Here are some photos from our first full day in Rome last month. Wow did we see a lot that first day – or at least it seemed like we saw a lot. We started off at the Colosseum, and although it was a sight I’ve been wanting to see for the longest time, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Oh là là là, the mobs of tourists!! I couldn’t take it. So after finishing up our audio guide tour, we walked over to the Roman Forum. I really didn’t realize what the Roman Forum was until I actually set foot in this city of ruins. I can see why people say you can spend a full day just walking around this area – although I think a few hours is enough before getting antsy. After a much-needed lunch break, we headed to Capitoline Hill where we enjoyed some views of the city, treated ourselves to some gelato at the famed Giolitti, visited the Pantheon and then, finalement, walked over the Piazza Navona before dinner. It was a full day to say the least!
A few tips for those of you heading to Rome:
- I recommend buying a Roma Pass (34 euros) so you can skip the hours-long line at the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
- Bring lunch with you to the Roman Forum – it’s a huge area to cover and if you don’t feel like spending an hour+ at a tourist-laden café nearby, then enjoy your lunch in the midst of these ruins. I wish we had!
- Beware of the mobs of tourists at Giolitti. Although the gelato was good, it wasn’t worth the elbow-to-elbow crowd and general insanity within the shop. There’s plenty of good gelato elsewhere sans the queue and masses.
- Looking for Rome restaurant recommendations? Look at my post here and here.
Inside the vast Colosseum.
Above: A view of the Arch of Constantine from the Colosseum. Below: Ruins at the Roman Forum.
The Monument of Vittorio Emmanuele II on Capitoline Hill. We didn’t spend time here, but we did head to the top to enjoy views of Rome, as seen below.
A wedding we “crashed” when walking into a random cathedral; I love the color of these Roman walls; Roma car; enjoying gelato from Giolitti. After gelato, we headed to the Pantheon…
That’s a hole in the ceiling of the Pantheon. The floor of the Pantheon is actually slightly convex so the rain that comes through the hole will drain towards the perimeter of the building. After the Pantheon, we headed to Piazza Navona as it was on our way to dinner.