Updated: Apr 12
Rome is gorgeous!
It's my new favorite world city. It's a metropolis weaved into an ancient city. There's several sights to see and delicious food to eat. The people are amazing and speak multiple languages. They put my lazy American pride to shame. It's hard to catch a break from the cigarettes and selfie-sticks, but no city is perfect. Rome is historic, pleasant, and affordable.
Here's my list of recommendations for Things To Do in Rome:
We arrived in the city at 4pm and caught a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. I'm glad my husband was an Eagle Scout because he realized that the cab driver was taking us to the wrong location, so be watchful and type in your own GPS (just in case)!
We checked-in at our hotel, ate a piece a cake, and hit the town.
We booked our first night at a boutique hotel called Hotel Nerva (cost $150) across from the Hall of Colossus and the Forum of Augustus. If you book in advance, it's only $100. The room was tight, but very nice and it had excellent shampoo and conditioner. This price range allowed us to stay in budget and be in a great location. We were able to see a lot the first night.
The Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine, Patria National and ancient ruins are all located along one beautiful walk.
The first place we walked to was the Patria National. We were impressed by the massive architecture and glowing white marble against the dusk blue sky.
While it was built in 1920, this architectural feat made us understand how Rome was an ancient empire.
There's ancient ruins chilling in the middle of the city.
Go inside any cathedral. They're all magnificent. I know I'm using that word a lot in this article, but I can't think of another word more appropriate to describe the details with which the city is designed.
Go on an adventure.
Set foot to the city without a destination in mind. I like to go where the spirit guides me. My favorite memories are always the ones spent sparking conversations with strangers and mapping uncharted terrain. It's not like we'll ever be lost. We all have phones with navigation. It's just nice not to depend on them for an adventure.
Adore the Charming Italian Streets.
All of the streets in Rome have character. From the ancient ruins to the Renaissance architecture. I love the look of the apartment buildings here.
It's touristy and crowded, but would you expect anything less from an ancient wonder of the world?
Inside the Coliseum
It's crowded, but well worth the visit! Trevi is one of the most magnificent fountains in the world. I had to do real soul searching to get a photo without a million people in it. There's a great gelato joint across the street ($3).
Entering the Vatican