I was so excited to finally visit Rome. I have lived in Italy for about 3 months now and finally was able to fit the weekend trip into my schedule. I only had about 2 days in Rome, which wasn’t as much as I would have liked, but I still managed to see everything on my ‘must-see’ list.
On day 1 I made the trip to Vatican City. Here, I toured the Vatican Museum, saw the Sistine Chapel, and visited St. Peter’s Basilica. When visiting Vatican City I would suggest getting a tour guide. The facilities are very large and a little confusing, so it would help if you had someone to show you the key highlights of the areas.
The Vatican Museum was so incredibly large and very ornate. I don’t think I have ever taken so many pictures of ceilings before! The artwork was wonderful throughout. St. Peter’s Basilica was absolutely enormous and beautiful; there was marble throughout the entire building and every inch of space was decorated. The entire trip to Vatican City was a little overwhelming, but everything that I saw was incredible.
The following day, I started my morning off by visiting the inside of the Colosseum. It was amazing to step inside a structure that was constructed all the way back in 70 AD. The different areas of the building were very neat and it was amazing how similar the building was constructed compared to our arenas today.
Following my visit to the Colosseum, I used my same ticket to get inside the Roman Forum. I thought this area of Rome was one of the most interesting sights, and I spent close to 2 hours touring it. The area includes a lot of ancient Roman structures, and parts of the Forum also have the best views of the city. I enjoyed sitting in a grassy area overlooking the Colosseum for a while.
Before heading back to florence, I enjoyed wandering more around Rome and seeing other major sights, such as the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. The shops and markets around the city were also very charming and I enjoyed spending time in the more ‘low-key’ areas.
It was amazing to see just how different the architecture was in Rome compared to Florence. It was such an interesting change of pace and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to visiting Rome again one day!