It’s about time that I get to some proper blogging about my holiday. So let’s see… After about 18 hrs on a plane, my mum and I found ourselves in Rome. Unfortunately for me, I got sick with a cold about three days before we flew out from Australia and the long flight made it even worse. So I was not exactly at my best when we landed. We were collected at the airport by a driver and after a terrifying drive through the city, we thankfully made it to our hotel (in one piece). They like to drive fast in Italy and road rules seem to be more of a suggestion than anything else. We woke the next morning and had a full day to ourselves. Unfortunately with me feeling so terrible, we didn’t get out until after lunch.
We made our way from the hotel to the Borghese Gardens, which was quite lovely. Sadly we didn’t realise that you had to pre purchase tickets to gain entry into the Villa Borghese, which is a museum housing some of the most beautiful pieces of art. But the gardens themselves have many beautiful statues and things to look at, so we didn’t feel like we missed out on much. We enjoyed a panini and a lemon gelati as we sat in the sunshine, then strolled around the garden for a few hours before making our way back to the hotel.
The following day, we went to Vatican City (didn’t see the Pope sadly) and enjoyed the wonderful architecture of St Peters Basilica. Then a short bus ride across town and we were at the Trevi Fountain. It’s not perhaps the most amazing thing to see in Rome, but it certainly was very beautiful. Later that afternoon, a smaller group of us headed back to the Vatican and spent a good couple of hours seeing the thousands of pieces of art in the Vatican Museum, which included seeing the beautiful Sistine Chapel, which has to be seen to be believed. I found it quite bizarre to be standing in a room that I had read so much about and seen on tv so much. You could really feel the history in the walls and the ceiling…well words can not describe how amazing that is. If there is one thing you need to see when you go to Rome, it has to be the Sistine Chapel. It is a real feat of artistry. We weren’t allowed to take any photos in the Chapel, so you’ll just have to take my word for it’s awesomeness. Sadly a trip to the Colosseum was not included in our schedule, but lucky for us we would be heading back to Rome in about a weeks time, so the plan was to go see it then.
Now here are some photos – they’re not amazing and there’s certainly A LOT more that I could include, but these are just some of my favourites.