I think I’ve been waiting my entire life to say the words “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” or at least since the Lizzie McGuire Movie came out. My time in Rome may have been short, but it was packed full of sightseeing! A few of my friends set out to see some of the most popular monuments in Rome, but there was honestly so much to see and do, that our one day of touring turned into two.
The first day was a bit overwhelming. I planned on meeting the girls near the Vatican, and of course since I had been in Italy for several weeks I thought that getting myself there and finding them would be a piece of cake. But boy was I wrong. I wound up so unbelievably lost, it’s almost funny to think about it now. The two girls had to meet me back at my hotel after my minor panic attack, but after that little setback, the day turned out great! We ended up buying Hop-On-Hop-Off bus passes and saw everything from the Vittoriano, to the Pantheon, to the Colosseum. I definitely would recommend getting these passes for any first time visitors to Rome.
We decided to get off at the Trevi Fountain stop to grab a quick snack and relax before wandering over to one of the biggest tourist stops in Rome. The little cafe had delicious looking cannolis, that I couldn’t resist trying. While the girls and I relaxed for a moment, this guy came up to me begging for my autograph. I was so confused, but he kept insisting, in the best English he could, how big of a star I was and how grateful he would be. I laughed but then scribbled my signature on the piece of paper he handed me. I have no idea who he thought I was, but I sure felt like Blair Waldorf 🙂
The Trevi Fountain was breathtaking. The details that went into sculpting every piece was absolutely astonishing. I somehow pushed my way through the crowds of people to the very front where I was able to throw the coin over my shoulder. I can now check that off my bucket list!
The next day we set out early to tour the Colosseum. We noticed how the day before there were large crowds from noon on, so we decided to get there right when it opened, and it definitely paid off! We walked through the doors after waiting in line for less than five minutes! I have no words to even explain the Colosseum. It was just that cool. The Roman Forum was the next place we toured, which was equally as awesome. I took so many pictures, probably close to 200 (you think I’m kidding, but I’m not). The arch was one of my favorite monuments of the Roman Forum because it reminded me a lot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The few days spent in Rome may have been busy, but I wouldn’t have had them any other way.