Sunday, 23 October 2016

WHEN IN ROME - PART TWO


If you haven't seen the first part of our trip to Rome, you can take a look here! 

The streets of Rome are certainly something to behold. While it's wonderful being able to visit the tourist attractions you hear about all the time, it's even better to discover the parts you don't get told about. It was important to Matt and I that we left time to just wander around and follow the streets wherever they might take us. Because that's the beauty of Rome, I don't think we came to a dead end once! We walked and walked, our chins often tilted up as we gazed at the beautiful buildings that were so common in Rome. There were restaurants aplenty, crammed down narrow cobbled streets while you were serenaded with music. It's no wonder Rome is known as such a romantic city, it positively hung in the air. Couples with entwined fingers drank wine while it was common to see a proposal or two each day. 

Oh and don't get me started on the food. I struggled slightly in Barcelona as I'm a fussy eater but Rome was no problem for me. Vats of pasta, the huge pizzas, and the creamiest buffalo mozzarella. It's safe to say there was certainly no dieting going on in Rome! Naturally, gelato is famous and there are so many shops offering it that it's hard to know which to go for. We quickly settled on our favourite and I'm not ashamed to admit we visited daily (when in Rome, right?). Being as it was so close to the Trevi Fountain, we would often take our tubs brimming with ice cream - usually Nutella or Kinder Bueno for me - and sit by the fountain, just watching.  


I feel like the Trevi Fountain was one of my favourite parts of Rome. It was such a hubbub of activity every time we went (and we went a lot) and you always noticed something new. Is it not the most beautiful fountain in the world? Legend has if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are ensured to return to Rome. Whether this is true or not, I'll find out one day!


The Colosseum

It would feel wrong to visit Rome and not go to the Colosseum. There are 80 arched entrances which allowed easy access to the masses of spectators who were seated according to their rank. Emperor Vespasian who had commissioned the Flavian Amphitheatre as it was originally known wanted to gain popularity by staging deadly combats of gladiators as well as animal fights (bleugh!). The gladiators themselves tended to be slaves, fighting to the death. Contests were usually staged one after another in a single day and if there was too much blood on the floor, it was simply covered with a layer of sand before the 'performance' went on. So it's safe to say it probably wasn't the nicest of places but is of huge historical significance. As you stand and look out, it's not hard to imagine the braying crowd as they watched the bloodbath before them. 

You could spend as long as you wanted at the Colosseum but unless you take out an audio tour or group tour, your not provided with too much information. This was fine by us as we much prefer wandering around by ourselves. As with the Vatican, we booked ahead and I will forever recommend people do this. Why wouldn't you? You save yourself so much time in terms of queueing (we got in really quickly) and when you are on a short trip, you want to make good use of all the time you have. 


The Pantheon

On one of our daily explorations, we found ourselves outside the Pantheon. I'll be honest that I didn't actually have much idea about the building itself but after researching it properly, I discovered it's actually considered one of the most influential buildings of ancient Rome. It was built by an emperor, Hadrian to replace a former Pantheon which had been previously burnt down. Now primarily used as a church, the architecture of the Pantheon is what people flock to see, the structure built of a series of intersecting arches. I was fascinated by the large Dome which is one of the largest unsupported Dome in the world. The interior of the roof is said to represent the heavens and there is an oculus (an opening) right at the top which is symbolic of the sun and remains uncovered, regardless of weather.

While a trip into the Pantheon is definitely one to do, even just basking in the sun at one of the many restaurants surrounding the building and admiring the architecture is an afternoon well spent. A glass of wine cradled in one hand and a plate of antipasti and mozzarella in front of you with a stunning view is simply heavenly. 


And that rounds of our trip to Rome! It's definitely made me hungry to visit more of Italy (not that I need an excuse for more holidays!) and I really do think four days was the perfect amount of time to get a lot done. I'd love to know where you recommend where else to visit or if we missed anything in Rome! My next and final travel adventure of the year will be next month where we will be heading to Iceland, a very different type of break! 

Emily x

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32 comments

  1. Wow. Wine and antipasta while viewing the pantheon. It seems almost perfect!
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  2. I visited last year and absolutely loved Rome. Unfortunately the Trevi fountain was boarded up for repairs. Apart from that it left me wanting to see more after my weekend break.

