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Citytrip to Rome – What should you see?

What’s up guys!

This week I went on a citytrip to Rome with my sister. Rome was on our travel list so we figured why not go together and see this beautiful city. We went from Wednesday 18th of April till Saturday the 21th of April. Four days was just enough to see the whole city and make the best out of our trip. Here’s what we saw and what you should definitely see when you go to Rome!

Day 1

We flew in the morning and the sky was clear so we could see the beautiful sights from up in the air. When we arrived at the airport in Rome we had to go with ‘The Leonardo Express’: a train that takes 30 minutes and goes straight to the central station of Rome ‘Termini’. We had a hotel nearby the station so we only had to walk for a few minutes. We stayed at the Dharma Hotel which was really nice. We wanted a modern styled hotel because we like our facilities, haha. We decided to do the bottom part of the city on this first day. Straight out of our hotel we came at ‘Piazza della Repubblica‘, a big square with beautiful round buildings. From that we went down on a shopping street to arrive at ‘Altare della Patria‘, one of the biggest buildings I have ever seen! You could walk all the way up with the stairs to have a very nice view over Rome. The Colosseum and some excavations where close by so we also went there.

View on the mountains from up high
Altare della Patria, Rome
View from Altare della Patria, Rome
Inside Altare della Patria, Rome
Altare della Patria, Rome
View over Rome from Altare della Patria
Piazza d’Aracoeli, Rome
Colosseum, Rome
Excavations near the Colosseum, Rome

Day 2

On the second day of our trip we went to see Vatican City and the top part of Rome. We first went to ‘Piazza San Pietro‘ the beautiful square in front of the ‘Basilica di San Pietro‘. Such an amazing experience to be here and to see all the beauty that is made there. We went in line to go inside the Basilica. We had to wait like half an hour to get inside, but it was definitely worth it! I have never seen a church so big and beautiful in my entire life. So impressive! It must have cost so much to build it. After our visit we had lunch at a local place nearby which was really nice. After that we also saw ‘Castel Sant’Angelo‘ and we went walking to the subway to go to ‘Piazza del Popolo‘. From this beautiful square you walk into the shopping street of Rome, where you are near the ‘Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti‘ or ‘Spanish Steps’. So many people there but really cool to see! In the evening we went to eat at ‘Trastevere‘ which is a really nice part of Rome where you have all kinds of restaurants, bars and cute streets.

Piazza San Pietro, Rome
Piazza San Pietro, Rome
Basilica di San Pietro, Rome
Basilica di San Pietro, Rome
Inside Basilica di San Pietro, Rome
Piazza del Popolo, Rome
Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, Rome
Piazza di Spagna View, Rome

Day 3

On day three of our trip we went to see the middle part of the city. We started at ‘Palazzo del Quirinale‘ which is a palace and one of the current residences of the President of the Italian Republic. Again beautiful buildings and gardens. Then we went straight to the famous ‘Fontana di Trevi‘ which was so beautiful and big! I didn’t expect it to be in a building though. We stayed there for a while to make photos and to go inside the church which was on the other side of the fountain. Again, so many people there haha. You couldn’t even stand in front of the fountain. Then we went into the small streets of Rome to explore and have some drinks and lunch on our way to the Pantheon. That was so cool to see! We went inside and it’s just a big dome with an opening in the middle. We read that the opening is there because it stabilises the building in case of earthquakes. After the Pantheon we went to the two famous Piazzas: ‘Piazza Navona‘ and ‘Campo de’ Fiori‘. Piazza Navona was a really cool square and we chilled there for a little, people played some nice music and it had a really nice atmosphere. At night we went for dinner again in Trastevere because we liked it so much the other day.

Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome
Fontana di Trevi, Rome
Piazza Colonna, Rome
Piazza Colonna, Rome
Lunch at Piazza della Maddalena, Roma
Piazza della Rotonda at the Pantheon, Roma
Inside the Pantheon, Roma
Corso del Rinascimento looking at Sant’Andrea della Valle, Roma
Sant’Agnese in Agone at Piazza Navona, Roma
Some Italian ice cream at Plaza Navona, Roma

Day 4

On our last day in Rome we only had a few hours in the city before we had to go to the airport. We went with the subway to San Giovanni to see ‘Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano‘, another beautiful church. From there we went to walk in some smaller streets where we discovered a little church ‘Basilica e Monastero Agostiniano Santi Quattro Coronati‘. This was more like a monastery and there was a service when we went inside. Really unique to see. From there on we went walking to ‘Basilica di San Clemente‘ this is a church that was build above another church. Unfortunately it was closed during lunch so we couldn’t go in. We walked to the Colosseum and went around it to see some of the remaining excavations and to see ‘Circo Massimo‘. By accident we discovered ‘Piazza del Campidoglio‘ which was near the big altar where we went on our first day. After this we went back to our hotel with the bus to get our bags and leave to the airport.

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Roma
Inside Basilica e Monastero Agostiniano Santi Quattro Coronati, Roma
Excavations near the Colosseum, Roma
Piazza del Campidoglio, Roma

Rome is worth it!

Rome is really worth a visit. It’s best to stay a few days if you want get the most out of this beautiful city. Every building is beautiful but has it’s own unique story and architecture. We had too much ice cream and pizza, but obviously we can blame that on Italy haha! And I have never seen so many churches in my life. Everything is good to do on foot, but for some visits you will need the subway or bus. Such as visiting Vatican City or going to Trastevere. Some downsides are that there are a lot of people who want to sell things to you on the street. From tickets for museums, the hop on hop off bus or things like water, bracelets and umbrella’s against the sun. They really annoy me and you just have to look out for the tricks they use to sell you things. The city is also really busy with tourists obviously, but you just gotta take that for granted because it’s really beautiful in Rome.

Hope you enjoyed my blog and I will see you in the next one!


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2 Comments

  1. Milou Pieterse
    23 April 2018 / 19:13

    Liked reading this, but the “excavations near Colosseum” is the Forum Romanum. Such a pity that you didn’t went into that, it’s lovely!

    • twanisblogging
      Author
      23 April 2018 / 23:23

      Thanks! 😉 Yeah you’re right! We saw it from the outside tough 😉

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