24/02/2016

Rome Photo Diary

For Valentines my boyfriend and I decided we'd go to Rome, we didn't spend it in Rome - we came back a few days before hand, but we still see it as being our Valentines weekend away. 
It was amazing being away all on our own together, we booked an Airbnb apartment (this one here in case you fancy going) and it was so so so stunning! We loved living on our own, it was such a great experience! If you fancy booking through Airbnb you can get £14 by following this link, I'll get credit too - just so you know. 
 Our first day almost went wasted as we had to go back to the airport to file for out bags that were lost - but we salvaged it walking for miles, getting lost once or twice while trying to find the Trevi Fountain before getting the metro back home.
 On our second day we went to see the Pope give an audience, waited well over an hour to not even be let in till he was giving his speech. We saw a bit of it, was definitely an experience. The rest of the day was spent walking around Rome from the Vatican to Castle Saint Angelo (we went into this another day), found the Spanish Steps, wandered around the Borghese Gardens - couldn't see the galleries though due to it being sold out - before ending our day seeing the Pantheon. The Pantheon is such a stunning piece of architecture. 
 On the Monday we saw the Vatican Museums, we were both left a little disappointed by it - but thats not to say its not interesting. I think we both just expected it to be different from what it was. The last photo is of St Peters Basilica from the top of Castle Saint Angelo - the view from the top was amazing! 
 Our last full day was all about the Colosseum and churches! The Colosseum was by far our favourite thing - if you go book in advance and take the 3rd ring and underground tour, it was so interesting and informative! The Arcibasilica di San Giovanni (pictured above) was amazing - and free - basilica san clemente (which is just down the road from the previous one) was so interesting, but I couldn't take any photographs of it. 

The final day was spent doing things we had missed, like trying to get into Saint Peters (which was closed), walking to the top of Gianicolo Hill - go for 12 to hear the canon sound, the views are great from here, visited Bocca Della Verita and going into the Il Vittoriano - we paid to go into the museum and found that really cool, we wished we had more time so we could have gone right up to the top. 

Rome was amazing and it should definitely be on your travel list. Restaurant wise I would recommend Luzzi's on San Giovanni in Laterano - perfect for food after visiting the Colosseum. The food was so cheap here but so so so good! 
The weather in Rome was so nice - made coming back to Scotland feel horrid - time to start organising my next trip.... 

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