Rome had been on my bucket list for the longest time. I wanted to see the Colosseum, visit the Vatican and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. So when I had a week to spare after my French Riviera trip, I was more than happy to spend it in this beautiful city.
It was quite a drive from the airport to the city center and arriving at night after a long day of walking around in Nice, I was more than ready to shut my eyes until we get to the hotel but there was something about being in a new city that just gets me excited. I first saw a glimpse of Victor Emmanuel monument from afar and I was stunned at how massive it is. I saw it from the photos and read about it in my guide book but this monument is so beautiful at night.
Because I will be in this city for awhile, I planned on taking my time to just enjoy Rome. I joined tours to walk around the city, and did some on my own. There are a lot to see and I couldn’t imagine someone doing it for just a day or two. It is true that Rome is like an open museum, one historical monument, church, and square after another. I loved that the districts in central Rome possess a different feel from each other.
I stayed at Centro Historico, in Piazza di Montecitorio. It is right in the middle, is walkable from the Vatican, or Colosseo, or Villa Borghese or Trastevere. The walks are long and the Roman summer heat didn’t make it easier. But it is during these walks when you really see, feel and experience the Eternal City.