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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Come fly with me to Rome!



Today we're off to Rome, a city so amazing that it gets it's very own post.

How did I get to Rome? Kim and I flew from Adelaide to Singapore, Singapore to London, London to Vienna. We spent a week pigging out on pork snitzchels, gluwein and cheese fondue in Austria and then we caught a train from Vienna to Rome using our must have Europass. Who ever invented Europasses was a legend. We purchased ours before leaving Australia. We bought a 10 trip pass that cost us around AUS $800 from memory. I promise that it'll be the best money that you spend. The Europass enables you to take trains and boats between countries, anywhere in Europe. You just book ahead at the station, hop on, have your ticket punched and roll right on to the next adventure. Nice, easy and stress free.

From Adelaide (Australia) to Rome (Italy).

The amazing old ruins.
Any hoo. Rome. You know what they say...when in Rome. I secretly regret not stealing our sheets from our hostel room and dressing up in togas outside of the Colosseum haha.


So we rocked up in Rome, no accommodation booked, just super excited about our next adventure. Luckily our Europe on a Shoestring guide told us that there was a hostel right across the road from the train station. After battling through sleazy old men offering to take us anywhere in their cars aka Taken style, we were out into the fresh Italian air. We were instructed to visit mamma somethings kitchen to feast on Italian...hello pasta. Unfortunately I almost needed dental work after biting into the rock hard bread roll but the pasta was pretty good. Actually, to be honest, it didn't live up to our high Italian standards. This started the challenge to find Italian food that rocked our socks.

A must have when travelling Europe. It was our BIBLE.



PIZZA!
Our days in Rome consisted of rolling out of bed around 9, starting the day with an Italian coffee and a chocolate crossont that was orgasmic...no joke haha and then wandering around the streets of Rome. We barely used a map.

First up was the amazing ruins leading up to the Colosseum. It was truly like taking a step back in time, visualising the days of gladiators and togas, kings, queens and battles.

The Colosseum didn't disappoint. Wow. Just wow. We just stood there picturing the battles that were fought in the arena to spill blood, the lions and animals that were sacrificed for the entertainment of the Romans and the cheers that would've echoed in this fish bowl. Oh how entertainment has changed over the years.
Kim outside the Colosseum.

One day we visited the Fountain of Trevvy. We even tossed a coin over our shoulder Hilary Duff style for good luck. It was so beautiful, tucked away in the backstreets.
Please please please bring me good luck.
To be honest one of my favourite parts of Rome was just roaming around the cobbled streets, stopping in at gelati bars and pizza stalls for delicious food. I think we were in awe of the history of Rome and the stories that it could tell if it had a voice.

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Rome. One of my favourite cities in the world.

The beautiful cobbled streets

The Fountain of Trevvy

These guys were everywhere! Kim and I had a little giggle!

Me, being blonde, actually thought that if you put your hand into it's mouth that it would chop it off!

Just amazing!


The stairs where the artists sit and paint.

Tips

  • 4-5 days in Rome. 
  • Take your time to wander the streets and soak in the Roman history.
  • Do a guided tour of the Colosseum. We stinged out on this but I wished we had've sucked it up and paid the money to learn more about its history.
  • Visit Vatican city. I will save this for another post.
  • Visit the ruins, Fountain of Trevvy, the sundile, the stairs with the painters, the statue with the wolf and cubs and the big white palace building (so NOT technical with the actual names of these places!)
GIGGLE!


And remember, when in Rome...

Look after yourself and those around you,

Kirsty xxxx

2 comments:

The Thrifty Challenge said...

OOOO I want to come fly to Rome. It looks so lovely, your posts keep bringing up that travel bug in me x

Kirsty Arnold said...

Looking back through photos and reminiscing my overseas trips makes me want to high tail it to the airport and jump on the next plane!

Rome is another city you should add to your Europe list!

It rocks!