I hate to admit that my brothers are better than me when it comes to Roman History. They know all about the roman gods and famous buildings. Then there’s me, trying to learn all things Rome from our tour guide, Mikaela. Rome was the last stop in our Europe before we headed home. A lot has happened over those four days: we switched hotels, shopped ’til we dropped, and I had quite an interesting experience (I really, really don’t want it to happen again). Here’s a recap of our stay.
Tip when traveling- the location of your hotel (or home for the trip) is everything. We were originally going to stay at a Bed and Breakfast but it was far from all the places that we wanted to visit. On our second day, we switched to the Plaza hotel. Right outside, there were already so many shops including Brandy Melville! <3
But shopping comes later. The first historical site we explored was the colosseum. Mikaela (our tour guide) told us a lot about its history and how people would fight to death. I was expecting something massive, which it was. Hundreds of thousands of people must have been watching in the old days. But besides the building itself, inside are tons of sculptures and artifacts. We took time appreciating the details of the building and treasures it holds.
Arch of Constantine, right beside the Colosseum!
The Vatican. Only the most important and well known place for all catholics. Being the largest cathedral in the world, St. Peters Basilica is one you cannot miss out. If you want, you can get audio guides to teach you about the history of the Basilica and everything inside it. What I also learned during our trip was that tour guides are way better than audio guides. Maybe its just me, but my mind goes off to random things when there’s a monotoned voice playing through the head phones. Eh, it’s your choice 🙂
Okay, one of my new years resolutions last year was to be more responsible. I thought, “yeah I think I’m achieving my goal!” Then Rome happened. Its common sense that you shouldn’t lose your ticket when touring, which I did. I have no idea how I lost it or when I lost it but now, I know to always check if your ticket/pass is inside your bag the night before. After that, I shook it off and continued to have a blast before heading home. Thats life! I definitely learned from my mistake. And please don’t do the same as me.
Like I said earlier, right outside our hotel was Brandy Melville. In the same area we came across Desigual, H&M, Double Agent, a few high-end brands and a tremendous number of restaurants. Surrounding our hotel is a shopping heaven, and I would be surprised if anyone didn’t get at least a thing or two from the wide range of stores.
I’ve been putting off the Europe 2014 series for a while now. So much has happened since last summer! Or who knows, maybe I just don’t want to let go of my first ever trip to Europe. My last one will be coming up soon (hopefully), and you’ve probably guessed what it is by now. Pizza, Pasta, Gelato…
‘Til next time 🙂