Rome is Definitely Not Overrated
After living in London for years, I find myself sometimes disappointed with major cities and comparing it to London--but nothing can really compare to London. As the biggest metropolitan area in Italy, I assumed I knew what to expect when I went to Rome, but I definitely did not.
Rome is like nothing I’ve ever seen, it’s a completely different vibe to any other city or place I’ve visited. It’s really crazy how different the different parts and cities in Italy are from each other. That kind of became our motto while traveling through the country--”every place is just so different!” But it is!! Naples is so different from Rome and both are so different from Florence so on! You really can’t compare any of them because they are all so different and unique.
I didn’t expect to fall in Rome, but I did. I loved it so much and all I want to do is go back. We arrive in Rome on a bus from Naples on Friday morning and took an uber from the bus station to our hotel. First off-- uber does not exist in another Italian city that I know of, so that by itself was amazing. We decided to stay in a hotel in Rome because we wanted to stay central and in a nice area but not pay an exorbitant amount of money. We ended up finding a place in between Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, which was definitely the best decision we made accomodation/location-wise.
Being able to walk to Trevi Fountain whenever we wanted or walk back to the hotel whenever we wanted to made the trip so much more enjoyable.
We didn’t do a whole lot on Friday, mostly just walked around the area to get our bearings, visit Trevi Fountain, and have some delicious pasta. After dinner, we went back to the hotel to take showers and go out.
We decided to start off the night at Ice Club Roma, which is similar to any other Ice Bar-- everything is frozen, you wear a giant cape/blanket, and the drinks are in ice. Since we went on International Women’s Day, we had to pay the 15 euro cover, but we got two free drinks inside, which pretty much made up for the cover charge.
We then went to a couple more bars and ended up in Scholar’s, an Irish-American pub not too far from our hotel.
On Saturday, we got up early to walk around and make our way to Piazza Navona and eventually Ristorante Pizzeria Pasquino where we had a Roman pizza making class. I definitely recommend taking a cooking class in Italy. This class was one of the highlights of the trip-- we had such a fun time and actually made some delicious pizza!
Our cooking teacher and the entire staff at the restaurant were lovely and even gave us free wine and bruschetta.
After lunch we took a walk through the Roman Forum and to the Colosseum. Both were absolutely breathtaking. Of course we had to take a million pictures outside the iconic Colosseum. The best spot is if you go up the stairs to an elevated street and walk down a bit, there are some nice wide walls to sit on and the view of the Colosseum is amazing!
That evening we booked a free walking tour so we made our way back to the Spanish Steps and went on a two-hour walking tour around the city.
We also went out in Rome on Saturday night but instead of trying to find places to go on our own, we actually booked a pub crawl. If you like to go out while travelling, I definitely recommend booking a pub crawl. I’ve done a few in London and now Rome and it’s a great way to typically meet other young travellers and some great bars and clubs.
Our Sunday in Rome was pretty low-key, we mostly just walked around the same areas that we grew to love-- Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. We grabbed paninis for lunch and had dinner near the Colosseum.
Monday morning we woke up super early and walked down to Trevi Fountain right at sunrise. Trevi Fountain is always crowded with tourists for just about all hours of the day, but if you go in the morning before everyone else arrives, its magical-- and great for pictures!
We then got a croissant and cappuccino at Caffe Tazza D’oro, which was recommended on our walking tour and was delicious! If I remember correctly, I believe it was 4 euros total for 2 cappuccinos and 2 croissants!!
We finished our time in Rome walking around enjoying the early hours of the day before the local workers and tourists all came out for the day.
Rome is very cool because you can take one wrong turn or get lost in the city and you’ll come across magnificent buildings, statues, and fountains every other turn. I don’t so much have a list of must-sees on a trip to Rome, but rather I recommend walking around, getting lost in the great city. It’s not too big that you’ll actually get lost and lose your way, but it’s big enough that you definitely won’t get sick of it in a short trip.
Places to definitely see: