Thursday, 15 May 2014

Travel: Rome

I've mentioned this before (i think) that pre- children i loved to travel. My first proper job was a travel agent, then i had 10 years out and now I'm a travel agent again. One of the things about my job i love is looking through all the brochures and planning holidays for people. Whenever we're a bit quiet i always start planning my own holiday.
This year i turn the big 3-0 and to mark the occasion i want to go on a short break with the hubby.
A short European break is what i'm aiming for, but there are just so many amazing places to try.
For my 21st i went to New York, it's only right that for my 30th i mark the occasion with a fabulous city break.
Having been to Paris multiple times and travelled all over Spain i am thinking somewhere new for me, somewhere i have wanted to go for many many years, i am thinking of visiting Rome.
I mean just look at it, Its spectacular.
After a little reading and research here are the top 5 things i want to do whilst in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

The largest Baroque style fountain in the City, one of the worlds most famous fountains in the world. For luck throw in a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder. (apparently 3000 euros a day are collected and the city gives it back to those in need in the city)

The Colossuem

Right in the City centre is this magnificent piece of architecture. The largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire and in fact the world, this amazing building is considered one of the greatest works of Roman Architecture. To walk the around this building and imagine the gladiatorial shows that it was used for would be spectacular.

The Vatican
The Vatican City, a state all unto its own. Having been brought up in Catholic schooling, reading many religious books and references over my years the Vatican is a stop i would have to make. The history, the architecture..need i say more?

The Spanish Steps
Some of the most famous steps in the world and the widest staircase in Europe. A great place to sit and people watch and enjoy the Bernini Fountain.

The Pantheon
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The Pantheon is one of the best preserved Roman buildings, still in use as a church the rich historical ambiance fills of the whole area, Piazza della Rotunda.


Of course there are so many more things to see and do such as St. Peters Basilica, the Pyramid of Cestius the monument of Victor Emmanuell II and SO MUCH MORE.
Not to mention the gelato and the pasta. Having been to Italy once before (lake Garda) i can safely say there is now ice cream anywhere that is as good as Italian gelato.
The cuisine of Italy is my absolute favourite. To me the richness of their food reflects their culture with their flare and passion for life. Its second to none.
Have you ever been to Rome? Is there anything you would recommend that i must not miss?
If you haven't ever been, have i tempted you? Lets go celebrate my 30th all together ...

Meet you in Rome, yes?

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6 comments

  1. I'd love to visit Rome one day.

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  2. Hi Rachel went to Rome last year, it was great i went in March for Big 50, its really easy to get around i stayed in a boutique hotel not far from the centre, if you go on any tours would recommend pre-booking as the queues can be quite long. I booked with Dark Tours before i went they were very good.

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  3. We loved Rome and stayed just outside the Vatican city. It truly was amazing. We did it as a short break with the two kids in tow and even they both enjoyed it.

    X x

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  4. I absolutely loved Rome! Great choice for the big 30! Me and the boy both turn 30 in Oct, we are going travelling in summer in central Europe. Book Rome, u won't regret it xx

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  5. I loved Rome. Since I set my foot on the blessed land everything just felt right :) Eat gelato, it is must! The Sistine Chapel is amazing and I think we stayed in the Vatican Museum for at least 3 hours!

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