Rome was so amazing that I simply could not fit it into a single post. So here is Discover Rome Part 2–a sampling of some of the many other delights that we found while in Rome.
One of the most amazing things about Rome is that everywhere you walk, you bump into something beautiful and historic. The city was littered with little plazas and eateries everywhere. The food was incredible and the architecture was even more so. You could seriously spend weeks combing the city and not find everything there was to see.
I’ve highlighted three of the biggest attractions below, but I want to also mention the Pantheon (and the little Antique Salumeria on its square), the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona. I didn’t get good pictures of these because it was night and/or I was too distracted by the beauty of the setting to remember to get a good shot.
Stop 1: Trevi Fountain
The fountain was truly incredible. We lucked out and found it as the sun was shining. Seriously, the marble practically glowed and the water was the purest aquamarine.
Tip: Be prepared for the fountain to be crowded day or night. You’ll have to wait your turn to get the perfect shot. Offering to take someone’s picture is a great way to be friendly, and they’ll likely offer to help you in return.
We of course, tossed our coin into the fountain because I definitely want to come back!
Stop 2: The Vatican City
Tip 1: PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS BEFOREHAND!!! We thought as long as we got there early, the line shouldn’t be that bad… Three hours and forty-five minutes later… Ugh. It was not worth it! If you purchase early, the prices aren’t that much different from the prices at the door, but if you wait until you get there you’ll be at the mercy of the vultures–the endless men and women trying to convince you to pay outrageous prices to their tour company to skip the line.
Tip 2: Do not pass go, do not collect $200. We thought we’d go see the Sistine Chapel first and then go through the rest of the museum. This was a HORRIBLE idea. Unbeknownst to us, you have to pass through the entire museum to get to the Sistine Chapel, so we rushed through every room (which are ridiculously crowded), only to have to go through them all again. It was absolutely exhausting.
Stop 3: Alter of the Fatherland (aka the Cake Topper)
You’ll see this new white marble monument when you visit Ancient Rome. It affords a great view of the Roman Forum and the Paladine Hill. It also houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, with a huge, unending flame and two soldiers standing guard. It’s beautiful, but the native Romans hate it, and snarkily refer to it as the “Cake Topper.”
This was the last stop of our 12-day vacation. It has been a life-long dream of mine to visit Italy, and I loved our trips to Venice, Sienna, and Rome. It was an incredible journey, and I’m so glad I got to share it with my lovely husband. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!
But stay tuned! Our vacation was over, but the work assignment wasn’t. At the end of this month, Alan and I will have stayed in Europe for 2.5 months. Every weekend we could, we visited other sights and cities, and I’ll share those in the coming weeks with some great travel tips just for you!
What’s the one country you’ve always wanted to visit? Where did you travel on your last vacation? What kind of travel tips are you looking for? I’d love to hear from you!