Hello again dear readers!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you would know that a few months back, I visited and stayed in Rome three full days. Rome in a few words is mind-blowing for its ancient roman architecture, monuments and of course, their culinary skills. If you want to know where to eat in Rome, you can read all about it in my previous post.
I know some people have told me they don’t like Rome because it is packed with tourists and this is true, but I totally understand why it is! But Rome is a place you should definitely visit at least once in your life, especially if you love ancient history.
But let’s jump straight to the point and let me give you a list of things to do and places to visit in Rome! In only 3 days, you can definitely get a good taste of this BEAUTIFUL city but this post will be focused on the first day as I don’t want to make it too long for you 😉
It is essential you book a walking tour on your first day so you get to know the city well and for you not to get lost the following days. We booked the tour with New Rome Free Tour but there’s more out there you can find. However, our experience with them was very good and informative, not to mention – funny! We managed to see a few Basilicas (Churches), obeliscos and of course, some of the most iconic places.
- Basilica Di Sant’Andrea Delle Fratte Roma: The most interesting fact I learned about this church is that Bernini sculpted the 2 angels you can see in the photo below, for the Ponte Sant’Angelo, but Pope Clement IX decided to place copies of the angels because they were too valuable.
- The Pantheon: I was so delighted to see the most remarkable and well-preserved Ancient Roman monument in broad day light. Can you believe this building survived the Barbarian invasion while the other monuments were destroyed? Anyway, the most outstanding part of the Pantheon is the large dome with the hole in the top, which is known as The eye of the Pantheon, or Oculus.
- La Fontana di Trevi: The fountain is actually so beautiful and breathtaking! If you go, look out for the two horses: one is calm and the other is enraged. I’ve learnt each symbolises the moods of the sea; while the god of the sea is in the middle, Neptune. Before you leave, one of the common things to do while you are here, is to throw a coin but if you want to return to Rome, remember using the right hand over the left shoulder 😉
- The Vatican City: If you are in Rome, visiting the smallest country in the world, ‘The Vatican City’, is a must! But you need to spend a whole day to visit the Vatican Museum, the Gardens, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Sant’Angelo’s Castle. I will explain more about it in my next post 😉
- Piazza Navona: This square is one of the most famous in Rome. It is always full of tourists and you can always find portrait painters, musicians, mime artists, shops and restaurants. What else do you need, right?…
- The Piazza Navona used to be the Stadium of the Emperor of Rome, Domitian, and it served for athletic purposes, contests of wit and physical fitness. The Piazza, moreover, has three fountains: the Fountain of the Moor, the Fountain of Neptune and the one in the middle is the Fountain of the Four River.
I really hope you have enjoyed the first day of my trip to Rome, and I will come back soon with more information about the Vatican City, the Coliseum, Circus Maximus and others. If you have any comment or want to tell your own experience in Rome, please feel free to drop it in the box below 😉 I’ll be happy to hear from you.
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