La Roma Experience

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18th Jun 2017

Rome - A lifetime isn't enough..

Photo of La Roma Experience by Makarand Bidikar

I have Assassin's Creed and Godfather to thank for my fascination with Italy, it's history and culture. I could spend ages writing about my experiences, the nostalgia of being surrounded by so much history, the beauty of the place, etc. But let's face it, you'll find more than enough of that online, you can see pictures and use your own intellect. So, I'll just pictorially lay out my itinerary, share some fun facts and quick tips. Hope it helps someone else on their holiday.

Tip - For the uninitiated, you can refer to my earlier post for quick travelling pointers

Day 1

You can take a pre-booked transfer or shuttle from Rome Fiumicino Airport to any part of the city.

The Caravel Hotel is a quaint and value for money hotel, situated conveniently close to a bus stop and station.

From there we went on to Roma Termini, where we procured a 48 hour Roma Pass.

Tip - Unless you plan to use the local metro and bus network extensively, the Roma pass may not work out to be economical.

From there we took the metro to our first stop, the Colosseum.

The Colosseum or Coliseum

Photo of Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

Tip - For history nuts, make sure to take the audio guide to delve deeper into it's history.

Roman Forum

Photo of Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

Bang opposite from the Colosseum is the Roman Forum. It is flanked by the Palatine Hills and the Capitoline Hills on either side. The view from the top of these hills is breath taking.

View from the top (as much as a lens can capture)

Photo of La Roma Experience by Makarand Bidikar

Factor in at least half a day to cover the Roman Forum and Colosseum, if not more.

Next stop, Pantheon.

Fun fact - The dome of the Pantheon is the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world till date. Roman architecture at its best!

The Pantheon

Photo of Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

On the way to Trevi Fountain, tucked to the side of a tiny square, is Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, a Roman Catholic Church. This wasn't a part of our itinerary, but I'm glad we made the detour. Reason - the picture says it all!

Sant'Ignazio Church

Photo of Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, Via del Caravita, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

A short walk from here will take you to Trevi Fountain.

Fun fact - It's said that if you toss a coin into the fountain, you'll be back there in the near future. Needless to say, we threw our coins into the water!

Trevi Fountain

Photo of Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

You'll find plenty of restaurants around Trevi to grab a bite. Do spend some time walking the streets, checking out the boutiques and the street shops.

Day 2

The Baths of Diocletian are a short walk from Roma Termini.

Tip - Make sure you check the timings before you visit.

Baths of Diocletian

Photo of Baths of Diocletian, Viale Enrico de Nicola, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

From there , take the bus to Galleria Borghese, an art gallery housed in the ancient Villa Borghese and surrounded by the Borghese gardens.

Tip - You can take a cycle to explore the vast grounds. If you are lucky, you will come across a local musician playing the hang drum in some corner.

Villa Borghese

Photo of Borghese Gallery and Museum, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

A 20 minute walk takes you to the Spanish Steps.

Spanish Steps

Photo of Spanish Steps, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar

A further 10 minute stroll to Piazza Navona, a beautiful open square with 3 prominent fountains and lined with cafes. Perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine.

Tip - Visit it in the evening. The dimming lights, music and ambience bring out the charm of the city.

Piazza Navona

Photo of Piazza Navona, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar
Day 3

Vatican City isn't technically a part of Rome, so the Roma Pass has no benefits there. Reserve a whole day for the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica. It's worth it.

Tip - The Vatican typically has a long entrance line. Start your day early or book entry tickets online to beat the queue.

The Sistine Chapel is a sight to behold. However, photography is prohibited in the chapel, so you will have to experience that for yourself.

Photo of Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar
Photo of Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Makarand Bidikar
Photo of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Makarand Bidikar
Photo of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Makarand Bidikar

Tip - Put on your walking shoes for Day 3, you'll be on your feet virtually all day.

Day 4

Next city on our list was Florence. Itinerary for that coming up soon.

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