Part 1 of what will be a long series guys.
Rome is an extremely beautiful city. And I am not saying this because our family is there, but because it’s true.
It may be the history that surrounds it, it may be the Mediterranean feel it has. But, it always has this aura of magic around it.
Every year, when we head down for Christmas or the summer holidays, mum and I love to head to the “historic center” and visit more and more. Even though she has been living there for most of her life, we still discover parts of the city together, small museums or simply visiting the big monuments that we never did before.
I know we cannot travel out yet, but nothing wrong with planning ahead right?
Well, in the memory of all those times we have travelled, I wanted to share with all of you the best spots you should visit in Rome.
1. Trevi’s Fountain
First up is Trevi’s Fountain.
The fountain as it appears today was commissioned by Pope Urban the 8th, as he wanted it to have more emphasis. To say he happily succeeded is an understatement. The fountain sits beautifully in the middle of Quartiere Trevi, and attracts millions of tourists all year round!
It was built on the spot where the aqueduct “Aqua Virgo” had the start of its course. The aqueduct has carried clean water throughout the city for quite a while: a total of 400 years!
Tourists nowadays drop a little coin, as a sign of luck. The coins are collected by Rome’s Council and donated to charity.
2. “The Jewish Quarters”
Situated near Lungotevere, the Jewish quarters are one of the oldest quarters that maintained its look throwout history.
The high walls of the houses were built to protect the Jewish community situated there from any prosecution from Christians. It unfortunately holds a pretty harsh and sad history, but it is a must visit nonetheless.
The quarter nowadays is the post of one of the most famous and biggest farmers market in Rome.
It is very beautiful quarter, and walking through it it gives you a great sense of serenity and peace. I couldn’t recommend it more!
3. Vatican Museums
I know what you are about to say…It is technically not Rome. But it is at the same time.
Anyways, The Vatican Museums are a must see. The buildings are beautiful and while visiting you can see part of the largest collection of archaeological artefacts in the world.
There are two ways to visit: you can book a ticket, for the small fee of 15 Euros or visit for free every last day of the month. I have to warn you though, the queue for this is quite big, so you will have to queue from pretty early on. Thankfully you can grab a coffee from Faro, just around the corner!
4. Wonder the little streets
I mean, the best way to see a city is wondering through the streets. You never know where you’ll end up – unless you use google maps. But you also will find yourself looking at the most beautiful and amazing buildings.
Just wonder off to avoid the crowds and walk around. It will pay off! And don’t waste on the metro there, you can pretty much walk anywhere or take a bus!
Mum and I love to wonder around Rome. And cannot recommend it more!
Simona has also wrote a little about our ventures in Rome here – yes I stole some of her pictures ?
Stay tuned for Part 2!