Visiting Rome was something that had been on my bucket list for a while. There’s something about the word ‘Rome’ that sounds so beautiful and mysterious. When Instagram arrived, it was the perfect opportunity to search hashtags and find pictures of beautiful architecture, pretty streets and amazing views. From visiting the Colosseum and trying the ‘to-die-for food’, Rome is a must visit!
I visited Rome for four days and in my opinion, this is plenty of time to see everything you want. As I said earlier, I had been planning my visit for quite some time so had managed to get together quite a long ‘Rome Bucket list’ together. Our visit was at the end of March and the weather was beautiful. Considering the amount you are walking, it was the perfect temperature to not be walking around in the boiling heat.
I stayed in the Suite Sistina, which I must say was an experience in itself. With a large round rotating bed, relaxation lights and hot tub, it’s a great way to relax at the end of a long day walking! Which by the way, you will be doing a LOT. The Suite Sistina is based pretty much at the top of the Spanish Steps and was a great location to stay.
If you are a bit adventurous and considering a guide, I would absolutely recommend Italy Segway Tours. This is a sightseeing tour, so you don’t actually go inside the monuments, however it is a great way to start your trip and give you an overview of Rome, meaning you will have an idea as to where everything is for the rest of your trip! The guides are fantastic and really do make such an effort to ensure you are having a good time. The segways are really easy to use and after a bit of practice, it will be like second nature. Throughout the trip you can wear headphones, meaning you can hear everything the guide is saying even though she may be quite some way in front.
As part of the tour, we saw the following:
- Trajan ForumVenice Square
- Arch of Costantine
- Circus Maximus
- Rose Garden
- Knights of Malta Square
- Orange Trees Garden & panoramic view
- Bocca della veritá
- Marcello Theatre
- Roman Forum
- Capitoline Square
- Enjoyed a breathtaking panoramic view over Rome
The whole tour was about 3 hours and the guides are happy to take as many photos as you want! I think it cost around €75 at the time.
After the tour, we decided to go back to the Colosseum and have a look around. The queues do get extremely long so definitely try to get their early!! Words cant describe the feeling you get when you walk through into the center of the Colosseum!
On our second day, I was on a mission to find the Trevi Fountain. Luckily everything is Rome is pretty much walking distance from each other and it was only a 7 minute walk from our hotel.
The most important thing to do when you come to Rome is to throw a coin into the fountain: with your back to the fountain throw it in, over your shoulder. This is a sure guarantee that you’ll come back to Rome again one day. There’s another legend, too. If you throw three coins in: the first guarantees a repeat visit to the city; the second means a love affair, and the third means a wedding.
At the bottom of the Spanish Steps is the Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares in Italy. We decided to head back here, have some gelato and take in the sights. In the centre of the square is the Fontana Della Barcaccia, which is a fountain in the shape of a boat. You can sit on the edge here and do some people watching!
This is also the perfect place to do some shopping – or window shopping depending on your budget. There are a few main streets for shopping near Spanish Steps, where the high-end brands are concentrated, but each has its own character. Starting with the poshest street of them all, Via Condotti.
Via Condotti continues from the bottom of the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, or Spanish Steps. If you stand in the middle of via Condotti, you will have the Spanish Steps and the church at the top right in your centre view. Here you can find the likes on Gucci, Prada, La Perla, Jimmy Choo and much more.
Via Borgognona and Via delle Carrozze
The two streets on either side of via Condotti, via Borgognona to the left if you are standing in the Piazza di Spagna, and via delle Carrozze to the right, are also full of expensive shops such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Bruno Cucinelli, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Malo, and more.
Via Frattina is to the left of via Borgognona if you are standing in Piazza di Spagna. This is a great street with a bit of a mix and more affordable shops.
In the evening, we went back to see the Trevi Fountain in all its glory and visited a lovely little restaurant just a few minutes away. I will kick myself because I never wrote down the name, however you can find a number of cute little restaurants in the area.
Today we visited The Vatican City. The Vatican Museums open at 9am, so I would suggest getting here early to avoid the queues! Take Metro Line A to Ottaviano San Pietro station and the museums are a short 10 minute walk from the station. These museums are world famous and you can certainly spend all day in here if you are a lover of history! At the end of the museums, you can follow it through to the Sistine Chapel. Note that you are not allowed to take photos and will be reminded every few minutes by the guards!
This was our final day in Rome and because we enjoyed the Segways so much on our first day, we decided to rent some and go for our own adventure, making sure we had seen everything before we go! About 10 minutes walk from the top of the Spanish Steps are the Villa Borghese gardens. Within the gardens, there are a number of different attractions but the gardens itself are beautiful and a perfect space to have more fun on the Segways!