As part of his birthday celebrations this year, I took Sam to Rome in March. It was a while ago now, but better late on the blog than never! I chose the Italian capital because it has so much to offer – art, culture, history and most importantly, good food. Rome is totally unique and it was an unforgettable trip together. Here’s what we got up to:
We spent most of the day travelling but after checking into The Guardian Hotel in Central district, we headed out for pizza at a little café and walked around the area to stretch our legs. We strolled down to Piazza della Repubblica and made the most of the evening before going back to the hotel and settling down.
We planned to cram in as much as possible during our short stay so today we had a guided tour of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, which was brilliant. The Colosseum was every bit as impressive as we imagined and a tour was worth it to hear all about the phenomenal history in detail.
It took up a lot of the day as there was lots of hanging round to get the tour started but the weather was glorious so it was a pleasure to wait in the sunshine!
Next, we headed to the ridiculously busy Trevi Fountain before rambling over to the Spanish Steps and finishing our day at Borghese Gallery. A quick change and we were ready for date night! Bring on the Caprese salad and tiramisu!
Today was all about Vatican City, which was declared independent from the rest of Italy in 1929. First up, we had the obligatory coffee and snack near Castel Sant’Angelo.
Then, we took in St Peter’s Square before having a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica, before ending the tour in the Sistine Chapel.
My personal highlight was the Sistine Chapel, which was a jaw-dropping masterpiece. I loved that you couldn’t even take photos in there so it was all eyes on the painting.
On the last day, we set out early to get some sightseeing done before flying home. It was a perfect day to walk around the Roman Forum and eat to our heart’s content. We completely overdosed on pasta and gelato and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Rome is not the place to be on a diet, there’s just too much incredible food to be enjoyed! Amo l’Italia!