Rome

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a short break to Rome with my family. It was my first trip to Italy and I loved it! I was astounded by the scenery and of course the food and I can’t wait to go back.

We stayed in an apartment that we rented via Airbnb (which I highly recommend) it was in Monti  which is a bohemian residential neighbourhood and just a short walk to the Colosseum. Monti is a great place to stay if you are looking for quiet cobbled streets, buzzing restaurants and really, really nice gelato, although that description is applicable to just about anywhere in Rome!

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The Colosseum really is incredible. Take a look inside to be taken back 2,000 in time, as long as you can block out those over-enthusiatic tourists with their selfie sticks.

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The view from inside the Colosseum as a storm cloud rolls in.

We saw the main attractions, such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican city and the Pantheon but a good way to really get a feel for the city is by avoiding public transport and walking to and from the main places of interest. That way you discover hidden gems in the complex web of side streets which provides a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the busy roads.

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If you fancy a stroll, head to the river Tiber and admire the gorgeous views of the city’s architecture.
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Looking out to the majestic stone pillars that have been holding up the pantheon for 1,900 years.

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The beautiful ceiling of the pantheon.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

If you are visiting Rome, I would recommend making an intinerary to make sure you don’t miss anything. Researching in advance also gives you more of an idea of when is best to visit the top sites, to do this I used a lonely planet guide which you can buy here.

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Sugar covered pastries for breakfast? Yes please.
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Strolling through the narrow, ivy clad streets in Monti
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Castel Sant’Angelo

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One of the many views from Villa Borghese, one of the biggest parks in Rome.

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My favourite thing about Rome was how it was bursting with culture and history. There are so many things to see to see which makes it a great trip for anyone and everyone. It is quite incredible to see the modern day Romans going about their business seemingly oblivious to the ancient monuments and towering landmarks where Romans 2000 years ago were also carrying out their lives.

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Legend has it that throwing a coin in the Trevi fountain ensures that you will one day return to Rome.

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Some of the pretty buildings around the Spanish Steps.

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I hope this gives you an insight into Roman culture or inspires you to visit the city. If the Trevi Fountain legend is true, hopefully I will be back in Rome sometime soon.

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