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?

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?