Yes that’s right we’ve finally gone to Rome on 23rd November 2015 – 26th November 2015.
Of course due to what happened in Paris on 13th November, we were advised that there would be a lot of security.
The journey to Rome was an early one as usual. But we were really looking forward to it.
Of course we both sat there with our iPods on listening to lots of music.
I then started taking pictures of what was underneath us.
I took a small nap, then woke up and looked out of the window.
The view was magnificent.
The above map is where we were at the time in Germany approaching Lichtenstein.
We got to Rome airport then needed to get a train from the airport to Rome centre, this cost us €32 between us to get there.
When we got there we had to do a walk from the station to our hotel. We stayed at the hotel Traiano it said it was 4 star 🌟 but Christopher was not sure.
We were impressed that they actually allowed us to check in at 2pm, as I had read that it would be a 4pm check in.
Once we’d checked in we decided to go for a wee walk.
The fountain in front of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It was seen from the metro station that we had to get the train from on Tuesday.
This is the Vittoriana, we were impressed at how grand it is.
After our walk we looked through the tourist guide magazine to find where to eat.
The food was great. Christopher had a spaghetti carbonara and I had a spaghetti with cream and peas sauce.
Any way we were that tired and only Italian tv, we put some music on and went to bed at about 9pm as we were getting up at 6am for breakfast and then going for a day at the Vatican.
Like I said we got up at 6am we gave ourselves an hour to get ready before breakfast.
Breakfast came and Christopher said it was a typical Italian breakfast. It was bread, cheese, meats, cold boiled eggs, fruits, bread crisps, croissants, pan au chokolade, cake and fruit tart. Yes that’s right cake and fruit tart for breakfast. There was bacon and egg which we didn’t have.
We decided to go straight after breakfast and me talking my MS medication to set off to get the train.
We found out the day before that it would cost €1.50 each to get there.
We didn’t know up until a week prior to our trip that we could get a train there when Christopher’s uncle told us about it.
We got to the station and waited for the train, we had previously noted that throughout Rome there were armed forces at many tourist spots.
We got the train and we were like sardines in a tin. We’ve never been on a train so packed.
We got to the Vatican too early for the tour even though we had to meet 25 minutes early so we went across the road for a cup of tea. They brought us English breakfast tea and a teapot of water each. We sat there warming up and enjoying a cuppa.
We got the bill and were shocked. Our tea cost us €11! Yes that’s right 11 euros.
But anyway we queued up with our prepaid tickets and went in through security.
We were going to visit the Vatican Museums, to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.
We saw masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo and Bernini.
Christopher at the Jubilee Gate at St. Peter’s Basilica.
When we had finished in the Vatican we exited through St. Peter’s Square where we saw 2 Swiss Guards. We were a little excited by that.
After finishing there completely we decided to walk back to the hotel as it was easier than the train again.
From there we went to Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.
There was a man giving out roses, the first thing I said was are they free? He said yes, then harassed Christopher for some money he took €5.50 if I’d have know I’d have given them back.
After a very tiring day we decided it was time for going back to the hotel to rest before going out for dinner.
I got a calzone with wild mushrooms in it. Christopher got a pizza with Spek on it.
We went back to the hotel and again due to the early start we went to bed early.
We got up as usual at 6am and had breakfast and prepared for the day.
We were going to the Colosseum and then the Roman Forum. We already had tickets for this as you can buy the tickets in advance. It was a case of buy one and get the other tied in.
We got to the Colosseum very early and queued up and actually got let in early.
Us outside the Colosseum.
Two beautiful arches.
We decided our day was done and we needed lunch. Like I said we decided to try a portion of the chips we tried so the walk began. But before that again we decided we needed a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
Whilst we were there we noticed a policeman directing the traffic.
We got there soon enough and ordered 2 medium chips.
Yes I said medium but they were huge! But tasty.
We went back to the hotel for a rest before going out for dinner.
We hadn’t decided where we wanted to go yet. We knew of a few places so decided to go on a walk to see our choices.
We looked and were told of offers at some places but it was too early for dinner. So we decided to carry on walking around. In the end we decided to go to the first restaurant we looked at as it was near to the hotel.
We looked through the menu, originally I wanted seafood risotto. But after checking the menu I decided that I wanted another calzone with spicy salami, ricotta and mozzarella. It was huge.
Christopher was very excited as he’d previously had a pizza in Italy with meats and potatoes on it. Yes that’s right potatoes his dream pizza.
They were great!
But I’d set myself the task of having 1 dessert in Rome. So I got looking through the menu for them.
I found the best looking one a chocolate soufflé. Christopher said he was too full and wanted non. So I ordered it.
The waiter was lovely and brought us 2 forks and Christopher soon changed to”I’ll try a wee bit.”
It was gorgeous and the wee bit. It soon turned into nearly half.
All gone. Obviously we were stuffed. So decided to head back to the hotel.
Again we decided to get up early at 6 for breakfast.
We went for the train at 8am. We then got to the airport and went for another cuppa but they only had Early Grey, not nice. But we drank it.
Our flight went well, we were both falling asleep the whole way home.
We both had a great time.