Life Travel

Rome

May 15, 2015

So last weekend was spent with my sister in Rome! ♥

It was quite a drag getting there. The very same day, there was a fire at Fiumicino airport, where we were going to land. So we were kept in the aircraft for over two hours before we finally took off. And three hours later and a bit, we were holding on for our dear lives as the taxi driver zoomed his way into the city. We got glimpses of Rome on our way to the apartment—including the Colosseum, lit-up, streets empty—and we instantly fell in love.

We were lucky to get an Airbnb apartment in the center of it all. We stayed just two minutes away from Campo de Fiori, which is a market during the day and a drinking place during the night. (We had dinner there on our first night and we agreed never to go back.) It was also just a ten-minute walk to the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona.

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• Piazza Venezia •

The Pantheon

• The Pantheon •

Piazza Navona

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• Piazza Navona •

The Spanish Steps

• The Spanish Steps •

The next day was spent walking around to see Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. And the last day was spent biking around to see the Colosseum and then to the Vatican, where the famous St. Peter’s Basilica is. We didn’t bother going in though, as the church was overcrowded with tourists.

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• The Colosseum •

The Arch of Constantine by the Colosseum

• The Arch of Constantine •

St. Peter's Basilica

• St. Peter’s Basilica •

But biking along Fiume Tevere (The Tiber river) totally did it for me. There’s nothing I love more than experiencing a new city from two wheels. I feel I then get to experience the city more profound than going on sightseeing tours with guides. There’s something about having to find your own way, in a whole new place, with the help of just a map. And stopping by side cafés and gelaterias(!), tasting pasta and pizza and gelato—that was my climax of our Rome trip last weekend.

Fiume Tevere with St. Peter's Basilica's dome peeking behind

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• Fiume Tevere •

Being lovers of the Italian cuisine, we were in heaven! Janka tried all the Pomodoro she could get her hands on. I was keen on trying authentic Margherita pizza, but after two orders, I decided I didn’t like the wet-styled pizzas (juice from fresh tomatoes), so I just resorted to trying all the Gelato we passed by. My absolute favorite was the Peach flavored gelato at Ristorante Tucci, Piazza Navona.

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• Gelato at Ristorante Tucci •

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• Wine at a side café •

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• Via dei Coronari — a lovely street behind Piazza Navona •

Rome is absolutely stunning. I finally got to visit Italy, and I can’t wait to one day see Venice, Milan and Florence! ♥

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