THE ROME GUIDE
WHEN IN ROME
…DO AS THE ROMANS DO.
Rome, The Eternal City, magical city. There is not a single corner of the city that I didn’t fall in love with.
Walking its streets reminded me about one of my favourite movies when I was a kid: Lizzie Superstar, staring Hilary Duff.
Rome is such a photogenic city, and I love taking pictures, so… I couldn’t stop.
I travelled with my best friend and for the four days that we spent there, we would always have something to do, whether if it was going out for a walk, visiting a monument, the Vatican City or to eat. And, let me tell you, pizza-pasta all day. Non-stop.
Here is my advice!
WHAT TO VISIT?
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA:
One of the most well known squares of Rome. And, certainly the most famous staircase of the city. In the middle of the square lies the Fontana della Barcaccia, sculpted by Pietrio Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
I highly recommend going to Piazza Di Spagna to watch the sunset from the top of the stairs! Beautiful.
From this beautiful square, the famous “Via Condotti” starts.
The most fashionable street in Rome. It is the centre of high fashion shopping in Rome. You will find stores such us: Gucci, Dior, Hermès, Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and so on.
You can either go for shopping, or just a walk.
A beautiful square. It has three fountains, and one of them is very famous, known as “The Fountain of the Four Rivers”, sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Around the Piazza, there are many restaurants, perfect for an Italian lunch.
PANTHEON (Panteón de Agrippa):
One of the best preserved ancient roman buildings. The building is circular and has a central opening to the sky. It is a very imposing building, worthwhile visiting.
Also known as the “Flavian Amphitheatre” located in the centre of the city, east to the Roman Forum. It is a large amphitheatre built out of concrete and sand. The Coliseum was used for entertainment events such as: gladiator contests and public spectacles. It is one of the oldest remaining buildings of the Roman Empire.
FONTANA DI TREVI (Trevi Fountain):
Situated in the “Trevi” district in Rome. It was designed by Nicola Salvi and finished by Pietro Bracci. Its style is purely Baroque. This fountain is probably the most famous fountain of the whole world, and let me tell you, the amount of people waiting to make a wish and through a penny to the fountain, is something unbelievable.
You can’t leave Rome without making a wish in that fountain. The feeling is magical.
We purchased tickets to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel beforehand so as not to waist a whole day on a line waiting to enter. It is a smart choice. You can purchase your tickets Here!
We couldn’t enjoy as much the Vatican Museums because the place was fully packed. We walked around and appreciated what we could.
Regards the Sistine Chapel, I am speechless. Such an imposing painting, created by Michelangelo. He depicts stories from the Book of Genesis, from the Creation to the story of Noha.
We stayed inside the Chapel for a long period of time because it was breath taking. I do not have pictures of the Sistine Chapel because they are not allowed, my apologies.
As we left the Vatican Museums, we went straight to the “St Peter’s Basilica” and the “St Peter’s Square”. We stand at the square for more than an hour. In line, waiting to enter the Basilica. It was worth the wait. The largest Square I have ever visited. And, the largest Church I have ever visited. Stunning.
If you visit Rome, you MUST visit The Vatican City.
NATIONAL MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUEL II:
Also known as the Altare della Patria. Monument built in honour to the first king to unify Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Free entrance. We arrived when it was closing, so we were there for 15min, to take some pictures and left.
Get lost in Rome’s streets. If you have a phone with GPS, get lost in Rome’s beautiful streets. Walk them, bike them, I don’t care. Take my advice and appreciate the city by giving in to it. You will find things you don’t expect and amaze you completely.
SALERNO + VIETRI SUL MARE
One day we woke up, and we decided to take to trains towards the Amalfi Coast, and visit Salerno. When we arrived to Salerno, we had lunch and then, decided to walk all our way to Vietri Sul Mare, just west of Salerno. It was a 1hour and 30 min walk. Long walk but worth it.
A town known as the getaway to the Amalfi Coast and for its polychrome ceramics.
WE appreciated the views from Vietri Sul Mare, and headed back to Salerno to take our train back to Rome.
The following day, we were on a plane back to London.
I am not recommending any specific restaurants in this post since everywhere in Italy you will have a proper and delightful meal! Pizza-Pasta <3
I hope you enjoyed it!