Sunday, 22 March 2015

When In Rome...

Hey guys! If you read last week's Sunday Post you'll already know that Karl and I had a little trip away to Rome this week so today's post is a bit of a photo diary of what we got up to! I'm so sad to be back in the UK after being in such a beautiful city for three days but it was absolutely stunning. We did a lot of sightseeing and must have walked 15 miles every day we were there but every single step was worth it as we got to see so many beautiful sights. I warn you this is quite a photo heavy post but read on if you want to see what we did!

Obviously our first stop was the Colosseum, probably one of Rome's most famous ruins, and oh boy it does not disappoint. It's one of those monuments that just literally takes your breath away and although a lot of it has been destroyed over the years it has stood it is definitely worth going to Rome to see. Our hotel was extremely central and you could see the Colosseum from the street outside so we were really lucky to be so close and to get to see it every day we were there. It's just as amazing the tenth time you see it!

We also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Solider or the Altar of the Fatherland which was a real unexpected beauty. We came across it accidentally on the way to the Pantheon (although as it's one of the largest monuments in Rome it isn't hard to miss!!) and although we didn't spend a lot of time looking around it, it's still definitely worth a little trip to. The Pantheon was obviously a must see and was one of my favourite places that we visited. Although it was built in 126 AD it is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome and the architecture is just wow. We sat and ate lunch in one of the restaurants in the square outside of it which was so lovely (and a great place to rest our feet!)

Another absolute must see was Vatican City. I seem to be saying the word "breathtaking" an awful lot but I really cannot think of any other way to properly describe these places! We paid a little extra to get the guided tour around the museum here and I would 100% recommend it as the queues were so long it was uncertain if you'd actually make it in and it is absolutely huge so the tour guide made sure we got to see the best parts. The Sistine Chapel was probably my favourite part of the Vatican and I'm really sad we weren't allowed to take photos inside as a description just doesn't do Michelangelo's paintings any justice whatsoever. We also had a look around St Peter's Basilica and ate the most delicious ice cream I've ever ever tasted. Just wow.

We fit so much in over the three days we were there including everything I said above as well as visiting other monuments like the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, The Arch of Constantine, the Trevi Fountain, an open top bus tour and we ate more pizza and carbs than I ever could have imagined. The food was just drool-worthy; I'm a lover of Italian food anyway but to have it in Italy itself is just perfecto. Seriously I've never had such beautiful ravioli in my entire life. Although if you are ever in Rome be wary of the coffee bars - sitting down can double, triple or even quadruple the price of your coffee! Luckily we were already wary of this and weren't stung by the charge but it would be so easy to just take a seat and before you know it there's a bill with an extra €18 on there!

Rome was easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life and I would definitely go back at the drop of the hat! I would 100% recommend it as a trip away, especially if you're a fan of the city and the arts!

What are your favourite cities?

Amy x

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