Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Rome: Part 1.

I came home last night and when I woke up I looked out of my window and honestly thought I would see the tip of the Colosseum outside. Instead it was cloudy, grey and wet. I'm back in England after a magical trip to Rome, Italy. I have never been to Italy before so it was a new country to see as well as a new city. I have to do two posts about my trip to Rome because I saw so much in my 2 full days there it would be a hellish post to read. So I'll start with my first day - warning picture overload to come (and a lot of history talk!)!

We got up really early (5am) Friday morning to catch two flights. One to Milan (fashion capital of Italy) and then a connecting flight to Rome. One of the first things I noticed when we landed was the heat shining down on me. I knew right then I was going to love this city so much more. Also we saw this sign e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!

I can't really blame them. Have you smelt Emporio Armani Diamonds perfume? - heavenly! We eventually got to Rome about 7pm and we were shattered .Bed time it was!

On Saturday we hopped straight on the metro and went to the Colosseo (Colosseum). This was our first proper view of Rome on foot and with this view to start with - pretty magnificent.

The Colosseo was the first Amphitheatre built in Rome in 70 AD. It was renovated in the early 21st century due to Earthquakes so it remains partially damaged. Inside is the basic structure built on 4 levels but you can only travel up 2 levels. 

It was mainly used as an entertainment theatre where Gladiators (prisoners of war) were put in the arena to fight dangerous animals and other prisoners. If you killed the animal or your opponent you were classed as a hero and were popular with women. If the gladiator won 10 fights they were freed and no longer a prisoner. It really is a remarkable monument to the city!

Next stop after lunch was the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). This is what I was most excited about seeing. I have always seen pictures of it in brochures and films and thought I want to toss a coin in there! And I did!

It was packed, you had to wait to get your seat by the fountain to toss your coin in. The Trevi Fountain is famous because it was the first main supply of water to the city of Rome from 19BC. The Tiber river was used as a sewage depot. Since then it is just a beautiful and iconic feature to the Roman city. I love how it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

This is me after I threw my coin in. The legend has it that if you throw a coin over your left shoulder you are granted an eternal pass to the city. This is where the city gets it's nickname The Eternal City. I could have sat there in the sunshine all day. Even though it was SO busy there was something very calming about it there. 

Lotte and I's last stop of the day was Piazza di Spagna (The Spanish Steps). It is made up of 138 steps which links two divisions of the city. It was built in 1723 by two Spanish men hence the name.  

At the bottom of the steps is when you notice your in the expensive part of the city. It is surrounded by Prada, Gucci, Armani and Louis Vuitton etc. However I noticed an even more important place here. 

Rome is famous for it's ice cream (geleterias) and it did not disappoint. There were over 50 flavours to choose from and it just ended the day so nicely.

In the evening we went out to dinner to a Pizzeria. I felt really in the mood for Pasta so had traditonal Spag bol!!! It was yummy and very filling.

Plus when you have a view this good when eating out who can complain right? The Colosseo lit up at night was amazing. It was the perfect way to end our first day in Rome! 

Part 2 of Rome will be up in a few days. Anyone who wants to visit Italy or go to Rome should not hesitate for a second. It's worth every penny.


Alex(andra) said...

Oh goodness that looks beautiful!!!!

Kristen said...

WOW! As I was reading that I think I had my mouth open for most if. It looks beautiful and that pasta sure looks scrummy!

Steph{anie} said...

Your pictures show just how much fun you had...I can't wait to hear more about your trip! I love how much you travel and love even more being able to see pics from your many adventures :)

Love ya!!

Amanda said...

Major case of the jealousies, right here :) Also, I am now craving gelato! So glad you had a fab trip!

Janet said...

Oh what a fabulous experience! LOVE the gelatto's! YUM!!

Holly said...

Amazing photos, I am insanely jealous right now! You are so lucky to live somewhere CLOSE to cool places! NZ is a long way away from, well, everywhere! LOL!

Also, that pasta looks amazing. I'm hungry now. :O

Starlight said...

Lovely photos! I'm really glad that you had such a nice experience.

Ashley said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh!!! I sooooo want to go! Thank you for sharing all the lovely pictures with us. It looks gorgeous! How cool would it be to live back in the day where they had gladiators? Okay, I say that, but I don't know if I would actually enjoy sitting there and watching prisoners of war kill each other. That is so awesome that you get to experience Rome!

<3 Ash

Tiffany said...

Great photos!! Makes me want to go back so badly!! :)


Mere said...

Hey cutie patootie! I LOVE your Rome pics! They take me back to the fabulous time my mom and I had in Italy a few years ago. They're magical :)

Love, Mere

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