Wednesday, 5 July 2017

My Time In Rome



As some of you may know, last month I went on holiday to Italy. I went to Italy when I was much younger with my family and it is just a place that I adore. Me and my boyfriend wanted to go on a nice holiday together and we wanted to just spend time together but see some lovely sites, so where better than Italy? We only went for a week, but trust me when I say that was more than enough, we walked so far that my calves are still trying to recover from how far I seemed to have walk. We went to Rome and Florence and the whole holiday was just a dream from start to finish.
Saturday
We flew to Rome from Liverpool Airport, which let me tell you was a dream. We parked up in the airport carport, walked into the terminal and it was all smooth sailing from then. Check in happened more or less straight away, security was an absolute dream and then we feasted amongst Frankie and Benny’s (a pre-Italian meal, before genuine Italian meals). Then after spending far too much in duty free and dousing myself in pretty much every single fragrance that they had on their shelves, it was time to get on the plane. The whole airport experience was the easiest that I have ever had and I would definitely fly from there again.  
When we arrived in Rome, we entered the most confusing airport that I have ever been in. The arrivals and departures are all one and there are 5 terminals all with 65 gates each, so you can only imagine how huge it is. When we finally found our way to passport control and baggage claim it was all smooth sailing again and we flew through all of the checks. When we had our cases, we headed out to find our driver.  We had booked private transfers online, which was amazing. When we walked into the arrivals area there was a man stood there with our name on a card and all we had to do was go up to him and he took our luggage and escorted us to his brand-new Mercedes that was waiting just outside the terminal.

It was a half an hour drive to where we were staying in Rome and that was the first time in the holiday that I would be truly terrified thanks to the roads in Rome. People just seem to want to crash into each other over there. Anyway, we arrived at the hotel, which was right at the side of the Colosseum and it was just incredible, truly breathtaking. We checked into our room, dumped our bags and freshened up a little bit and then we decided to take off for a little night time walking around. It was around 10pm, but we were so excited and just wanted to have a look around. We had looked online and saw that there was several bars local to where we were staying so we wanted to hunt some of them down.


We left the front of the hotel and the Colosseum is just in full view. It was stunning. I came to Rome when I was much younger and even though I have pictures in front of it and inside, I cannot remember a thing because of how little I was. For a history nerd like me to be in such an incredible place it is just out of this world. My boyfriend said for him the best part was the look on my face when I saw all of the things that I have been reading about and studying for years on end. I know that hell of a lot of people see these monuments and they appreciate them for what they are, but for me it really was just a Goosebumps moment.
As we walked past the Colosseum to hunt down a glass of wine, it was hard to not notice all of the police and military that were patrolling the streets. It was something that we saw the whole trip. Around every single monument and public place there were tank like vehicles and armed men with guns. With all of the evil happening in the world at the moment I actually found it kind of comforting that they were there, but sad that there was a need for them to be there. They were pretty much on every single corner of every street, but it was just something that we learnt to ignore as the week went on.

We couldn’t find a nice little bar so we ended up in a little grotty Irish bar, but they had good beer so we were quite happy just standing in there with each other and enjoying the fact that we were in Rome together. When we hobbled back to our hotel after one too many, we turned on the TV in our room to see the attack on London Bridge and we both said that we were more than happy for all of the military on the streets, we felt like we needed some extra protection.


Sunday
The next morning, we had a nice long lay in, I think we needed it to be honest. I had booked the whole of the Sunday out for staying local to the hotel and exploring the Colosseum. We had a quick look online and saw that the first Sunday of every month is free entrance to the Colosseum, which on the one hand was great for saving money, and on the other hand we knew that the queues would be ridiculous. But, we decided just to get ready and leave and see what it was actually like around the Colosseum. When we got down there all you could see was queues for miles, it basically stretched the whole way around the parameter, all of a sudden, my desire to go inside was gone. The idea of queueing for 5 hours in the 35-degree heat just didn’t seem that appealing to me.
As we walked the Colosseum people continuously go up to you and hound you. Whether it be to buy crap of them like water, hats, fidget spinners and selfie sticks, to people selling tours. Then one man come up to us, he was running a tour service of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum for £15 each, it was a no brainer because it also meant that we wouldn’t have to stand in the queue and melt in the heat. I think as a part of that tour we were inside within 5 minutes and it was just breathtaking. When we got through the doors we had the option to stay with the tour, or go your own way, so we went off on our own. I specialise in ancient Roman history, so I was our personal tour guide. We met back up at the end of the tour to go around Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. I think all together the tour lasted for a couple of hours, but I think that it was well worth it.
For the rest of the day, we just spent it eating ice cream and pizza and drinking in some cute little wine bars that lined the street. That night we ate in a cute little bistro on a quiet street corner and it was like traditional homemade family Italian food and it was incredible. I have to admit that it is so different than anything that we may call Italian here in this country, but it was delicious. For that day and night, we just stayed local to the Colosseum and there really is so much beauty to see just in that small area of Rome. If you are heading to Rome at any point I would really recommend doing the tours and seeing the sites, if you are already there then you may as well see all that you can, but that is the history nerd within me.

