A weekend in Rome - Day1

Friday, 28 October 2016

Everyone always takes the P and says I go on holiday all the time.

It might be a fair comment...but if you can why not!?

Plus I'm always really clever with my holiday allowance, travelling over weekends and bank holidays etc so I seem to fit more in than the average person.

I haven't really seen much of Europe bearing in mind it is so close to us, and one of my aims is to see all the Wonders of the World:

The Great Wall Of China
Petra, Jordan
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
Taj Mahal, India
The Colosseum, Rome
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Machu Picchu, Peru

My boyfriend and I had already both seen Christ the Redeemer and the Taj Mahal so for his birthday I planned a surprise trip to Rome to tick off our third Wonder.

Sometimes things don't work out to plan...

Which is what best friends are for!

This is how long I've known Katie:

We flew at about 5pm on a Friday night from Gatwick and by the time we got to our AirBnB in Rome we were starving.

This is where we stayed and it was really nice in an amazing location

The only problem with the location was it was in old Rome...the bit of Rome where tourists go in the day and therefore the restaurants close early

We wandered around enjoying seeing the ruins by night

And finally managed to find somewhere still serving food

Fair to say I did not finish all of this pasta...but the wine was finished!

I'm not sure of the name of the place and I don't think I'd recommend it but for someone starving late at night it was ideal!!

The next morning we woke up super early and ticked off my Wonder of the World

Who needs a man to complete the Wonders with me when I can do them with my friends!

It was pretty beautiful this early in the morning, and although the weather forecast predicted thunder storms all weekend the sun shone!

One tip is definitely book your tickets in advance and go early. We didn't have to queue at all

And it meant we got to basically have the Colosseum all to ourselves!

By the time we left (about an hour later) all of these railings were full of people and there was no way you could have a photo alone or enjoy the Colosseum properly

I tried to look a bit Roman... I love a theme

Upstairs there is a museum which tells you all about the Colosseum

Here's a fact for you, the entire floor of the Colosseum used to be covered in wood and the tunnels you can see underneath were so other gladiators or animals could be lifted up through trap doors

AND sometimes they used to flood the floor of the Colosseum to create "mock sea battles" how cool is that!

Once the Colosseum got super busy we explored and tried to find breakfast

We got lost a few times... but that's how you explore a city!

And see odd things like this... I get the locks but why the plastic bag pieces?

We eventually found some breakfast, but it wasn't particularly Roman!

More French...

Our next stop was the Trevi fountain...

But again we got lost:

This is not the Trevi founation...

Nor is this...

This is!

It just remind me of the Lizzie McGuire Movie!

Sing to me Paolo!

It was very impressive...but very crowded!

We then went off to find the Spanish Steps

Unfortunately this was as close as we could get!

Maybe Paolo and Isabella were performing there later or something...

Our next stop was the Pantheon

The largest unreinforced dome in the world I'll have you know!

The Lonely Planet guide book I bought for this trip was so good by the way! Even if I couldn't follow the map properly!

I blame me not the book!

This blog is going to be super long if I don't cut it off here...so stay tuned to find out what else we got up to in Rome in my next blog!


  1. Check out an app called CityMapper.
    It is literally amazing for this kind of thing, we got around Rome in no time as it was just like following a Sat nav whilst walking. Gives you the option to walk, bus or train it too! It needs internet obviously so make sure your phone plan covers it!

    1. I love citymapper! I use it all the time in London, but I didn't have internet so couldn't use it there :( XXX


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