Rome was definitely on Jonathan and I’s list to explore while living in Italy for the summer! It is a bustling modern city while at the same time caring a romantic charm laced with history from the past. I found myself wandering down cobblestone streets wondering what they had looked like packed with ancient Roman merchants, common slaves, legions of soldiers, and noblemen strolling down them.
We broke up our time in Rome into 2 day trips because we were only living 1 1/2 hours by train and site-seeing seemed to be too much to try and cram into 1 day’s time. We figured out that we wanted to come into Flamino Station because that was close to Piazza del Popolo and everything else we wanted to see along the river.
One thing to be aware of and try to avoid are the dozens of locals trying to sell little trinkets to tourists in the streets and squares. They do not easily accept no for an answer and will try flattery or appear to be interested in where you are from in order to convince you to give them money.
We visited St. Peter’s Basilica and walked around the Vatican but a majority of our first day consisted of getting our bearings around the city and figuring out what we wanted to make sure that we saw the next time.
On our second trip, we saw the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo, and Castel Sant’Angelo. It was a very warm day and we spent the majority of our time in the sun walking around so I was glad that I had worn my cooler spaghetti strapped dress from Urban Outfitters which also helped with my summer tan. :)) One piece of advice we took seriously was wearing comfortable shoes because you can never underestimate how much walking you do trying to see every site in Rome in one day! Comfortable sneakers were a true life-saver!