Things to do in Rome Italy in 2 Days

Monday, August 28, 2017

#WalkwithChaMikeinRome


I've been wanting to visit Rome ever since I watched the classic film Roman Holiday and my all-time fave movie, Gladiator. Visiting all these historical landmarks I saw from various movies and read on history books made me appreciate Rome more. Rome is the capital of Italy, a city that has a perfect mixture of ancient & cosmopolitan making it an excellent place for tourists to visit. We spent 2 days in Rome 'doing what the Romans do.' 

Be Marveled by the Grandness of the Colosseum
The iconic Colosseo. It is the most famous landmark in Rome and even in the whole of Italy. Built during the ancient Roman Empire 70 AD, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built. Because Mike and I were very much eager to visit and know more about its history, we decided to book a special tour where we went to the areas not allowed by ordinary ticket holders. On a separate post, soon.

Colosseum
A special area for special paying visitors is the same spot where Princess Ann and Joe had a conversation. OMG!
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) and Joe (Gregory Peck) on the same spot as ours!
Colosseum at night
Take a Glimpes of the past at the Roman Forum
A rectangular plaza ruins of government buildings during the Ancient Roman times. The ticket here is the same ticket of the Colosseum. Will post more of the Roman Forum soon. 
  
Roman Forum
The only remains of the Roman Forum
Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
The largest baroque fountain in the city and the most famous in the world. Tourists go here to throw coins over their shoulders as the legend says that if you throw a coin in the fountain you'll surely return to Rome. Throw a second coin to seek love, and third for wedding bells! As for me and Mike, our wishes were neither to return nor to seek true love & wed (we're already married) but our wish was to have a baby which came true after 2 months!

Trevi Fountain
How to go:
Metro | Barberini Station
Bus | Bus 40 express

Opening Time:
Open Daily

Ticket Fee:
FREE


From the Barberini Station walked around 8 minutes going to the Trevi
Look how grand it is!
There is a flock of tourists when we went there. It was so hard looking for a good spot to take photos
The Trevi Fountain from our GoPro

At last, a trick shot - no people around! 
When you throw a coin facing back over your shoulder means you'll visit Rome again
Roughly € 3,000 worth of coins are thrown everyday. These coins were given to a charitable institute called Caritas
Another shot where zero people were around!  
A #ChaMikiss at the Trevi fountain of course
Accidentally visited this beauty again at night!
The wish came true quickly. We were back in the fountain :)
The fountain has its own charm at night. It looked so regal.
This has been featured in many films including Roman Holiday and Lizzie Maguire the movie
People watch by the Spanish Steps
A great place to sit and relax after long hours of walking. The Spanish Steps was built in order to link Trinita Dei Monti Church under the patronage of the king of France, with the Spanish Square below. This was also the spot in one of the famous scenes from the movie Roman Holiday where Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) ate a gelato while talking to Joe (Gregory Peck).


Spanish Steps
How to go:
Metro | Line A, Spagna Station
Bus | No buses are allowed here as it is a pedestrian zone area

Opening Time:
Open Daily

Ticket Fee:
FREE

The step's unique design and elegance made it very popular for tourists
The Spanish Square packed with tourists
Chanelling Princess Ana
Fontana della Barcaccia of the Fountain of the old boat
A scene from Roman Holiday
My own version of Gregory Peck
Tried to look for a gelato but there were none in sight
The Spanish Steps is the widest stairway in Europe
Check out The Pantheon
Located in Piazza della Rotonda is another spectacular site. The Pantheon was a former Roman temple now a church. Well-known for the large granite Corinthian columns. It is also a burial place for several important Italians like Raphael, and two kings of Italy. 


The Pantheon
How to go:
Metro | no metro nearby, we walked from the Spanish Steps going here
Bus | No buses are allowed here as it is a pedestrian zone area

Opening Time:
The Piazza is open daily

For the church
Monday - Saturday | 9:00 am - 7:15 pm
Sunday | 9:00 am - 5:45 pm
Public Holidays | 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
*Closed on some national holidays and if mass is on going

Ticket Fee:
FREE

Until the 20th century, the Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world


From the Spanish Steps we walked for 17 minutes to go here
Piazza della Rotonda is crowded with tourists, vendors and locals. It wasn't the cleanest sight.
The church was already closed when we got here so we just roamed around the square
One of the best preserved ancient buildings 

There are several bars and restaurants nearby and since it was already night time, we opted to have our dinner at one of the restaurants in front of the Pantheon for a beautiful dining experience. Princess and Ann and Joe dined in front of the famous site too.

