No train delays this time, wooppieee :) Even so, we were exhausted as we left the train and still had to drag our suitcases over a number of cobbled streets, a draining exercise after a long travel day. Thankfully, our B&B wasn't far from the train station so we were soon put out of our misery.
--------Here comes another fellow-traveller appreciation moment: SHOUT-OUT to Bruna (the awesomely friendly Brazilian we met, who taught Erin how to say bitch in Portugese - Safada) and Izi (the most hilarious English girl with the funniest expressions and stories)---------
- Vatican City State - obviously VERY LONG QUEUES (because everyone wants to go!) so keep a full day free for this. It might be extra busy on Wednesdays because that is when the Pope usually comes out (Turned out he was away on the Wednesday we went :(...) We suggest beginning with the museums because if you go to the Basilica first you may be too tired to walk around the museum after. Entry isn't expensive at €8 for the museums. Have an EARLY NIGHT before so you at least have some energy to walk around and soak in the culture. Queuing may be long and tedious, but it certainly is worth it - countless works of art from paintings, to artifacts to sculptures. Even if you are not religious or are an atheist, this is still worth seeing!! Also, it is possible to send a postcard to family/friends from the Vatican City so look out for that. Word of advice, bring a sandwich/packed lunch for the day as many of the restaurants inside the museums are very expensive, and also not the most amazing! (Prices for hot drinks are quite standard though). Entry to the Basilica (largest church in the world) is free. No doubt this is also a must - the awe-inspiring Late Renaissance church is a beautiful masterpiece not to be missed.
- The Pantheon is also gorgeous - one of ancient Rome's best preserved buildings. It was "commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD."
- We highly recommend going on walk in the evening, perhaps to the Spanish steps (dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top), were you can just relax and soak in the warm summer's feel - maybe even get an ice cream :O.
- Walk around the city centre and find a nice place for lunch.
- If you are staying in a central location just buy the €1 metro ticket - its a one stop ticket but if you won't be using it too often its not worth buying a more expensive one.
- Gelato!! mmmmmm ICE CREAMMMMMM --> you must visit an ice-cream place called Flori, they serve divine home-made great-quality ice-cream.
|Penis Pasta with White Sauce....|
|Dora and Ella having Black Absinthe!|
- There is so much sight-seeing in this exciting city!!! It's not difficult to find out what to do, just ask for a map or do a quick search online, though none will be as descriptive of local lifestyle as ours ;). Top of the list: Colosseum, Trevi Fountains, Vatican City.
- For nightlife - go to the place where loads of the clubs/bars are located and go on a mini pub-crawl with your friends - you will meet loads of cool strangers :D
- Food - need we say it? Indulge in the best ice-cream, pizza and pasta while you can.
- *All quotes sources are from Wikipedia