In 2015 I visited Rome for a few days with my mom and my sisters. Back then, I wrote about what we did in those five days and give some tips for future Rome travels. They’re still relevant to today, which is why I decided to post this older post onto the new blog. Enjoy!
After waking up at 4Am, we drove to Weeze Airport. We arrived in Rome around 10 AM after a pretty smooth flight. A bus took us to Termini, the main train station in Rome, and there we took a bus to Saint Peter Square. Our B&B was only 300 meters from Saint Peter. After checking in we were decided to take it easy, because we were quite tired from the travel. We went out for pizza and had some ice cream too. I mean, it’s Italy after all!
In an attempt to beat the heat, we got up bright and early. Unfortunately busses and metros were both on a streak that day. It took us more than two hours to get to the Colosseum. When we finally arrived, it was already boiling hot. Seeing the Colosseum in real life made it bearable, though. I’m a sucker for old buildings with a rich history. It feels amazing to stand on a place where so many have stood before me.
With our Roma Pass we were allowed to skip the massive queue and get into the Colosseum very quickly. After visiting the Colosseum we had a little walk through the ruins of ancient Rome, had lunch and made our way back to our B&B for a little siesta.
In the evening we visited Trastevere, a part of Rome with many cafes and restaurants. Life fills the streets of Italy in the evening. When the heat disappears, the people come out.
On the third day we visited an old prison with our Roma pass. The idea of it being an old prison made me feel a bit uncomfortable, but it was beautiful to see anyway. In the afternoon we went to the Vatican museum and even though it was incredibly busy and hot, it was very impressive. I finally got to see the famous chapel painting by Michelangelo. Even though I expected it to be way different, it was amazing seeing it in person.
After a long day of walking we decided to go for a quick dinner near our B&B and head to bed.
On our fourth day we were supposed to go on a cycling tour for the day. The ridiculous temperatures made us decide to cancel it. Instead, we visited the Plaza Venetia, a beautiful square in the middle of Rome. From Plaza Venetia we walked to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps and the Pantheon.
In the evening we travelled back to the Colosseum to have dinner in the area.
Our last day we spent the day shopping. In the evening we returned to Trastevere and walked back to our B&B over the evening boulevard.
Some tips if you want to go to Rome;
– Even though I loved seeing Rome in August, I wouldn’t recommend to go in this month. It’s really too hot! May or October would be way better.
– Always ask for the drink menu when going to a restaurant or bar. If you don’t they can easily ask 7 euros for a glass of coke.
– If you want to go see museums or places at the Vatican and Saint Peter, you should buy your tickets online before going. I’ve seen queues of people who didn’t do this and they literally had to wait for 3 hours (if not longer) to get tickets.
– It may be useful to buy a Roma Ticket, it’s a ticket which allows you to use the bus and metro for free for 3 days and you get access to two highlights in Rome.
Rome was definitely one of my favourite cities I’ve visited so far and I’d love to go back one day to explore it even more!