Tuesday, 28 April 2015

WHEN IN ROME

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog, I hope you are all doing well. 
I have FINALLY got around to sorting through all of my pictures from Rome, and so I thought I would put together a little blog post to share with you guys what I got up to whilst I was travelling there. 

I had four full days in the city and planned out where I wanted to go and what main landmarks I wanted to see before leaving London, so I had a vague plan of action each day. 
When I was looking for a hotel, I knew I wanted something in the centre of the city, so everywhere was easily accessible by walking - I feel like you see so much more of a city by walking around it, rather than just getting a bus or metro to each place you want to go to. Walking is also a way of discovering lots of lovely boutique shops and great little places to eat. 
After much searching, I eventually decided on the hotel 'Relais Rione Ponte' and it was such a perfect choice, I could not recommend it more. The hotel was situated in the very centre and everywhere we wanted to go was within a 20 minute walk. We managed to see everything we wanted to in the four days and it was such a relaxing time away. 
So if you want to see what I got up to on my Rome travels, please keep reading..


Day One
SHOPPING DAY, Piazza Del Popolo and Pincian Hill

On our first full day we decided that we really wanted to just wonder around the streets of Rome to get used to the city and where everything around us was. So, we decided to head from the hotel and into the town centre through all the back streets. My favourite part of a city break like this is walking round these little streets, as they are so picturesque and you seem to stumble across so many cute shops and cafés to visit. 


Piazza Del Popolo

Piazza Del Popolo is a large urban square in Rome, which is near the main shopping streets. The Italian name translates into the 'Peoples square'. It is the perfect little place to stop and sit down whilst exploring to rest your feet for a while. I could imagine sitting here on a gorgeous hot summer day, listening to the musicians playing their instruments and just enjoying the scenery. It is also a great place for people watching - Don't try and deny it guys, we all do it! I love people watching so much, it is a way of seeing different styles and fashion and often offers some kind of inspiration for your own outfits! 

Pincian Hill
The Pincian Hill is known to be one of the most romantic and picturesque places in the capital - it is seriously beautiful. It is a Roman Hill and when standing on the balcony you get the most breathtaking views of piazza del popolo and the rest of the city. 
At the top of the hill is a large greenery area which is the Pician Hill Gardens and it was spectacular, it would literally be the perfect picnic spot in the summer! 
For reasons which I do not know, I never took any pictures of the gardens, I just took pictures of the views. I really regret this now, because I cannot show you guys just how stunning the scenery was - words cannot describe! 
Out of everywhere we visited I would say this was definitely one of my favourite locations, just because of how relaxing, beautiful and quiet it was! 

Shopping Time
Now, moving on to another one of my favourite parts of the trip..SHOPPING! I think I went into Sephora about 12 times over the 4 days because I was being so indecisive about what I wanted to get! My boyfriend is so happy we do not have a Sephora in the UK - he never wants to step foot in one again! I on the other hand am absolutely gutted we do not have them at home, it was like walking into my kind of heaven.
We chose to head to the shops on the first day because it was forecast the worst weather out of all the days we were there, and we did not want to waste a sunny day inside.
If you are interested to see what I purchased on my shopping trip then you can check out my Haul blog post here, where you can see pictures and I go into more details of the products I got.


Day Two 
The Trevi Foundation, The Pantheon and Piazza Novana

The Trevi Fountain
Since forever I have wanted to see the Trevi Fountain, seeing it on pictures and in films and how beautiful it is, has always made it a 'must see' for me. So, I was super excited to be venturing out on our second day to see the fountain. However, I was so let down because it is currently being restored, so there was no water in it and the whole of the fountain was practically covered up by scaffolding. This was a really disappointing moment, but I suppose it just gives me an excuse to go back now! 

The pantheon
The pantheon is the biggest brick dome ever to be built and when you walk through the doors, it really is so overwhelming. You suddenly find yourself in such a huge empty space feeling very small. The building and its interior are just absolutely stunning. 
On the day that we chose to go here it was raining a little bit, and this actually made it a great experience. In the roof at the centre of the dome, there is a 9 metre diameter hole known as the Oculus. So, when it rains, the rain drips through the hole and onto the floor in the centre of the Pantheon - So effectively it rains inside. This was such an amazing thing to see! The water then flows away by the floor drainage system - it is such an interesting concept to see. 

