Guide to Rome

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

If you follow my Instagram you know we were in Rome this past July. It was our first visit to this city and we were amazed with the overwhelming history on every corner.

It was probably not the best time to go because it was so hot we almost melted, April or May would probably have been better. You will notice that in almost every pic we are holding a bottle of water and this was the only way we got trough – sometimes barely – walking around town all day.

Hot wave aside, we loved it. It really is an ancient city and filled with monuments and ordinary buildings that end up having their own story. In the city center the modern buildings are non-existent and what there is, is a variety of ages that intersect and coexist in architectural harmony.

Naturally we visited the recommended highlights, after all it was our first time in Rome and my mother also came along. But what impressed me most was the permanent conversation that the city keeps with us… A basilica in each square, a church on every street, around every corner another exclamation awaits. The all city is screaming it’s story, it’s impossible to be indifferent.

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Being an Italian food lover, I was right on my ballpark, regarding food. It was a week filled with pizzas, pastas and gelato. And there is something for every pocket, you just have to look. Most restaurants also have other things on the menu such as fish or meat dishes (these being a bit more expensive).

To try / visit:

  • Saint Peter’s Basilica: Words can’t describe what I felt walking in here. I’ve seen many basilicas, churches, cathedrals, many of them impressive, magnificent, grand even. Maybe it was fatigue, heat or an accumulation of things but this was the first time that I got really emotional looking at a masterpiece. I can honestly say that I was completely overwhelmed, feeling both small and privileged for being there.
Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Totally caught off guard!

  • Sistine Chapel: You have no idea what to expect until you actually see it. It doesn’t matter how many photos you’ve seen of it or how well you know it’s history, you have to see it to believe it. A grand and impressive work of art that everyone should know.
  • Colosseum: It’s unbelievable that something more than two thousand years old is still standing to this day. With every step we take inside this majestic building, we can picture the story we know. Truly impressive.

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

  • Vatican Museums: It’s worth the visit and it’s trough here that you get access to the Sistine Chapel.
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere Church: in the Trastevere neighborhood, it’s a surprise what you find inside this church. Unbelievable. Also is worth going with time to stroll through the Trastevere neighborhood, it’s very picturesque besides that there are few public transportation for this area – you’ll understand why as soon as you get there.

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

  • The Roman Forum and the Palatine: Although interesting and cultural and historically  enriching, it wasn’t one of my favorite places to visite. Nature, Men and Time already got the better of the majority of what was the Forum. So that the impact is less, it may be advisable to visit this point before the Coliseum.
  • Pantheon: An ode to great men and another of many architecturally impressive buildings.
  • Fontana di Trevi: Unfortunately during our visit this lay-sealed due to works. In the middle distance that it was possible to stand, we could only see the top, thus perceiving the width and attesting to its grand size. There was a tiny area with water, to anyone who would still perform the ritual of throwing the coin… When in doubt, I thought I better trow one and legend has it that I’ll be back. By then let’s hope that the renovation is complete so I can see it in it’s full splendor.

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

  • Campo de’ Fiori: Translates to “Field of Flowers” which it might have been at some point but, these days it’s a space in the open where they sell some flowers but essentially pastas of all shapes and colors, traditional, homemade seasonings, dry fruits and such. If you have the extra time and you’re looking for some souvenirs, you should pass by.
  • Jewish quarter: It’s so worth visiting, wondering the streets without checking the clock or making plans. You should definitely go around lunch or dinner time because there are a lot of appetizing restaurants there, mainly Kosher. I personally recommend the BellaCarne restaurant, in a style that perfectly blends the traditional with the modern, delicious food, nice people and you really must try their artichoke… I had never eaten something like that!
  • Other suggestions: We chose to buy the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass and I’m glad we did. Not only for the transportation and attractions included but especially for the never-ending lines we avoided. With a tight schedule and the heat, this was the only way we were able to visit so many places.
  • Water + Hat: If you visit the city in the Summer these will be your best alies, along with the Omnia, and the only thing that will get you alive to the end of your vacation.
  • Avene Spring Water: My secret agent that, at first, hubby and mom were resistant to try but once they did, they also couldn’t stop using it. Fresh and hydrating, it gives instant relieve and an soothing sensation.
  • Fitness helps in every city holiday, since you walk A LOT!

Less positives: Be prepared because it’s an extremely disorganized society. In terms of efficiency of information and access, I can tell you it was the worst european city I’ve been to, so far. It’s also really dirty and, it sadden me that their heritage wasn’t that well preserved. There are a lot of ancient buildings in need of restoration and even the streets. When compared to Paris, because they’re two cities filled with history and heritage, there is no comparison. In this sense Paris wins by far and also in organization matters. Rome beats it in the sympathy department. 

And this is what I have for you on Rome. It was a week full of excitement and thrills, I loved it and I think I can speak for my traveling buddies and say: We loved it. I wont be coming back in a near future because there’s a all big world out there to visit but, one day, we’ll definitely return, probably in the Fall, 10 degrees under, ahahahahaha!

With joy, Raquel.

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

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Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

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Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

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Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

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Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

I’ve walked this much in Rome!!!

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Best gelato EVER!!!

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Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Fellini’s steps if you’re familiar with he’s movies

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

– Live, Love, Laugh –

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

Guide to Rome | Roma | What to See

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