Ristorante caffe da Claudia
G. Rocca Cafe
Ride a motorcycle
As what the saying goes, 'When in Rome, do as the Romas do.' That's exactly what we did - we rented a scooter and went around Rome. Another MUST on my list is to ride a scooter. One of Mike and I's favorite activities when we travel is to ride a bike whether it's a motor bike or a bicycle so we had to try it during our visit to Rome. 

Treno e Scooter Rental
I pre-booked a scooter at Treno e Scooter Rental which I saw on the net. We rode a Piaggo Liberty for € 30 a day with GPS. We availed in advance so we got a 20% discount. We used it for only 2 hours but the trip was so worth it!

Scooter Ride
How to go:
Metro | Roma Termini
Located in front of Rome's Termini railway Station, in the middle of Piazza Dei Cinquecento, inside the parking area near the cashier

Opening Time:
Daily | 9 am - 7 pm

Rate:
Rate depends on the hours and type of scooter you will be renting. 

For more information about renting a scooter, visit the site HERE

Treno e Scooter Rental - Pay, get the scooter, get your helmet
Aside from helmets, a lock was also provided for parking
Availed a GPS for € 5. It was so useful.
It was just my second time to ride a scooter. So I'm a bit rusty.
It was Mike's first time. So. Good luck.
Figuring out how this scooter works. It was so hard I almost gave up.
Because I couldn't figure out how to do it, we were even thinking of returning it until Mike tried it for the first time
He was able to learn how to drive
First we were just going around in circles
Then we got bored and started to use the GPS
He became an expert rider in a jiffy and was able to figure out a way to go to the Colosseum
And after a few minutes, we were at the Colosseum! Huraaaah!!! Such an accomplishment. 
The main reason I wanted to ride a scooter is because of Roman Holiday (again)
Ann and Joe riding a vespa around the Colosseum
We paid for a whole day rental but only used it for 2 hours just for the experience. It was one exhilarating ride!
Eat Italian Cuisine
It was our last city in Italy so we figured we might as well eat authentic Italian pasta and pizza; we tried several restaurants.

First lunch in Rome was in front of the Colosseum. It was the first restaurant we saw after our Colosseum tour and because we were so hungry, we weren't able to look for other options. I didn't remember, or should I say I was forced to forget the name of the restaurant as it was one of the worst Italian restaurants we tried. The food wasn't at all appealing and delicious, even the service sucks.

Bianca con 4 Formaggi e Mozzarella | € 12
Pizza with four cheese

Spaghetti al Pomodoro e Basilico | € 10
Pasta with tomato and basil sauce

Carbo loading 
Pomodor
Quatro Formaggi Pizza
Ristorante caffe da Claudia
Dined in one of the restaurants in front of the Pantheon. Chose a seat outside so we could people watch. 

Fettucine Pomodor r Basilico |€ 13
Pasta with tomato and basil

Gnocchi 4 Formaggi | € 15
Potato dumplings in cheese sauce



Ristorante caffe da Claudia
Fettucine Pomodoro
Gnocchi Quatro Formaggi
Our last dinner in Rome
A restaurant overlooking the Pantheon
Eat Gelato
Gelato or Italian ice cream is celebrated as much as pasta so eating gelato is a must in Rome. We tried a popular gelato brand named Venchi which has different branches all over Italy and some of cities in Europe. Mike and I shared a cone with a scoop of chocolate and pistachio. 

Venchi
Located around the pedestrian zone of Piazza della Rotonda

Our chocolate and pistachio cone gelato
Side Trip to the Vatican City
The Vatican City is a state surrounded by Rome. It is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and is the home of the Pope. Allotted a whole day to visit this city-state to meet the Pope up close and to see the marvelous Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. A separate post soon.

Vatican City
Hello, Pope Francis!
Vatican Museum
The two full days in Rome weren't enough. We skipped a few attractions on our list because of the limited time we had. We supposedly planned for a 3-day tour in Rome but unfortunately airfare rate from Rome to Nice would double if we would spend another day in Rome. So I do hope that our wish at the Trevi Fountain would come true so that we could come back to Rome and complete the things on our list. 

Next stop. Nice, France!

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