basillica for our last visit. There’s no entrance fee to enter but there was a bit of a queue that morning, and so we passed through security around 12pm. They don’t seem to let too many people at once so its well worth the wait as we had plenty of time and space to roam as we wished. After making our way around the cathedral, we headed up to the dome. Now there’s two ways of making your way up to 551 steps either you take a lift about half way then walk it or you walk all the way. We decided to walk all the way as a challenge but it wasn’t hard at all. It’s slightly tedious as there’s no way to see how much you have till you reach the top, however it really didn’t take long at. To see Michelangelo’s work yet again so up close too was well worth all those steps! We hurried back to the hotel as we had very kindly been allowed to keep our luggage in our room even after the checkout time! We stayed at the Relais Indipendenza, I’d chosen it for convenience mainly as it was so close to the central station and I’d planned doing all our travelling on public transport. It’s an old building converted into apartments and the owners were lovely and super helpful. After collecting the bags we set off to look for our airport transfer bus.
I think 4 days was the perfect amount of time to explore the main sights of Rome so I have no regrets with it being a short trip. The people, culture and food we consumed in such a short amount of time was enough to make sure I come back to visit again with hopefully even more time.