Chasing summer - The Rome Edition

"To wander is to be alive."

I am still on cloud nine from our 5 day Roman excursion. The truth is we've been to Rome before but just for 24 hours on a cruise pit stop. So during our visit in 2013, we spent our entire day at the Vatican exploring and engulfed in the majestic splendor of St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican's Museum.

Why the Vatican? Several reasons, I love old Catholic cathedrals and not to mention the Vatican (Headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church) holds one of the world's largest collections of art. The truth is, it wasn't until I arrived in Rome that I realized this region of Italy deserves a week or more of my full attention. 

Roman Forum

This modern day bustling metropolis city is built around the cities historical ruins, monuments and landmarks. With glimpses into Rome's rich history everywhere, it's a magnificent mesh of old world and new world. I mean, you could be walking down a busy modern street then turn down a corridor walk a few feet and all of sudden you're in front of a 6000 year old monument in all it's glory.

The great thing about Rome was how family-friendly it was. Unlike Venice, that wasn't stroller friendly, it was a wonderful place for strolling the ruins, fountains and even public parks. My daughter really enjoyed listening to the tour guides (in the comfort of her stroller), taking her own pictures of the sculptures, watching the street performers and she really enjoyed running around the large spacious Piazza's chasing the birds and making new friends.

Must see:

- Vatican City - St. Peters Basilica

- Colosseum*

- Spanish Steps

- Pantheon*

- Trevi Fountain*

- Roman Circle

- Triumphal Arches*

- City of Trestevere

- Capitol Hill Monument

- Piazza Navona

- Piazza del Campo

- Castle Saint Angelo

- Palatine Square

Tiber River at sunset

 If you are into exploring off the beaten path, then you'll definitely enjoy the city of Trastevere. It's a charming and quaint neighborhood paved with cafes, street markets, restaurants and ice cream vendors. This is the spot for the most delicious, authentic and inexpensive Italian food. A must see for kids is the famous Trevi Fountain. The grandeur of this Baroquen masterpiece is breathetaking. Plus, everyone in the family can indulge in the traditional toss a coin into the fountain. But not just any fountain, instead one of the biggest and oldest fountains in the world. 

Fun Fact:

There's a old legend that goes: If you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain – with your back to the fountain, tossing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder this will ensure a return to Rome. However, tossing a second coin in Trevi Fountain leads to a new romance, and a third coin leads to marriage. 

My favorite Piazza's

- Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, Trieste

- Piazza del Campo

- Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City

- Piazza Navona

- Piazza de Fiori

- Piazza del Popolo

- Piazza Di Pietra (Pantheon)

- Piazza Trilussa

- Piazza Venezia

Must do:

- Scenic boat tour on Tiber

- Private/Group tour of Colosseum

- Hop on and Hop off Tour Bus

- Private/Group walking tour of the city or monuments 

Must eat and drink:

- Pizza a la pala (variety of delicious pizza's)
- Fresh cold gelato
- Aperol Spritz (traditional refreshing cocktail)
- Fresh roasted chestnut
- Bucatini all' Amatriciana
- Pasta all’arrabbiata
- Bruschetta al pomodoro

 

When it comes to a break for hydration or just a mental break a gelato or aperol spritz break is always a must, just saying. 

Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City

 

Strolling the Roman Forum

Inside the Colosseum

Tiber River at night

Entrance to Vatican City

 

My advice is to wake up early, grab a quick breakfast and explore the city. The benefit of waking up early are for great pictures. You get to beat the tourist crowd. Plus, you get to stroll and explore the beautiful empty streets. 

Like what you read or want to share your summer travels. Leave a comment below.

 

 

Until next time,

 Barbara




Barbara Jacques
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1 Response

Yessica
Yessica

August 30, 2016

Thanks for sharing this. I’m traveling to Rome soon and this was really helpful.

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