17 Aug Highlights from my trip to Rome Italy
Highlights from my trip to Rome Italy
I instantly feel in love with Rome. I love the streets. I loved the food. I loved the history. I thought to myself; I could live here. So many of the streets remind me of being back in New York. I can’t believe I only had five days. I didn’t go to any other city in Italy. Just Rome. And I’m glad I didn’t try to see other cities. It was also my thinking that gave me a reason to come back to Italy.
The first night I scheduled a wine tasting. A friend of mine was with me, but I planned everything I wanted to do. I’m not a wine drinker and don’t remember anything I learned, but it was fun. We had wine and cheese in Rome.
Day 2 Adventures
I like to pretend I’m fit and an adventurer. I always plan an activity on my trips. We scheduled a bike ride tour through the streets of Rome. I thought it was going to be fun and easy going like the ride in Paris. We arrive at the shop, and the bikes were more like mountain bikes. I got have through the ride and wanted to walk my bike back to the store. I was not prepared. The tour was great. It still is a great way to see the city.
Day 3 Activities
By day three in Rome, I realized I should have scheduled more time. We had a food tour with Eating Italy Food Tours in the Trastevere neighborhood. The tour lasted 4 hours and also included a visit to a cemetery. We had a hard time trying to figure out how a cemetery ties into a food tour, but it was interesting. Along with the history of food, we learned about the neighborhood.
Day 4 Activities
On day four we spent the day at the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. You should join a group with a guide. The lines were so long, and the Chapel was so crowded when we finally got in I don’t feel like we could enjoy it. I would go again but maybe self-guided so I could linger a little bit.
The final full day in Rome we went to the Colosseum where the gladiators use to fight. We also joined a guided tour and was good but such a long morning. One our way back we bumped into a parade. Apparently, today was Rome’s birthday. Everyone was dressed up in Roman attire and reenacted Roman times.
For 4 of the nights, we stayed in an apartment. I wanted to feel like I lived there. The only negative side is it is like you live there and no extra amenities like towels and at least a few English speaking channels.
Rome easily became one of my favorite cities so far to visit. I would love to go back and learn some Italian and discover more of the city.