When in Rome
Can you see Rome in a day? Well we sure tried! We recently went to Rome and gave ourselves 2 1/2 days to see Rome, Vatican City, Naples and Pompeii. It was busy, but we did it!
We arrived in Rome around 2 pm and had that half day and the next to see what we wanted. Our first stop was the Trevi Fountain, where we threw in our coins and wished to return back to Rome. To be completely honest, I don’t think I would want to return to Rome. It was great to go one time, but I’d much rather see other parts of Italy like Venice or Sicily. Rome was dirty, graffiti was on every single building, we were hounded to buy cheap keychains and selfie sticks every few feet (this is typical in Europe, but Rome was the worst we’ve seen by far!), and it was so crowded! I sure am glad we went during the off season. The Trevi Fountain is beautiful. Probably my favorite thing we saw in Rome! It’s massive and always crowded. If you go, I would recommend to go early in the morning (6 am ish) to get the place to yourself. The area around the Trevi Fountain has so many restaurants, stores and souvenir shops. People go to see the fountain, but end up spending a lot of time here eating pizza and gelato and shopping, so it gets very crowded very quickly!
Our next stop was the Pantheon, a former Roman temple, and present day church. The Pantheon has been in pretty much constant use since about 126 AD. It is beautiful, and one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings. It’s also free to get in, so that is always a bonus.
The inside is massive!
Our next stop was the Arch of Constantine. It was erected in 315 AD by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. It is always surreal to look at things that old. Many things have been modeled after the Arch of Constantine. The Brandenburg Gate, Arc de Triomphe, and Union Station in Washington DC are a few.
Our next stop was the Colosseum. Everybody wants to see the Colosseum when they go to Rome. The Colosseum is said to be the largest amphitheatre ever built, holding between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. It was built between 70-80 AD and was used for animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles, executions, and of course the gladiator battles.
And that is honestly all we saw in Rome. You could spend a week or more in Rome seeing everything, but honestly, I don’t feel the need to do that. When planning a trip both Stefan and I make lists of things we want to see. We generally do everything on those lists and maybe a few other “would be nice” things, but we don’t try to see everything. We’ve wasted our time, energy, and money before trying to see everything and it just isn’t worth it. We aren’t museum people and we aren’t particularly interested in Roman history beyond the basics, so we spent the rest of our time eating.
Pizza, spaghetti, gelato, carbonara, ravioli, etc. It was all fantastic!
Yes, we ate gelato twice in one day. Don’t judge.
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