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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

When in Rome

Hi Guys! Me and Chris have just got back from our trip to Rome! We had the best four days exploring the City and stuffing our faces with as much pizza, pasta and gelato as we possibly could.  Mmmmmm the gelato was so tasty - I'm missing it already!

We traveled from London Stansted to Rome Ciampino which was just under 2.5 hours.  We had an 8.45 am flight and was in Rome by 11:30 am.  We was greeted by our driver at the airport who we booked through the hotel and the journey was only 45 minutes to the hotel which was in the city center so by lunch time we was all checked in and excited to start looking around.   

The first stop on the list was the Tevi Fountain.  This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Rome and definitely one I wanted to tick off my bucket list.  The Fountain was beautiful and I was so impressed with the attention to detail.  Although it is very busy packed with excited tourists ready to make their three wishes for a return trip some day it was great, not only because it was breathtaking to see but because it is one of the few landmarks that is completely free and there's no need to purchase any tickets.   

For our first evening in Rome I was determined to visit That's A'more.  I had heard so many good things about this restaurant and looked them up on Trip Adviser beforehand and O M G, it did not disappoint! It's just a five minute walk from the Trevi Fountain. The food was delicious, the staff were so friendly.  I see some reviews online saying that the restaurant was too small but I would describe it as perfect.  It was a cosy and a truly authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome. I tried to book a table on The Fork App that morning but all the tables were obviously fully booked but we took a chance and thought we would walk there and see if they had any tables available.  When we arrived there was a queue of 3 of 4 couples in front of us and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. I had bruschetta to start and a sausage and broccoli pizza for main and Chris had a prosciutto platter to start and a pork pasta dish for main.   

The next day was our first full day in Rome and we decided to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  We booked a guided tour on the Trip Adviser app through a company called Viator. Our tour guide herself was from Rome and had so much knowledge about Rome and it's landmarks to share with us.  If you only had one day in the city, the Colosseum is what I recommend you see.  It is truly remarkable!   

On our last day we went to Vatican City (aka where the pope live) - we bought skip the line tickets online and met the ticket company across the road from the entrance who kindly took us to the front of the queue.  Vatican City is its own country itself within Rome and is it is a holy place of worship a strict dress code is adhered to. You can't show any bare shoulders or legs and dresses should be below the knee As we visited in January this wasn't too much of an issue for us but if you are planning a trip in the warmer months then it's something to be mindful of. 

I wasn't sure what to expect from Rome in January.  I knew the weather wouldn't be amazing (although it was obviously much nicer than the weather at home in the UK) but it was a great time to visit.  The crowds weren't too busy and the lines were no where near as long as they would of been in the peak season.   I personally couldn't think of any worse than standing in line for hours in the blazing hot sun!

I hope you guys fount this post helpful - where are you off to in 2018? 

Rach x 

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