Booking this trip looked something like this : having coffee with my friend Katarina, as she randomly scrolled through her phone and saw some cheap flights to Rome. The next thing I know we were all enthusiastic about taking our boyfriends to Rome for Valentine’s day. And half a day later it became official : tickets were booked and we were going to Rome, on a double date haha!
To be honest it wasn’t even the whole V-day thing because we never really celebrate it, but by coincidence tickets to Rome were really cheap on those dates. Moreover it sounded really good, when someone asked me what our plans for V-day are, I would say “This year we are taking each other to Rome for a few days”.
I had asked my readers on instagram what kind of post would you like me to do this time and many of you said you would like to see “What to do in Rome” kind of post, but also quite a lot said you’d prefer the more personal aspect of travelling. Considering everyone I will combine both aspects and I hope you will like that as well. Also due to large amount of pictures I want to share with you, the “Rome trip” will be divided into part 1 and part 2.
I expect some of you (who had visited Rome already) will say we didn’t even get a chance to see the whole Rome in a few days, but excluding the museums and galleries I think we saw the majority of the city. Below are some places we saw, or things we did in Rome that could help you plan your trip if you ever decide to go there.
1: PIAZZA DI SPAGNA at the bottom of the SPANISH STEPS is one of the most famous squares in Rome. We went there twice just because our airbnb was located nearby. If you want to actually see the steps and take pictures I advise you to come early and by early I mean around 7 or 8 in the morning. During the day it gets so crowded there won’t be any steps, the only thing you will see will be crowds haha. Well I could actually say this for every spot in Rome that’s worth visiting, so get prepared for an enormous amounts of word “crowd” in this two following posts!
2: VATICAN CITY has been on my bucket list for a long time. If you ever visit Rome, Vatican is a must. It felt majestic standing on St. Peter’s square, watching the Michelangelo’s dome. We didn’t plan on getting on the top of the dome, nor seeing the museum because the weather was just too beautiful to spend time inside (after waiting in lines for a few hours just to get in). And when we actually saw how long the waiting lines were, we were triple sure we don’t want to get in. But on the other hand if you are a history lover, have a lot of time, like to visit museums etc., you should put the dome and museums of Vatican on your list.
3: GRAB A COFFEE IN THE LOCAL CAFETERIA. We went to one of the local cafeterias in the morning and that was one of my favourite moments in Rome. In the morning, locals go for a coffee before work and that’s what we did as well. It’s really crowded by the bar so you have to be really loud and noticeable that the bartender even considers you as someone who wants to order. I was struggling with my italian when ordering, just so I would sound like one of the residents of Rome (probably didn’t haha). Observing different people preparing for work while drinking their morning coffee, we enjoyed drinking our own and enjoyed that we were part of their morning routine.
4. We also drank coffee in more URBAN CAFES and in comparison to the local ones it was a big difference. You should visit both kinds of cafes and experience it for yourself!
5. CASTEL SANT’ANGELO is located near Vatican, so as we visited Vatican we took a stroll to the castle. We only saw it from the outside, but again if you are history lover there are museum and gallery inside, which you should visit.
6. We continued our way WALKING ALONG THE TIBER RIVER. You get to see some really nice bridges and sculptures along the way, so if you don’t mind walking a few kilometres you should definitely do it.
Second part of “What to do in Rome” will be up very soon so stay tuned for that and get ready for another huge load of photos from Rome!