Saturday, May 6, 2017

Roundup of Rome



Ah Roma! How I love you! Our hotel was located on Via Del Corso. If you go right or left it can take you to the major attractions of Rome. We had some trouble finding a hotel because we wanted to stay close to all of the top tourist stops and in walking distance. There are lots of types of hotels in the center but I would recommend the Corso 281 Luxury Suites. The breakfast "included" was very meager but enough for us to sustain our appetites until lunch. The rooms were also very small, but that's how it is in Europe. 



Our second day was spent in the old part of town which consisted the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, all important parts of history in Ancient Rome. I would highly recommend booking a tour guide ahead of time or finding a tour group on the grounds. Unless you know everything about Roman history, you may just walk around aimlessly without knowing the amazing history contained in the ancient walls. 



We spent the next day traveling to the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, and Piazza del Popolo. Whew, sounds like a lot, but they are actually not too far from each other. We took our time and appreciated each sight. We walked to Via Condotti which is the 5th avenue of Rome. Via Condotti leads straight to the Spanish Steps so there is no excuse to go shopping! Villa Borghese is stunning and I would recommend booking tickets to go inside and see the artwork.  



VISIT the Amalfi Coast! It is absolutely stunning and worth it. We booked a van with a private company and drove to Sorrento. Although Sorrento is beautiful, we would have rather gone to Positano, it gives a better view of the coast. But no complaints. Sorrento was amazing! Next we drove to Pompeii. I have been dreaming about Pompeii since I was in the third grade. It was amazing to see the history and I would definitely recommend going there!



Our 6th day brought a lot of walking around. We started at the Pantheon and visited the beautiful historical structure. Piazza Navona and Campo di Fiori are very close by so we walked there while taking our time. We ate a great lunch in the Piazza people watching. Campo di Fiori, however, is not worth much unless you are looking for souvenirs, and I am sure they are there to rip off tourists.  We then walked across the Tiber river and over to Trastevere. There is not much to do in Trastevere but it is ver trendy. every street is gorgeous.


And finally our time in Roma comes to an end. We spent our last day walking to the Vatican which was only 20 minutes away from our hotel! It was the day before Easter so it was nice to see them preparing for the festivities. We walked to Castel Sant Angelo on the way and just took our time savoring the last bits of time in Rome. And before we knew it, we were on the plane ride home.

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