City visits never really appealed to me before, this is mainly because I’m lazy. The thought of having to walk for ages or up a big hill just doesn’t appeal to me. But one place was always on my bucket list – Rome. This city has always fascinated me, the ancient buildings and rich history. So when I was looking for a weekend away to a city this one was the place that interested me the most. I spent 3 nights here and usually when I am planning holidays I spend hours looking at the hotels and the reviews. But this time it was about the places I wanted to visit, so it was a new experience for me. My main one was always going to be the Colosseum. The symbol of all things Roman for me. I stayed at the Hotel Flavia, it was not far from the main attractions and close to shops and restaurants. It was very nice, and although the room was small it was fine for what I needed, as I wasn’t planning to spend a huge amount of time there. For the transfer to and from the hotel to the airport I used a company called Welcome Pickups that my sister had used before and they were fantastic. I got sent a picture of my driver and a WhatsApp when I landed letting me know he was waiting. He was holding a board with my name on it and insisted on carrying my bag to the car. It was very stress-free, and a great start to the break. He was waiting outside my hotel way before my pickup time and was in no rush. I have booked the same company for a visit to Amsterdam in 2020.
I haven’t done many city visits, I live near Bath and Bristol, and have visited London, but Rome was just amazing, you don’t have to far to see a fountain or a huge Roman building. The architecture is stunning and you need to keep your camera on hand. The food, as expected was fantastic. You cannot beat eating a pizza in Rome.
We had booked tickets for the Colosseum but we got a refund as it was free the weekend we went. We got there want queued for opening and although the line looked long it went down very fast.
As I’m not a fan of walking, we got to metro to Vatican City, it cost about 2 euros and was easy to work out. We went in the Vatican museum, and then slowly walked back across the city to our hotel. This was a great way to see loads. We walked for a bit then stopped, either just to take in the views or for a latte or food.
Make sure you book online tickets for anything you want to visit, the line to buy tickets for the Vatican Museums was massive, and I mean massive! So plan ahead, and you will get to see more and not waste your time stood about.
I went in March and the weather was sunny with clouds, about 21 degrees and was pleasant for walking about in jeans and t-shirt.
Eat as much gelato, pizza and pasta as you can. Everything I had was amazing, the Italian’s know how to cook so take advantage of it.