Rome was amazing in every way, but also very different than anything else we had seen before. From the history, art, culture, people and food, everything was perfect! We were there for 4 days and we really wanted to stay. Here are some tips and recommendations on where to go and what to expect when visiting Rome.
Art is everywhere! In a place as historic as Rome, you don’t have to look too far to find amazing art and architecture, especially in places of worship. Most churches around Rome house magnificent works of art that you can see free of charge. The cool thing about Rome was that you could be walking anywhere, and just around the corner in the midst of all the modern day busyness laid ancient buildings and crumbled columns for all to view and admire. It’s so amazing to see buildings and other ancient structures that are over two thousand years old, scattered all over the city.
The Collisseum is every bit as impressive up close as it looks in the guide books and post cards. Even with its missing sections, you can imagine the spectacle that it must have been in the time of the Roman Empire.
The Trevi fountain, one of the finest of Rome's many fountains set in the front of a building at the intersection of three roads. The fountain looks more like a stage setting than a fountain, and has a local tradition attached to it: if you throw a coin over your shoulder in to the fountain, you will return to Rome. Of course I also asked for a few wishes; like 10 actually.
The Vatican City is the hub where you can get a chance to see some of the most famous paintings and sculptures in the world. St. Peter's basilica is breathtaking. Also, the largest basilica in the world, and is considered the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church. It is replete with monuments, sculptures, and statues, the most famous being Michelangelo's La Pieta.
The Sistine Chapel is the home to the two world-famous Michelangelo fresco's "The Last Judgment" and "Genesis", as well as Boticelli's "Temptations Of Christ". The Sistine Chapel is the Pope's official private chapel, and the place where cardinals from around the world are brought together to elect a new pope.
The Vatican museum is the home to centuries worth of treasures collected by and gifted to the papacy. Collections of ancient Roman, Etruscan, Greek, and Egyptian relics and a vast collection of Renaissance pieces are some of the most famous exhibits.
Other beautiful places you need to go in Rome that I loved: Spanish Steps, Via del Corso, Foro Romano, the Pantheon and Piaza Navona
Finding a place to eat is not a problem in Rome. Restaurants, Patisseries, Cafes, and gelato carts fill the streets. However, we're looking for the top places to eat pasta and pizzas within our budget and we found on TripAdvisor "DarPoeta" and "Taverna Parione" Those two places were AMAZING. Seriously, if you happen to go to Italy any time soon, you should go there.
I can't even tell you how much gellatto we ate (at least two per day) thanks God we decided to walk all the city!
When it comes to Gelato, I tend to go chocolaty. For my first Gelato, I dared myself and went for Pistachio and I LOVED IT! I am not usually a fan of Pistachio but after trying it out, I am now!
Things to Consider
Bring a student ID: If you're a student or you still have your student ID from your college days, take it with you everyday! You'll get plenty of discounts, even more in museums.
Go grocery shopping: I loved my experience going grocery shopping in the same store that the locals go to. I enjoy shopping for food in general, but everything was so novel to me and the food was delicious.
Be aware of the dates: The first Sunday of every month, the Colosseum and Roman Forum are free to visit. If you plan of going to visit either sites on the first Sunday, head to the Roman Forum to get your tickets! Also, the vatican is closed on Sundays except the last Sunday of each month.
Book the Vatican tour online: It was a bit pricey but well worth it!!! The Vatican Museum gets an average of 15-20 million visitors a year. The lineup for the museum starts around 7:15AM. Going with this tour group we skipped the line completely and went directly inside.