Several years ago Italy stole my heart for the first time when I visited the beautiful city of Florence in the Easter holidays with my family, and since then I have always dreamed of visiting more of the beautiful country. Top of my somewhat extensive list was Rome, the stunning capital of this wonderful country. I dreamed about getting to see all of the ancient Roman ruins, the statues and art, and the Vatican of course. Every year my university runs a history trip which is open to everyone studying arts, this year the trip was planned for Rome and I just could not miss the opportunity!
We arrived in Rome on the Friday evening so just got settled in to our hotel rooms and had a little wander around the surrounding area, but the following morning we were up bright and early, ready to explore the wonders of the city.
We all hopped on the metro to the St Peter’s Square and round to the Vatican Museum. It is an enormous, labyrinthine place filled to the roof with astounding art which crosses the centuries. In a way though, whilst the art is amazing, the building itself was even more impressive. The ceilings alone are a true work of art…
If you ever get the opportunity to visit it, the Vatican Museum is definitely worth a visit, if only for the marvel that is the Sistine Chapel. You don’t get long to take it in as the museum guards keep you moving as you cross the place due to the sheer number of people in there but it is simply stunning to look at. Having seen endless recreations and prints of sections of the painting it is incredible to get to see the original Michelangelo ceiling which was painted between 1508 and 1512.
We were at the Vatican till well after midday so we got back on the metro towards the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain where we had a few hours of free time after lunch to wander around and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Strangely out of character for me I didn’t get round to snapping any photos of my food because I was too excited to get tucked in! But I ate a delicious pizza marinara at lunch and then had a delicious spicy tomato spaghetti for dinner, followed of course by gelato. I’m not going to pretend otherwise, the gelato does rank pretty highly in the list of my favourite things about Italy… I had nocciola (hazelnut) and café and both were just mouth-wateringly tasty.
The Trevi Fountain was one of my favourite sites in Rome, it is absolutely beautiful and there is something slightly magical about getting to see it all lit up at night and throwing a coin into the water. Florence may have my heart but Rome is definitely fighting for it!
Stay tuned for my next post with Rome day 2…