Not being a fan of big cities we decided to book just 3 nights in Rome before moving South. We ended up loving Rome and wish we had a few more days. The city had so much character and tons of sites to see. We stayed at a small hotel with breakfast in a great location. The L’antica Locanda Dell’Orso was just steps from the Piazza Navona, full of restaurants and great people watching. We were also located down a quiet alley where we were able to get 3 wonderful nights of sleep! From our location we were able to walk everywhere and took in sites such as the Colosseum and the Vatican city during our two full days. We were lucky to be invited on a Walks of Italy tour of the Colosseum which we will write about next. Here are a few of the other things we did during our short time in Rome
Vatican City Museums: At $16 Euros each (plus 4 Euros each to buy tickets online and skip the line) we were a little underwhelmed by the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. There were so many people that we felt we were on a people mover just constantly moving forward unable to pause to get a good look at anything. We were told we went at a good time as it is often much more crowded! If you are a lover of art and/or religion you may truly enjoy it, we just felt it was overpriced for the short time we spent inside. You are able to enter St Peters Basilica for free, it was closed for an event when we were there.
Walking the Streets: We could have spent weeks wandering the streets, alleyways and piazzas that make up Rome. Everywhere you turned there was another great walkway to explore.
Ancient Ruins: There are ruins of ancient Rome everywhere! Sure you can pay to see the Colosseum, and you should, but just walking around town you can spot many for free.
Piazzas and Food: We loved eating and drinking our way around the streets of Rome. Pizza, pasta, wine and more can be found in every alley and piazza.
Stay tuned for our next post on our Walks of Italy Tour of Rome including our time at the Colosseum.