Rome in 3 days

RomeThe final stop on our Italian adventure was Rome. The Eternal City.

This was actually my second visit to Rome, the first being in February 2013. By this point in our travels, we were quite skint so were trying to do as many free or cheap things as possible. I think we spent less than 100 euros each (not counting accommodation). We walked everywhere, bought multi tickets for attractions where possible and only ate 1 main meal a day.

This was our itinerary for the 3 days:

Day 1

Arrive around midday and went straight to the hotel.

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Visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill (12 euros). We went later on when it was quieter and during ‘golden hour’ so we got some beautiful photos. We also sat and chatted for ages at the Palantine Hill. It was so quiet!

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Dinner near the Colosseum (12 euros).

Day 2

Il vittorano

Il Vittorano

We did a self guided walking tour around the Centro Storico (free). We started at the Largo di Torre Argentina which is the site of Julius Caesars assassination in 44BC.

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Largo di Torre Argentina

We then walked up to Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and saw Elefantino statue.

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The next stop was the Pantheon, which is Rome’s best preserved monument. It’s pretty impressive (free).

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Pantheon Ceiling

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After that we walked to Piazza Navona, the site where Julia Roberts eats gelato next to nuns in Eat, Pray Love. We marvelled at the statues including Fontana del Quattro Fiumi.

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Piazza Navona

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Our walk then passed through Campo de’Fiori, which housed a market. We were being healthy that day so bought a fruit salad for 3 euros.

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Me eating fruit salad outside the French embassy

The final stop on our walk was Palazzo Farnese.

When we’d completed our little tour of Centro Storico, we headed towards the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps (free). This is when Rome got mega busy!! We could barely move! What made it worse was both were being renovated so it wasn’t really worth the walk. I have seen them before. My only upset is that I didn’t get to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain again so I will return to Rome.

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Trevi Fountain in February 2013

Finally, we walked up to Villa Borghese as I’d never been there before. The grounds were beautiful. We enjoyed just sitting and people watching and reading. We didn’t go in the villa itself so it cost us nothing.

This was the day we saw the majority of Rome!

Dinner at a quiet chinese restaurant near our hotel.

Day 3

We had a leisurely start to the day. We were sad as it was our last proper day in Italy 😦

We walked right across the city to the Vatican. As our hotel was closer to the Colosseum, we thought this walk would take ages, but it actually only took about half an hour. I enjoyed walking around Rome as it’s so pretty and I got to see loads more of it.

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The ceiling

We went inside St Peters basilica (free). If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend going up to the top of the dome. I’ll write a separate post about it at a later date but the view is really amazing. We didn’t do that this time, as we were poor but we would have done other wise. I’d already done it so wasn’t missing out. Also, this is the point where you’d visit the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. Again, we were poor and I’d already been so decided to save cash on this occasion. The Sistine Chapel is epic, worth a visit. Take a guide book or something that tells you what to look out for in the design.

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The view from the top of the Vatican in Feb 2013

The only thing that we could’ve done that I now wish we had is Castel Sant’Angelo. I love a good castle. I can’t remember if it was a money saving thing or whether it was too late in the day to be able to spend enough time there thing as to why we didn’t go.

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The river Arno

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If you’re smart with your time then you can totally do St Peters, The Vatican Museum and Castel Sant’Angelo on the same day.

Dinner was a random cheapish restaurant on our walk back.

So that was my 3 days in Rome! I really enjoyed it, especially walking around and seeing so much more of the city. I also spotted a couple of Clet’s street signs!

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What do you recommend in Rome?

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