I’ve been dreaming of visiting Rome for as long as I can remember. I think the obsession started when I watched When In Rome starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen many many years ago. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s about two sisters who go to Rome for an internship at a famous fashion house. And like most films starring the Olsen twins, romance and adventure soon follows when they meet a pair of charming Italians. Classic!
With that being said, I must admit I was a little hesitant to go since Paris was a bit of a let down. But a part of me knew that I’d regret it if I didn’t so I booked my flight and went, and I have to say, Rome is probably the most beautiful, unreal place I have visited thus far. From the architecture to the food and the vibe – it’s pure magic.
Colosseum and Roman Forum
We didn’t end up going inside the Colosseum so we just gazed at it from this elevated viewpoint, which is a great spot to take pictures by the way.
The Roman Forum was really really cool. There’s a sense of beauty in the destruction of the city.
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Here’s my honest opinion on the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel…it was boring. Now don’t get me wrong, the building is absolutely beautiful but it really overshadows the art. I was too busy staring at the ceiling most of the time and didn’t even give much attention to what was on the wall.
While the fountain itself was as grand as how the Lizzie McGuire Movie portrayed it in the film, the square it’s located in was rather small, which was kind of awkward. But stunning and worth a visit.
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
This gallery was absolutely stunning! The art was kind of blah, but the architecture and private apartments were worth the visit.
The best view of the city, and a great place to (window) shop at all the luxury brand stores. I almost made a reckless purchase at Gucci.
We didn’t get to explore a lot of different neighbourhoods but the one that was recommended to me by a lot of my friends was Trastevere, and I loved everything about it. Walking through the cobblestoned streets lined with cheery-hued homes made me fall in love with this city even more.
Also stumbled upon this delicious restaurant where I had my first plate of pasta. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I’m sure I’ll go back and will find the name of it and share it here. I honestly can’t wait to explore the rest of Italy. (Amalfi Coast, I’m coming for you!)