For my summer sixteen adventures I took a three day trip to Rome to explore the city. Rome is a magical city were modern day merges with past. The city is full of ancient ruins you can get up close and personal to. Strolling through the streets you can encounter remains of buildings or statues from a time long ago.
As I had limited time, my itinerary consisted of the main tourist attractions. Rome in August is extremely crowded meaning long queues for all of the cities hot spots. To save time I purchased my ticket in the UK to gain entry into the Vatican.
The Vatican museum was the highlight of the trip, from the gardens to the artwork and architecture it was all amazing. The Sistine chapel is definitely worth visiting, but due to the crowds inside the chapel you don’t get much time to take everything in. Before I knew it I was in and out quicker than you can say Rome was not built in a day!
Another major tourist attraction was the Colosseum; you cannot go to Rome without visiting. The building is stunning. If you are into history I would go inside to take a tour, if not you can take in a lot of the structure from walking outside.
The Trevi fountain is another place you must visit, the fountain has to be the most breathtaking fountain I have ever seen. The area offers a place to chill, but there are also numerous souvenir shops, places to eat and located nearby are the fashion shops.
I also purchased a pass for a two day hop on and off bus tour on my arrival; this allowed me to save money on taxis and to see all of the major sites within one day and to travel around at my own pace. At each bus stop be prepared to get hassled by street sellers. You experience street sellers in most cities however the ones in Rome are on a different level; they are extremely persistent! If you are interested in buying always haggle to avoid getting ripped off.
A major let down of the trip was the food. Having visited other Italian cities before and experienced amazing dishes I had high expectations for Rome. Unfortunately the majority of the restaurants I visited were hugely disappointing. I would recommend if you are planning on visiting to research places to eat before.
Despite the bad experience with the food, one thing I did really enjoy was the gelato. The ice cream and sorbet flavours were numerous and so tasty!
Rome offers the sights with a rich sense of history rooted in the city. It truly is a beautiful city.
Rome during summer is extremely hot. Bring an empty water bottle to fill up while out and about at the water fountains across the city.