City Spotlight: Rome, Italy

Rome has always been a city I wanted to visit. From ancient ruins, beautiful fountains and bustling streets, you will never run out of things to do and see in Rome. I recently spent three days in there on a Contiki tour.

What I saw: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navano, Terrazza del Pincio, Altare della Patria, the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, and the Sistine Chapel.

I flew in a day before the tour started so I could get used to the time change and explore the city at a slower pace. The first day there I actually met up with some girls who were on my trip and we just walked around the city center. Of course, we made a stop at the Trevi Fountain to throw in coins. We also climbed to the top of the Spanish Steps, which was a pretty cool view of the city. Later that night when we met up with our trip, we headed back to the Trevi fountain and also went to see the Panthenon and the Piazza Navano.

Fun Fact: you can drink out of ANY fountain in the city, so you never have to pay for water!

Breakfast at the hotels in Europe are nothing fancy, just some pastries, fruit and coffee, so it’s not really memorable.. However, when one man working there continued to tell me how beautiful he thought I was, it quickly became a part of the trip I won’t forget.

After our exciting breakfast, a group of us decided to head over to the Vatican City to hear Pope Francis deliver his Sunday morning address. It was over 38 degrees that day and we stood out in the square for over an hour at high noon. Needless to say, it was pretty hot. While I’m not religious, being there to experience it was incredible.

Once we decided the heat was too much, we headed back to the Trevi fountain so we could get some more photos in the daylight (it’s just as stunning in the day as it is at night). So, I went to the fountain three times in 24 hours, but I would go back in heartbeat. They say throwing coins in will increase your chance of returning to Rome or of finding love in the city, which is something I can believe in.

Later in the day our trip went on a tour of the Colesseum and the Imperial Forum. The Colesseum is something I’ve wanted to see all my life. Of course after watching the Lizzie McGuire Movie as a kid, I had to go there to see what dreams are made of. On a more historical note, it’s still considered one of, if not the, best stadium ever built. Getting to walk around on the arena floor was insane, especially for a sports fan like myself.

For dinner that night, we took a pizza making class! Seriously, so much fun. They gave us little coats so our clothes didn’t get ruined and even showed us how to properly throw the dough in the air.

Fun Fact: there is a correct way to throw your coins in the Trevi Fountain. It’s right hand over your left shoulder.

Before we headed off to Florence, we stopped at the Vatican City to tour the three museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. I’m not really one for art, but seeing the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel was pretty cool. I just can’t get over how advanced that was for it’s time, and how pristine it still is.

I’m hoping the special magic from the Trevi Fountain really works, and I’m able to go back to Rome one day, because there is still SO much to see!

Have you been to Rome? If so, what was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments below!

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