Our trip through Italy started in the capital; Rome. Although I’ve already been here a few years ago, I had to come back. At that time I tossed a coin in the Trevi fountain, so the promise needed to be kept.
We had three full days in Rome and we definitely made the most out of it.
We had an early arrival on the airport of Rome, picked up our luggage and I bought a 3G SIM card from the operator TIM with a tourist package for €35 including 4GB of 4G and 100 international minutes. Perfect to navigate with Google Maps, check my mail, and to just stay online.
After we checked in our hotel; a cute boutique hotel close to Termini station, our first stop was the Trevi fountain. On arrival we were overwhelmed by all the tourists, but it was time to toss in another coin.
In the afternoon we walked through the quaint streets of Rome and we stopped for lunch. After we enjoyed our pizza, we wanted to pay and they charged about 50% service charge. I just gave the waiter the money for the food and walked away. He hold my hand firmly and tried to stop me. At that moment I was making a huge scene, yelling I would call the police so that the whole terrace could hear it. By now he felt the need to let me go. My friend Wendy could only laugh at my performance. But yeah, this is Italy and I almost forgot how rude and unjust they can be to tourists, well not to this girl!
But we didn’t let this ruin our day, we moved along to the best area of Rome; Trastevere. The place where we would have lunch the next few days. We tasted delicious ice cream and walked along the botanic garden and back to our hotel. Our total for the day is 15 kilometers!
It was time to check out the Pope and visit the Vatican. Although we didn’t actually see His Holiness. We did visit the Museum, the Dome and the St. Peter church. I can only advice to buy your tickets for the museum online the day before, to skip the line and wave off all the annoying tour guides.
The Vatican Museum was crazy busy. Since we both aren’t such museum lovers, we did enjoy the Dome much more. To accomplish this we had to climb more than 500 steps to reach the top. We surely did it! But only with passing through small corridors and narrow winding staircases.
View of the Vatican from on top of the Dome
Inside the church
After our yummie lunch in Trastevere we took the bus to the Villa Borghese Park before we headed back to our hotel.
Our last day in Rome. We started out by taking the bus to the Colosseum. On arrival I again bought tickets online with my phone to skip the huge line. I have to admit that the Colosseum is more impressive on the outside than on the inside, but still worth a visit.
The Colosseum from within
The entrance ticket also included the Fora Romanum; the ancient ruines of Rome. This place is huge and probably one of the oldest places in the city.
After we were done with all the old stuff, we passed the Altar del Patria. A huge building that we already passed with the bus a couple of times. Now we actually wanted to stop and check it out ourselves. Of course we had to climb all the stairs again to also mark this place of our list.
Me in front of the Altar del Patria
We ended our day at the Spanish Steps that unfortunately was closed. We could only look at it from behind a gate, a bit disappointing, but now were able to snap a pic without any folks on it.
The deserted Spanish Steps
Tomorrow, we’re taking the high speed train towards Florence.