So today Rachel and I got our flight back home to jolly old England, after an amazing time in Rome!
After our days at the Colosseum and the Forum, and the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, we decided on a chill day walking around Trastevere. However, apparently Trastevere had its own ideas! We spent the day walking around piazzas, hydrating in fountains, climbing hills, visiting churches, hanging out with Garibaldi, and viewing Rome from above. Now don't get me wrong, it was a lovely day (tiring but lovely) and we certainly saw some breathtaking sights, it just wasn't as relaxed as we might have hoped for! Overall it was a great day, we had some delicious food, wandered through a pretty town, and saw some beautiful sights. If any of you are planning a trip to Rome going to Trastevere is definitely something I would recommend, even if you only go up to Garibaldi Statue so you can have a panoramic view of Rome! After our day of walking we decided to head down to the Trevi Fountain again in the evening so we could see it lit up at night, and it was beautiful (but very crowded 😂). It was really nice to see the contrast between the day and night atmospheres.
Our last day in Rome was also rather adventurous. We got up early and made our way over to Vatican City. We arrived at Saint Peter's Square and we were greeted with a HUGE queue to get into the Basilica, it was crazy! We weren't (too) phased though and made our way to the back. We spent the next hour and a half playing eye-spy, chatting, and trying not to bake in the sun, and it was all worth it! When we got past security we made our way straight to our tickets to climb to the top of the Basilica. This was a very intense journey which I both regretted and was thankful for. My fear of falling made me a very nervous (slow) companion for Rachel but the view from the top made it all worth it. Looking out over Rome from the top of Saint Peter's was amazing, definitely a sight worth seeing! After we made our way down we went inside the Basilica for a bit before making our way to the Vatican Museums. Inside the Basilica itself was very impressive. It was so grand inside with all its pictures and gold, and it was just so big you can understand why it's such an important place! The Vatican Museums were even more overwhelming. They just seemed never ending and everything seemed grand! The ceilings were all breathtaking and the art work was just beautiful! The Sistine Chapel however was the pièce de résistance! I know most people say that it's a little underwhelming after you've seen all of the other ceilings, but I was still in awe! It might not have been as grand as the others but it was still incredibly beautiful! After the Chapel Rachel and I managed to leave through the secret door and got to see the Holy Door where important visitors to the Vatican can enter. From here we where then able to head back in to Saint Peter's for a more in depth look at the Basilica.
Once we had finished exploring the Basilica we made our way to another piazza and then to the Spanish Steps. Both of these were lovely and it was nice to see them in the glow of the afternoon sun.
Our final experience of the day (and the trip) was a night time walk down to the Colosseum again so we could see it lit up. This was a wonderful sight and was a great experience to end our amazing trip on!
That's all from me for now, I've had an amazing time in Rome but I'm happy to be back home again.
Until next time,