Last week I wrote a post all about our trip to Barcelona this year. We are also going to Rome for 3 nights before flying from Rome to Barcelona for 5 nights. This will be the second time my Husband and I have been to Rome but the first time for the boys.
Although we have been before, it was back in 1991 – a long time ago. I can’t remember much about it so I am really looking forward to going again. Our first visit took place during the month of February and I remember walking around in a t-shirt the whole time we were there, whilst in the UK the weather was very cold.
We have lots planned. We are only there for 3 nights but we are going to visit all the famous sights again so the boys can see them. Then, of course, there is the obligatory visit to the city’s football ground, which is usually their highlight.
Airport and Transfers
We fly into Fiumicino and there is a train, the Leonardo Express, which takes you straight to Termini station in the heart of Rome. It takes around 30 minutes and costs €9.50 each way.
We have booked a hotel just a short walk from the station. This means that we can go straight to the hotel and drop our luggage off and start sightseeing straight away. As we are only there for 3 nights we need to make the most of the time we have.
Rome has trains, a metro, trams and buses but most of the sights are in walking distance. You can buy tickets for as little as €1.50 for travel on any of the transportation options. You are only limited by a time of 75 minutes. There are also day tickets available for €6 each. Again, these can be used on all transport options.
Here is the list of places we are planning to visit. They are in no particular order:
Stadio Olympico - Football stadium
Situated in the north of the city, it is home to both AS Roma and SS Lazio football teams – hence a must see for my football mad boys. Unfortunately, they don’t offer tours of the stadium, unlike most others, but it seems to be situated with the river on one side and a nature reserve on the other. Rome’s other major football stadium, Stadio Falminio, is located nearby, so we can wander over there too.
Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel
The Vatican City, the smallest state in Europe, with its own stamps and currency, is definitely one of the top attractions on my list. I am not a museum person, so I am not planning to spend much time visiting the museums, but may be tempted into the Sistine Chapel for a second time. It just depends on the queues when we get there as to whether we have the time to wait.
Originally built to host deadly gladiator duels or wild animal fights, now an iconic sight.
According to Google, the Spanish Steps is the most photographed area of Rome. A place for people to gather, home to a fountain and an English Tea Room.
Said to be the most beautiful fountain in the World. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are ensured a return visit to Rome. I can’t remember if we threw a coin into the fountain last time we were there. I am sure we would have done, it is the sort of thing I would do. So therefore, the legend must be true!!
The Roman Forum
The remains of the Roman Empire.
Along the way, there will be pizza, pasta and ice cream – just like during our trip to Venice. Youngest’s absolute most favourite food in the world is pasta, so he will be in his element.
It is important that you make the most of every minute you are there when on a short trip. In order to maximise our time, I like to plan an itinerary listing all the sights we want to see and noting all the key information. We are then able to see which sights you could perhaps visit either early in the morning or later at night, making use of the whole of the day.
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