For my 30th birthday my amazing boyfriend treated me to 2 weeks in Italy (I know, I’m spoilt). You can see our route map at the bottom of this post – in total we covered 1,000+ km! Our first stop was Rome, a city I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time.
Honestly? We didn’t love it. I think this was partly because we’d had a crazy couple of weeks before flying to Italy & we really needed some relaxation. Rome is not a relaxing place! It’s busy & noisy & chaotic & ordinarily I’d love that (hello, I live in London). Sorry Rome, I’d be happy to give you another chance!
When in Rome
Obviously, there is lots to do in Roma. We made sure we ticked-off the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine, Spanish Steps & (the exterior of) St Peter’s Basilica, but we mainly wandered around soaking up the city (clocking up over 30km & getting sore feet in the process). I personally loved the Pantheon & the Colosseum: it’s a rare world monument that exceeds expectations but they both did. Tip: pre-book Colosseum tickets & make sure you get in the right queue – look for the signs, which may be buried in the crowds.
We also visited the Vatican Museum but, honestly, despite how stunning it is I wouldn’t recommend it: a) it was far too crowded & b) the state of the world, namely the current refugee crisis, in comparison to the showiness & the amount of money they must make every day left me with a bad taste in my mouth – surely that wealth should be put to better use?
Where to stay
We stayed at a fabulous new boutique hotel, the Fifteen Keys, chosen based on its outstanding reviews & handy location (in-between the main sights & the train station, from where we’d move on to Naples). Also, the staff are lovely & the décor is super chic. Highly recommended.
Places to eat
- Pastasciutta, Via Delle Grazie 5: fabulous pasta handily located in a tiny space between the entrances for the Vatican & St Peter’s Basilica.
- La Prosciutteria Trastevere, Via Della Scala 71: fantastic, cheap meat & cheese platters & sandwiches with great wines.
- La Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo, Via Del Banco Di Santo Spirito 20: friendly service & great Roman cooking.
Our route around Italy
As you can see we covered a fair bit of ground on this trip. I’ll be sharing posts from Naples, Pompei, Capri, Positano, Sorrento, Polignano a Mare, Matera, Bari, Martina Franca & Lecce (some of which will be combined!) soon. You can also click to see all of my posts about Italy.