If you saw Tuesday’s post or if you follow me on any of my social media channels then you’ll know that I spent a few days in Venice with Matt and his family. The day before we flew home to England however, Matt and I decided to take the four hour train journey to Rome; we were only there for six hours but that was all it took for me to fall in love with the beautiful city!
We got train tickets for around €100 each which was pretty pricey, but considering we only booked them the day before we went, we didn’t really expect much less! Both Matt and I agreed that it was definitely money well spent though, and I would 100% recommend making the journey to Rome if you’re ever in Venice (or vice versa).
Obviously our first stop had the be the world-famous Colosseum which was one of the best things I’ve ever seen! It literally looks just how I imagined it to; exactly the same as it does in the movies. The area around this popular landmark is absolutely heaving with tourists though (and I mean literally swarming with people!).
After admiring the spectacular sight for a while, we walked past a number of ancient ruins and other wonderful buildings until we stumbled on one of the most breathtaking pieces of architecture I’ve ever seen, the Altare della Patria. I just recently discovered that it’s the largest national monument in Italy and it’s clear to see why: it’s bloody MASSIVE! It genuinely is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen and no amount of pictures could ever do it justice.
We made a quick stop at a cute little cafe to pick up some ice cream and macaroons and to apply more suncream as the 38 degree heat was doing no favours for our terribly pale skin.
Matt’s an insanely good tour guide and he managed to find all the beautiful landmarks and buildings. We saw the Pantheon which is just so unbelievably cool, and the Trevi Fountain which was miles bigger than I thought it was! Everything in Rome is just otherworldly – it’s hard to describe just how picturesque everything is.
We also walked through a wonderful part of Rome called Prati on our way to Vatican City. The area was so gorgeous, full of palm trees and wonderful architecture.
Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica was truly a sight to behold, albeit almost unbearably busy. The queue to actually get inside the Basilica was over two hours long and with our train being in just a few hours, we didn’t have time to see one of the most famous paintings in the world inside the Sistine Chapel. We did however buy postcards and sent them from the Vatican City postbox!
We enjoyed a leisurely walk around the city for a little while and then we headed back to the train station. Our time in Rome was truly magical, even though we only spent six hours there it really was the most amazing experience.
Have you ever been to Rome? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.