Rome: The Sights – What We Got Up To & Why I Want To Go Back

Rome: The Sights – What We Got Up To & Why I Want To Go Back
This post was originally published in October 2012. I am republishing today to show you the beauty of the city and why I want to go back.

 

As promised, here is Part 2 of my sightseeing photos from Rome. If you’d like to see Part 1, you can find it here. Enjoy. If you’d like to visit Rome or another Italian city, I’d definitely recommend checking out the Italy tour packages available – you won’t regret it!
Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Venezia
We always knew we’d be visiting the Colosseum and Forum on our holiday but didn’t know about this – the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier. These can be found in a number of cities across the world but I’d never heard about them until we visited this. The tomb is flanked by two armed guards. The remains in the tomb were chosen from 11 unknown remains in 1921 by a mother whose son was killed in the war but whose body was never found. The monuments, statues and sights you can see from here are just spectacular. The Forum and the Colosseum are so close and you can even see the Vatican City in the distance (Steve couldn’t resist taking a picture of it, since he had taken a picture of this when we were at the top of the Capula in the Vatican! The views were breathtaking.
The Forum
We did buy tour tickets for both the Colosseum and the Forum but unfortunately lost the tour guide before the Forum tour so all of these pictures were taken from the outside looking in. How wonderful is it to be able to see such important parts of history, though! These are all ancient government buildings and I’m sure that plaque says that it is something to do with Caesar…
The Colosseum
Perhaps the most famous landmark of all time? This was a definite must-see on our list and the place Steve was most excited to see. The Roman Colosseum is such an amazing place to visit and there is so much you can get up to whilst there. We booked on a tour of both the Forum and the Colosseum but you can book tickets for many of the activities available. It all depends on what things you are most interested in doing – perhaps you want a hop on, hop off bus tour or perhaps you want to try something unique and have a virtual reality experience whilst at the Colosseum? You could even do a tour of Ancient Rome with a wine tasting. There are so many different places to visit in the city and so many culture packages on offer where you can visit some of the best sights within one day – some even offer private access if you opt for those tickets! All this wasn’t readily available when I visited six years ago, I would definitely have taken advantage if it was!

Why would I like to go back? I don’t think I managed to see half as much of Rome as I really wanted to – I’d love to go round the Colosseum again and give the virtual reality experience a try – that wasn’t even an option when I visited. Rome is one of the most culture and history rich cities in the world, why wouldn’t I want to explore it further?

Have you ever visited any of the above?

Keeping the memories alive with Huggler

Keeping the memories alive with Huggler

I wish I could say I loved travelling but I haven’t really been enough places to say that. Sure, I have been all over the country and abroad once to Rome but I really would love to travel all over the place, whether across the UK or across the world. I remember when my Nan used to visit Jersey and used to come back with all kinds of goodies for us. I have never been myself, although I would love to – I’ve heard only positive things about the place. Have you ever been? The Jersey Tourism and Jersey Travel Service are actually looking for your stories right now – they are holding a competition right here if you wish to enter? Why not revisit your favourite place?

I would love to visit Rome again, it was such an amazing experience and of course, the place where Steve and I got engaged. So when asked to review a photobook from Huggler (and facing fresh criticism from Steve for having no photos of Rome on display in the house, apart from the proposal picture), I knew exactly what I would create.

Above: Original shot

Below: In the book

This is just one page of the photobook and I have a similar picture on the cover below. I chose black for the front cover to make the cover picture stand out and I really think it works. The lighting in my pictures from Rome varies from fantastic to quite poor so I did worry about how the pictures would turn out. 

I needn’t have worried. The book itself is incredibly sturdy whilst remaining thin and lightweight – Jack can pick this up and walk off with it with ease unlike other albums and books I have. Although the light quality changes from picture to picture, somehow Huggler seem to have made every picture on every page as good as the next. 

I hadn’t heard much about Huggler before but it seems to be that if you are looking for a photobook, these are the people to go to. I now have somewhere where my memories from a fantastic holiday can be stored forever and I am really chuffed.

I chose the Personalised Hardcover Photo Book which normally retails at £29.99 but is currently on sale at just £14.99 – why not take a look? 

