29th July – 1st August 2016
From Florence we caught a quick train down to Rome and then made our way to another Air BnB. To book trains through Italy we used Loco2.com, it is an easy website to use, in english and prices are charged to you in pounds. We also found that although staying in hostels is fun the cost to stay in an air bnb is so much cheaper and you have your own bathroom and kitchen.
My first impression of Rome was that it was dirty, we were staying in a suburb near the vatican as people suggested but when we got off at the train station there was rubbish everywhere. I have noticed it a lot in Europe, people just do not seem to throw rubbish into bins or there is a lack of bins all together. However once we started exploring more central Rome I loved the city and it was much cleaner. It has amazing streets and buildings – everywhere you look it so breathtaking that you start to take it for granted as you walk around the city.
WHERE TO EAT:
Giollitti – oldest and best gelato in rome. It lives up to its name. Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma, Italy
Da baffetto – Meant to be the best pizza in Rome. It was good and cheap but I don’t think it was the best pizza I have ever had! Really busy place so try and get there early. Via del Governo Vecchio, 114, 00186 Roma, Italy
Origano – near the Trevi fountain, had a delish clam pasta from here and some of the best service in Italy which was a bonus. Highly recommend. Via di Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, 23/25, 00187 Roma, Italy
La Gattabuia – In a suburb called Travestere. In an old prison downstairs, also outdoor tables. Good food. Via del Porto, 1, 00153 Roma, Italy
WHAT TO DO:
The Vatican + Sistine chapel + St Peter’s Basilica – All were pretty amazing for somebody who doesn’t love history all that much. Try to go at a time where you avoid the crowds because they are very off-putting and you cannot appreciate it as you should when there a swarms of people walking through the Vatican. At St Peter’s Basilica we walked up some very narrow steep stairs to the top and got an amazing 360 degree view of the city. Buy tickets online the day before for this, makes the lines when you get there a bit shorter.
Colosseum. After hearing about big lines we got there quite early and only had to wait about 15 minutes to buy tickets which was much better than we expected. Don’t think there is much point to buy tickets online for this, was easy to do it on arrival. To be honest we were quite underwhelmed by it but can understand why it is such an attraction being that it was all hand made.
Trevi Fountain – Threw our coins in and also saw somebody propose there which was a bit odd given the crowds of people around.
Magnum pleasure store – Creating your own icecream, quite a novelty and it was yum too!
Getting around Rome was quite easy especially if you have google maps as it tells you which transport options to take. The transport tickets can be bought for 90 minutes, 24 hours or longer depending on how much you think you will use them. We used the 90 minute ones normally as they are 2 euro each and you only really need to buy two a day. You can get these from tobacconists which are cigarette shops and they are always near the bus stations somewhere.
For my 25th Birthday we tried to have a big night and drunk at the Air BNB before heading out. Epic fail. Got two trains to a bar/club recommended to us and we arrived about 40 minutes later to find it was closed. It was 1am on a saturday night/sunday morning and lots of people were showing up as confused as we were. Got a uber to another one close by to find it was closed also before our uber driver telling us we were in an unsafe area now so we decided to go with him back home. My advice here is maybe do more research than we did on where people party in Rome.