After an awesome night out in Barcelona, I hopped on a plane feeling a little worse for wear and headed to Roma!
Ahhhhh Rome, I had heard so much about this beautiful city and couldn’t wait to explore.
I dropped off my bags and quickly headed out before the sun went down. I had booked a cute little place where I had my own room but shared kitchen and bathroom. It was a beautiful old apartment in a really shitty part of town.
I walked around for a while not straying too far from my apartment and found a place to sit down and eat.
My waiter quickly took a liking to me and asked me for a drink when he finished work. I was umming and ahhhing about it because I thought he was full on and my instincts were telling me it wasn’t the best idea. Finally he said “Well I finish at 10 so come back down here if you want to have a drink”.
I went home, messaged a few friends asking what should I do – that should’ve been the indication right there… after a while I decided bugger it – it’ll be nice to go have a chat with someone and get out in rome – after all “When in Rome…”
I arrived and first thing old mate does is grab me on the butt – yeah, this was never going to end well.
We walked down to a pub and had a drink, all the while he’s attempting to grope me and I’m attempting to exit.
After what was far too long I ended up making a speedy exit – not before he asked to come and lay with me in my room and casually stuck his hand up my skirt.
Yeah – good try buddy.
So after that I didn’t really venture out in Roma after dark.
The following morning I got up early and walked and walked and walked!!
First stop – Colosseum…
I then stopped to get some gelati before visiting the Trevi Fountain.
While walking around near the Trevi Fountain, I saw this guy killing it with a spray can. There are heaps of these people all over Rome but this guy was unreal! I watched him complete 2 paintings in the space of 10 minutes.
I bought the picture of The Colosseum for my friends and carted it all over Rome and into Turkey before leaving it behind somewhere!
I also visited the Altare della Patria, also known as the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II.
This thing is HUGE! I mean, everything in Rome is huge but this was crazy – inside I saw some really cool artefacts from Italy’s war efforts.
The next morning I headed straight to the Pantheon.
I was blown away by this building. It was definitely one of my favourite sites in Rome.
I had read that “Rome’s Best Coffee” was situated right near The Pantheon so I had to stop in. The coffee was pretty good, typically Italian.
The latte art, however!
I sampled some more gelati on my way to Vatican City…
I then hung out in Campo de’ Fiori and snacked on some truffle bruschetta and an awesome salad.
Aside from the creepy guy on the first night I really enjoyed the sites of Rome. It is like walking around a museum and everything is MASSIVE! It was awesome seeing all these places you hear about in school and university.
I did feel hassled in Rome though – I think the blonde hair drew attention which was a shame. I definitely would stay in another area next time and I think I would enjoy it heaps more walking around having someone to share it with!
After 3 days of walking in Rome it was time for Turkey! YEW! Meeting up with family sailing on The Med. Hells yeah!