Monday, October 20, 2014

Seven Spectacular Days in Rome

My Adventure
Hello everyone!
As you may have read in my previous blog, Rome is where I began my European adventure. My family and I spent six days there, and it was my favorite place as far as entertainment and history. On the first day in Rome, we arrived on our plane after fifteen hours of travel, and we didn't feel like doing much due to the jet lag, so we decided to rest up in preparation for the big things we had coming. After our “nap,” which lasted about 3 hours, we went out to explore the city. We went and ate lunch and then we went to see the Pantheon because it was right outside of our hotel. It was extremely crowded (just like all of the other tourist attractions in Rome). After exploring for a few hours, we went back to the hotel and prepared for dinner. We ate dinner just down the street from out hotel, and then decided to just go back to the hotel and sleep so that we could be ready for the next day which we knew was probably the most adventurous day in Rome. 

We woke up early the next morning, because we had to eat breakfast before we went on our tour. We quickly ate, and then scurried out of the hotel to meet up with our tour guide who was located right outside of the Roman Colosseum. Although the day started by frantically getting ready, we quickly calmed ourselves down to admire how incredible the Colosseum really was. We walked through the Colosseum and continued our tour amongst the amazing structures of the Romans. We stopped here and there to admire some of the magnificent buildings, but after a few hours, our tour came to an end. We decided that since we were far away from our hotel, it would be a good time to explore, so we ate lunch, and then went out to explore on our own. We visited a few churches and stopped in some shops along the way, but once it came closer to evening time, we decided to head back to the hotel, and get some sleep, since we were still extremely jet lagged from two days before.

We awoke at around 5:30 AM the next morning in preparation for another tour that we had scheduled. We gave ourselves enough time to get ready and be out the door so we wouldn't be rushed, and we arrived at The Vatican just in time for our tour. The great thing about this tour is that it started before The Vatican opened, so we were able to see everything in its full effect, which was amazing. The tour took us into The Vatican, through the Sistine Chapel, and back out to St. Peter’s Basilica. It was an amazing tour, and it was so much to take in in one day, but the experience is unforgettable! After much exploration of those areas, we walked downtown in the direction of our hotel, in search of something to eat. We had a late lunch at a small cafe in downtown Rome, and then headed back to our hotel, where we spent the rest of our night walking around the area and looking for interesting places that we could explore on a later date.

The next day, we were able to sleep in which was a relief after two days of nonstop exploration. We got a late start, and were out the door at around 9:30. We had breakfast, and then set off for Trevi Fountain. When we arrived after a few minutes of walking, we were shocked to see that it was under construction, and so we weren’t able to completely see it, because it was blocked off! We decided to keep moving, and not waste any time, so my family and I got a taxi and took it over to the park. We heard that there were some great activities available in the park, and so we went on a walk through the park in search for such activities. We rented out a five-person bike, and drove it through the beautiful park. We took pictures on the way and just admired the beautiful passageways covered by trees and elegant plants. We stayed at the park until later that evening, ate dinner, and then went to bed.

The next morning, we ate breakfast, and then wrote down a few possibilities for interesting places to visit. After asking many locals, and getting different opinions, we decided that the best place to go would be the Trastevere, which was a town about 15 minutes away from where we were staying that contained many different cultures and lots of interesting shops. We got ready to leave, and got a taxi to the Trastevere. It was extremely crowded, and it reminded me of a busy city like New York, but without the large buildings. We started off by checking out some of the local shops and cafes and chose the places where we would eat. We then took some time to explore some of the well-known buildings and monuments. It was interesting to see how each part of the town was “split up” in terms of cultural and religious practices. As it reached evening time, we strolled over to the restaurant that we had selected earlier, and ate a delicious meal. We were stuffed, and so we decided to walk to our hotel, and go to bed.

We woke up, on the last day in Rome, with no exact plans. We went through what we had done in the past few days, and decided that we enjoyed the bike ride in the park the most, and that we wanted to go do that again. We packed up most of our things, so we wouldn't have to do it all that night, and headed off to the park. We rode a bike around the park again, and found an amazing view over the entire city of Rome, and left after lunch to walk around and enjoy our last night. We went to dinner very early, and talked about all of the fun things that we had during the first six days of our month long adventure. After dinner, we walked around the city for about an hour, and then went to bed.
Early the next morning, I woke up to take pictures of the Pantheon when nobody was there, and then got about another hour of sleep before we got ready to leave. We all got up at around 7:00, packed up our remaining items, and left Rome on a train on our way to Florence.

Florence will be my next blog post. Expect that to come out next Monday, at around the same time as this blog, maybe a little bit earlier. If you enjoy this blog, please let me know by liking this blog post, following me, or leaving a comment. To contact me, my email is You can follow me on Instagram at alexryan33, and you can follow me on blogloving at this link: Thank you so much. Talk to you next week!

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