THE ETERNAL CITY, ROME

Rome, the city where ancient founds are around every corner. Where pasta and pizza can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner and where gelato must be eaten twice a day. How did my boyfriend and me spend time in Rome? Just read this post.

Rome, oh beautiful Rome, how I’ve missed you! It has been 7 years already, which painfully reminds me on how fast time flies. This Rome trip was a gift, a birthday gift, to my boyfriend who became 26. Since we are both big Italian fans, this trip couldn’t be anything more than amazing.

We left on April 18th from Brussels Airport with Brussels Airlines to Rome Fiumicino Airport. We took the early flight leaving at 7:40. My special surprise for my boyfriend was to follow the landing from the cockpit (I work at the airline company so it was an e-mail away). He was absolutely stoked and had the best time.

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Cockpit view

Don’t be fooled when arriving at the airport. Malafide taxidrivers wander around to steal your money without you even knowing it. Take a certified taxi company or a shuttle bus service (which we took). They take you to the hotel for 35 € where taxi’s almost cost you around 50€. Also be aware of the agressive ‘salesmen/women’ at every highly visited point in Rome. They sell things for way too high prices and are quite annoying. Also try to lower the prices. They love to ask too much money for it’s worth.
These things might seem like pretty negative but I’m a girl that doesn’t actually give a sh*t about these things. I had THE best time in Rome. To make sure you don’t pay to much on attractions etc, it’s better to buy a Roma Pass or an Archeologica Card.
A Roma pass can be bought for 48 hours or 3 days. The 48h pass includes 1 museum visit, all use of metro, trams and busses plus discounts and reduced price ticketing for events, exhibitions and tourist services.The one for 3 days gives you the opportunity to visit 2 musea and you will have all the other mentioned extra’s for 3 days instead of 48 hours.
The Archeologica card was the one we wanted. Unfortunately, we couldn’t buy it online because there seemed to be a problem. Once we arrived in Rome, no tourist information point seemed to sell them. Such a shame because with this card you could visit the National Roman Museums, Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Forum Romanum for a lot less money. But hey, we bought everything separately and yes it was more expensive, but we did get information you don’t get when you go around on your own.

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Welcome to Roma!

Our hotel was Duca D’alba. A four star hotel in the city part Monti, just one block away from the Colosseum, Forum Romanum and the Palatine Hill. The rooms where small, just like in every major city in the world, but super classy. We had a pretty view over the little patio and we could enjoy the real Italian mood. Price/quality related it was great! Delicious breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, Italian Parma Ham, veggies (e.g. arugula, cucumber, tomato, ..) Bruchetta, whole wheat and white brad, pastries, … Breakfast is one of the most important features for me. I love breakfast and it needs to be good to get me through the day. And boy oh boy! Breakfast at this hotel = life.

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Bad picture, but I had no good light! My perfect Duca D’alba breakfast.

When you go out to eat something, make sure you check if service is included. Restaurants can ask very high percentages on top of the bill. Not so fun when you have to pay  60€ for a small lunch, right? Also never enter a restaurant that doesn’t show prices on the menu. The perfect places for food are in the small streets where lot’s of Italian people go. Then you’ll have the REAL Italian goodness and not the ‘tourist’made menus.

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Last lunch in Rome.Eating pizza & pasta all day, errday.

So here is our 3-day planning including extra information about some attractions.

Day 1: 18/04/2016

After arriving at our hotel we immediately visited the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum Romanum. Why? Not because this was our original plan but because mainly all of the attractions are closed on Mondays … Well, so far so good for the planning. Guess we skipped the information part about attractions in our trotter guide.Apart from our ‘stupid’ mistake, it was the PERFECT day to visit these attractions. It was warm but with the cloudiness it was quite good to walk around. We did a guided tour in the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. Our guide Paolo was like the perfect Italian guide, accent and funniness wise.

Since our hotel was close by the attractions, we visited them more than once. Especially the Colosseum, my favorite building of Rome.

Day 2: 19/04/2016

On day 2, we visited the Vatican, Castel San Angelo, Spanish steps, the gardens of villa Borghese, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona. Kind of a big sandwich here but it was definitely ‘do-able’. It was an amazing day, full of sunshine and love. The Vatican is quite an expensive place to visit but worth the money. Such beautiful treasures that are over there! The rest is for free.

Day 3: 20/04/2016

Bummer, our flight got cancelled and we where rebooked on the earlier one. Bye bye Musei Capitolini. After finding out what happend with this flight we went on a little goodbye tour throughout the city. We had our final gelato, our last Colosseum visit, a perfect lunch and ended the day by a visit to the Victor Emmanuel II Monument.

 

I can conclude we had an amazing holiday! The problem with our flight where due to the attacks at Brussels Airport, so that’s understandable! Definitely going back in the future. How about you?

 

Love ,

Eveline

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