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One Week in Rome

One week in Rome was a dream for me and they do say that all roads lead back there. But after this I can honestly say that I will be finding my way back.

There was so much to see that I don’t think one week in Rome was long enough. The whole holiday was amazing but I want to share with you some of my favourite points that we visited.

Travelling

I want to start by saying that the flights, hotel and transfers were through Jet2. We did a package deal as we haven’t ever been abroad together and I haven’t been abroad for a while. We were unsure about what to expect, but I an honestly say that the whole experience was really good. There were a couple of hiccups with the transfers but overall I would definitely recommend them for ease and price. We flew out on the Monday and arrived at the hotel at around 3 o’clock.

The first thing was a change of clothes because the heat was stifling in jeans. I would recommend flying in something looser as we struggled once we hand landed in Italy. Not a lot happened on arrival because of tiredness, but we did venture out to find food.

Tuesday

The Tuesday was the first full day on the ground. As this was the coolest day, (at 29C) we would go further away from the hotel. We ventured out see the Vatican City and Sistine Chapel. We hadn’t booked tickets and it something that I recommend doing because the wait was four hours. After getting some last minute tickets online we were allowed to skip the line and get in through a shorter queue. If you are planning to go anytime soon I would recommend booking prior to the trip as it is cheaper. The inside is beyond beautiful and I actually became quite choked up when I witnessed it. The passion and work that had gone into creating such beautiful works of art and design was so clear.

Although the main tour is within the Vatican there is also plenty to see outside. This includes St Peter’s Square and the main Vatican City. For those of you that follow me on Instagram (if not, my handle is @gemmasspace) you will have seen the spinning photo. This was taken in the middle of St Peters Square, I recommend getting there early to beat the crowds. There are some adorable little shops to pop in and out of. Whilst on this side of the river we picked up a Pandora bead to represent the trip, a tiny Colosseum.

Wednesday

Wednesday was the busiest day of our one week in Rome and we spent a lot of time on our feet. We travelled all over the city seeing some the different sites that were across the river. The first was a stop was the Colosseum which had been on my list to see for a while and it didn’t disappoint. I found it fascinating to read about the history and how it has had different uses over the centuries. We were able to walk all the way round but there was some preservation work going on in the middle. I also found that the tickets you purchase at the Colosseum will also get you into the Roman Forum and the Palatine.

Following on, we headed towards the Spanish Steps. I had seen so many beautiful photos taken there with the flowers in bloom up the middle of the steps. Sadly this must only be during the Spring months as they had been removed. Despite this being a bit disappointing it was still magnificent to see the steps and walk up them. We did manage to get some photos but it was so busy, I would recommend this as an early stop.

We started walking back towards the hotel but had to make sure we stopped by to see the Pantheon. I highly recommend going inside as it’s free and there are lots of monuments and statues that will take your breath away. It’s still used a place of worship so you must ensure that you are quiet when inside. It’s also interesting to know that during storm season, this is where a lot of people gather if it starts. This building was built to withstand anything.

Thursday

Thursday was one of the best days of the one week in Rome because…Rome has a Rose Garden! Of course a visit had to happen and we we went quite early to beat the crowds. This is a sight that is free to experience but they do ask you to leave a donation which we did. There was no disappointment, the gardens were beyond beautiful and smelled divine. The garden is spilt across a road and a walk around both sides is recommend as there are so many varieties of roses to enjoy. I was unaware that there were so many different types and colours of rose. For those that enjoy a pretty place to take photos, visit the section of gardens on the left hand side. This is where they have grown the heart made of pink roses, it makes for some gorgeous photos.

We followed this by heading towards the Trevi Fountain which was my favourite part of my one week in Rome. This was for some final photos and an ice cream from Gelato in Trevi which was on the list of things to do. For those that missed my Instagram post, the White Chocolate Chip and Raspberry was so delicious. Nothing will beat the ice cream in Italy as it is homemade. We took a slow walk back to the hotel past the presidents palace and bought presents for people back home.

Heading Home

Friday was the day to head home and after a slow break fast in the hotel, we packed up. We had to wait around for the transfer to collect us from the hotel to head to the airport. A small word to the wise, the Italians do not drive like us and if you do not travel well then I would suggest not taking a taxi as I sat in fear for my life quite a few times.

This holiday was pure heaven for me, I was able to experience the culture and sights that you just cant find in the UK. I will definitely be retuning to Italy and I would love to explore the other cities such as; Venice and Lake Garda. This post has been a long one so if you made it to the end then please let me know what you thought in the comments. let me know if you have been anywhere recently and if you think that there is somewhere I should add to the list of destinations!

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5 Comments

  1. June 23, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    I’d love to visit Rome, it’s a stunning place! Loves these photos hun x x

    • gemma
      Author
      June 23, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      It really is a beautiful city and thank so much xx

  2. July 1, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time! And the photos look beautiful ?
    Rome is definitely somewhere I’d love to visit! ? xx

    • gemma
      Author
      July 8, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      It was such an amazing city <3 and thank you so much I had such a good time taking them! Xx

  3. Cheryl Armes
    July 13, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    Looks like you had a really good time, love the photos x

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