The eternal city that I always wanted to visit since I read eat, pray, love book by Elizabeth Gilbert… Rome. Yes you might call me fan girl-ing or having EPL effect in my brain and life but there I was. Me and my bf decided to go to Rome in October 2018, right before our visit to Loch Ness. I was pretty keen on going because I wanted to visit my friend who was living there at that time. So we booked the flight from Edinburgh.
We got to Rome pretty early around 10 am, and the traffic was not that bad at that time. We took a bus from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Termini station (our guesthouse is so close to the station) for 6 euros/person and the journey took 40 mins. We checked in, then we decided to have lunch and to do some sight seeing that day. We were pretty hungry so we just ate in one of touristy restaurant around Termini. The food was so good but we kinda regret the price, hahaha.
Daniel insisted we should just walk to the Colosseum to let our lunch go down, I was a bit resistant to walk because I was and am lazy but he kept nagging me about it so I gave up. We walk from Termini to the Colosseum , 1,7 km. Yep walking in a scorching sun because Rome in October was pretty hot for me, or maybe it is just because I was used to Canada winter and cold weather lol. Anyway we got there safely and exhausted (just me tho, Daniel was loving it).
The Colosseum or Coliseum , also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine limestone, tuff (volcanic rock), and brick-faced concrete, it was the largest amphitheatre ever built at the time and held 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum.
Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir, Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). For more information about this site, you can click here.
We took some picture in the Colosseum, I’ll say it was super crowded and I wasn’t able to deal with it. I got very dizzy with so many people chatting and taking picture and we kept bumping into other people walking around the Colosseum. We decided to leave without going in because I was so dizzy and mostly because it is expensive to get in hahaha.
Daniel, as always, said we should walk to relieve my headache and there we go walking again this time to Basilica Aemilia, a civil basilica in the Roman Forum, in Rome, Italy. Today only the plan and some rebuilt elements can be seen. The Basilica was 100 meters (328 ft) long and about 30 meters (98 ft) wide. Along the sides were two orders of 16 arches, and it was accessed through one of three entrances. It was 650 m walk from Colosseum. A short walk as Daniel said. I think we walk the most those days in Rome.
We didn’t get in to the ruins, we just pass by, took some picture, then leave. To be honest, we found this place by accident because actually we intended to go to the Patheon. We kept walking for another 2.6 km after I took a break. Yes I did not write it wrong, 2,6 km walk!!! Of course, I whined a lot during this ” Daniel’s style walking tour” (not sorry lol).
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a Catholic church (Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres or Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs), in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). It was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD. Its date of construction is uncertain, because Hadrian chose not to inscribe the new temple but rather to retain the inscription of Agrippa’s older temple, which had burned down.
We got there and it was pretty crowded as well. I am always so needy when I am tired so I kept asking Daniel to buy me ice cream all the time we walked around (just like a 8 years old child – sorry Dan). We took some picture, took a break in one of quiet corner and I was just enjoying my life until yep, Daniel wanted to walk, again. So we continued our journey to the Trevi Fountain. Yep, a place where you can toss “a coin to your witcher”(sing – nope this is not The Witcher series Fi!) I mean toss a coin to the fountain and somebody will grant your wish (mostly your parent or partner, not someone someone you might think).
The Trevi Fountain
We walked for 750 m from the Patheon to reach the Trevi Fountain and it was proper crowded, I couldn’t even take a picture properly or even see the fountain properly! I read you can go very early before all of the tourist come if you wanna get a good shot, it might be worth it. But we got there at 5pm! the worst time to be there because it was the busiest time where almost thousands people visiting it.
My tips to visit the Trevi Fountain is GO EARLY if you wanna see it better and with less tourist.
The Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others.
Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Roman Holiday, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and Sabrina Goes to Rome.
The sun almost set when we decided to go to Spanish step as our last place to visit today, and again we walked for 650 m only from the Trevi Fountain.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
The monumental stairway of 135 steps (the slightly elevated drainage system is often mistaken for the first step) was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France – located above – and the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.
We walked up to the stairs and just staying there for a bit, stopping and seeing the busy plaza below the stairs. We decided to take the metro from Spanish step station to termini station. The one way ticket is 1,5 euro, but if you want to buy one day or a weekend you can get a cheaper price in total (more information here). I remember we counted how many km we walked that day, and if I recall it correctly it was 19000 steps around 9 km walk.
It was such a healthy and historical day of my life, exploring Rome on foot! I think exploring new places by walking is the best way to see everything. You can always stop and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the places you visit. You will finds some hidden gems all around the non-touristy places around you. I know some of you might find it exhausting (I was too) but once you get used to it, IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT.