Word to the wise… If you’re visiting Italy for the first time, make sure you plan a trip to see the wonderful city of Roma. Heck there is so much to see I’d suggest making several visits. Whether you’re just traveling through or being a full blown tourist, this city will be sure to entice your creativeness and appreciation for history. Just make sure you wear comfy shoes! My poor Tom’s have had it pretty rough with all of my journeys… I’m afraid they’re going to have to be retired soon. (Free advertising [Toms.com] your welcome)
Everyone has seen pictures of famous temples, piazzas, and fountains, but being able to experience these historically infused monuments for yourself is truly a beautiful thing. I’ve been lucky enough in my short 23 years to see some pretty incredible things but Roma has surpassed them all. It gives you a sort of indescribable feeling. Or maybe thats my “wish I was creative” side coming out, who knows.
Anywho on with the story:
My two roommates and I were up at the crack of dawn to catch a morning train to the Roma termini. Us being the girls that we are, happened to be running late (surprise). None of us speak Italian and we still had to buy our tickets which can take some time with a language barrier, so we were pretty nervous we weren’t going to make it on time. Unfortunately for us, the only cheap ticket was the earliest train as well and none of us wanted to pay an extra 50 euros. We finally arrived on time all nice and awake after our jog to the station and boarded without any problems.
Caserta is south of Rome, so after a couple of hours we pulled into the station and hoped a metro to go sight see. With a single map and not much of a plan, we started at the Colosseum. Once we got into the city we were bombarded with tour options; but after seeing the ridiculously long line to enter the Colosseum we opted to go with a guided tour. Definitely worth it, mainly because there was a minimal wait.
Once inside, you are able to see a lot of the original staircases and get a good sense of what it would have been like when it was first built. Yes yes, you all already know this but the passageways which were under the arena are fascinating to see. I loved the historical side of this monument and all the stories that come along with it, but I wish I knew more about architecture to really appreciate the craftsmanship behind this masterpiece. *Tip: Read background on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire before hand.
After the Colosseum, the tour went over to the Palladium. Which personally I didn’t know a lot about, but found it just as interesting if not more. Mainly because we had a great guide who had a lot of side notes and things to offer other than dates. Go if you have time.
Around about this time we got a call from some teammates that live in Roma, they heard we were coming and decided to meet up with us. *If you have the opportunity to experience Roma with a local, take it. You won’t be disappointed.
From the Palladium, we walked to the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, which contains the tomb of the unknown soldier. I couldn’t help but stop and stare at this one for quite a while. The only downside was that it was so big I couldn’t get far back enough to get a great picture to give it any kind of justice.
We met the rest of the Roma group at the Trevi Fountain, (you see this one in almost all movies containing Rome), for pizza and gelato. Once a couple wishes were made, we trekked our way down towards the Pantheon. It was beautiful. *Tip: Read up on legends of the Pantheon and Raffaello before going.
Next was a couple of shops and street art exhibits and a long walk to the Trinita del Monti, which contains the famous Spanish steps, and the Barcaccia fountain. Then on to the Piazza Navona and Piazza Popolo.
Definitely didn’t get to see all Rome had to offer but we knocked out a big chunk. Hoping I’ll have time to see the Vatican before having to leave this country!
After walking around and exploring for 9 hrs straight, this is about the time of the trip I began to get tired/information overloaded so I’ll spare you the details and facts because I’m sure most of the readers on here are feeling the same way at the moment.
At about 8 pm we called it quits and all seven of us ventured back to one of the girls places for homemade Carbonara and Sangria. All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and way to experience the city. Good food, good weather, and great company that was so hospitable. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make it up to these girls!
Hoping all of you who read this and are planning on traveling get to have an equally amazing experience! If you need any travel tips, I’m not a pro but I might be able to give ya some good insights so don’t be afraid to ask.
God bless and happy travels 🙂