Rome is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Having spent a blissful few days in the Amalfi Coast, we made our way to the second part of our journey, Also known as the Eternal City, is great for exploring on foot, seeing every little cobble street filled with cafes, pizzerias, gelato shops until you stumble across a beautiful ancient building.
From Naples train station we caught our train to Rome. Our tickets cost around €43 each and we were in Rome Termini within 2 hours. (On my first trip to Rome, we did a day trip to Florence and Pisa from Rome. We caught the 6am train from Rome termini to Florence (around 2 hours) and then got another train to Pisa (another hour). We were able to spend the morning in Pisa, the afternoon in Florence and then headed back to Rome on the 7pm train.) Totally worth it if you have the time).
For this part of the trip, we stayed at the Hotel Dei Borgognoni. It was walking distance to the Coliseum which was a bonus. It was a decent hotel, with a good selection for breakfast. As we arrived late from Amalfi Coast on our first night, the front desk gentlemen was nice enough to upgrade us and we got a room with our own little back garden. It was beautiful.
As we only had three days in Rome, on our first day, we visited the Coliseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. We bought our tickets for all 3 at the Forum to avoid the long lines at the Coliseum. The Coliseum is a piece of art in itself. It is amazing to think so many battles were held there accommodating 50-80,000 spectators.
All 3 places are connected, so once you see the Coliseum ask someone where the Forum is or if you see the Forum information center – it’s right across the street from it. It took us about 3-4 hours or so to visit all 3 places. The cost of the ticket for Forum, Palatine Hill and Coliseum was 12 euros total per person.
Once we got the entrance of the Coliseum, we actually decided to join a guided walking tour and paid around 14 euros. We are glad we did this as we got to listen to all the historical knowledge about the sites as we travelled in a group of around 10 people and our guide was friendly. The only downfall of this was it was extremely hot and if we wanted to stay in a location or the shade a little longer, we couldn’t and had to keep with the group.
The next day we visited the Vatican city. This is a religious and beautiful site. We bought our admission tickets for a tour guide in advance from the Vatican website because buying tickets online is the only way to avoid the long lines at the entrance. The tour guide took us through the Vatican Museum.
We then visited the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is the only place in Rome we did not walk to. It took us 4 hours to visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. The admission price plus tour guide, service & fees cost total 50 euros for both of us when I bought them in advance online. Otherwise, admission only is 14 euros per person. I think it was worth having a guided tour of the Vatican city as well. We got to hear history and stories we wouldn’t have otherwise. It was a little cooler this day, so the heat was much more bearable. Remember, all ladies have to cover their shoulders either by wearing appropriate clothing or covering with a shawl.
We also visited the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps and walked around the streets stopping into shops and taking in the ooze of pizza and pasta smells!
And last but not least, yes that’s right, I found the cutest little afternoon tea place right near the famous Spanish Steps. We had a cuppa tea at Babington’s Tea Room which is a corner of English style eccentricity in Rome. This was a great way to end our trip.
So there you have it, my little Italian adventure. If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast or Rome for the summer, make sure to pack your hat, sun block, walking shoes and space in your belly for lots delicious gelato! If you need any help planning, please get in touch!
Happy vacay planning!
DeepsMak blogging with a Cuppa! xxx