I can’t believe we’ve been home from Italy for over a month. Time flies eh? I’m a little sad writing my last travel recap for Italy, this makes me want to pack my bags and head somewhere else for a while! But before that happens, let me recap our Roman Holiday in 3 days.
As I said in my last travel guide, we dropped our rental car off at the Rome Airport and took a taxi into Rome. It was so late and the taxi ride is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It was almost 1 a.m. when we finally checked into our hotel so all we wanted to do was sleep.
The next morning we had breakfast at a local place around the corner from our hotel, Hotel Homs. Our hotel was the size of my closet but even though it was close quarters, it was clean and good for crashing at the end of the day!
We had breakfast at a place called Ginger, where I had fruit for the first time in two weeks! The restaurant was super healthy and had such yummy smoothies.
While walking toward the Spanish Steps, I stopped in & Other Stories for a little retail therapy!
When we got to the Spanish Steps, they weren’t too crowded yet, so we got to walk around and take some photos. It was such a beautiful day and the sky was so blue!
We walked everywhere and found a local park. We saw the Adrian Park and Villa Borghese.
Then we walked to the Piazza del Popolo.
Then we went to the very crowded Trevi Fountain. The water was so cool and was nice to put your hand in during the warm day.
Close to the Trevi Fountain was the Pantheon. The inside was so incredibly beautiful!
We had a pretty full afternoon, so Tim and I went back to the hotel room for a quick nap. But I was too excited to sleep, so I snuck out and did a little souvenir shopping while hubby slept.
When he woke up we were both hungry so we wandered out for pizza and pasta!
While we were out, we also went and saw the Vatican at night. It was so peaceful and I loved seeing it in the dark with no one there. It was pretty late at this point so we called it a night.
Day 2 was Italy’s Republic Day! Plane’s flew by and had red, green and white smoke in the sky. There was a parade, lots of music and celebration all around the city!
We decided to celebrate Republic Day by visiting the Vatican. I wish we got tickets before hand because we had to stand in line for a while. I will warn you, people will walk up to you and have a name tag that says they work with Vatican, it’s a scam! Only buy tickets before hand online or in the actual box office.
The Vatican was so packed but every room was unique and so incredibly beautiful. The Sistine Chapel was such an amazing thing to see. You’re supposed to be quiet and not take photos, but I had to sneak a quick iPhone shot for memory.
Next to the Vatican is St. Peter’s Basilica. Make sure you are covered and have a wrap for your shoulders! The Basilica is very strict. They don’t allow you to take group photos. We also saw someone was asked to leave because they were sitting on the floor.
We decided to go to the Colosseum at sunset but ended up going in since your ticket is good for two days. The Colosseum is exactly how you think it would be. So cool with so much history, after visiting I spent a lot of time looking up the history and fun facts.
Day 3: Our last day in Rome and we did what my husband called ‘The Roman Holiday” tour. I love Audrey Hepburn so we went to a lot of the places the showed in the movie. We saw the ’embassy’ they featured and the Hand of Truth, The Roman Forum, all amazing places!
Then we took the subway to Parco degli Acquedotti. The park had some great hiking trails and you could see how water was carried in and out of the city with the help of the aquaducts.
I do want to go back to Italy, so if I didn’t hit up your favorite spot the first time, let me know where I should visit next time!