Even though I had been to Rome about a year and a half ago, I knew I had to go back since I had not seen all of the attractions that Rome has to offer. It all started from a random day in January when I decided to book a trip to Rome for my family and I, and the day finally arrived to set off on, yet another, trip.
The mistake I made was choosing when to go to Rome. Visiting Rome in July is a big mistake. The heat in July was unbearable. Thank God there are fountains everywhere in Rome so that one could fill up their water bottle with fresh, cold water. However, Rome’s heat did not put off my family and I from enjoying ourselves.
When I visited Rome last year, I did not manage to visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, which really pained me. On the second day of our trip in Rome this week, I ensured to head there. I believe that every person has to visit these places at least once in their life. You can book to see all of these places on the Vatican Museums website, which I highly suggest (the link is below). Our tour guide was Erik (with a K), and he was very informative. The entire tour took three hours, however it felt like thirty minutes. I swear, I could have stayed on that tour listening to him talk all day! He truly inspired me to someday study the history of art. If you ever go to the Vatican, book your tour with Erik. Furthermore, the Vatican Museums contained mostly sculptures from Classical Antiquity, as well as Raphael’s Rooms (one can find the famous School of Athens there). The Sistine Chapel is a wonder. Not only is it huge, but the detail is mesmerizing. You only get fifteen minutes in the chapel, but every single second is worth it.
Another place which I highly suggest that you visit, is the Villa Borghese Gallery. Situated near the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese Gallery is a collection of artworks that the Borghese family held for centuries. One can find sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Caravaggio, amongst many other works from Classical Antiquity. The piece that I had been dying to see was the famous sculpture of Paulina Borghese, Napoleon’s sister. The statue is perfect. I stood there looking at it for ages.
I am an art fan, as you can see. However, Rome has many other places to visit. From Piazza Navona to the Monumento a Vittorio Emmanuele II, as well as the Pantheon, one has to visit the Colosseum. You might think that it’s just a building and seeing it from the outside is enough. Trust me, you should totally check out the interior of the Colosseum. It’s a shame that not a lot of it has survived over the centuries, however from the little that we have left of it, you should see it. Furthermore, just a few blocks away from the Colosseum is the entrance to the Roman Ruins. This park is huge and here too one can see the few remaining artifacts we have left from the Roman Empire. A must see.
Rome is a city that you need to visit at least once in your life. The incredible pasta, the unique art and the free water is all you need to know to book your flight. Personally, this was the first trip that I organized on my own which made it even more exciting for me. Now I have planned an even bigger trip that’s only a few weeks away! Can you guess where? Stay tuned!
Erik’s website for the Vatican Museums Tour – http://vatiland.com
Where to Book Tickets for the Vatican Museums – http://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/en.html