I always wanted to go to Rome. When I lived in London my best friends were French and Italian so I knew my heart was pulling me there. I decided to make a stop off before going back to the UK. A little adventure. Below are some of my pictures.
I went out the night before I got there and missed my flight the next day because I slept through my alarms so I had to transfer to another flight which was going through Russia 😛 Not repeating that again!
First of all, Never have I been somewhere that has so many beautiful buildings, Tiny streets that would open to a courtyard with a huge fountain or monument. The windows all have shutters on. They are all painted different colours and even when the cement has come away from the brick there is beauty in it. There is art EVERYWHERE! On the buildings, on the ceilings, in churches, in parks, on gates. They have the SPQR written everywhere too which means ‘Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (“The Senate and People of Rome”)’
When I first got there I stayed in the Hotel Hassler. Which has to be one of the best hotels in Rome, right by the Spanish Steps which you can see in one of my pictures below as the sunsets. I moved to an air BNB in Monti after a few days. It was beautiful. I’ve put the link to the air BNB here. It was within walking distance to everywhere. Right by the Colosseum. It was a cozy homely place to come back to.
I was lucky enough to meet up with Viktor Sobra on my trip who was studying out in Rome. Here’s a link to his Ted talk 🙂 He showed me all the cool places to go. Best coffee shops, restaurants, bars, Gelato 😛 Which is handy when you are in a city for just a few days and there is so much choice.
I loved that you could walk everywhere so I did most days. Even when it was a raining day one of the days I was there Rome was still so beautiful. I went to the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art after walking everywhere. Which is great for me as I’ve always been an art lover and now work in a gallery part time. They had originals by Twombly, Klimt, Modigliani, Pistoletto. One that stuck out to me was this horse corpse which was made of 4 or 5 horses with no heads and sewn together hung from the ceiling. It wasn’t my favourite but it definitely stuck in my head. Then the statue of Hercules which you can see in my pictures.
I didn’t have a favourite place as a one thing I obviously was amazed at the Trevi Fountain and Sistine Chapel. But I walked everywhere in a day most days so it was more a feeling that you get when you’re in Rome, walking around and stumble upon beautiful places. There are fountains everywhere where people could go and fill up their water bottles. Wash there hands or faces. The food was obviously amazing. It tastes so much better.
Highlights of my stay which I would recommend are the usual but amazing places like The Vatican, Sisteen chapel, Colleseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Villa Borghese Garden, Aventine Keyhole.
Restaurants and bars to visit Fendi house, Saint Eustage, Riscolli, Emmas, Giolotti, Salatto 42.
Hope you enjoy 🙂