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  3. Nutella ice-cream sounds so delicious! Would love to go back to Rome someday. Went when I was 14, but would love to re-visit it with my boyfriend <3

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  4. Oh my gosh it's absolutely stunning ! I love it ! You're right , with nutella ice cream I would most certainly not be dieting in rome hehe :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  5. You're pictures make me smile, especially the one that says not to tap on the glas or you might scare the ice, love it!


    Ilona
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  6. Oh wow, I need to go there sometimes.
    xoxo

    Priscilla

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  7. You know, I've always wanted to visit Rome! I have to say people watching with a sugary treat of some sort (churros in Spain, pastries in France and of course gelato in Italy) and getting lost in side streets are my two favourite things to do when travelling. I think it just helps you really understand a place and its people!

    May I also compliment your photography too, it's gorgeous!

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  8. Amazing photos! xx

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  9. I am LOVING these posts about Rome. I lived in Italia for about two years and I miss it more every single day... isn't it just magical??! xX

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  10. Haha that ice cream sign made me laugh. The Pantheon is soooo gorgeous. I love the architecture! Making time on my trips to just wander about and get lost is something I am not very good at, I must admit. But I do try to leave one day every trip for discovery! Sounds like you guys had a great time. I enjoyed your first post too. Hope you had a great weekend lady!

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  11. Oh wow! The Colosseum would be so amazing to see!

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  12. Rome is such a beautiful city!! I can't wait to travel there in the future!
    And huge pizzas & perfect gelato would probably make me wanna stay there forever!!
    xx

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  13. This looks gorgeous! I've always wanted to go to Rome!

    x Annabelle
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  14. Nutella ice cream? Yasssss!!! My fiance promised me that we will visit Rome some day! Rome is so beautiful and I would love to visit it, hopefully next year!

    Yiota
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  15. It's raining mad for days now but I am now craving for a massive bowl of Nutella gelato! The struggle is real!

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  16. I've dreamed of going to Italy for a long time. But I've recently realized that dairy and me are no good. Now I'm wondering if Italy without cheese and gelato would be the same. Those nutella pics and the buffalo mozzarella are calling out to me.

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  17. Your pictures are so pretty and your holiday looks amazing!
    Love Emina

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  18. I love how you visited both the popular tourist sites, as well as discovering the quieter places less spoken about - that's the best way to explore a city! Ooh, your mention of food has made me hungry haha, mmm pizza...

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  19. Looks like such a beautiful place, love your pictures! That gelato looks yummy! x
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  20. Rome is breathtaking from their streets to the skies! HaHaHa So much fabulousness to look at. The music, culture, architecture and food all look amazing. They have such a rich history.
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  21. Wow, Rome is amazing!!! Your pictures are great! I think if I ever go to Rome, I would go to The Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain!

    Melissa the Mermaid ♥

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  22. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

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  23. Rome looks gorgeous, wish I was there now!

    Parie x
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  24. Ah this is such a great post because I am going to Rome for New Years!! This was a fab post!!

    Charlotte x

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  25. I loved part 1 but part 2, caught my eye slightly more, I think that gelato might have been the reason haha. Have a lovely Weekend :)

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  26. one of the things I enjoy the most about travelling is getting to experience a different culture. Touristic sites are wonderful but they don't always show everything, so it is good you went on a walk to see more. You took some really beautiful pictures. The colosseum just looks wonderful and now I want ice cream lol :P. Nice to see you had a good time in Rome Emily :)
    xo
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  27. So jealous! I'd love to go to Rome! The pictures are so amazing x

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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  28. Really nice places, thanks for sharing.

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  29. Rome has been on my bucket list for years, I'm desperate to go :)

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  30. I am going to Rome in the spring, and your post made me feel all giddy with excitement! I found you via bloglovin' and followed, I quite enjoy your blog!
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  31. I really want to visit there one day. Awesome pictures.

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  32. Ah Rome! It is one of my favourite cities in the world! Its amazing how there are so many hidden alleys with amazing restaurants all over the city!

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