Italy Trip (ROME)

Roma, Italy

Day 1 (4.18.2016)

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“Let’s Rome around!”
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First stop – Trevi Fountain
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Second stop – Pantheon
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Inside Pantheon – Perfect Dome
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Third stop – Piazza Novana. Fountain of Four Brothers and Egyptian obelisk
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Forever crowded
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Pantheon again at night.
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View from the fountain in Piazza della Rotonda – Restaurants all around the piazza
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Still crowded
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War trying to get through the streets
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Trevi Fountain again at night

Day 2

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Piazza Barberini near our hotel @ 7 AM. Empty street
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On our way to the Spanish Steps
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Unfortunately the Steps were under construction, but got to catch the sunrise!
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Vatican Museum
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Got there early and avoided the crowds!
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Huge Museum.

The highlight of the entire trip was definitely seeing Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Spent an hour inside just looking up the ceiling in silence. “Greatest piece of art ever created.” I think it’s safe to deem Michaelangelo GOAT. Unfortunately, no photography allowed inside the chapel…I recommend you go see it yourself!

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Got lucky and saw the Pope speak @ St. Peter Square! Can you find him…?
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Second Museum of the day – Castel Sant’Angelo!
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Tiber River near Vatican
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Cafe inside Castel Sant’Angelo
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Great view of Rome on top of Castel Sant’Angelo
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St. Peter’s Basilica – “Greatest of all churches of Christendom.”
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Inside St. Peter’s. Very, very crowded
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Michaelangelo’s Pieta inside St. Peter’s.
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Dome inside St. Peter’s

Day 3

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The Colosseum
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With Bae
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Artistic AF
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“Are you not entertained?!”
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Can someone photoshop all the tourists out of this picture?
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Entering the Roman Forum near the Colosseum
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View from Palatine Hill – “Beverly Hills of ancient Rome”
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Roman Forum
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Colosseum in background from Palatine Hill
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Rosemarie “Can you NOT open the entire map? Stop looking like such a tourist!”
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No shame in opening map on the streets!!! Still got lost.
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Can’t forget the Gelato!
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Finish off a great trip to Rome with Tiramisu from Osteria dell’ingegno

 

Had a great time in Rome for the first leg of our trip. Had a nice hotel location near Bernini station and was walking distance from everywhere.

I definitely recommend getting the Rome Pass (~35 euros) for anyone visiting this city. This pass will get you unlimited access to bus and metro for 3 days, and entrance into two museums from a select list. We used the Rome Pass to get into the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo.

Be sure to reserve tickets for the Vatican Museum prior to your trip so you don’t have to battle long lines, even in the mornings. Also make reservations for all the restaurants you want to eat at! The hole in the wall restaurants with authentic foods will all be booked, so make reservations way in advance!

You will be bombarded by street vendors on every corner. They will shove bright colored selfie sticks in your face. Do them and yourself a favor and just buy one. Not to use it to take selfies…but to smack anyone in your way while visiting Trevi Fountain or anywhere there is a congregation of obnoxious tourist groups.

We used Fodor’s Essential Italy travel book to plan most our trip (by “We” I mean Rosemarie). The book provides great insight into the top attractions and everything in between. If you’re planning your own trip, this book will help you schedule a packed trip.

If you are traveling without a tour guide and want to visit the attractions at your own pace I definitely recommend using TripScout! It’s an essential app for all travelers. The app provides a curated list of all the top attractions, audio tours and offline maps. TripScout also donates 10% of all revenue to charity for local causes!

I also took advantage of Rick Steve’s podcasts that provided long and insightful audio guides for the top attractions, such as Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s etc. It helped us stay engaged for the museums as he and other tour guides walked us through the history and explanations for some of the art work and architecture.

Overall, great three days in Rome!

Stay tuned for Florence and Venice posts.

Thanks for reading,

JL

 

 

 

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