Ciao Rome ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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Well as the saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and if I can give you some advice, it would be DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO ALL THE TOURISTY THINGS IN ONE DAYย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚!

We did the Vatican City tour and the Colosseum on the same day and we were DEAD by the end of the day.

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Rome is a beautiful city and we had a really really good holiday!

We picked the perfect weekend to go as the weather was absolutely beautiful, I’m talking 36โ„ƒ so it was hot!ย ๐Ÿ”ฅโ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

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The dealโœˆ๏ธ

Dates: 10th – 13th August

Price: ยฃ270 for flights and hotel

Flights: Ryanair from Stansted to Rome Ciampino

Hotel: Floor 6, Rome

Transfers: On our arrival we went with the hotel transfer which was 50euros however on our return we took a local white taxi which only cost 30 euros.

Parking: Purple Parking – ยฃ56.69

Food

Part of the reason, I didn’t looove Rome is because the food was very disappointing. I went ready to eat all the carbs in Italy and instead the meals were just MEH and below average.

Can you believe I went all the way to Italy and didn’t have a good slice of pizza or decent pasta!! SHOCKING!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜‚

We ate at all price-ranges from incredibly fancy overlooking the Colosseum, to a nice quaint place by the Vatican to a little hideaway by our hotel and they were all rubbish. Either we didn’t make the right decisions or the food just isn’t great.

We also didn’t come across any nice halal places as we perused around the streets of Rome which was a shame! We did come across a halal Chicken Hut however but again it wasn’t good!

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We had lunch at Royal Art Cafe on Minnie’s birthday on the rooftop with views to the Colosseum so the setting was lovely but the food was awful! I could barely stomach mine as it was just cream and pasta – bleurghhh! The bill came to โ‚ฌ120 euros and none of us really liked the food. Also, we ordered Focaccia and it came in a brown paper bag (what you would get 3 rotis for a ยฃ1 in from roti junction!) – not what you would expect at all from a restaurant of that calibre really.

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The birthday girl ๐Ÿ’ž

BUT THE GELATOOOOOOOOOO! That’s a different story in itself!

The best and I mean the best gelato you will ever have is in Rome – what the food lacked, the gelato made up for. We got it from a couple of places and they were all great – I would recommend two flavours – lemon and forest fruits! Too good!

Gelato

Hotel

Our hotel was ooookay for what we paid but I wouldn’t overly-recommend it to anyone. It was in a good location as all the touristy places were walking distance however it became a ghost town at 11pm with not even a local shop open and there was no room service. The next trip I book will definitely have to include breakfast or be in a hotel with room service as one night we went to bed hungry as there was just nothing and we couldn’t find anything that would deliver either.

The rooms are well-furnished, comfortable beds, clean bathrooms and it’s in a good location however there are no mirrors in the rooms, new towels come at a price and the lift is like something straight out of a 1960’s horror movie. There’s also a ‘sexy cinema’ right next door so there are weirdo’s that hang about outside.

Customer service was good as one of the managers spent a good hour with us on Sunday helping us find a nice beach to go to and directions on getting there so points for that.

Attractions

Vatican City

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Vatican City

If you’re going to Rome then the Vatican City is a must! There is so much history there and so much to learn that it would be a waste to miss out on this. We paid โ‚ฌ45 each for a tour which included the Vatican Museum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel which is stunning!

I definitely recommend getting a tour guide because there’s so many monuments and stories behind everything that unless you’re a Ancient Rome history buff, you would be lost and nothing will really make sense.

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We had a good tour guide who explained everything and really showed us around. Being who we are, we did end up losing our tour guide and group about 3/4 of the way through so had to figure the rest out on our own๐Ÿ˜‚

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After losing our group, we came across the St Peter’s Cupola (dome) and obvz we wanted to see the view from the top so we bought our โ‚ฌ10 tickets and proceeded. We bought the elevator tickets thinking that many steps wouldn’t be that difficult but boy oh boy were we wrong – those stairs are a killer! The steps are winding, bent and it must’ve been around 1/2pm so incredibly stuffy and hot! We saw some people turn back and not even attempt to get to the top. If you decide to go all the wayyy up then please have some water with you and wear the comfortable shoes.

AFTER ALL THAT THE VIEW WASN’T EVEN WORTH ITย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I hate to say it as well but none of us were like ‘wow what a view’ย ๐Ÿ™ƒย but that could’ve been our thoughts in the moment cuz looking back at pictures, it does look quite nice!

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Views from St Peter’s Culpo

Also just know that there is a strict dress code in the Vatican so make sure you’re dressed appropriately that day otherwise you could be turned away and lose your money!

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

No matter what time you go this place is swarming with people and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat in front of the fountain, there’s somebody waiting in front of you to take it.

This is a must-see in Rome, it’s a true monument. You only get to appreciate the intricacies of it when it’s right in front of youย ๐Ÿ˜.

Colosseum

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Pretty much all of us spent some time learning about Ancient Rome in school and the Colosseum is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Rome.

I was overwhelmed with just how massive it is – if you think back to the history of this tourist hotspot, it can throw you for a second as thousands of people were killed here but it’s also one of the most famous sites in Rome.

Buy your tickets beforehand online so you’re avoiding any long queues on the day.

The whole time I was in there, I was just thinking about that epic scene from Jumper where they’re ‘jumping’ around the whole Colosseum – anybody seen that?

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Fregene Beach

Ohmy ohmy oh my! I cannot recommend this beach enough – it is one of the best beaches I’ve been to and I’d rank it alongside Jumeirah beach in Dubai because it is beautiful! We had an absolute nightmare getting there and were stranded at the train station in Fregene for about 2 hours but it was totally worth it. If you’re going to Rome then I most definitely recommend adding a day on and spending it at this beach – especially if you’re going in the summer as you won’t regret it but you might want to hire a car and drive there as public transport is a nightmare!

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We spent pretty much the entire afternoon laying out on the (free!) towels there soaking in the sun, sea and sand! The sun was beating down on us and as the hours went on the atmosphere got better and better.

This beach is very boujee and you can tell that as soon as you step onto the warm sand. We were in the area owned by Singita which is the main restaurant/bar there and you can hire private cabana’s and all sorts from there. We just opted for the beach towels as they were directly in the sun and close enough to the sea for us.

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It is a little pricy to spend a day there – we bought a Mojito pitcher, two cones of chips and some shrimp which cost us ยฃ45 so take snacks unless you’re feeling rich!

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On an end note, Rome is beautiful and should most definitely be on your list of European cities to visit. 2/3 days is more than enough time to see all that the city has to offer and the numerous historical sites that are there – it’s definitely a ‘summer city’ so if you can plan your visit in the summer months then do that. There are so many more beautiful places in Italy like Florence, Milan, Amalfi Coast and Venice that I’m itching to get back – I think a road trip through Italy sounds like a good ideaย ๐Ÿ˜


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