When in Rome

We left Bucharest with a half an hour delay. I am too busy to think about it and all I want is to get in the plane and take a nap.

After a two hours journey, better said, two hours of sleep, everything looks better. My first impression about Rome wasn’t the best, but I will give it a chance.

DSC_0034 (2)

Early in the morning, with my empty stomach craving for something to eat, we started walking through these tiny streets looking for a nice place to have breakfast.

My ultimate favorite thing about Rome were the trees. I know you love Rome for the food, the architecture and the opera, but for me these trees were the best.

After eating some sandwiches, Anca and I walk to Altare della Patria. Altare della Patria is also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II or Il Vittoriano. It was built in honor of King Victor Emmanuel to celebrate the unity of Italy.

DSC_0117 (2)

When we reached this point, the square, which is in front of Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, was full of tourists watching the soldiers marching. Italy celebrates the Anniversary of Risorgimento every fifty years, on March 17th.


DSC_0097 (2)DSC_0108 (2)

We were very lucky to attend this event and it certainly was a memorable one. After several tens of minutes, we carried on our walking tour to Via di San Teodoro where we had such a nice view of the Roman Forum.

DSC_0181 (2)

During our first day in Rome we managed to see the Roman Forum only from the top. The second day was reserved for visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The Colosseum was one of my biggest disappointments, but I will tell you about it later. Now, I have to mention that it is so painful to walk around in Rome. Rome’s streets are not that comfortable and after walking more than 10 km, I truly understood the quote “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. If Rome wasn’t built in one day, then definitely I can’t visit it in few hours. I am usually craving for adventure, trying to get to know more of the city in the first hours I get there, but Rome is way too beautiful to hurry up.

We stopped to eat and I chose pasta with seafood. I don’t remember the name of the dish in Italian. In fact, I know few words so all I can teach you in Italian is prego and grazie which mean you are welcome and thanks.

DSC_0383 (2)

The food was nice and with my stomach feeling better I was ready to conquer Rome!

DSC_0340 (2)

Trastevere is the best place for breathtaking views of Rome. This calm and peaceful place gives you the perfect environment for meditation. And it was a perfect place for me to stop and think for a while about my life.

I never forget to be thankful. Gratitude is my state of mind. I am always thankful for my experiences, my friends, my family, my health, my life. Your thoughts influence your future more than you think. Be positive, think big and never settle.

It’s almost 4 p.m. and we are tired. After a nap we are going to meet Claudia, our guide. If you want to find out the best tips from Claudia check this post. Claudia took us from Spanish Steps to Saint Peter’s Basilica. Originally named French Steps (and also French Square), Spanish Steps are very famous among tourists. Did you know that every country has two embassies in Rome? One is taking care of the usual things and another one reacts when the Vatican says something bad about the country.

DSC_0484 (2)

Claudia told us the stories behind monuments, buildings and also some of their local legends. This tour was my favorite part of the trip. Thanks, Claudia!

The second day was all about Colosseum and Roman Forum. Colosseum is crowded. Very crowded. You better buy an online ticket if you don’t want to lose precious time waiting in line. The Colosseum was disappointing for me. I found Roman Forum more interesting, instead.

DSC_0581 (2)

Anca is the best travel buddy one could wish for. She likes to explore, see and feel the city. We had such a great time together and definitely my trip wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was without her.

DSC_0611 (2)

We left the Colosseum behind, but with our hearts full of passion, towards our next destinations: Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Navona.

If you want to see Fontana di Trevi and also enjoy the view I recommend you to go early in the morning. When we arrived, the place was full of tourists taking pictures and merchants selling selfie sticks, probably because if you don’t have one it will be just a group photo with you and everyone else there, without Fontana di Trevi. If you run out of selfies, no worries, there is always a selfie stick here just for you.

In Piazza Navona I ate the best gelato ever: Mango, Mint and Kiwi.

DSC_0411 (2)

This combination satisfied my picky tastes and I bet that will satisfy yours too. This ice-cream was bought from Gelateria Tre Fontane. You don’t want to miss the ice-cream shop if you’re visiting Rome.

DSC_0388 (2)

Early in the morning, at 6 a.m., I left Italy. See you soon, Rome!