Last month I spent four days in Rome.
The city was busy, loud, filled with cars but also calm, monumental and beautiful at the same time.
And it was an exceptional occasion we went there for – Marijan and I were celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. And, on a top of that, we went there without our little boy. So, it was like back in the old days, and we just wanted to relax, take it easy and enjoy Italian cuisine.
Four days in Rome
# – Day one
There was a huge storm in Amsterdam a night before we went to Rome, so I was worried about our flight, but everything was more than perfect at the end. It was a calm flight, and we came to Rome around 2 PM.
After we’ve checked-in in our hotel, we went for a short walk to Colosseum. It’s always exciting to see those very famous monuments for the first time. I felt a little bit like a child, remember when I saw it for the first time in my school book and how far it looked for me back then.
Learning how to cook like Italian
I really love Italian cuisine!
I could probably eat pasta every day and finish every single meal with tiramisu. We wanted to learn more about it, so we booked a cooking workshop for that evening. First, we made dough for pasta and our teacher Roberto taught us which flour combination works best for it. To be honest, I was expecting it will be much harder to made pasta, but it was quite easy. We also made amatriciana sauce for the pasta, tomato bruschetta and some antipasti as a starter and a nice dessert – ciambelle al vino.
And I am very proud of us because it was delicious!
# – Day two
After a nice Italian breakfast and a coffee, we took a walk towards the Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
We planned to go to the Vatican in the afternoon to see its famous museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. I really wanted to have a guide there, so, after a long search I’ve booked a small group tour in Vatican with the Angel Tours. And it was really worth it! Our guide Alessia took us to the three hours long walking tour around the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is so huge and filled with amazing artworks, it would be completely impossible to see it on our own.
Museum was amazing, it’s treasuring so many masterpieces of Antiquity and Renaissance time. I especially loved mosaics and the gallery with frescoes depicting old maps of Italy. And the stories behind art pieces – stories about artists, popes and aristocratic families of that time.
In Sistine Chapel one can’t not admire Michelangelo, his persistence and talent. And St. Peter’s Basilica is a masterpiece itself, it really is the Cathedral of the World. Every single detail in it is beautiful, from Michelangelo’s Pieta to Bernini’s Baldacchino.
You can get skip-the-line tickets for Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel at a link here.
After our tour, we went to St. Peter’s Square and while looking to the famous Basilica, I was just overwhelmed with the feeling of appreciation and respect to all the people working on those masterpieces I’ve just seen. Standing there and looking to the sky just cleared from the rainy clouds really gave me the feeling I am standing on a special sacred place. It was one of the moments I will remember forever!
# – Day three
Rome is probably the best known for the old Roman architecture, Colosseum and Roman Forum being the most famous sights there. We wanted to see both, so we came there early, right after the breakfast and it was already quite busy.
Although the place could use a lot of organisational improvements, it is still stunning! It is a massive archaeological site with triumphal arches, columns and old temples. However, my advice here is again – take a guide. It would be much easier to navigate and to learn the history of it.
Get your ticket for the Colosseum at a link here (and avoid queuing for hours).
After the whole morning there we were so ready for a lunch! We listened to the recommendation we got and went to Luzzi Restaurant, close to Colosseum. It has everything I would imagine the typical Italian restaurant in Rome should have. People were waiting in line in front of it, waiters were loud and funny, and the food was great! I just loved it! The food was actually so delicious that I didn’t have time to take any photos of it.
An afternoon in Trastevere
You’ve probably already noticed I always love to go to the local residential areas of the cities I’m visiting. It always gives you a great insight into the local culture and everyday life of people living there.
That’s why we went for a walk around a charming neighbourhood of Trastevere. It is a colourful place with narrow streets, clothes drying on the balconies and plenty of small cute cafés and restaurants.
As a huge fan of ice cream, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of tasting some of the best gelato in the world either. We went to an excellent biological patisserie (looks like biological is very popular in Rome at the moment, because we found a lot of places like that one) where I treated myself with a scoop of ginger-honey gelato that was delicious! I am really craving for it right now…
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, so after the ice cream stop, we took a walk alongside the Tiber River. There are so many beautiful buildings next to it with the Castel Sant’Angelo being my favourite. The bridge in front of it with all those sculptures of angels would be a perfect setting for some thriller movie.
With a combination of beautiful Roman architecture and a golden sunset hour, we couldn’t resist taking out our cameras and try to capture this beauty. We definitely understood why Rome is called the Eternal City.
# – Day four
It was our last day in Rome, and since we had a few hours left before catching our flight, we meet the Angel Tours again to join their short tour in Pantheon. I believe everyone knows this building, but I started to look to it with a new pair of eyes after our guide explained its architecture, symbolism and significance. It’s absolutely a magical place.
Get your tickets for the Pantheon at a link here.
After I’ve spent four days in Rome, I’ve realised it is not an easy city. You can feel it has its own problems. But it is an eternal city! The one that will always inspire people and the one in which they will always be coming back. So, read about it before you’ll go, buy the tickets for museums and archaeological sights in advance and if possible get a guide! And then just enjoy it.
And throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, so you’re sure you’ll come back again!
*At the end I really wanted to recommend Angel Tours and the great tours we had with them in Rome. I am not related to them, and this is not a sponsored post, I am just genuinely amazed by their work, great guides we had and a professional approach they have. So, a big shout-out here for the Angel Tours! Thanks for the lovely time we had in Rome with you!
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