I know we have just passed Easter holidays so it might be weird to you why I wrote this post so late. But do you know what? It took me slightly longer to get a confidence to start a blog, than I thought it would. And because I am still very excited about my Christmas trip to Rome, how much it meant to me and what this a little adventure brought to me. I thought I still will share this experience with you 🙂
Let’s begin 🙂
On the picture: Basilica of St Peter’s & Piazza San Pietro
My hotel was next to Vatican so it makes a sense that the first thing I am going to see is this place. As you should know, Vatican City is known as the smallest state in the world by area (approximately 44 hectares) and population (842). It’s a centre for Catholics all over the world and it’s ruled by the pope.
I went there on Sunday. I did not see but I heard the pope. You should know that every Sunday it is very crowded with people. From what I heard, up to 2.000 people is coming to see his speech.
Here is a tip number ONE: Every last Sunday of a month, their Vatican Museum is for free.
A tip number TWO: Get there as early as possible, because the queue can be really long. Even though I was 5 minutes far by walk from there, I got there at 10 am, and still spend an hour in a queue.
I highly recommend to you to visit Vatican Museum. It is definitely worth it! What I loved about this place is the combination of outdoors and indoors. I loved all those antique statues which were breath taking. Definitely keep your eyes up too as the ceiling because it is beautiful too.
On the picture: Cortile della Pigna
Also I’d like to mention Sistine Chapel. None of was able to take any photo there as there are very strict rules, like: No phones, No food/drinks, Keep yourself quiet. They were very strict with it and made sure people followed their rules. It was really full but if you were lucky and have found a little bit of space on the bench, you could let your foot rest and just take the atmosphere in.
The painting there is amazing. If you look properly, it has a 3D effect. Me personally, I find it really amazing what people were able to build and paint so many years before without having an equipment what we have now.
The gigantic statue of the Archangel Michael from 18th century.
PALAZZO DI GIUSTIZIA
This building was build between 1889 and 1910 to house the national law courts. Its riverside facade is crowned with bronze chariot and fronted by giant statues of the great men of Italian law.
VITTORIO EMANUELE II MONUMENT
I was really excited to see Colosseum as from photos of other people who has visited it, it just looks amazing! When I have seen it on my own, I was definitely not disappointed! 🙂
As you probably know, the Colosseum is a giant arena built by the Romans in the first century AD. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The shape of the Colosseum is oval and it does remind of nowadays stadiums.
When I arrived into the Colosseum, I was very overwhelmed by the building. It actually looks much bigger in a real life than on photos and you can feel the atmosphere since stepping into it. It’s something what will leave you speechless. I just find it amazing, what people were able to build back in time without having techniques we have now. Yet, it last so many thousands years.
FORUM & PALATINE
While getting yourself a ticket to Colosseum, it allows you to get in to Forum and Palatine. Remember: You can get in on a day you have visited Colosseum or next day. You can’t visit it twice.
Also be prepared that it is not a visit for half an hour as it might seem, Palatine is really large and there is so many things to see. Sometimes it looks like you have not seen them before or you are seeing them from different angle. Every time it looks completely different. Even if you are higher, or standing on the other side, with all of those monuments and statues altogether. Again, it is something really breath taking as I absolutely love an antique time.
Be prepared with comfy shoes, plenty of water, snacks, or lunch. Unfortunately there are no benches so you can’t sit and rest your feet for a while. Keep it on your mind.
Trevi Fountain is a must-see when you visit Rome. From photos I thought it is not going to be that big, and I expected to be pretty small. What a big surprise when I have seen it! I’m not going lie that it was really full of tourists and it was really difficult to find a little space for myself. But it is something what is really worth it.
Why do people visit it? There is a coin legend associated with this fountain. Read carefully so you won’t do it wrong while you’re visiting it.
You have to stay with your back to Trevi Fountain. With your right hand throw a coin over your left shoulder.
ONE COIN – it will ensure you come back to Rome
SECOND COIN – it leads to a new romance
THIRD COIN – it leads to a marriage
BONUS LEGEND – On the left side of the fountain is a miniature fountain. Legend says if a couple drinks from the ”small fountain of lovers”, they will be forever faithful to their partners.
I think that it is a pretty good reason why to visit the Trevi Fountain 🙂 <3
When I have visited, unfortunately for me, they were under reconstruction. I’m not sure if lots of it was hidden but I was really disappointed by seeing them. I thought they’re much bigger than they really seemed to be on photos from guide books.
This place, mainly the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi reminded me a lot of Trevi Fountain.
Picture on the left side: the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Picture above: statue of a river-god Ganges
All information you read on this post are based on my own experiences and feelings I had from visiting those places; DK Guide Rome 2015 and Internet research.
Do you plan to visit Rome anytime soon? What are your experiences in Rome? What other places would you suggest that they are worth to visit in Italy?