My Trip to Italy: Rome Part 1

It has already been a week and half since our return from Italy and I still haven’t managed to work my way through all our photos. I’ve decided to split our trip into four posts to give you a fair sense of what our trip was like. We spent our first three days in the Eternal City, Roma. These images take me right back to the streets of Rome and all the sweet memories it holds. Opera voices filling the air, rose sellers all around and the distinct smell of wine.

We arrived around midday on the first day of our ten day journey and were completely exhausted! We only managed to walk around our neighbourhood and rushed to greet the Colosseum before taking a nap. We ended our first day with a long walk to the Spanish steps (we stayed in an apartment close to the Colosseum) and also enjoyed our first, and arguably best, gelato along the way.

On our second day we headed to the Villa Borghese gardens and were sad to find that we couldn’t enter the museum without having pre-booked online (keep that in mind if you do plan to visit). The gardens were by no means a disappointing consolation prize as there is so much to see! It is also the place where we got engaged so I might be biased! If you’re looking for a seriously romantic spot you can’t miss the pond.

We spent the entire day there and on our way back to apartment we stopped at the Pantheon. The atmosphere in the evenings was electric as the temperature was slightly more bearable than during the day.

I wish we had a step-counter as we walked our feet numb in the Vatican Museum. Viewing the Sisteen Chapel has been one of my dreams ever since I learnt about in school and it did not disappoint! The only fault (aside from the distance covered) is that every room preceding and following the Sisteem Chapel was equally as impressive.

The Vatican Museums also offered a lot with regards to beautiful gardens, endless amounts of amazing art, sculptures and even a few rooms dedicated to Etruscan and Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

We already felt dead on our feet by the time we headed to St Peter’s Basilica but  I simply had to see Michelangelo’s Pieta. It was so beautiful to behold but exceedingly difficult to capture on camera thanks to its thick layer of protective glass. The complete scale and amount of detail inside and out was absolutely amazing and I still can’t believe we saw it all. Apparently you can even climb the dome, which we were sad to learn of after we returned. Now we have a good excuse to return!

P.S. Some of these beautiful pictures were snapped by my talented fiance. You can check his Instagram account here for more images.

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