Thursday, 20 August 2015

TRAVELLING EUROPE / ROME EDITION

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ROME

The second stop on our month-long interrail journey was the beautiful city of Rome! Most famously known for its iconic monuments, which by the way, definitely live up to expectations.
We travelled via plane from Malta to Rome which is a quick easy flight of around 1 hour 30 minutes. 
When arriving at the airport in Rome we then took an underground to Rome's central station, which was situated around 15 minutes away from our Airbnb accommodation (although the walk did seem much longer carrying a huge rucksack in 34degree heat).
On our arrival at our accommodation we quickly realised that although our small one bedroom city apartment may have been quirky and lovely, it did not have air conditioning (big problem).
We decided to drop our bags off and head out for the entire day and evening around the city of Rome, our first stop being The Colosseum.




The colosseum was pretty amazing at first sight even before we got close enough to see the true scale of it, it's a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be, also the architectural detail is just insane.



After admiring the the colosseum, which by the way was built in 70AD, we wandered across to which seemed like a very long line in order to get in, however we soon discovered that entrance was free on that day, therefore we spent about an hour and a half wandering around inside taking photos before heading off to the Roman Forum, just a 5 minute walk from the collosseum.
The Roman Forum was nothing like I had ever seen before, filled with broken pieces of buildings, rubble and the best architecture you've ever seen, it was definitely a busy hotspot for tourists.

In the evening we went for dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and headed off for an early-ish night in our apartment/sauna ready for an early morning the next day to visit the Vatican City.

We arrived the following morning quite early to be greeted by the monstrosity which was the vatican city queue, preparing ourselves for what looked like a queue that could take up most of our day.
Fortunately for me and Marshall after around 2 hours of queueing we got approached by a British man who just happened to have 2 spare tickets?! Of course we took them and in the vatican we went!



The Vatican City is full of breath-taking high ceilings, amazing art work and sculptures. I highly recommend that if you have the patience to put up with the queue, then definitely make a visit, as it definitely 10000% worth it and it's something you may only experience once.




We then hopped on a rickshaw to enjoy a ride through the city and discovered The Roman Houses of Parliament, which once again (like everything in rome) was a picture perfect, crystal white building.


After an exhausting but amazing 2 days in Rome we finished it off with a candle-lit dinner for two by the famous Pantheon. 
With buskers singing in the background and street performers making their wage it was the perfect setting for our last night in before heading off to Florence early the following day.



Rome is an amazing city and I plan to visit again in the future, but without a city map it's difficult to get where you want to.
I recommend visiting the square in which the Pantheon is situated as it is a lively area and the food isn't TOO expensive.

Thank you for reading!

4 comments:

  1. Wow, I knew Rome was beautiful, but I never expected it to look THAT pretty. I would love to see it some day!

    You have a really nice layout, by the way.

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    1. Rome is wonderful, and thank you sweet!

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    1. Such an amazing place, can't wait to go again!

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