A Whirlwind Weekend in Rome
During a visit home to England, my girlfriend and I decided to make a quick trip to Rome.
The weekend went by in a whirlwind of visiting stunning architecture and famous sites; eating heaps of the most delicious pasta we had ever tasted; and drinking ever-flowing wine.
Visiting Rome’s Famous Attractions
We started our tour at the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the Roman world, where historically roman games were held, including gladiator fights and combats. Next, we visited the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, followed by a meander around the Piazza Venezia, one of Rome’s main squares, located at the other end of Via dei Fori Impierali, and where all the streets lead to Rome’s famous tourist attractions. Here we stopped to admire the monument dedicated to the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuell II. We climbed the stairs and reached Capital Square that was designed by Michelangelo. From here we could view the Senatorial Palace and Palace of the Conservators.
There can never be too many fountains
Next onto the Pantheon, the most preserved ancient building in Rome, that became a Christian Church in the 7th century. We walked to the nearby Piazza Navona and sat at one of the terraces for a coffee. We were in awe of this beautiful and famous square with its three fountains, fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, fontana del Nettuno and fontana del Moro.
We continued to the most famous fountain in Europe, The Trevi Fountain, where tradition says you must throw two coins, one to make a wish and the other to be sure to return to Rome. I did both and both came true (even if it was unfortunately only to pass through the airport).
A real Italian ice cream is worth the wait
Our guide said it was time to sample a real Italian ice cream and took us to Via della Panatteria. The line was a little long, but it was worth the wait.
Is there such a thing as too much shopping, relaxing in shady gardens and gazing at art?
The following day, we had some free shopping time at the charming Piazza di Spagna, located at the foot of the monumental floral staircase leading to the Trinita dei Monti church. From here we continued to the Villa Borghese Gardens, the most beautiful public park in Rome, with its wide shady alleys and lake, surrounded by temples, statues, and fountains, along with its beautiful botanical garden. It felt so peaceful after wandering through the crowded streets and tourist attractions. The Villa Borghese is also home to three museums, the Galleria Borghese that contains a collection of paintings and sculptures; the Museo Nazionale Etrusco featuring a collection of pre-Roman artifacts; and the Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna where you can see an amazing collection of paintings by Van Gogh and Cezanne.
We then visited the Piazza del Populo (People’s Square) and one of the largest squares in Rome, and a major point of interest with its fabulous fountains, churches and an obelisk. From here we climbed the stairs to the top of the hill for a panoramic view up to the Vatican.
A must see visit to the Vatican, and don’t forget to eat pizza
Our final visit was to the Vatican, a must-see on any visit to Rome, after which we headed to the Trastevere district to enjoy the most delicious pizza at a traditional trattoria.