After giving them a day to adjust to the time change and what not, we ventured out for the first half of our vacation:
This was our first time visiting Rome, and I have to say that my initial reaction upon arriving in the city was awe. There is just SO much going on, so much to look at.
The apartment we stayed at provided us with transportation from the airport, which was super convenient. We were dropped off right in front of this thing of beauty known as the Trevi Fountain:
I figured we would have to walk a bit in order to get to our apartment, but I was wrong. It was literally right in front of the Trevi fountain. We couldn't have asked for a better location. Since we had arrived in Rome fairly early, we didn't waste any time and immediately set out to explore. After a delicious lunch (one of many yummy meals) we ventured over to the Roman Forum.
We eventually made our way over to the Colosseum, which is larger than I expected.
The whole time we were looking at the Colosseum I kept playing the movie Gladiator in my head... It was amazing to think we were standing somewhere that old. Since the main arena floor had been removed, you could see the underground mazes that lay beneath the arena.
Day two in Rome was dedicated to Vatican City.
The Vatican was gorgeous.
The inside was huge, and we definitely spent a good chunk of time in there. Afterwards we headed over to the Vatican Museum to see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
It was neat to see, but I have to admit some of the artwork on the way to the Sistine Chapel was even more beautiful. There was SO much to take in that it was almost overwhelming.
For our third day in Rome we decided to take it slow and relax a little. We headed over to the Spanish steps and did some shopping along the way.
Truthfully, you probably only need a full two days in order to see all of the main sites in Rome. Having an extra day there definitely gave us a chance to slow down our pace and really experience the city. We walked around, ate yummy food, shopped, and people watched.
Rome was great to experience, but in all honesty I don't feel a need to go back. It was wonderful to visit once, but I'm not sure a second trip will be on my agenda anytime soon. There were so many people and the narrow streets were so crowded (and we were there during the low season!). I would personally rather vacation somewhere more relaxing.
I've heard from a lot of people that you either really love Rome and don't really care for Paris, or you love Paris and don't really care for Rome.
I'll let you guess what category I fall under- I'm much more of a Paris girl.
After this trip to Rome I think I have a good feel for the different areas of Italy, and I have decided that Tuscany is my favorite.
And that's exactly where we went after we returned home from Rome!