Monday
On Monday, I woke up so giddy in the morning. Our plans that day were to go and see the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. I have always wanted to go to the Trevi Fountain since I was a little girl, all thanks to the Lizzie McGuire Movie to start with. To me, it is just such an incredible sculpture and so beautiful. We set off walking bright and early because I wanted to get there before the huge crowds of people. It was a hike and half to get there from where we were staying. Google maps said that it should have taken around 45 minutes to get there but because of the heat and how hard it was to walk I think it took us about double that. But it was worth it by the time we got there. I had the biggest grin on my face when we rounded the corner and I saw it head on for the first time. At that point, I let go of my boyfriend’s hand and bounced towards it like a bunny.
We just sat looking at it for the longest time. I could have stayed there all-day long. I just found it so incredible to finally be in the spot where I have longed to be for so many years. It was also fun just to people watch, some people had more or less full-blown photoshoots in front of the fountain, basically laying on the wall to get a good angle. How I wished that some of them could have fallen in and really made my day. I don’t think that I could ever be that vain that I think it is acceptable to have 50+ photographs of yourself taken in front of something so beautiful, with hundreds of people stood around you.
When my boyfriend finally forced me to leave my spot and move onto the next place, it was time to head for some food. We looked at places to eat around the Trevi Fountain, but everything cost an arm and a leg and was far too fancy for us. Que us going to the nearby McDonalds, how Italian of us, all of the stunning restaurants and we ended up in a place that we can go to near out home. But, I did discover the best thing ever, they put bacon on their double cheese burgers, which I have to say is one of the best things that I have ever tasted in my life. Let’s pray that the UK wises up to the European way of thinking and adopts that idea pronto!


When we finished up on being big fat pigs, we started to walk on to the Pantheon. From where we were it was only around a 15-minute walk, but with the heat it honestly felt like we was walking around in the sun for hours on end. We did see a really cute and tiny husky puppy though on the way across that made it all worth it. When we saw the Pantheon stood there in all of its glory, it was hard to not appreciate it for what it is. It is one of the oldest structures in Rome, having been built around 128AD, just to be around a piece of architecture that is that old, with so much meaning is pretty incredible. At first, we had a little walk around it and then we decided to go in. I think we got there at a good time because there was no queue and it is always free to go inside.
I only took a couple of photos inside, I wanted something to remember what it was like inside, but I also wanted to be respectful for what it is. Even to this day it is a place where people go to pray and there were many people sat there with their heads bowed, so I put the camera away and just decided to take it in for what it was. We didn’t stay long inside, we looked at the stunning sculpture and the architecture and then made a beeline for the exit. We then sat opposite and I had yet another glass of Italian white wine and my boyfriend had a Peronei, and we just took the view in for a while. It was one of my favourite moments of the whole trip just having a minute together and laughing and joking in the incredible surroundings.
That night, we actually had a take away. We went back to our room and we were just pooped after all of the walking and all I wanted to do was put my feet up, tie the weave back and remove the bra for the rest of the evening. My incredible other half went out in the hunt for a nice takeaway pizza, but came back with an Indian for us. We sat on the balcony of our hotel room, overlooking the Colosseum and had a bottle of beer each and it really was the perfect end, to the perfect day.
Tuesday
When we woke up on the Tuesday the only thing on our agenda for the whole day was the Vatican. We had a look in the morning and looked online to see where it was, to see if it would be possible to walk there. I am sure it said about an hour to walk there and with how slow we had been walking all week, we would probably have still been trying to get there now, so we opted for a taxi, which I thought was a very wise option. It only cost us a couple of euros so I thought it was well worth it, over getting more blisters and hurting my legs even more than they were already hurting.
We got out of the taxi at Castel St Angelo, it was so incredible to see. The bridge across to the castle, lined with angels is just stunning. We had a slow walk across and then sat on the wall and admired the castle. Our tour of the Vatican wasn’t due to start for an hour, so we had a moment there and then went and found some pizza. We ended up in a little back street pizzeria which did the best pizza I have ever had, and best of all, it was dirt cheap. I think they weighed the pizza and you just paid for what you ate, it was so delicious!
Next, we headed back over to the Vatican. Just walking up to it and seeing it in the distance was incredible. It is such an incredible place. I come from a big history of Italian Catholics, so the Vatican holds so much meaning for my family, not so much me, but I can appreciate their beliefs. We had a moment outside and I took some photos before I made my way inside. Just like with the Pantheon, I put my camera away when we were inside. I just wanted to be really present and not take in the tour through the lens of a camera, I sometimes feel like I miss out on things by always been behind a camera.  It was incredible to see, and even with my agnostic opinion, being in a place like that, you can understand why people want to believe in a higher power.


