Travel journey

Rome, the eternal city

The trip to Rome was our first trip by plane together as a couple and his first flight. (I had already been to Amsterdam by plane and we had traveled together outside the country to Nessebar).

We thought Rome would be the most romantic city we would ever travel to. We had seen so many couple pictures and read so many stories about Rome that we fell in love with the city only reading about it. And we were amazed, it’s true. But now looking back at all the beautiful cities we have seen so far (not so many, but yet some), I admit that Rome is the last one on our travel top. Despite this, it is worth visiting and in this post, I will talk about the wonderful places we have seen.

First day out of 4:

1. Fountain of Trevi

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Good thing we arrived early in the morning, so we had enough time to visit all we have planned for the day. I was so impressed by this fountain! I can’t even describe into words. Definitely my favorite place in Rome. I could have stayed there all day long. Of course, I threw a coin in the fountain and made a wish. And the wish came true a few months later, so I guess it worked. Or maybe this was how it was meant to be, I don’t really believe in these things. Needless to say, it’s free to watch the fountain all day long. Just be careful – some parts of the day it’s very crowded so you have to wait in line to take a good picture.

2. Navona Square

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According to online sources, this square was built in the 1st century AD and it is said that it follows the form of the open space of a stadium. I enjoyed walking through the square and taking pictures but mostly admiring the central fountain.

3. Spanish Steps

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This part of Rome was under construction that time so we only got the chance to take a picture and then move on to the next tourist attraction.

4. Spanish Square

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Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome. In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the Baroque period. The market was filled with people, children, dogs, and all kind of merchants. I was really impressed by a girl who made large balloons with the help of a special instrument. The children were all over the place, trying to break the balloons, some dogs were barking at them, and a man was playing the guitar, but in all the chaos, I thought it was a great scenery so we just sat there for a while and enjoyed the music and the view.

5. Victor Emmanuel II Monument

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This tourist attraction was built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Unfortunately, the visiting hours of the terrace were closed when we got there so we only admired the place itself. All the white marble, the architecture and the statues were amazing.

Second Day:

1. Colosseum

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The most famous tourist attraction of Rome. What can I say? I thought it was more beautiful on the outside than on the inside. Although the light for photos inside the Colosseum was amazing, I thought there was not much to visit.  An audio guide would have worked great, but we realized that too late. It was the first place where we paid a fee. We chose the ticket that also included the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. They all were worth the money.

2. Arch of Constantine

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This triumphal arch in Rome is situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. We sat there for half an hour to rest our feet and to admire the arch.

3. Roman Forum

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The last Roman Forum visit from that day ended exactly after we entered the territory. We were so relieved that we managed to take the tour that day! So we celebrated with a lot of amazing pictures. I enjoyed walking through the forum and feeling the wind’s breeze blowing through my hair.

4. Palatine Hill

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Although it was smaller than the Forum, I thought the Palatine was more impressive in regards to placement and architecture and offered a unique view of Rome. This may be because of the fact that is one of the most ancient parts of the city.

5. Circus Maximus

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Although we couldn’t find much information about it online, we decided to give Circus Maximus a chance. We were a little disappointed, as there was not much left to see or visit but it only cost us a metro trip, the weather was awesome, so there was nothing to regret.

6. The Pantheon

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The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church, which is opened for visitors. I don’t recall having to pay a fee, but we would have if it had been the case because we were very curious to see its inside.

7. Popolo Market

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We got to this market by accident, trying to find our way back to the hotel on foot. We stayed there for half an hour and investigated the area. It would have been nice if we had something for the pigeons, so take this tip into account if you are planning on getting there on your next trip to Rome.

Third day:

1. Saint Peter’s Square

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We took a long glance at the market and visited all the gift shops in the area because we wanted to purchase something special to remind us of this beautiful part of Rome.

2. Vatican Museums

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We saved an entire day for this area of Rome. The weather was so hot that got us a little unprepared. We didn’t know what to take off first 🙂 I liked the place so much! It even comes second place after Trevi Fountain. The lines were enormous, so I guess more people had the same feeling as I did.

3. Saint Peter’s Basilica

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The Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City is the papal enclave within the city of Rome. It’s amazing both on the inside and on the outside.

4. San Angelo Castle

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The second most beautiful view of Rome can be seen from the terrace of San Angelo Museum. This was the first place where we met Romanians. After visiting the castle we took a long walk along the canals and met some skillful merchants who sell paintings with the Museum.

Fourth day:

1. Borghese Gallery and the Gardens

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We passed through this area every day, as Beverly Hills Hotel, the hotel we were accommodated at, was in the area (great services, by the way, I highly recommend this hotel). But we were always so tired in the evening that we always postponed visiting it. As the weather was so nice and out flight departed late in the evening, we decided to give Borghese Gardens a chance. We walked a few hours through the Gardens and then visited the Galleries. It was the most relaxing way we could have spent our last day in Rome.

2. Zoo

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I don’t know if I ever mentioned that I am a huge fan of animals of all kind so I couldn’t miss the Rome zoo for the world. The price was higher than we expected ($25) and the zoo itself small for that amount of money. There were not many species of animals, but even so, you don’t see giraffes and hippopotamus every day 🙂

What tourist attraction would you like to visit first?

 

 

 

 

 

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