TRAVEL: What to do in Rome

Monday, 13 June 2016

A few years ago we went on a lovely family city break to Rome and I thought I'd share what we did and why I'd recommend it! I'm absolutely dying to go back to Italy, Rome in particular. And I'd love to go to Venice and the Amalfi Coast!

I've tried to include as many links as I can find, regarding tickets etc. We got up to a lot more whilst we were in Rome, but I decided to try and condense it as much as possible and just give you my top 5 things to do in the wonderful Italian Capital.

Typical Family Touristy Shot, us throwing coins in the fountain over our shoulders!

Trevi Fountain
This is a complete must in Rome, and it was the first thing we did after checking in to our hotel. The Trevi Fountain is so huge and magnificent you just wander down some quaint little streets then there it is! The atmosphere around the fountain is just amazing, it really takes your breath away. You definitely need to make a wish and throw a coin in! And you need to see it in the day and at night, it so magical at night, with the lights glistening.

I was in the middle of doing my Fine Art A-Level when we went on our trip and it came at the perfect time to be honest. My theme for my project was life and death and as part of exploring that theme I was looking into artists that covered that topic. Caravaggio was one of those artists and I was lucky enough to see the painting 'entombment' in the flesh. Although I don't consider myself a religious person that painting was so emotional and breath taking. We saw many other famous italian artists whilst browsing the galleries in Rome, we went to the art galleries in the Vatican as well as Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, the decor in the palace was amazing and some of the works of art there were just beautiful. 

If I had to give you one piece of advice for while you're in Rome, it would be. Eat as much as you possibly can. The food is a m a z i n g. Italian cuisine is by far my favourite and it's just so much better in Italy. We stuffed our faces with pasta, pizza and gelato every night and it was amazing. 

This is definitely a must if your visiting Rome, although we had to wait a while in the queue it was so worth it, the colosseum is so much bigger than I thought. It was lovely to wander round and just take in the sights. 

Like I said previously I don't consider myself a religious person, however the Vatican City was such an amazing part of our trip. The place is beautiful from the gardens to the corridors taking you place to place. We had a guided tour around the Vatican which is something I would definitely recommend, this way we got to take in everything, without missing a thing and we were told so much history about the place. Obviously you need to go to the sistine chapel. As an art lover I'm so glad I managed to see the sistine chapel, once your in there it's like your eyes can't move fast enough to take everything in! every inch of it is stunning. We climbed to the top of the basilica which was the scariest thing in my life, I'm not scared of heights but those stairs were so twisted and old. But it was 100% worth it, the views were breath taking! We went round all the galleries as part of the guided tour and we were told in detail about some of the most famous pieces of art. If you're heading to Rome and have the day to spare, then definitely look into the Vatican City.

A couple of tips if you're heading to Rome!

1- Comfy Shoes. They don't have to look pretty but as long as you can walk comfortably in they will do fine! Also be careful with heels, almost all the streets are cobbled which is beautiful but not the most practical! The heel came of mine half way through the day and we had to try and stick it back together haha! 

2- Even if you're not an art fanatic like myself, I'd definitely suggest reading up about some of the most famous pieces of art before you go, it will make viewing them so much better. If you buy a travel book for the trip, they usually have a little section on artists and the famous pieces you're likely to see!

3- Eat ice cream every day, at least once! You'll totally regret it if you don't. Ice cream just isn't the same anywhere else. 

Have you ever visited Rome? I'd love to know what you got up to!

With Love; Em 

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