Rome: an open air museum – My trip

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.

Roman ruines

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!

The Colosseo - Rome

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.

Vatican paintings

A view from the Vatican.

Rome - 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.

inside the Vatican in Rome

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.

Rome - the Vatican

“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.

Piazza di Spagna Rome - Spanish steps

Roma view from the Spanish steps

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.

The Pantheon - Rome

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.

Rome - Piazza Navona

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 Traiano market in Rome

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!

The Altare della Patria known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele

Rome city view_

Finally.. you cannot visit Rome without having a plate of bucatini all’Amatriciana.. mmm..  I will be back soon again Roma!

Eating pasta amatriciana

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12 Responses to Rome: an open air museum – My trip

    • Alida

      I can never get bored of this fabulous city!

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Roma è bellissima, non si finisce mai di scoprire le sue bellezze, i suoi musei storici….belle le foto e quel piatto di amatriciana, mi fa venire una fame, grazie per la condivisione! Baci!

    • Alida

      Hai ragione, ci voglio tornare presto!

  2. elisabetta

    So glad you all had a great holiday in Rome. Can’t wait to discover it and of course it’s traditional cuisine.

    • Alida

      You are going to love it! And the food there is simply amazing, so much flavour. Try to go to smaller restaurants a bit away from the main turistic area.

  3. Jenna

    I went to Rome a couple of summers ago, and loved it! I loved the Pantheon and walking around the Roman Forum – so cool! Looks like you had a great time (and took some really great photos) 🙂

    • Alida

      Rome is just magic. So much to see there.

  4. Frank

    As you may (or may not) know, I lived in Rome for ten years. Your photos brought back some fond memories, especially that plate of amatriciana… 😉

  5. Andrea

    Ciao Alida si Roma è Stupenda

    • Alida

      Carissimi saluti Andrea!

  6. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Rome is such a beautiful city…… We visited many years ago when I was pregnant. I imagine it is one of those places that you would never tire of…. x

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