27.10.12

Travel: Buongiorno Rome, Italy

Travelling is my passion and once you get the bug you can’t stop. I am fortunate to have seen many cities around the world. This week I visited Rome, Italy with my Boyfriend. I guess this blog post is the modern equivalent to popping over to my place for nibbles and a holiday slide show

Let me start with a few basics details which could be useful for planning your own trip. We ended up catching a bus from Fiumicino airport to Termini Station. There were a number of shuttle companies competing for our Euros. You simply buy tickets from booths in the terminal. We paid €5 each with TAM and on our return journey we picked up the Atral coach for €4 each. 

We stayed at The Blue Hostel (website link) which is “a hostel with hotel style rooms”. It is situated near the Termini Station in a typical apartment block. We were in a flat that had been converted into a couple of double rooms. I can not fault the accommodation it was clean, modern with en-suite, TV, free WIFI and air conditioning. There were a couple of minor issues which I think are worth mentioning. You have to be prepared to trek up three flights of stairs not an easy task after a day of sightseeing. There were a couple of power cuts during the night. It only became a problem for us because it kept tripping a burglar alarm which woke us up several times. I would advise taking a torch we did return one evening and had to climb the stairs in pitch darkness. 

Our Hostel owner suggested we buy Roma Passes for €30 each. It allows you free entry to the first 2 museums or archaeological sites, reduced ticket prices at other museums/sites and free use of public transport. It was worth every cent when it came to the Colosseum as you get to jump the long queues. 

Like most cities in the world, Rome has a petty crime problem. Unfortunately, pick pocketing is common place along with beggars and peddlers. You just need to be sensible. Be aware of your belongings; don’t carry valuables or large sums of cash and a money belt is definitely advisable.

That’s the practicalities now on to the fun part. We had four days in Rome and the weather was amazing, a very sweaty 26 degrees. My feet were very sore and I gained a few blisters but I still enjoyed myself. We visited the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Vatican City (Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica), Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The food was delicious but I shall do a separate post about my experiences. I did not get time for shopping but I picked up a few trinkets. My inner tourist always has to buy a tacky fridge magnet. 
I browsed a beauty department in a store and discovered I Provenzali products (website link). With a bit of guess work I figured out this was 100% natural and cruelty free brand. I picked up Coconut Body oil which I am looking forward to using. In brief that was my trip so here are some holiday snaps. 

Until next time - Arrivederci


12 comments:

  1. What a great time you had! Hope one day I visit Rome too :) thanks for sharing lovely pictures x

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    1. My pleasure it's nice to share my pictures :)

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  2. Beautiful photos! I love sight-seeing holidays and Rome is definitely on my list of places to see. I'm glad you had a great time (despite all the power cuts!) xx

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    1. The power cuts were kind of fun lucky I took my book light it was the only way to find the loo :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time. The photos are great. Love the flowery top you are wearing. x

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    1. Thanks honey, that top was a Primark find only cost about £8 back in the summer :)

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this post and it looks like you had a lovely time! I'm hoping to be able to go next year :) x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my post :) hopefully you will get to visit yourself

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  5. Looks like you had a lovely time. I've never been to Rome but it looks gorgeous :)

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    1. It certainly is stunning in terms of the history & architecture

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  6. Looks like you had a fab time! Love all the photos x

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