I loveeeee Rome! This was my first time in Italy and I’m o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d. I’d pretty much go back tomorrow in a heartbeat. The food! The gelato! The sights! It’s almost all too-good-to-be-true. We started our 16-day journey off in Rome, jet lagged and exhausted… but we were in Italy, so first thing’s first: Food. Duh. I’m sure everyone says this about Italy, but the food is just something else. I really wish my tastebuds has memories.
Anyway, we stayed in a chic Airbnb that was in the heart of the city, just a few minutes from the Spanish Steps, and made it a point to wake up early and be out and about by 7:30 am latest because there was so much we wanted to see. As a result, we had Rome mostly to ourselves every morning, hence the peacefully empty streets and sights with very few tourists. There’s honestly no better way to sightsee (plus the mid-day siestas are amazing)! We seamlessly avoided all the crowds and boatloads of other tourists.
We also walked everywhere in Rome. Literally. I’m talking from the Spanish Steps to the Colosseum to the Vatican (and more) and back again. My feet were constantly in pain but it wasn’t all bad; those blush Nike’s were the result of only packing sandals (oops). And you really get to see Rome when you walk it. Win-win.
There are so many things to see and do in Rome (I plan to add a few of my fave spots to this post) and it has a charm unlike any other city we visited. I left wanting to read an Italian history book because everything is just so unreal. I already can’t wait to go back!