Due to the level of chaos that surrounded work over the past week, I neglected to write a blog post on Thursday, and I don’t have posts saved up for those busier times – at least, not yet. I guess it’s something I have to consider, especially since the school year is about to begin; and I’m sure I’ll find myself in another situation much like the one from last week.
And you’re all witnessing it now: I’m vowing to not skip another post.
Now, this post is all about the 24 hours we spent in Rome. I just had to explain the missing post – to the hundred or so people that read this blog (thanks, by the way!) – before discussing the first stop on our trip.
Our first port was Civitavecchia, which was about an hour and a half from Rome. We flew in a little early so that we could spend some time in Rome. I’d been there before but Adam hadn’t, and I could see the excitement brewing beneath the surface as our plane got closer to Europe. Still, it was just me bouncing around in excitement as we meandered through the lines and crowds until we reached our driver.
After checking in to our hotel, Parco dei Prinicipi, which is located on the outskirts of the beautiful Villa Borghese, we grabbed a shower and dressed for the hot, hot afternoon.
Since we had a little less than 24 hours in Rome (and a lot of them would be spent sleeping), we had to choose the few places we wanted to see. Adam let me handle that, and I spread the map out on the bed, circling the spots I thought he should see.
Rome is very walkable, but we grabbed a taxi, taking it to the furthest spot from our hotel (which happened to be the Colosseum). Our plan: walk back, stopping to see the different sights along the way.
Our first stop – obviously! – was the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine. We got dropped off along the main street and walked over to the Colosseum, passing plenty of men in uniform along the way.
We didn’t end up going inside, because we both wanted to see as much as possible (and last time I was in there it took two hours!); but Adam was perfectly happy just seeing the outside. We snapped loads of pictures, all while attempting not to sweat to death, before moving on.
Our next stop: the Roman Foum. We also chose not to purchase tickets here but, to be honest, I really wanted Adam to see Caesar’s gravesite; it’s one of the things that I remember the most about Rome (that and the pizza!). Oh well, I guess we’ll have to go back…like I’d mind!
Afterwards, we strolled through the alleyways on our way to a few more sights, including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps.
By that time, we were exhausted (and beyond sweaty!) and wandered through the gardens of Villa Borghese as we headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up.
To be honest, we spent some time relaxing. I took a nice bath and he watched some Italian cartoons while we uploaded the pictures we took while out in Rome.
When it was time for dinner, we just went downstairs and ate at the hotel restaurant. The food was amazing and the wine selection was wonderful. After dinner, we went back upstairs, tired from the long flight and the hot afternoon in Rome.
When we woke up the next morning, it’d be time to head to Civitavecchia – and I couldn’t wait!
For those that plan to spend a short 24 hours in Rome, I’d recommend seeing it in much the same fashion that we did: take a taxi to the furthest destination and walk back. Even though the sights looked far apart on the map, they were actually quite close to one another.
For those that have been to Rome, what’s your favorite sight? For those that haven’t what do you want to see the most?