A Beautiful City with and Amazing history!
31.01.2013 - 06.02.2013 15 °C
I had an awesome time in Rome!!
On the day I arrived, I made friends with more Australians. That night we did a free night walking tour. One the tour we saw a bunch of different fountains and plazas. Of course we went to the Trevi fountain, and it is just as beautiful as in pictures. We also went to Piazza Navona, which had another beautiful fountain. After the tour, on our way back to the hostel, we came across the Pantheon.
The next morning I met with the Australians again and we went to the Vatican Museum. It is so big!!! We barely stopped to read things and it still took us an hour and a half to go through it. It had some beautiful artwork and statues, and even a real mummy in the Egyptian part. At the end, we saw the Sistine Chapel, which was one of Michael Angelo's finest and most frustrating projects. As we left the Museum, we came out the front doors of the Vatican, but we didn't have time to actually see the inside of it. We then went to go meet with a girl from Argentina in Piazza Navona and we went to the Pantheon to see the inside of it. That night we hung around the Hostel's bar and talked.
On the Saturday morning, I went to Pompeii with 3 people from Argentina. It was a 2 hour trip there. Unfortunately, we arrived to Pompeii a little later than we had planned, and there were no more guided tour going. So instead, we grabbed an audio tour and walked around the city. The city is absolutely amazing! It was so cool walking the city and seeing how they lived 2000 years ago. We got back pretty late that night.
On Sunday I did a walking tour of Ancient Rome. It was awesome because there was only 3 of us on the tour and our guide was awesome! We saw Circus Maximus, which was a horse and chariot racing track. Palatine Hill, which was a palace built for the Emperor, and was the first building to be called a Palace. The Jewish Ghetto. The Pantheon. The Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument. And of course, the Colosseum. We weren't able to go inside the Colosseum because it was closed by the time we got there, but I went in another day That evening, my friend I met in Munich, Grace, arrived at the hostel. It was so nice to see her again! We hung out at the bar talking with this really annoying guy from Australia.
On Monday we did what we felt was the best and stupidest idea we have ever had...we drove a Vespa around Rome for 4 hours! It was the best idea because there is no better way to see Rome than from a Vespa, and it was the worst idea because driving in Rome is crazy! But we did it anyway. I drove because Grace, being from Australia, still couldn't get her mind around the whole drive on the right side of the road thing. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had the time of our lives! We ended up choosing a pink Vespa, and I'm glad we did, because it definitely told everyone that we were tourist, and everyone mostly stayed out of our way. We only got honked at about 3 times, which I am proud about haha It actually wasn't that bad, probably because it is winter time, I can't even imagine what it would be like in the summer! We managed to get back without damaging the Vespa or ourselves :P
Tuesday was my last day in Rome, and my last day backpacking, so we made the most our of our day. We left around 10:30 in the morning, and didn't get back until about 6:30, and we were walking for pretty much the entire time in between! We walked to the Colosseum. A ticket for the Colosseum is actually a combo ticket that lets you in to the Forum, the Colosseum, and Palatine Hill. We got out ticket at the Forum because it doesn't have a line, and started off by walking through the Forum. It was really cool walking through knowing that that used to be the market place so long ago. For more info, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Forum. We then went to the Colosseum, and it was even more spectacular than I had imagined! We spent a while there just walking around and imagining it full with 75,000 people in the stands and a gladiatorial fight going on down below. We then went to Palatine Hill, which had a beautiful view of the city. Our next stop was the Vatican. It took us a while to walk there, but it was worth it. We went inside St. Peter's, and it is the biggest church I have ever seen! We then went all the way up to the top of the dome and saw the most amazing view of Rome. You could see everything from up there! One our way back to the Hostel, we both had to buy some stuff, so we went to the main shopping district. By the time we got back to the hostel, we were both so tired from being on our feet for so long that we just hung around the bar drinking and playing cards.
On Wednesday morning, I made my way to the airport to hope on a plane to Turkey!!