I love travelling and last year I had the opportunity to explore Rome, a top tourist destination with plenty to see and do! I stayed in the city for three nights which was a good amount of time to see everything I hoped to see.
My first impressions of Rome were that it is an incredibly beautiful and picturesque city. The buildings and architecture are so detailed and each tells a story of time gone by. The roads are expectedly busy and there is constant hustle and bustle, but there is a somewhat peaceful undertone, especially when walking amongst ruins or gazing up to the ceiling of a church.
You can see a lot of Rome by walking and the only form of transport I indulged in while there was a tour bus called Red City Sightseeing which was a hop on/hop off.
I visited in January, which definitely was a huge advantage, as there weren’t nearly as many tourists as you’d expect to find during the warmer months and the most I had to queue was about 20 minutes. The Colosseum was incredible and absolutely worth a visit; your ticket also includes entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine.
Top tip: If you’re between the ages of 18-25 and come from an EU country, you can get your entry ticket reduced from 12 euros to 7.50 euros. I used my driving license as proof, but you could use your passport also.
My favourite part of the trip was visiting Vatican City, in particular St. Peter’s Basilica. Not only can you view inside the church and down into the basement, but for a small charge, you can climb to the very top of the dome and overlook the city. While I was up there, I watched the sun set and oh my, it was so worth it!
Other sights of interest I saw while in Rome included the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo, Pantheon and Sistine Chapel. There is so much to see and do and the city oozes so much history and culture.