A City Break: Long Weekend in Rome

22 Apr 2016

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Rome has been on my list of places to see for years. (Probably ever since watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie!) I've always wanted to see The Colosseum, toss a euro into the Trevi Fountain and devour pizza, pasta and gelato to my heart's content. And so, finally, a long weekend to Rome was booked!

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We spent the first day gathering our bearings. Staying in The Nakissa Inn, literally round the corner from The Colosseum, we refuelled with a sandwich and a juice then began our Roman adventure! We decided to just start walking and try to get a glimpse of everything on our route. We ended up at the top of the Spanish Steps, walked down them, (stopped in Sephora obviously) bypassed the busy Trevi Fountain, took a little detour to Giolitti for a much needed pistachio and tiramisu gelato, strolled past The Pantheon then finished at Piazza Navona. (Little did we know that we would be doing this route the next day!) 

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With approximately 20,000 steps completed, it was safe to say it was time for dinner. We arrived at Angelina Ristorante just before the doors opened which meant we were seated right away (this place filled up fast!) We enjoyed squid ink risotto (so good!) in bowls bigger than the table, followed by tiramisu in this adorable jar. (Best tiramisu of the trip!) 

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The next morning we set off on our Ancient Rome Walking Tour. This three hour walking tour took us round all the sights of Rome, from Piazza Navona, to The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, past The Altare della Patria, in the Roman Forum then finishing inside The Colosseum. Though we walked most of this the day before, hearing the history behind everything makes you see things you might not have seen before. I really recommend doing this kind of tour on your first day of the trip. It's a great way to really learn about Rome.

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The Colosseum is one of those places I've always wanted to see. It's been on a list alongside The Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Golden Gate Bridge, leaning Tower of Pisa etc. So when it's on this list and it's there right in front of you, I always just stop so I can take it all in. I'm so happy to be able to finally tick The Colosseum off the list!

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More pasta for lunch.

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Another day, another tour. Up bright and early, we headed to The Vatican. This is a tour I'd strongly recommend to book in advance because not only did we get a tour of the best bits of The Vatican Museums (Because it's very easy to spend the whole day in there) and into The Sistine Chapel, we queue jumped the biggest queue ever! 

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No snaps from The Sistine Chapel obviously but all I can say is, it's truly worth seeing. Very overwhelming and definitely a must see. 

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We also had a queue jump for St Peter's Basilica too, which again, I'd say it's a definite must see. It's so beautiful inside! 

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Both our tours were run by Enjoy Rome which we booked via STA. But you could also use Viator too. Obviously depending on how much time you have in Rome and your own itinerary, I'd recommend them both and not just for the very handy (and time saving) queue jumps.

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After a beautiful day in Vatican City, we ventured to Pizzarium Bonci for a couple of slices of pizzas and rice croquettes. After getting lost, walking around the walls of Vatican City, we finally made it and those rice croquettes were definitely worth that hike! We hopped on the metro - for a much needed sit down - then strolled along Ponte Sant'Angelo, along the river and to Giolitti for gelato number two. (Because when in Rome!)

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Perks of staying so close to everything meant we could pop back for a little break. As the sun began to set, we went back to The Colosseum for some evening snaps before dinner which was obviously pasta... and bread... followed by desserts.

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Last full day in Rome and we're up super early to get to The Trevi Fountain. Though we had already seen it a couple of times throughout the trip, we wanted to get there as early as we could to enjoy the fountain without a huge crowd. And 8:30am on a Sunday morning was a success!

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After breakfast, we walked - you don't know how much we walked on this trip - up to Piazza del Popolo and to the Pincio for a glorious view. 

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Our last day of Rome was spent strolling through the cobbled streets, exploring back roads and seeing where they lead to and heading beyond the gates of The Altare della Patria.

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Last Giolitti gelato (insert sad emoji here) so I got the whole lot! This was pistachio, hazelnut, vanilla topped with whipped cream. I have no regrets, it was a blissful moment. 
Our last dinner was obviously more pasta at Barzilai Bistrot. This little place was pretty cool, there was such a friendly vibe and the food was great. 

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I may have come home a couple of pounds heavier after a pasta/ pizza/ bread/ gelato diet this long weekend but I have no regrets... when in Rome! (Yes that is the second time I used that in this post ha) You was incredible Rome! Until next time. 

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