It has already been a week and half since our return from Italy and I still haven’t worked through all my photos. These were all taken during our first three day in Rome. This brings back so many sweet memories, scents and of course all the opera.
We arrived around midday on the first day of our ten day journey and were completely exhausted! We only managed to walk around our neighbourhood and saw the Colosseum for the first time-we stayed quite close by. After a quick rest we tackled the Spanish steps and foolishly decided to walk all the way there. We should have rested our feet whilst we had the opportunity.
The advantage of renting an apartment is obviously being able to cook your own meal and pasta was really easy. We also had the worst pizza (by Italian standards) on our first day at the Colosseo station. We were desperate…
On our second day we headed to the Villa Borghese gardens and were sad to find that we couldn’t enter without having pre-booked online (keep that in mind if you do plan to visit). The gardens were by no means a disappointing consolation prize as there is so much to see! It is also the place where we got engaged so will forever be special to me. If you’re looking for a seriously romantic spot you can’t miss the pond. There were several rowers and an elderly man playing Bach on his guitar.
We spent the entire day there and on our way back to apartment we stopped at the Pantheon. The atmosphere in the evenings was electric as the temperature was slightly cooler than during the day and there were opera singers to find on every piazza.
On day three we walked kilometres upon kilometres to get to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums and it was totally worth it! This was very high on my list of must-sees as I loved learning about in art history and it was so much better in person. The only problem we had was that (aside from dead feet) every room before and after the Sistine Chapel was just as impressive so it didn’t really stand out as much as we expected it would.
The Vatican Museums also offered a lot with regards to beautiful gardens, endless amounts of amazing art, sculptures and even a few rooms dedicated to Etruscan and Ancient Egyptian artefacts.
We already felt dead on our feet by the time we headed to St Peter’s Basilica but I simply had to see Michelangelo’s Pieta. It was so beautiful to behold but surprisingly difficult to capture on camera (damn you protective glass). The complete scale and level of detail inside and out was absolutely amazing and I still can’t believe we saw it all. Apparently you can even climb the dome, which we were sad to learn of after we finished so that would definitely be something we can do the next time we visit, as we are already talking about our return!
P.S. Some of these beautiful pictures were snapped by my talented fiance. You can check his Instagram account here for more images.