Hi hi hi,
I have returned from my week in Italy! And boy was it a week filled with much pizza eating and monument visiting.
The first stop on our Italian vacation was Rome. Along with my three friends from my study abroad program, I was joined by my older sister :). She meet up with us in Rome and I was so excited to explore the city with her, it honestly felt like no time had passed since I last saw her in January. We spent three days in Rome, which I feel is a sufficient amount of time to see the most important things and still have time for other things.
Shortly after arriving at our hostel, Papaya Female Hostel, we went out to find the famous Trevi Fountain. I don’t know why I was shocked to see the overload of selfie takers, tourists, and people making wishes simply for photographs here BECAUSE LET’S FACE IT the only reason we go to these places is to prove we’ve been there. In other words, instead of being annoyed that there was 8437933 hogging the Trevi I decided to join the party of social media travelers. UNFORTUNATELY, the weather in Rome wasn’t as nice and sunny as it appears in the picture. We only managed to walk a couple blocks before a storm hit us, to escape the rain we decided to get something to manger aka eat. Sorry, I wish I remember where we ate, it was somewhere between the fountain and Via del Corso. Because we were desperate to get indoors we ignore the price of the pizza, a whooping 9 euros for a personal margarita pie… The only reason we were cringing about the price is that we A) are still college students and B) we had walked away from cheaper restaurants hoping to find a better deal. Nonetheless, the pizza was filling, I wouldn’t eat there again because I am not a big fan of t h i n pizza.
The rain had stopped and we had finished our early dinner, so the Spanish Steps were next on the list.
Honestly, I don’t know what I had expected from some steps, but when I saw the Spanish Steps I wasn’t all too impressed. Maybe it was the construction work, or the bad weather that factored into that. No lo se. I will say that we made some Italian friends on the steps, whom we took selfies with and couldn’t understand… oh the language barriers.
The downpour occurred in less than 30 minutes… Thank the Roman Gods for the Sephora across the street that we should for shelter until deciding how to get home. P.S. there is a metro station right next to the steps, clearly named Spagna. What better way to save money than to take public transportation? You know I wasn’t going to cab it, hahaha.
We set out to be way more productive on the second day, because hell there was still a whole lot to see. Apparently, every Wednesday’s the Pope will step out and greet everyone in the Vatican? It was Wednesday so WE WEREN’T going to miss seeing Pope Francis!! Again we took the metro to Vatican City, on our way to St. Peter’s Basilica we were stopped by a tour leader/seller person who insisted that the Pope had already come out and greeted and that there was no way we would get into the Basilica today. Luckily we trust our instinct and kept it moving. DON’T blindly trust the street guides, at the end of the day they are trying to sell you there product. SO anyway, we arrived just in time to see Pope Francis and I was toooo happy. I couldn’t really see see him considering he was too far away but I heard him and saw from the big screen… that counts right? Then came the wait to enter St. Peter’s Basilica… Approx. two hours. But hey, it was a free visit to one of the pretttiest church I’ve visited this semester. Of course, the visit to St. Peter’s Basilica wasn’t complete until saw the view from Cupola (dome of the church). The climb was excruciating, how? I don’t know. I’m a fit, 20-year-old having trouble climbing 300 something steps of stairs? Woah. The view though… was completely worth it! P.s. climbing cost 5 euros, climbing with the elevator option is 7 euros. We didn’t waste anytime, we rushed to the Colosseum. Here, we thought we would get the 8 euro student discount only to discover that only European Union student receive that reduced rate, American students pay 12 euros. CRINGE. Weird story: I ran into a girl from my high school at the Colosseum, who is currently studying abroad in London but was on her spring break in Rome too! Its funny how small the world is, right?
With the admission ticket to the Colosseum you also get admission to the Roman Forum across the street! Take advantage of it, because it really was the quietest and most peaceful place I experienced in Rome 🙂
Because we had done a lot for one day, we decided we would treat ourselves to a good dinner. The night before a girl who was also staying at our hostel suggested we eat at MISCELLANEA, which is located directly behind the Pantheon, and get the 15 euro special that included all you can drink red AND white wine, bruschetta, pasta, a shared pizza, dessert, and sexy wine! Pretty good deal if you ask me. I loved the place, our server asked if anyone was a vegetarian so he could bring out a special plate and I was delighted. No one ever tries to cater to the vegetarian so it was so nice not to feel like a burden.
Final day in Roma! We had already seen all the monuments we wanted to so we decided to take it easy and visit a few places. Here is the day in photos:
The Pantheon selfie Free??! I’ll take it! This was at the Enoteca Al Senato by Piazza Navona Eating a fresh mozzarella, tomato with basil sandwich on Via del Conciliazione Via del conciliazione view of Vatican CityWith hair in my face on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo After these day adventures we went back to the hostel to pack up for the Florence!!! That’ll be for the next post 🙂