City trip Rome
There is so much too see in Rome! For this Travel log, let’s start with the highlights of Rome: the ‘must see’ sites!
In Rome, a small independent state exists: Vatican city. Vatican city is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, with as a ‘leader’, the Pope. In Vatican city, approximately 1,000 people live there permanently. Main ‘attractions’ are: the Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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St. Peter’s square; a big square with a fountain surrounded by the Vatican building. Very impressive. The Vatican and surrounding museums tend to get very crowded. It is recommended to go early to avoid queuing up.
The Spanish steps
The Spanish steps (In Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are 135 steps high. At the base you find the Piazza di Spagna and at the top you find a church: Trinita dei Monti. The church is typically free to enter, and several times a day there are prayer sessions.
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The steps are so famous that they are being used in movies as well like: ‘The talented Mr. Ripley’ starring Matt Damon (1999).
Nowadays they are undergoing renovation work, but many tourists come down to the Spanish steps to take a look.
The Colosseum of Rome. One of the 7 new world wonders! Roaming around the premises, admiring the architecture, you deem yourself to have travelled back in time. The colosseum is an oval Amphitheater. The structure is built with concrete and stone.
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Further information on the Colosseum you can find in our Travel Log focusing on the Colosseum, click here.
The Trevi fountain
The Trevi fountain (In Italian: ‘Fontana di Trevi’). Probably one of the most famous fountains in the world and the largest in Italy. The Trevi fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi in Baroque style in 1762. However, it is said that Salvi was not the first choice architect. Legend is that a man called Alessandro Galilei initially won the right to make the fountains design in the contest set out by Pope Clemens XII in the year 1730. However, the winning title was later given to Salvi as Salvi was originally Roman and Galilei was a Florentine..
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Typically, people throw coins in the fountain for good luck! It is said that approximately EUR 3,000 gets thrown into the Trevi fountain on a daily basis. Not bad! Note that in Italy, it is a crime to fish money out of the fountain.
The Trevi Fountain is approximately 85 feet tall and 65 feet wide. The water gets pumped in from different directions and uses about 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every day.
Note that as the water in the Trevi fountain is recycled, you cannot drink from the fountain.
Style is invented in Italy. There are of course many shopping streets with all kinds of merchandise, but the core business is clothes. If you like your brands, you can go crazy in Rome.
How to get around
Although we are not big fan’s of hop on hop off busses, we think this is the best means of transportation to use in Rome, as the city is so big and there is so much great history to see. Especially if you are going for a weekend trip and thus have limited time. The Rome hop on hop off busses stop at almost every tourist site.
If you have sufficient time, take the public transportation or just wander around. In Rome, life happens outside.
What we liked best in Rome
We liked walking around the most as you get a glimpse of daily life and feel the great atmosphere on the streets. There are also many street artists with amazing skills. We saw a great violinist, performing the amazing piece of Vivaldi (Winter).