Discover Rome Part 2: History Around Every Corner

Learn insider tips and tricks so you can successfully discover Rome! See the gorgeous Trevi Fountain, the Vatican City, and other not-to-miss sights!

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

Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

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.

Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

We of course, tossed our coin into the fountain because I definitely want to come back!

Stop 2: The Vatican City

We learned a lot of what NOT to do on our trip to the Vatican. I’m sharing several tips so that you don’t make our same mistakes!
Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

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.

Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

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. Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

Tip 3: Go to the museum first. From the Sistine Chapel there is an exit directly into the basilica (church) so that you do not have to wait through an additional line to get inside the church. Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

Stop 3: Alter of the Fatherland (aka the Cake Topper)

Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

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.”

Discover Rome: History Around Every Corner

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!

Love, Meg D. Gonzalez

By | 2017-01-10T08:49:31+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Travel|5 Comments

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  1. Christina November 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Megan, what a amazing trip! Love the pics and the travel advice on what not to do. Would love to travel there one day.

  2. Tabitha November 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    So jealous! Rome is definitely on my list of places I would love to visit. Your pictures are gorgeous! It looks like it was a wonderful trip.

    • Megan Gonzalez November 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      It is well worth the trip! I know it’s in the title, but I was seriously shocked: There was something beautiful and historic around EVERY corner. I hope you get the chance to visit soon 🙂

  3. Nance November 16, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for giving us a chance to have a virtual tour! I also love traveling but something budget prevents me from doing so that’s why I so appreciate the photos most of all! <3 Looking forward to your next post! 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez November 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      I know exactly what you mean about the budget Nance! We’ve been saving up for a couple years to be able to come, and it will be a few more years before we can do it again. I’m like you and I like reading about them in the meantime! I hope you enjoy my next posts and don’t forget to check out the past four weeks: Munich, Venice, Sienna, and Rome part 1 🙂

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