My summer has officially begun! Today I arrived back from a wonderful week discovering Rome. Italy has been a country I’ve always wanted to visit and it did not disappoint! With the weather a cool 33 degrees we did our fair share of walking down the maze that is Rome!
I could write a mini book with details of the holiday but instead I thought I’d write my top 10 top tips for visiting Rome!
1. Eat Gelato
Dont hold back. We had at least one scoop a day and tried a whole range of incredible flavours. Look out especially for gelato artigianale – they contain no artificial flavourings or colours! Go wild!
This was our favourite – natural yogurt and kiwi!
2. Climb to the top of Gianicolo Hill
We stumbled upon this wonderful scenic view of Rome! Just near the Vatican, it was a beautiful panoramic view of the ancient city of Roma.
3. See the Queen of Belgium at the Pantheon
Okay, so most people wont be able to do that, it just added a little bit of excitement to our day that the Queen of Belgium went on stroll in the Pantheon at the same time we did! However visiting the Pantheon is a must. It was a truly stunning building and free to enter!
4. Take a day trip out to Tivoli
If you’re not just passing through Rome then definitely take a day trip to the small village of Tivoli! Wander through the beautiful tiny streets, visit Villa D’est (the scenes and fountains are breathtaking!) and grab €1 gelato from just outside the Villa D’est. We absolutely loved it!
5. Visit St Peters Basilica at night!
St Peters Basilica during the day is stunning but it takes on a whole new vibe at night! In the cool of the evening we enjoyed sitting in St Peters Square playing cards taking in our beautiful surroundings. And on the note …
6. Carry around a pack of cards
We found after walking for a couple of hours in the sun we just wanted to flake out in the shade. With our apartment being a little out of town, everyday we found a cool place and enjoyed a few games of whist whilst we cooled and relaxed!
7. Queue at Palatine Hill for Colosseum tickets
Buying a Colosseum ticket grants you access to Palatine Hill and Roman forum as well as the Colosseum, so queuing at these places meant smaller queues- no one enjoys queuing in 33 degrees! It was crazy to imagine thousands of year beforehand this being the center of the Roman empire!