The only thing that delights me more than booking a flight, is booking a flight to a new destination. Rome has always been on the bucket list, one because it’s steeped in history with amazing architecture and two, the food. Being a massive foodie and a die hard Italian cuisine lover, visiting the place where pizza and pasta are at the top of every menu was a dream come true.
As soon as you step off the bus in the middle of the city the surrounding buildings tower over you, and you’re instantly thrown into the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Scooters whizzing in and out of traffic on the legendary cobbled streets, cars and taxis backing up for miles on end and restaurants as far as the eye could see. We’d definitely arrived. We had 4 days in Rome and we were definitely going to make the most of it.
After dumping our bags into our B&B we headed straight for the sights. The Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain were all ticked off on day 1.
The one thing I didn’t read anything about before visiting was the amount of walking you’ll do if you plan to visit most of the attractions. Our feet were like bowling balls by the end of the trip. We ended the night by visiting L’Antica Birreria Peroni, which apparently was the first establishment to serve the famous Peroni beer.
Day 2 started with a classic Italian coffee and then straight onto Altare della Patria and the main attraction, the Colosseum. We were advised beforehand to purchase tickets for the Colosseum and the surrounding areas, and this was a great shout. We skipped most of the queues and was in the midst of taking all Rome’s history had to offer.
The evening was again rounded off in a local restaurant, this time we opted for the highly recommended Ad Hoc. With umpteen 5* reviews, it did not disappoint and was by far the best place we ate at throughout our trip.
Day 3 started pretty much the same as the rest, with coffee. We decided to skip the 20,000 steps before lunch today as we were venturing a bit further out, so opted for an old Italian classic, the Vespa. Pick up and drop off was easy and Roma Rent Bike were fantastic with any questions we had.
The scooter came in handy as we were visiting The Vatican City today, along with a few lesser-known places. We just needed to make sure we got home in one piece from being first-time Rome drivers! The traffic is pretty crazy, but if you take your time you’ll be safe enough.
The Vatican City, and even more so, The Sistine Chapel were pretty mind blowing. You often hear about wonders from around the world, but to see this with your own eyes was pretty spectacular.
The night of day 3 ended exactly the same way as 1 and 2, in a restaurant. The pizza was again out of this world, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was buzzing.
The last day was really chilled and we just took in the rest of the city. Rome really was an amazing short trip, and it’s safe to say that I’ll definitely be returning one day.
Corey is a Social Media Consultant and founder of Why Dont We Travel. Whenever he is not working with clients throughout the U.K. or online, you can often find him off on short city breaks, his favourite type of travel. You can follow along with his adventures over on his Instagram account @socialcorey or by visiting his blog socialcorey.com.
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