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This item was sent to me for review purposes

Rome: Everything Else

Rome: Everything Else
Here are the rest of the pictures from Rome…enjoy!
The hotel
The hotel gardens
Unimpressed after his first experience of flying
But is that a camera?
The courtyard where the restaurant was – and where the proposal took place
The restaurant itself
Posing for the camera
I love this picture.
Yummy dessert – mine
Yummy dessert – Steve’s
Another picture

Crawling all over Mummy & Daddy’s bed – then stopping to pose! 
What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
Biscuits are yummy!
Ferrari store…we never found it though 🙁
How weird?
But how cool?
Biting beakers is fun!
Trying a tiny bit of some real Italian pizza.  
Love this picture!
More yummy desserts!
And again!
Ready for a day of exploring
Cuddles with Daddy in the Vatican City

300 steps, Mummy? PAH, they were easy! (As you can tell, I didn’t find them so easy…)
Love this
Steve was thoroughly amused by the water fountains
Vodka and coke in a rooftop cafe
Time to sleep
Not the greatest picture of us, but I still like it 
Posing by the Forum
Street entertainer
and again…
Birdie!
Silly grin!
Even managed to get Steve to pose!
Malibu Beach cocktail
Pina Colada in a funny glass
<3 
Dinner by candlelight

The two men in my life.
You’ve seen these before…
…haven’t you?
Jack’s new best friend, Nicola
He became a firm friend – he’s so good with Jack too!
Ooh, hello light in my face!
Better picture
These two got on like a house on fire
This is the final Rome post – I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I did experiencing it.

OOTD: Holidaying in Rome

OOTD: Holidaying in Rome
I very barely post OOTD’s but I decided whilst away that I wanted to include them a little more on the blog. As they say, when in Rome….
Top: Primark
Shorts: Primark
Cardigan: Prodigy Red
Sandals: Ethel Austin


Excuse the silly poses and how lacklustre my hair is! I really need to get it seen to but unfortunately haven’t got the money right now! This was the one outfit I truly felt comfortable in on holiday and the only one I got proper pictures of!

Would you like to see more OOTD’s on the blog?

Rome: The Sights: Part 1 {Picture-Heavy}

Rome: The Sights: Part 1 {Picture-Heavy}
As you all know, I went to Rome a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. However, it is but a distant memory now so I’m lucky that I have plenty of pictures to look back on.
Catacombs
These weren’t originally on our list of places to visit but after being not so subtly persuaded by Steve’s grandfather and cousin,we thought we’d give them a go. We got to the most famous ones at noon, only to be told that they were shutting until later that afternoon. Instead of giving it up as a wasted trip, we took a walk about half a mile down the road to another set which are not as famous. You aren’t allowed to take photos in the catacombs themselves so unfortunately all our pictures are of the outside buildings and the church. We were a little disappointed as the tour we took was a little brief and we didn’t really find out much that we didn’t already know.
Trevi Fountain
Don’t worry, we took your suggestions on Twitter and visited the iconic Trevi Fountain.Unfortunately, as you can see, we chose a very busy day so couldn’t get anywhere near to throw a coin in. They were also doing work on the fountain (you can see the scaffolding to the left of the pictures). We stood in awe at the fountain, it truly is a beautiful sight. The only space we could find to stand was a gelato shop, so of course, whilst taking in the sights, we had to indulge in some ice cream! Yummy.

Vatican City
As you can tell, this is where Steve took over. Even though I’m the blogger and I should be taking photos of absolutely everything, Steve took the camera for this trip and boy, did he take a lot of pictures! I’ve already cut these down twice. Obviously, the Vatican is a must-see when you go to Rome and we made sure we made plenty of time to visit. For some odd reason, Steve decided it would be a good idea to climb the capula. It was five euros to take the stairs or seven to take the lift. As we were carrying Jack (we had to leave his pushchair in their cloakroom area), we thought that the elevator would be the best bet. Only thing is, after you’ve paid your extra money, there is a sign through the next door that says there is still steps to climb afterwards. A few steps would be fine, but out of 500 steps, the lift only misses out 200 of them… Yes, that’s right – we had to climb 300 narrow, steep steps with Jack in tow. I felt sorry for all the elderly people that had chosen to take the lift and were now struggling to climb to the top. There is no way of getting back down that way again, you have to carry on to the top – but what breathtaking views await you! We couldn’t really appreciate them at the time, being out of breath, sweaty and dehydrated – but once we’d got downstairs to the roof where you catch the lift back down again, we grabbed a drink and took a look at our pictures. Just wow.
I’ll be bringing you part 2 of the sightseeing next Sunday, as there are just too many pictures to share with you in one post! Next week, I shall be sharing pictures of the Tomb Of The Unknown soldier at the Piazza Venezia, Sant’Angelo Castle, the Forum and the Colosseum. I’ll also be sharing the pictures of everything else AND the only OOTD picture I took out there! 
Have you ever been to Rome?