Rome can really take your breath away, it’s a city with the wow factor.
Whenever I visit I discover something new I haven’t seen before. It really is an open air museum! There is so much history and so much beauty that it is almost overwhelming.
The children had never visited before so we had a trip there over the Easter holidays.
We visited the Colosseum. The queue to get in was massive so we decided to just look at it from the outside. It seems incredible that 2000 years ago, there were gladiators fighting with weapons against other men or wild animals. And even more incredible that the audience actually enjoyed watching that. This gladly makes me think that the human race has improved after all, we have become more sensitive to the suffering of others. Thank goodness for that!
We also visited the Vatican museum. If you are planning to visit yourself (and it really is worth it), make sure you book online as the queues will be massive. You pay a little bit more but there are no queues at all when you get there. I am glad we did.
The beauty you will find inside will take your breath away. There are masterpieces from Raffaello, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, il Perugino.. and many more famous artists. I have never been an expert on art but believe me you don’t need to be as the masterpieces are so beautiful that they don’t require any knowledge to be understood.
A view from the Vatican.
You need to spend hours in there to see everything. We managed it in just 2 hours but we carefully chose what to see as the children were getting a little tired.
We came out from the museum right in St. Peter’s square and I could see the balcony where the pope celebrates the Sunday mass. Beautiful square! And I saw the Swiss guard too.
“Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti” are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna (also known as “Spanish steps”) at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the church at the top. There are 135 steps and you can have a nice view of the square from the top.
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and one of the best preserved of all ancient Roman buildings.
The building is circular with large granite Corinthian columns Inside there is the rotunda, a round room with a concrete dome with a central opening to the sky. It’s really beautiful and consider that it was built 2000 years ago.
We visited Piazza Navona, a good example of Baroque Roman architecture. This was the perfect place to chill out and relax after walking all day in the city. We also had a fabulous ice cream; I managed to have a few of them whilst in Rome. You cannot beat Italian ice cream.
We also went to the famous “Fontana di Trevi” or Trevi fountain one of the most famous fountains in the world which appeared in famous films like Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. The children threw a coin in the fountain as per tradition. You are meant to throw it using the right hand over the right shoulder.
We also visited what’s thought to be the world’s oldest shopping mall: the Traiano Market located in Via dei Fori Imperiali with shops and apartments which were built in a multi-level structure. The Romans were geniuses!
The glorious monument of the king Vittorio Emanuele II known as “Altare della Patria” was built in honor of Vittorio Emanuele the first king of a unified Italy. So majestic!
Finally.. you cannot visit Rome without having a plate of bucatini all’Amatriciana.. mmm.. I will be back soon again Roma!