Travel: A Week In Rome

Art; culture, architecture and history filled our week long holiday in Rome, from independent artists to the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum to the fallen ruins of the ancient city, here, is our week in Rome.

Day 1 Travelling

The first day was a full day of travelling. We started in Birmingham, UK travelling to Central Rome, Italy. Trains, planes and plenty of walking later we arrived at our well located home, Hotel Hiberia.

Day 2 Altare Della Patria / Pantheon / Trevi Fountain

Our first full day in Rome was all about finding our feet and checking out the local area and the points of interests we wanted to visit. With Adam being an Architect, there were loads of ruins: temples and landmark buildings on the list.

Our hotel was really well located, pretty much in the middle of everything we wanted to visit and in easy walking distance too. 

Visiting the Altare Della Patria was a wonderful starting point, the views are stunning from the steps as well as the first floor of the museum. Despite the sweltering heat, we queued up for the Archaeological pass at the Roman Forum.

We finished off the day at the Pantheon, then retired to the Trevi district for dinner. 

Day 3 Colosseum / Roman Forum / Palatine Hill

After a traditional Italian breakfast, we walked down to the Colosseum and waited inline for 1/2 an hour for entry into the grounds. We used the Archaeological student pass for entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. 

The Colosseum building is amazing and so full of history. It's huge, totally breathtaking. The views are fantastic, especially the views of the Palatine. In the afternoon we wandered around the Palatine and the Roman Forum. The grounds allow you to freely explore the area and in our case, get lost in it.  It's safe to say we needed sun block and did not need the jumpers!

We spent the entire afternoon taking our time and enjoying the weather, the views and the histories Rome has to offer. 

Day 4 Vatican City / Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel

We'd pre-booked online for our trip to the Vatican museum (I would highly recommend, the queues are huge!) and arrived early in order to clear the airport style security so that we didn't miss our allocated time slot. 

Visiting the Vatican museum was one of my personal holiday highlights. It's huge and could easily take all day. We spent most of the day there and wished we had more time. It's abundant with art, sculpture, scripture and heritage and isn't as religious as you'd expect it to be. The whole place was fascinating with wonders everywhere to explore. 

The Sistine Chapel was also included within our Vatican museum ticket pass. It's stunning and words can not describe what an incredible treat it is to see first hand. Photographs are not allowed in the chapel and talking is prohibited due to the religious nature of the space. A dress code is also in practice. It was such a shame that many people did not abide by these rules and spoke, took photographs and did not respect the space. I could have spent all day in Michelangelo's paradise but the large tour numbers and disrespect of other tourists was just too much. 

Day 5 Ara Pacis Museum / Walk Down Fiume Tevere / Rest Day

By day 5 we were pretty tired! Needing a slower paced day we headed to the Ara Pais Museum to see the alter dedicated to the Roman goddess of peace. It only takes about 1/2 an hour to visit, so after that we meandered down the river, looking in quirky independent Italian shops and then stopped for Ice cream and a slice of delicious Pizza; retiring to our hotel for an early nights rest.

Day 6 St Peters Basilica / Castel Sant' Angelo

Visiting the Vatican on Easter weekend was busy to say the least. The queue was very long for the Basilica, we waited for an hour to go through security before being allowed access to the Basilica. It's a beautiful building both inside and out. The religious art was like stepping back in time, it was a real treat to visit somewhere unaffected by time and technology. 

Castel Sant' Angelo was again, very busy but totally worth it for the lovely views of both Central Rome and Vatican City. We climbed the stairs to see all possible angles of the sun lit city. We even managed to pick up a tan once we'd taken the jumpers off!

Day 7 Vatican Wandering / Shopping District

Being a fashion student and major foodie I could't leave without checking out the shops, boutiques and fashion offerings of the city. Food displays decorated the side streets near the Trevi Fountain
and bright lights from chain stores and designer outlets lit up the main shopping roads. Cute and kitsch boutiques and pop ups sat next to craft stores, artist studios and leather shops. 

Day 8 Final Day / Travelling Back to London

With an evening flight and a midday checkout we spent our final hours in Rome strolling, wandering and killing time. We left our luggage at the hotel and headed down to the nearby wax museum which boasted the waxworks of the Popes and famous Italian faces. It's not the best 9 Euros I've ever spent, yet it wasn't the worst either. It was funny and Ad and I did plenty of laughing! Some of the wax works were very questionable, It's got nothing on Madame Tussauds.

After a further wander around the Trevi fountain and down the main shopping street, we had our final Pizza before heading to the Termini Station then onto the airport for our flight back to London.

Our time in Rome has sadly come to an end but we both leave this wonderful city with happy memories and over 3,000 pictures to look back on. This holiday was the perfect fusion of art, culture and lifestyle and appeased our passion for fashion and architecture.

Rome, It's been a pleasure.

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