Europe: Part 2 – Rome

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Rome!

History, Good Food, and Big doors! That pretty much sums it up. So my sister and I stayed in an Airbnb close to the center, to pretty much walk everywhere. Because everything we wanted to see was close by, except the Vatican and Piazza del Popolo, those we went to by train and walked back to the city centre.

We didn’t actually use way too much transport as we did in Barcelona because, in Rome, you get from one place to another in under 15 min (especially if you look through shops).

And in terms of time, you can actually spend 5 days in Rome and get to see everything slowly and without getting too tired.

Trevi Fountain

It is an amazing sight. The good thing is that my sister hadn’t seen it yet because the last two times she visited Rome, it was still being renovated. It’s amazing with all the details and because the color of the water is beyond clear. You’d just want to jump in it on a hot day.

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Trevi Fountain – by day
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Trevi – by night

Pantheon

If you’ve ever visited Baalbek in Lebanon, it’s pretty much the same thing. (Actually, it’s way better! and it’s free to go in)

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Pantheon – A place where Roman Gods had their meetings
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Crowds! Crowds everywhere!

Piazza Navona

As in Rome, old buildings and fountains are everywhere, and Piazza Navona is no different. Well, it’s less crowded than practically everywhere else. It’s the perfect break to have some amazing gelato, especially in the heat.

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Piazza di Spagna

The Spanish Steps are amazing to walk up. But there is never a time to take a picture of them when it’s not crowded. Because they always are! The view from above is beyond amazing, especially at sunset. Even though you’ll always be afraid of getting mugged, but their is always someone playing music.

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Piazza di Spanga – half way to the top

Piazza del Popolo

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Vatican

When in Rome, it’s a must to visit the Vatican. however, I’d suggest buying tickets online to decrease any chance of crowds! However, when you start walking in the museum, it’s fascinating, then and until you reach the Sistine Chapel, you get bored by the crowds. But the Sistine Chapel is a must see! No Joke! It is beyond amazing. How Michelangelo had this visionary approach to link God and Man and portray the story of Creation is beyond amazing.

As for St Peter’s Basilica, the heat was too much for us as were the crowds, we didn’t go in. So that’s for next time to see.

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Saint Peter’s Square – Vatican

Colosseum

You can’t go to Rome without seeing the Colosseum as well. By day the colors are WOW! and by night, the windows are lit up and it’s just worth the wait to see it.

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Colosseum by day
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Colosseum with the bright full moon

Food

Italian food is amazing. We spent the whole time eating pizza, pasta and drinking wine. The Best tiramisu to try is at Pompi, and it’s next to Spanish steps. Find them on zomato. And the best dinner is at Antica Birreria Peroni. It has the best portions and great food and great prices.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Next up the final destination, Munich, Germany

Much love, xoxo

Malak


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