Italy was a place I had dreamed of going since I was a little kid, and let me tell you… It definitely lived up to my expectation. I am without a doubt going back one day to do a trip through the whole country. But for now, let’s begin with Rome.
First of all, the feeling of Rome was just different than everywhere else I had been. The air felt different and the colours looked different, and I honestly felt like I was in a dream. Pastel colours filled every space from the stones on the ground, to the buildings around me, to the sky up above. Golden hour seemed to last for half the day, as the sun sparkled off of statues and windows. The sky, the air, everything was clear.
Places to See
There is so much to cover, let’s get to it.
Big. Broken. Beautiful. The Colosseum is one of Rome’s big landmarks and most well-known attractions. If you want to go inside, I recommend booking a tour as this will grant you fast track entry and your tour guide will be able to fill you with information and history you otherwise would not obtain. Take your time to walk around the structure and to visit its different levels.
While technically it’s own country, it is surrounded by Rome, and definitely worth checking out. Beautiful buildings, flowing fountains, museums to explore & if you’re lucky you may get a visit from the Pope while you’re there.
Ancient Rome – Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings, right in the city centre of Rome. You can book packages to visit both the Colosseum and the Roman Forum together, and the experience and information you get is definitely worth your penny. You’ll see some of the most beautiful and intricate architecture here in the Roman Forum, and get to experience what was once the most important area in Rome.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world. It has been featured in many films, but most importantly, the Lizzie McGuire Movie. Legend has it that if you stand with your back to the fountain and throw a coin over your left shoulder, it will guarantee that you’ll return to the Eternal City – Rome.
Once a Roman temple & now a church, the Pantheon is one of Italy’s most well known structures and the most well kept Ancient Roman monument.
Spanish Steps & Piazza di Spagna
A beautiful look-out point and place to relax on a sunny day. Roman urban regulations have declared the steps as a forbidden place to sit and eat lunch, yet they are always crowded with people. The 1953 film, Roman Holiday, made the Spanish Steps known to Americans. The Spanish Steps were also featured in the Lizzie McGuire Movie :)
Piazza del Popolo
Translating to “People’s Square” in modern Italian. Filled with people, fountains, and statues, it is a lovely place to take your time and walk around. An Egyptian obelisk is placed right in the centre of the Piazza.
Altar of the Fatherland
A monument built in honour of the first King of Italy. The structure is a beautiful sight to see, covered in flags and statues, with a beautiful garden out the front.
Along with sight seeing, there is so much more to do while in Italy. Amazing restaurants are around every corner. Stuff your face with pizza and pasta, finish off every meal with a lovely dessert and try out every flavour of gelato. Walk through the streets and stop in the little shops along the way. Relax in parks and enjoy the beautiful flowers and plant-life that climb up the sides of buildings.
Rome is overflowing with beauty and culture. Take your time, take it in.
Enjoy your trip.