Visiting Rome has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I dreamt about wandering around the beautiful streets, visiting the historical monuments, and, of course, eating delicious Italian food. This Summer I finally convinced my parents that we had to book a trip to Rome. Three months later, we popped into an airplane to Milan and then on a train that took us from Milan to Rome. For time and money reasons, it worked out better for us this way.
We arrived in Rome on Thursday late afternoon, left our bags in the hotel and headed out to start exploring. On our way to Fontana di Trevi, we stopped for dinner at Da Olimpio where I ate a delicious lasagna. I must say that I struggled to pick what to eat on this trip. As I love Italian food, I wanted to try so many dishes but our time was very limited, as well as the space in our bellies.
After dinner, we headed to Fontana di Trevi which looked magical at night and wandered around the beautiful streets. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped for some ice cream at La Romana. I was surprised to see so many people queuing as we were a bit far from the city center but after tasting my yogurt and chocolate ice cream, I realized why. And with that, our first day in Italy came to an end.
Our second day started with a visit to the Vatican. Thankfully, we bought tickets online otherwise we would have to stand in line for hours – I’m not sure how people were able to stand there for hours while it was raining on and off. Anyway, we were lucky to book tickets for 9:30 am as we could escape the rain for a couple of hours while we were visiting the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. We left St. Peter’s Basilica for another trip because, again, there was a big line to go inside.
After leaving the Vatican, we walked to Castel Sant’Angelo and crossed the Sant’Angelo bridge to the other side of the river where we visited Piazza Navona. It was then time for lunch so we stopped at a typical Italian restaurant named Cantina e Cucina, after a few recommendations. I had a delicious carbonara but what sold me was the tiramisu – wish I could have one right now!
After that delicious tiramisu, we walked to the Pantheon, another imposing building that perfectly showcases the incredible Roman architecture. What surprised me the most was its giant dome with a hole in the top through which you can see the sky. Next up was the Spanish Steps and yes, we climbed the 135 steps to get to the top and appreciate the amazing view over the city.
Before dinner, we popped into our hotel room to give our feet a little break. After resting for a bit, we headed out for dinner at Pizza Ré where I ate my first pizza in Rome. Although we had to wait almost an hour for it, it was delicious.
We only had the morning to explore Rome before getting into the train back to Milan so we had to make the most of the time we had left. Fontana di Trevi was our first stop. We had been there on our first night but it was dark and crowded so I wanted to go back early in the morning to take some pictures, throw a coin and make a wish. If you’re visiting the Trevi Fountain, make sure to go around 9 am or even sooner to avoid the crowds. Next up was the Colosseum, the most iconic monument of Rome. It did not disappoint. We didn’t go inside because our time was very limited, but I definitely want to go next time I’m there.
After the Colosseum, it was time to head back to our hotel to pick up our stuff and catch the train to Milan where we stayed for another night before flying back home on Sunday afternoon. I didn’t love Milan as much as Rome but, to be fair, we only had one evening to explore the city as it rained pretty much all Sunday morning.
Nonetheless, we had a great time there wandering around the streets filled with expensive stores that we couldn’t afford. And just when we were about to give up on trying to find something typical yet affordable and go to McDonald’s instead, we stumbled across Luini, which apparently is very well-known for their tomato and mozzarella panzerottis. Turns out, it was one of the best things I ate while in Italy.