The dream came true and I finally found myself in Rome. I’ve heard that Paris is supposed to be the city of romance but I would debate this. One tiptoe onto those Italian cobbled streets combined with the gentle aroma of pizza made me realise this city was definitely going to be a favourite.
We had five fun filled days planned for exploring Roma. There was an equal split of culture, art, history and of course plenty of food. I am a girl of many words however, in the case of my travels…. pictures preach a thousand words. So, I intend to bombard this page with the glorious images captured on our city adventure.
Firstly, just a quick tip for any future Rome adventurers: The heat, OH the heat! I wear factor 50 religiously and have to constantly re-apply due to my skin and anybody that knows is aware that the sun and I share an interesting and turbulent relationship. We’re not enemies but we’re not friends either. So do make sure you ALWAYS carry a bottle of suncream with you at all times. My surname isn’t Burns for no reason I suppose…
Here we go! Prepare your eyes for a visual feast…
When enjoying a city based holiday, it’s super handy to be central. We stayed at the delectable Palazzo Montemartini which is precisely 53 seconds walk from Termini station. We caught a 30 minute train from Fiumicino airport to Termini. Easy and stress free. Within the station is the metro line, perfect for hopping around the city. We only took the metro in the mornings and then walked all around the city and always back home at the end of the day. This worked out at around 6-8 miles a day but, what better way to see Rome 🙂 I love getting lost and stumbling across gems you don’t expect.
The Palazzo Montemartini is a stunning modern, minimalist luxury hotel. The service is absolutely second to none and every single member of staff we met were lovely and always joyously helpful. As soon as we were off the plane, we ditched our bags and off we went…
No matter where you are, never be without a bottle of water. We were confronted with temperatures of 35°C so your body will appreciate it….
HISTORY IS EVERYWHERE
The amazing thing about Rome is that history is all around you. Even before you’ve made your way to the infamous buildings, paintings, fountains or statues you will be left stunned by the beauty of almost every road or lane. It makes the meandering between monuments all the more enchanting.
Prepare to be astounded. The only suggestion I have is to definitely pre-purchase your ticket in advance. The queue starts first thing and is already twirling down the side of the building by 9am. Trust me, you’ll be hot enough when you’re in there so don’t add an extra hour + in the queue. You might just frazzle out before you’ve gotten through the entrance. So easy to do, visit this website Coop Culture. For any ticket you buy for any of the Rome monuments, don’t leave it until the night before, you must allow 24 hrs for your ticket order to process. Be organised kids, be organised. This suggestion applies to all the monuments that you can pre-purchase tickets for.
THE ROMAN FORUM (BOILING POINT, GET USED TO SWEATY FACES)
The Roman Forum was amazing. You could easily melt a few hours here but in the intense heat, it’s quite difficult to wander around with very little shelter from the sun. We came straight from the Colosseum and perhaps should of had a break to cool off. Maybe then, all of our photos might not have been so sweat ridden.
BUSY BUSY MORNING
It was time for a spot of lunch so off we went exploring the back streets and stepping off the map. We were advised before our trip to veer away from the highstreets and squares to avoid the typical tourist traps and to follow the back streets for the best places. Cue third application of factor 50….
So, I learnt that honey and cheese is totally a thing in Italy. Trust me it works, definitely give it a little try 🙂
ALTARE DELLA PATRIA
VITTORIO EMANUELE II MONUMENT
As a child I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Trevi Fountain as so many other tourists do. I’d even go as far as to say that it was the monument I was looking forward to most. So, when I arrived at the fountain camera in hand… I was horrified to find it blocked off with metal gates and worse yet…EMPTY! Yep, there was no water and any photos had to be taken through the bars of the metal fence. I was informed a couple of days later that it was due to the upcoming Fendi fashion show which involved a clear catwalk being erected into the fountain itself, therefore requiring intense cleaning beforehand. I was so disappointed that before my pursuit of another fountain I thought I’d best stop and have a snack, what a chore….
FONTANA DEI QUATTRO FIUMI
FONTANA DEI QUATTRO FIUMI: SOUTH SIDE
All these awesome monuments are within walking distance of each other. We had nothing to guide us but a simple travel book that had two maps inside. Easiest city to navigate yourself around.
Big day huh?!
So, after an hour cooling off in the spa… we headed straight for the hotel roof bar of The Palazzo Montemartini.
Arrivederci! Watch this space for more posts about Roma on my blog.