Piazza Novana
This square Dale and I went to every single day as it was right opposite our hotel. The atmosphere when walking around here in the day and at night was indescribable. Up each side of the square is all restaurants where you can sit outside to eat and drink whilst enjoying the weather and the scenery. In the day time it almost turned into a little market here, with artists selling their paintings, people selling souvenirs, musicians playing their instruments, people singing and a variety of different street acts. This square had such a happy, lively yet relaxed ambiance - it was spectacular. 



Day Three 
The Colosseum, Altare Della Patria, The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Arch of Constantine, The Spanish Steps and Circus Maximus

The Colosseum
I cannot believe I waited until day three to go and see The Colosseum, who does that?! I am pretty sure this would be the first stop the majority of people would make when going to Rome. I was so excited to see The Colosseum and it did not disappoint, it was even more of an amazing building than it looks on pictures and on the television. As it was bank holiday weekend when we went, it was so crazy busy and the queue to get inside was over 3 hours - I just did not have the patience for that, so we decided to skip going in to look around - maybe next time! 
As I wanted to see The Colosseum in the day time and at night (to see it all lit up) we decided to go for an early tea at a restaurant there - talk about eating with a view! By the time we were done eating, the sun had just gone down so I managed to get a few pictures of it in both lightings.  

Altare Della Patria
Also known as 'Il Vittoriano', this monument was built in honour of the first King of Rome. I believe this is the largest monument in Rome, and many tourists and locals do not like it for the reason that they feel it is far too big. However, I thought it was lovely - especially at night time when it is all lit up. 
You can go up the steps and it is free to look around - some of the views from the top are incredible. 

The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum was at the top of my list of places I wanted to visit most. If you do not already know, The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings in the centre of Rome. 
I am so happy that I finally got to see this part of ancient Rome, it is incredible. 

Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill is next to the Roman Forum and is the most central of the seven hills of Rome - It is also one of the most ancient parts of the city. If you stand at the top of the hill, down one side you can look over the Roman Forum and over the other side you can look over Circus Maximus. 
I did not go up the hill because the queue once again was super long which was a shame! I plan to go back to Rome one year out of season, when it is a bit quieter so I manage to do these things I missed out on! 

Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine is a Triumphal arch situated between The Colosseum and The Palatine Hill. I thought I would just snap a few pictures whilst walking past the beautiful arch, as I believe it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome.  

The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are a monumental stairway in Rome made up of 135 steps. The steps make up a steep slope between the Piazza de Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti, dominated by the church at the top. Unfortunately, the church was another feature that was being restored while I was on my visit, so scaffolding was in the way of being able to get the full picture of what it looks like.

Circus Maximus Chariot Racing
Me and Dale actually never planned on coming here, we stumbled across the Circus Maximus whilst walking to the Colosseum. The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue which is now used as a public park. This would be such a nice area to come on a hot summers day to play sports or to just sit and relax. 

Day Four 
Vatican City and wondering around the streets of Rome

Vatican City
I couldn't come to Rome without visiting the Pope's house now could I?!
Our hotel was literally about a five minute walk from Vatican City, which was amazing as again it was a place that I wanted to see in the day time and at night time. 
Originally we planned to go to Vatican City on the Sunday, but then when we woke up and got ready I remembered it was Easter Sunday, and at that point we realised it was going to be so busy and was probably a bad idea. With this in mind, we decided to change our plans and go on our last day. Good job we did - just out of interest on Easter I put on the television in our room to see the Pope's speech, and it seriously looked like people could not move as everyone was so squashed together. 
Vatican City was such a beautiful area, it was so relaxing and was a very picturesque part of the city. 

The Streets of Rome

These last few pictures are ones that I took just whilst walking around, so they are from all different days and locations around the centre of Rome. The pictures really do not do the City justice of its beauty.

I hope you guys all really enjoyed this post and liked seeing what I got up to in Rome. If you have never been before, definitely get it on your list of places to visit, it truly is amazing! Let me know in the comments what places you have travelled to and loved that you would recommend visiting. I love the idea of travelling around all these different places and just seeing the world.
Thank you guys so much for reading. Do not forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to make sure you do not miss out on any future posts, and in that case, I will see you soon. 


ALICIA

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