19 October 2016

Why Your Next City Break Should Be To Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

Location: The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

I'd wanted to visit Rome ever since I was a kid, watching the Sabrina Goes to Rome movie for the first time. In the film, Sabrina dates a dreamy Italian guy who brings her a rose every day, and all of the paintings come to life, plus she has a magical kiss in front of the Trevi fountain. Okay, so before setting off I first had to convince myself that I'm not actually a teenage witch, or in a film for that matter, but I'd still set my expectations pretty high. Rome to me seemed somewhere full of romance and magic, and upon visiting the incredible city, it didn't disappoint. From its incredible architecture and art to its open and friendly atmosphere (plus amazing food), Rome is a unique place that needs to be on your city break list if it isn't already.

The Sights
Firstly, it's worth mentioning that if nothing else, the city is rich with history and inconceivable sights, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon, to name just a few. With the Colosseum opening in 80 AD (which blows my MIND by the way) and the grave of Julius Ceaser lying within the Roman Forum (crazy, crazy sh*t) Rome is somewhere that needs to be on your 'travel bucket list' if not just to say you've visited some of these spectacular places. With so much to see, comes so much to learn, and the Colosseum offers a huge museum in its walls to get lost in, as well as the many artefacts to view at Vatican City.

Vatican City
Holding status as the world's smallest country, Vatican City is home to the Sistine Chapel and the breathtaking St. Peter's Basilica. It also provides one of the most impressive art collections in the world as well as containing many artefacts and sculptures created and used many moons ago. Vatican City is a peaceful place, and somewhere to get lost in, and you should aim to arrive early to give you plenty of chance to explore this unique and interesting state.

The Food 
Of course, I was going to have to mention the food - do you even know me? From Gelato stacked high on wafer cones or propped up in glass dishes, to a range of pasta and pizzas to choose from, the food in Italy is more like an art form. There are hundreds of little coffee shops and restaurants, as well as diners just to enjoy ice cream in all across the city, and you will never tire of choosing ice cream flavours or pizza toppings or ponder which kind of wine to enjoy in the sunshine. Even if, like myself, you stay in a hostel as opposed to a hotel and find yourself cooking some of your own food, the supermarket offers such a wide range of fresh food it will still be ten times better than back home. Damn, my mouth is watering just writing about it!

More To Explore
Apart from some of the awe-inspiring places I've previously mentioned, whether it's wandering down the River Tiber or sitting on the pews in one of the cities many churches you will discover little gems that will blow you away on every corner. By evening you can stroll to the Trevi fountain to make a wish or enjoy a Sabrina-inspired movie kiss, or during the day time, you could head to The Altare della Patria, a beautiful monument dating back to 1885 built in honour of Victor Emmanuel. The building also contains the tomb of the unknown soldier, and this is marked by an eternal flame. Whether you want to visit the main tourist attractions or get off the beaten track, there are one hundred things to fill up your days with and you might even leave wishing you could have stayed longer, and that for me makes it the essential city break (and I didn't even mention the shopping!). 

Have you been to Rome, or are you planning a trip to the incredible Italian city sometime soon? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, and don't forget to follow my Instagram to keep up to date with all of my adventures.

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