Caio bella! This past weekend I took a little hop over to Rome for a 4 day tour of sights, churches, and nights out. I took a few days off of work to do so and ended up being in Rome from Thursday through Sunday, a perfect time period for a nice little visit.
Now, I’ve actually been to Rome before, about 2 years ago now. I went with my school for a class I had taken, but it was very school-oriented (which isn’t a bad thing), but I had to focus a lot on what I needed to know for exams and papers I had to write, so I didn’t have as much freedom as I might’ve liked.
This time around, though, it was all fun and games for us. We were up bright and early Thursday (around 3:30am) to catch our 6:30 flight to the Eternal City. By the time we got in and settled, we were well into the day and ready for some pizza.
Now, pizza by the slice in Rome is a lot different than what you’d get back in the states. It’s actually illegal to sell it in pre-cut slices, so they cut it right in front of you! We went to a little corner shop just across the street from our hostel, and I’m not sure if it’s because I was starving or not, but it was the best pizza I’ve ever had.
Next we headed through the city to see some sights, most notably the Trevi Fountain, which you might know as the fountain you throw a coin into from the Lizzie McGuire movie. The ritual is that if you throw in one coin you’ll have a return trip to Rome, two coins gets you a Roman love affair (yowza), and three means you’ll marry a Roman. You might be wondering how many coins I threw in, but that I’ll keep a secret.
We then headed to dinner, where I had the most amazing gnocchi. Honestly, I am an eating machine, so I was just putting it away something fierce. That night was pretty quiet, so after seeing the Colosseum by night we just went back to the hostel and slept.
The next day we had another full day in which we saw a lot of stuff, mostly churches and ruins. We headed to the Colosseum first thing in the morning and honestly, it was breathtaking. I went the last time I was in Rome, but to see it in all its glory again and in the sunshine was something like no other.
We then had, you guessed it, pizza for lunch, followed by checking out the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. For dinner, we headed to a nice restaurant in the neighborhood of Trastevere, a very young and lively place. We then headed out into the night for some fun and laughs before ultimately heading home to get a bit of rest.
The next day was the creme de la creme: the Vatican. Religious or not, the Vatican is one of the best places to go. It was a bit crowded since it was a Saturday, but nonetheless stunning. After that, we got some much needed gelato and food, then had a bit of free time before walking around to get some of the best views of the city.
That night, we had dinner near the Pantheon with all you can drink wine and a plethora of pastas and pizza. Then another night on the town ensued, but I was a bit too sick and had to end the night early. Ah, when in Rome, eh?
The next day was extremely relaxed as we said our goodbyes to members who had earlier flights home and then walked around the city. We saw a few more churches (of course) and then ended up sitting in cafes for a few hours, feeling the genuine Sunday Roman feel.
Then it was time to leave, and we didn’t get back home from the airport that night until almost 1:30am. But then it was up bright and early the next day for work, where I fell asleep at my desk a few times (whoops).
This upcoming weekend is St. Paddy’s Day here in Dublin, which is set to be a roaring good time. Stay tuned for the crazy antics I get up to then!