To Rome We Go
Rome, Italy is the 3rd most visited city in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world’s most visited tourist destinations. Both of these locations receives millions of tourists a year. It was therefore not too surprising that this was one of our most anticipated stops on our European Road Trip. Justn was MOST excited about this part of our adventure, so we planned to stay in Rome for three nights and do as much as we could within that time.
We started the morning in Florence, stopped in San Gimignano for a few hours, and covered a distance of almost 300km before arriving in Rome late in the afternoon. We were immediately surprised at how different this city was from the rest. Our first impression: ROME IS BIG!! One thing that was not big, however, was the tiny side streets we had to drive through in order to reach our guesthouse!
We had rented a semi-detached style apartment, in which we had our own room and bathroom, but we shared a kitchen and sitting area with one other room. The room was spacious and they provided us with a pack ‘n play (which was a must since we were going to be there for three nights) so we were happy! The ceiling consisted of exposed wooden beams, and our walls were a dark warm red. We loved the unique view from our room – it looked down into a traditional Roman side street.
A few streets away from the older Roman area in which we were staying, things were much more modern. Of course, if you know us, you’ll know that we LOVED sleeping in that central location, and walking down these old alleyways everyday.
Below, Typical European-style architecture in the more modern streets of Rome.
We were quite surprised by the amount of graffiti and trash that we saw in Rome. And trust me, we live in China and we KNOW dirty. Rome felt dirty! In some areas I really do like street art, but in Rome it was everywhere… and most of it was really tacky. Even official government buildings had ugly scribbles along the side of it. We couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t more control over this in such a major European city.
We did a lot while we were in Rome, and we can’t wait to share all of that with you. This was the most southern point that we visited in Italy. We would would have LOVED to visit southern Italy, but we just didn’t have enough time. We hope to one day visit Spain, Turkey, Croatia and Southern Italy on a different trip(s).
Lots of Rome adventures, sights, and gorgeous pictures coming your way this week!