Ahhhh La Bella di Roma (google translate, what’s up?), the city of piazzas and pizzas. The city with the perfect balance of the ancient and the modern world, with beautiful scenery, rich in history, art and culture…..and the shopping isn’t so bad either 😉
Recently I took a trip to this beautiful city; I’ve always wanted to visit Italy to experience the culture, the food, the language, and to be immersed in the atmosphere of amore!
Whenever I visit a new city, I always make sure I check off three important things. The first of course would be to visit as many historical landmarks and museums as I can. The Second is to eat as many different types of foods (pizzas, pastas, risottos….anything with carbs) and third is to make sure I sit back and actually enjoy my surroundings. The Third one is most important for me because although it would be ideal to explore every inch of a city, it’s just not possible. Sometimes you need to slow down and actually absorb the different sights and sounds and be able to fully marvel at the beauty of your surroundings.
I began my journey at the most well-known place in Rome and a favorite of mine, the Colosseum (duh), and the slightly less popular Roman Forum, it felt so surreal to be in a place that held so much history. If you are as passionate about ancient history as I am, then you will know the exact feeling that I felt!
I wish i could post all of my pictures but then this blog post would go on forever because I literally stood infront of ever ruin 😛
The one thing I hate about visiting such popular places though is how crowded it is and the amount of time you have to spend waiting in line. The tickets to enter the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are sold as one, so here’s a little tip that I discovered that could help anyone planning to visit the Colosseum to beat the lines: Make you sure you buy your tickets at the Roman Forum booth rather than the Colosseum ticket booth because it will save you so much time!
After walking through all of the ruins I made sure to stuff my face with as many pizza slices as I could. All that walking definitely gives you an appetite for carbs!
Another favorite of mine was the Trevi Fountain. I had lunch at a little restaurant facing the fountain, enjoying a delicious seafood risotto while watching the crowds of people from all walks of life sitting by the fountain throwing in pennies and making wishes. The thing I love about this fountain is the contrast of this huge marble masterpiece to the colorful brick buildings surrounding it. It’s so out of place in such a beautiful way.
Afterwards I took a long walk from the fountain all the way to the Piazza Navona. This square was filled with more gorgeous fountains, it’s a place to relax and people watch!
From street performers to lively Italian music, it is definitely a place that sooths the soul.
On my last day in Rome I went to Vatican City, I originally wanted to enter the Sistine chapel but I got there on a Sunday so it was closed. Little did I know, the Pope performs Sunday mass and comes out to greet and pray with the people. I was however able to enjoy the beautiful paintings at St. Peters Basilica and the surrounding architecture of the Vatican. My trip to Rome came after I finished reading “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown, so you can only imagine how excited I was inside the Vatican (Have you even gotten so excited that you needed to literally tell yourself to calm down?).
If I had to sum up my time in Rome in one word, that word would be MA.GI.CAL, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and I am definitely hoping I can see her again! *tear*
The best advice I can give you guys from my experience is, when you’re on a trip, always make sure you make your plans beforehand but also leave a little time in your day to wander aimlessly and explore places that aren’t in your tourist handbooks. Always make sure you stop and really SEE what you’re looking at, it will definitely make your travels all the more meaningful.
Until next time lovelies,
The Haute Topic