Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Travel Bug: Rome

I am going through a massive travelling bug at the moment. I have been saving my monies hard since last summer and now I can book trips/holidays. I have 4 trips booked at the moment. I am also now very broke but I feel I am in a time of my life where I want to see the world. I have done my education, I have a job I love and I am not in the position financially to move out. So why not go and do/see things that I have only ever dreamt about?! I went to Edinburgh in June which was on my to visit list and it has since gone on from there.

Over the next week or so I am going to blog about the trips I have planned starting today with Rome, Italy. 

Italy has never been a country I have wanted to visit. Sure Verona and seeing Juliet's balcony is appealing, the Lakes of Garda and Como sound beautiful and sailing on a Gondola in Venice is romantic. However, Rome has been a city I have been fascinated about. It is the one city we learnt most about in history when I was at school. So I have always felt the 'need' to experience it for myself. The trouble with Italy is that it is one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe. The hotels and attractions are pricey to get into so to do it 'cheaply' is hard. 

Well after saving on September 2nd - 5th this year I will be going to Rome. Finally. Every once in a while I get long weekends off from work so I don't even have to book time off work to go. Awesomeness!

I cannot wait to visit these places. 

 Take a tour of the Colosseum where some of the most significant battles took places in Julius Caesar's reign.

 Trevi Fountain - I know this will be very touristy but I do plan to throw a coin over my left shoulder to hopefully ensure a return to Rome in the future!

 The Vatican and St Paul's Basilica - it's a small country within a country and it stands to be one of the most religious/spiritual places in the world. Apparently it takes a day in itself to visit everywhere in here.

Have ice-cream on the Spanish steps. This is said to be one of the most popular places for marriage proposals to take place due to it's beauty.

I cannot wait to eat authentic Italian food, gelato and walk among the buildings. It sounds and looks so architectural. To me it oozes history and as a result of learning so much about it quickly became one of my favourite subjects at school! If you have been to Rome is there anywhere else your recommend?


Kristen said...

Your doing exactly what I wish I had done!!! Gone and seen some of the world! Good on you Rebecca, you will have a great time I'm sure. Look forward to hearing about your other booked vacations.


Starlight said...

Awwww, that's amazing, I'm so very happy for you :) And you'll be close to Slovenia :) You can visit me for a day or two =)
I also want to travel and I will when I finish my studies and get a job.

And don't worry about money so much. The UK is more expensive than Italy.

ktjane said...

I am jealous of your adventures, but really excited for you too!

Can't wait to hear about them all!

Callie Nicole said...

Derek and I want to go to Italy someday, so I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip!

Brooke said...

I hope you have a wonderful time, it sounds amazing! Please post a picture of a 'real pizza' for me.

Tiffany said...

I went to Rome and LOVED it so much!! If you want to read in detail about everything we did, you can check it out on my blog. Just go to "Europe Trip" and you'll see it.

If you are religious at all, you have to go to the Bascilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. As amazing as the Vatican was (and it is amazing) I absolutlely loved the St. Paul Bascilica. It was totally not crowded and beautiful and peaceful---well worth seeing.

I took one day and just walked around neighborhoods to different places and piazzas and that was my favorite day. Seriously, you find beautiful buildings and cafes and churches just wondering around---and it's free! :)

Last thing--if you are either religious or into history, buy tickets for the Officio Scavvi tour at the Vatican. They take you to the escavations underneath St. Peter's Bascilica and you get to see all of the old ruins and burial grounds and even the bones of St. Peter himself. It was pretty cheap as I recall, but so awesome!

Hope you have a blast. If you have any questions that I might be able to help with, let me know!


Mere said...

I LOVE ROME!! I went five summers ago and Italy is one of my favorite countries besides Britain!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! You'll have an amazing time!!!!!! I also recommend Capri and Assisi in Italy...if you can make it there!!!

Love, Mere

Doria said...

*jealous* That is so awesome. can't wait to hear about it and hope you will post pics. I've loved Italy for a while now, never been and hope to one day! ahhh to dream! As you said, it just oooooozes history. That's what makes me want to visit!

Ashley said...

oh my goodness! So jealous!! I wish I could go! Again, make sure you take lots of photos for everyone to see :)

<3 Ash

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