When our tour was over after walking around the grounds, inside St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel we decided to go shopping for a while. We took a stroll further into the centre of the city and then had a spot of early lunch together and then a couple of drinks. Then we kind of went our separate ways for a couple of hours. My boyfriend had found some shops that he wanted to look in and I had found the high-end designer area and I really went to town on my credit card, I had a blast. After frequenting and purchasing far too much in the likes of Chanel, Dior and Valentino, it was time to go back to the hotel room. My other half was going to make his own way back, when I got back to the room, he was in a small pub watching an Italian football match. I unpacked and then pranced around in all of my new things for a while, before flaking out and having a nap. When I woke up, it was a case of getting ready again for another night out in Rome.

Wednesday
When Wednesday came around, we needed a day of rest. We worked it out that morning when we were laid in bed and over the last 3 days we had walked over 50 miles, which is just craziness, for people like us who are just as lazy as hell. Most of the day consisted of lounging around in bed, watching TV and getting room service and eating it on the balcony looking over the whole of Rome. I know some people will see it as a waste of time by being lazy all day long, but the hotel room had incredible panoramic views and it was so nice to just sit there and relax. I even popped my MacBook out and did a little work.
By the afternoon, we decided to spruce ourselves up and head on out. We went by the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon again and decided that we would grab some lunch. We had a nice stroll, started chatted to some other people who lived hear us in England and we just had a nice relaxed evening. It was less an evening of making an effort and drinking wine, it was more of a top knot and bottle of beer kind of night, but we just had such a laugh. We didn’t stay out long because we had packing to do, but I am so happy that I got to see two of my favourite parts of Rome just as the sun was going down.

The evening when we got back to the hotel consisted of packaging and getting ready to move onto Florence on the Thursday. Anyway, I will end this post here, because we are already pushing 3000 words and I am sure that I am boring you to tears at this point. Be sure to catch my next blog post in a couple of days all about my time in Florence!


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16 comments

  1. Great post ! Perfect travel guide for Rome ! The pictures are amazing !
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    1. Thank you, it is such an incredible place!

      Danielle xx

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  2. Rome is honestly one of the prettiest cities I've ever been to! I loved looking at the photos and remembering the times I've visited all of these myself!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx, Kris

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    1. It is amazing isn't it. I really want to go back and explore more!

      Danielle xx

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  3. Wow. Such amazing photos! I would love to visit Rome someday. Awesome post. :)

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    1. It is stunning, everybody should visit at some point in their life!

      Danielle xx

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  4. The caos in Rome and Milan is real! I will never drive there!! The hotel location was amazing, so cool sleeping right next to the Colosseum! x

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    1. I know, we wanted to hire a car to get around, I am so glad that we opted out of that!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Looks so fun! hope you had an amazing time:) Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

    Xx,
    Hilary
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    1. I had the best time, thank you for reading!

      Danielle xx

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  6. Wow wonderful post, love it! ♥
    Maybe follow for follow? :)

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  7. Rome has always been a place I've wanted to visit. The photos look gorgeous!

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    1. It is out of this world, by a mile the best holiday that I have ever been on!

      Danielle xx

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  8. feel so quiet.

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