Rome – Leg 2 of my European adventure
Following my time in Barcelona I flew to Rome to meet up with a friend. I got in late so I really only had time to have dinner and get a good nights sleep before packing the whole city in to one day. We were absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, but it can be done!
We started out the day by visiting the Vatican. This was my favorite part of the day! I grew up near the headquarters of the LDS church, so it was awesome to experience it with the Catholic religion. St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are the most amazing architectural and artistic buildings you could imagine. You could spend hours here. Remember you need to be modest in order to go inside. We were there in July so it was very hot outside. I packed a shawl with me in my bag and covered my shoulders up with it. The Vatican is something everyone should experience.
You can overlook the city of Rome from Pincian Hill. This view overlooks the Piazza del Popolo, which is one of the many locations used in the movie Angels and Demons. It was also used for public executions until the last one in 1826. We took a break for quite a while here overlooking the city.
The Pantheon is something everyone should see. It’s of the oldest preserved roman temples, finished around 120 AD, originally built as a temple to the Gods. Now it has been turned in to a church. To this day it has the largest unsupported dome in the world with the hole in the top called the Eye of the Pantheon.
This area of Rome has fountains, restaurants, gelato shops, and performances. It also has the Fountain of the Four Rivers. This fountain represents the four major rivers and the four continents known at the time: The Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Rio de la Plata representing the Americas.
Most people have seen the Trevi Fountain before in movies. If you can plan your day out you should try to see it at night. The teal blue water in front of the stone lit up is beautiful. Remember to throw a coin in the fountain because legend says it means you will return to Rome.
You can’t go to Rome without seeing the Colosseum. It was our last stop of the day and we were completely exhausted but it was worth it. We didn’t go inside since it was dark, but I will be sure to have that top on my list the next time I go.
Need to know:
- You can get to everything by walking or taking the metro. Be prepared to walk ALOT!
- Rome is very crowded, make sure you keep your valuables out of reach.
- The food is delicious! Eat pizza and gelato every chance you get. Don’t worry you will walk all of your calories off!
- Learn a few basic Italian words before you go. This will definitely help when ordering in restaurants and what not.
- You can drink out of some fountains in Rome. On a hot day this comes in handy!
- If you take a train, make sure you get your tickets stamped before you get on the train, you can find the stampers on the wall. A local told us if you don’t do this and they check your ticket on the train they may try to charge you.
I would suggest spending a couple of days in Rome so you can spend enough time enjoying the city. Safe Travels!