Hello TEA birds! I hope you enjoyed our last Italy post – part 1 of our Winter Italy Trip- Sorrento, Amalfi, and Pompeii. And are ready for part 2 Rome!!
Rome was a crazy 2-day adventure with a lot of things to do and see and not enough time. It’s worth mentioning that Rome is a complete departure from the relaxing scenery of Sorrento. Just like any other big city Rome is crowded with tourist, street vendors, scammers and plenty of traffic. And this is in February technically the “off-season” honestly I can’t imagine how crazy crowded it gets during the summer.
But I’m excited to share our 2-day winter adventure with you guys and our Italy Vlog so don’t forget to scroll all the way down for the video! 🙂 ♥
Day 1 – When in Rome!
We drove 3 and a half hours from Sorrento to Rome, checked into our Hotel Room, dropped off our bags, freshened up and headed out to catch the shuttle that was leaving our Hotel at 4pm to Vatican City.
I grew up Catholic so visiting Vatican City meant a great deal to me. Entrance to the Vatican Museums ends at 4 o’clock so we weren’t able to get in that day since it was already 4:30pm. But no time was wasted, we took the opportunity to explore and take in the architecture which is just as beautiful and impressive. St. Peter’s Square is the massive center of Vatican City with beautiful fountains, columns, and views of St. Peter Basilica.↑
Once we were done with Vatican City we crossed the street and paid a visit to Castle Sant’Angelo. Like everything else in Rome, it’s full of history, has some amazing artwork and if you make it all the way to the top you’ll catch some amazing views of the city.
Day 2 – When in Rome!
Super helpful tip on getting into the Vatican Museums- buy your tickets online the day before! That way you don’t have to wait in line. We bought our tickets Tuesday night and arrived at the museum entrance Wednesday morning just as they were opening and we walked right in. No time waiting in line.
Another helpful tip -The Vatican Museums consist of a total of 23 museums. So if there’s a specific gallery that you want to see I would recommend to head there first. Of course, I would have loved to spend an entire day here but this was our last day in Rome and there was a lot we wanted to see.
First, on the agenda The Sistine Chapel which is the last Museum in the self-guided tour but once we got inside we headed there first so we can avoid the crowds and not feel rushed.
The Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place which means no cameras allowed. But Drew and I sat in that room looking up at the amazing masterpiece that Michaelangelo created in the 16th century for about an hour. Definitely, something you have to experience in person.
Once we were done with the Museums we rushed to go see Pope Francis. On Wednesdays, there is something called Papal Audience. It’s not mass but if the Pope is in town he usually addresses the crowd with a reading and a blessing. The Papal audience was held in Paul VI Audience Hall which holds about 6,000 people luckily Drew and I were able to get in, hear his message and receive the Holy Blessing.
Right after we received the blessing from the Holy Father we hopped in a Taxi cab and headed straight to the Colosseum.
- Side note- The taxi cab felt more like a roller coaster ride, it was raining, there was traffic and our driver did not care about any of it! He was speeding and swerving through traffic, but apparently, this is how everyone drives in Italy soooo we made it all in one piece lol.
The Colosseum is massive! I would definitely recommend a VIP tour because it gives you access to the underground area and the top level. Which are only accessible if you have a tour guide you. To think we got to stand where thousands of Gladiators did thousands of years ago to fight for their lives is insane! Also, my favorite part climbing all the way to what’s left of the 5th floor of the Colosseum for a top-level view.
• Beware • of people outside of the Colosseum trying to sell you tickets with “VIP” access. They look legit they even have name tags and are super friendly, but they do not work for the Colosseum. The best way to avoid these people is to not engage them at all just say “No Thank You,” and keep walking because they are persistent.
Also, one regular admission ticket to the Colosseum is valid for 2 days and gives you access to The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so you definitely get your moneys worth.
The Roman Forum/ Palatine Hill
The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are located directly across from the Colosseum. So once we exited the Colosseum we walked over a cobblestone street to the entrance of The Forum. We didn’t realize it at that time but we moved between both the Forum and Palatine Hill without realizing it. Although they are not the same sight they are right next to each other so it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
Trevi Fountain was our last stop on this crazy 2-day adventure through the city of Rome and it did not disappoint. It is was gorgeous and crowded with people trying to take pictures. As you will see in our Italy Video below we made a wish by throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
I know this was a long one guys about hope you enjoyed all the images and our home video. As always any questions and or comments please leave them below and don’t’ forget to connect with me over on Instagram I love to say hello.
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