Our journey to Rome started when I realised that I had left my passport at home, so after doubling back and collecting my passport and spare memory cards we head off to the airport. We didn’t realise it yet but that was the start of a string of misfortunes. We arrived at the airport fine and went straight through the gate we explored the airport a little and grabbed a coffee. That is when we found out our flight was delayed by two hours. Not a big problem so at that point we graduated from coffee to a pint of blackthorn cider ( at least it wasn’t strongbow), we managed to find a seat with a plug socket Trip 2 Emerson 1. We plugged our headphones in and say and watched a film on my iPhone determined not to let our spirits dampen this is after all our honeymoon.
Eventually we boarded the flight and arrived in Rome at Fiumencio ( Leonardo da Vinci) Aeroport. We went through the airport quickly and with ease arriving at the train to go to Termini station. After about half an hour trying to work out what we could see as the sun was setting out the train window. We arrived and went to find the metro. Hidden beneath the station we found the metro and promptly jumped on the B line heading for Cipro and our B&B with a view of St Peters Basilica. We were so excited just to through our bags down and go and find some authentic Italian cuisine.
We arrive at the B&B to be told that due to a complication they had “Upgraded” us to another hotel. “Great !! “we thought. What could possibly be better than a balcony view of St. Peter’s Basilica. So she wrote an address down for us and pointed down a dark alley. After walking for about 15 minutes we found our “Upgraded” room, on the first floor with no view in a room we looked and an decided we would spend the extra money for a nicer room. So being a little disgruntled we decided to head out and get some food.
We realised that we were in the middle of nowhere so we jumped on the metro and headed for Flaminio. We came up out of the metro at Piazza di Populo which is very impressive open space filled with litter and immigrants trying to sell flowers and selfie sticks. We kept walking heading towards a monument we could see in the distance. The road was much longer than we expected so we took a turn down a vibrant side street looking for food. We looked at the menu for the first restaurant we saw and a waiter rushed over and told us they were closing I checked my watch and we realised time had flown by since we tried to sort out our accommodation. It’s was now 23:30. We kept walking assured by a waiter that we would find an open restaurant. Then we saw it a takeaway restaurant with a 3m long glass display case filled with amazing looking pizza and a sign that said pizza and a beer for 5€. We looked at each other nodded and went inside. We picked our pizza and watched the woman put it on the scales she then handed me a receipt that said 35€. Kim turned to me and laughed, we turned around and walked out. We then found an open restaurant with a great menu. And later found the Pantheon on our walk home. The day had been long so we stopped a taxi and jumped in. Fabio out taxi driver was obviously a fan of Italian R&B he cranked the tunes up and we sat back enjoying the architecture. There ends day one of our trip.
The next morning we went out with the intention of planning what to do when. As we were walking we were approached by Ana a salesperson selling a guided tour to the Vatican with the added bonus of skipping the 3 hour line. So she took us up the street to there little office where they sold us the Vatican tickets and a tour for the colosseum the next day.
After finishing at the Vatican we were hungry and looking for lunch. We were waking with a couple from our tour and they invited us for lunch we sat down and ordered beer and pasta. When he bill came at I saw that it was 130€ for 4 of us to have had lunch. That is my one tip for anyone visiting Rome or any other city MAKE SURE you get a menu that has the prices on it.
Mistake made we took it as a learning curb and went for a walk we jumped on the metro and went to see the colosseum.
It’s an amazing building surrounded by a sea of tourists. We soaked up the atmosphere and exited to go inside tomorrow we headed home.
We woke up and eagerly got ready excited to see the old Roman forum. We arrived early for our tour and met our authentic Roman tour guide who spent the first 30mins telling us how much he loves Roman culture and would like to bring it back. This included whole sections on bringing back gladiatorial battles and paganism. Followed by how he thinks all homeless people should be shot. But moving past him and his opinions. It was very interesting to see the forum and imagine what it must have used to look like.
I think I am safe to say we were both most excited to go in to the colosseum. As we entered the one thing that strikes you is the grandiose feel of what would have been a stadium of you concentrate you can hear the 70,000 people roaring as the battles would take place. Something I never knew about the colosseum was that they used to flood it and have navy battles upon the water.
The remainder of our time in Rome was spent trying to avoid the tourist while getting lost in the narrow Roman roads between the sites. Filled with many stops for wine , pizza, pasta and an ungodly amount of Gelato.
Then we packed our bags and went on to Budapest!
Budapest blog is coming soon , but for now enjoy a few photos that I took in Rome!
(What Happens when a Photographer gives someone their camera to take a photo! )