The quick 1.5 hour train ride from Florence to Rome was fairly uneventful. It took us a few tries to find the subway entrance from Termini as it wasn’t well marked and a few entrances to the A line were closed for some reason. We wound up traversing the entire station and then cramming ourselves into a subway car for five stops. (This was the only time we attempted the subway in Rome.) After a quick walk to our hotel, we dropped off our bags and headed out to explore Rome.
Ten minutes later we were looking at this…
Eric and I both expected to like Rome the least out of the three cities on this trip but within hours, I was completely charmed. Yes, it was crowded; I can’t imagine how/where people find parking; there are a lot of touristy sites and tourists in them; however, it was sunny and with a belly full of a panini sandwiches and delicious gelato, we enjoyed all of it.
There were quite a few musicians and buskers in the plaza along with many families enjoying the weather.
An ancient building surrounded by a modern city, and just as amazing as you think it would be — from the open dome at the top to the massive circular room of altars and mosaic floors that have seen nearly two millennia.
Everyone who is not hanging out on the Spanish Steps is taking a selfie in front of the Trevi Fountain. Including us.
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)
We made it all the way to the top and managed not to trip over anyone sunning themselves on the stairs!
After an already full day of sightseeing, Eric and I felt our feet didn’t hurt enough so we headed across the Tiber to this quiet (during the day at least) neighborhood of winding, cobblestone-lined streets.
We found some good street art and paste-ups, then hit up a wine bar as soon as it opened for a nice bubbly before heading back along the Tiber.
Before heading back to the room, we decided to get a few shots of St Peter’s Square and add a new country to our growing list – Vatican City!