I saw the Pope!

Hi guys! I can only apologise for the delay in this post, but as soon as I got back I had to go to University and have tests and all sorts of busy stuff. But it is here, and it is ready.

I was very lucky to get the chance to go to Rome for a few days in the second week of April. It was such an amazing experience and I am really excited to share it with you!

We left  Luton Airport at 4pm and arrived into Rome at 7:45pm (local time). We had about a 40 minute journey from Fiumicino airport to our (very beautiful) hotel, and after a lot of faffing around with trains and buses, myself, my mum and my sister arrived.

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Day 1

We left our hotel after breakfast at about 9am and started our first day of exploring! It is safe to say that we did pretty much everything you could think of when in Rome. We walked up and down beautiful Roman Italian streets, ate loads of Gelato, saw beautiful sights and made some amazing memories.

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I fell in love with the Trevi Fountain, and it stood out to me most dramatically, so much so that I insisted on going back the next day!

I am not sure if that fact is because of the most overwhelming experience, as it is the one thing that I really wanted to see in Rome. It also held a lot of emotion, as before my Nanny died, she visited Rome and my Mum promised her that she would throw a coin in for her. It stuck out to me like a sore thumb, when turning the corner and seeing it literally carved into a building in the middle of little Italian side-streets.

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The carving intricacy is phenomenal, and it was so incredible. It was a lot smaller than what I expected (foolishly based upon The Lizzie McGuire Movie, of course). However, the smallness and intimacy of it really made the difference.

Walking through more Roman side-streets, we also went to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, where we stopped for Gelato and a sit down after walking for miles!

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We even stumbled across some Roman ruins along the way!

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We walked along (even more Italian side-streets) and came to really beautiful scenery at Piazza Del Campidoglio in Capitoline Hill. You can’t tell, but the steps are super small and steep, and I actually may have nearly tripped over whilst trying to get video footage… that is for another post!

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Leading to the early afternoon, we saw the Roman Forum which, as a history-geek, was truly phenomenal. It is crazy to think the extent of the history of this place, but also how long it has been there for and how much of the world that we know now is due to the Romans.

 

And when I said that we pretty much did everything on the first day, I truly meant it! My second favourite place in Rome, the Colosseum, which pictures really do not do justice for just how big it really is. It is also much whiter than I thought it would be, which sounds mad.

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We stopped over the road for a bite to eat to keep us going before dinner. We finished off the day walking around and exploring before going back to the hotel for an obvious nap before we went to dinner.

Our hotel had a lovely rooftop bar, so we had a few drinks before heading out to Porta Pia to eat and drink a lot of wine and Italian food!

 

Day 2

Today was Vatican day! After a big sleep and some breakfast, we travelled to the Vatican on very hot and busy buses. Little did we know that as soon as we entered, the Pope was there to bless the crowd and give some beautiful speeches. I am not Catholic but I am Christian, so it was really heartwarming and the Pope is a really lovely man.

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We walked around the Vatican on a very warm yet windy day.

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We had a wander around Vatican City and walked back into Rome, all the way back to Trevi Fountain, which is a bloody long walk – 40 minutes to be precise, on a straight road, and that doesn’t include the amount of detours of shopping, food, and getting lost multiple times!

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It was coming up to late afternoon at this point, and after all the walking and multiple ‘Basilica’ visits we decided to head back to get ready for dinner.

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Day 3

On our bus trip back to the hotel the day before we had noticed the Villa Borghese Gardens which were too pretty to miss! It is basically a huge greenery area, with loads of little roads, monuments and a big house. As today was a Sunday, a lot of things were closed so we had a lie in and a big breakfast and went and stayed there for most of the day.

I rented out a little golf cart/small people carrier to drive myself, sister and mum around in so we were able to experience its’ full potential (and resting our legs for walking so much the days beforehand). It was probably one of the scariest experiences of my life, especially as I haven’t passed my driving test yet, not to mention ever driving on the opposite side of the road! Let’s just say that going around roundabouts felt like near-death experiences…

With the most beautiful view of Rome…

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By 1pm, the sun was hot and we were not prepared! We chilled out in the sun, got a little sunburnt and hot and bothered, so by 3pm I managed to convince my sister and mum to find the Spanish steps, as it was the only thing that we hadn’t done yet. After 2 hours of walking, moaning, getting lost and becoming frustrated with tiredness (which, by the way, felt like it lasted a lifetime) we arrived and it was fairly disappointing after that amount of trouble! Though, like the rest of Rome, you can’t stay mad because it is just too beautiful.

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After this, we went shopping for a bit whilst attempting to dodge the annual Roma Marathon which closed off what felt like the whole of Rome! We sat on the steps of the National Museum watching the world go by and soaked the heat up.

Afterwards we decided to go back to the hotel for dinner in Porta Pia (which looks even lovelier at night, can you believe it?)

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Day 4

Our trip was coming to an end, and 4 days and 4 nights just was not enough time even though we did all the touristy-bits in the first 2 days! It was time to check out so we had a little lie in and a big breakfast to keep us going for the day.

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We went for a last look around the city before we had to leave. We went to see Piazza Venezia and see anything else we had missed before making our way to the airport.

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Oh, and I may have forgot to mention that we had to cart our suitcases with us the. whole. day.
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We saw some more Roman ruins, and some beautiful sights (say beautiful one more time, Lauren, I dare you).
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After some dinner, we travelled to the Termini, where we said farewell to Rome and all the lovely memories it gave us.

Until next time!

 

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