Rome- Day 1

So, I’ve been home for almost two weeks and I still haven’t finished posting about all my trips.  My friend Brittany FINALLY posted pics from Rome, so here we go!

For my last trip in Europe, we went to Rome.  This was about a week after the Icelandic volcano erupted and we weren’t sure if our flights were going to be cancelled or not.  Luckilly, they opened up the Rome airport the day before we left!  We got there late, as our flight was delayed, but the hostel picked us up and we went straight to sleep.

The next day, we got up early to go see the ancient sights of Rome!  We went to buy a Rome pass (it gives you free transportation and free admission to two sights), but we found out it was culture week, and everything except the Vatican was free!  We hopped on the metro and headed to the Coliseum.  I was really surprised to see that the Coliseum is seriously in the middle of the city.  You can see it from inside the metro!  I was completely wowed by the Coliseum.

We followed the Rick Steves’ podcast, which was pretty good.  As we were listening to the podcast, we ran into our friends who were also in town!  We made plans to meet up the following day to go to the Vatican.

Then, we headed to the Forum.  I’m REALLY glad we had the podcast for this one because it is all just ruins.  Without the podcast we wouldn’t have known what anything was.

Then we headed to our first real italian meal… delicious! We both had gnocci… yum!  Then we headed to the Pantheon.  I think the Pantheon was my favorite ancient sight because thru the years it has been renovated and it looks basically like it did when it was built.

The place is gigantic.  Seriously.

We then decided it was time to wander the streets of Rome.  We got some gelato, bought paintings and wandered around.  I bought a painting of Piazza Navona and then we went to find the piazza.  It was adorable, full of street painters and surrounded by outdoor tables! 

Then we headed to the Spanish steps.  They were full of people and had BEAUTIFUL flowers.

Then we were exhausted and starving, so we got pizza and tiramisu for dinner and headed back to the hostel to sleep.

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