Italy. The land of wine, carbs, and culture. Italy was our second country on the ‘HBK Euro Vacay’ and it definitely claimed a special place in our hearts. We went to 5 different parts of the country, and took an incredible amount of photos. How could you not? From the architecture to the landscape, every part of this culture is picture perfect. As I started this Italy recap, I realized that I had way too much to share to just do one post for Italy. So, for that reason, I’ve split it up into three parts. Today I’m sharing a recap of our time in Rome!
Rome is a city full of history, beauty, and tourists galore. Even though hearing italians speaking english on account of the american visitors lessens the magic, it didn’t take away from the awe of being in a city so rich in history. From the Colosseum, to the Vatican, to St. Peters Basillica, every inch of Rome is humbling and reminds you of how small you are in context of history.
We had our first experience of an Air Bnb in Rome. We stayed in a private room. The ‘private room’ option here was our first and last time. It is definitely not as enjoyable as having a whole home to yourself! However, we had a beautiful overlook into the street, had cafes down the street, and the location was walking distance from the historical attractions!
We spent our first night in Rome wandering around the Trastevere area. This neighborhood of Rome is a must. It is full of the rich italian culture that you can sometimes loose with the touristy areas of Rome. It is filled with amazing restaurants, friendly italians, and some of the best gelato around. We had our favorite meal of the trip in Trastevere.
We had a nice little cafe right down the road from our Airbnb! It was called Cafe Negresco. Cappucino & a croissant is the standard breakfast in Italy. But be sure only to drink cappucinos before noon! A *cultural* thing that the all-day coffee drinker in me didn’t quite understand. If you’re feeling sluggish, grab an espresso!
Since we had limited time in Rome (2 days!) we had to cram a lot in in a short amount of time. We had to miss some stuff, but we made sure to spend our money on the things we didn’t want to miss: The Vatican Museam (get the audio tour!), The Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, and St. Peter’s Basilica!
It is pretty unreal to see the amount of artwork that filled the Vatican. Not to mention, it was a crazy experience to see in person the artwork I’ve been studying the last four years as an art major!
We made it to the Trevi Fountain! Although, unfortunately, it was under construction for the summer. They had a little kiddie-pool sized water area where you could throw a coin in, though!
–The Vatican Museum: One of the highlights of our whole trip was getting to see the Vatican Museum. I would reserve at least half a day for it! It was unreal to see the artwork that filled the walls of that place. I recommend doing the audio tour and BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME! The line for tickets is insane, but if you buy them online prior, you can just walk straight in!
–Sistine Chapel: The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museum. It was a crazy moment to see the famous Michelangelo painting on the ceiling.
–Trastevere Area: Best area for culture and food!
–Gelateria Valentino: Gelato in Italy…you just can’t beat it. My favorite place for gelato in Rome was a place called Gelateria Valentino. It’s near the Trevi Fountain. The gelato is sweet, but the owner is even sweeter!
–Breakfast: Croissant + Cappuccino was a daily ritual in Italy. The croissants are amazing in Italy.
–Pizza: The pizza in Italy is NOTHING like here in the US. It’s amazing. Get it. All the time. Also wine.
–Affordable Wine: In most places, wine was cheaper than water! Not to mention, even the cheap stuff is incredible. Have it as much as you can, bring some home, nothing beats an Italian wine in Italy.
*Stay Tuned in the next couple of days! Next up is my personal favorite: Florence!*