Rome, Italy

Our first day official day in Rome. Let’s hit some sightseeing.

Galleria Borghese
Book online for specific entry time: 18.50 Euros – potential reduced ticket price or complimentary price (limited to 2 hours)

For both art lovers and non-artistic tourists, this is still a must visit on the list. Listed as #10 of things to do in Rome, rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 8500+ reviews. It was well worth it to rent the audio guide, as it leads you through the art pieces you’re interested in. Bernini’s sculptures are breathtaking, including Apollo and Daphne and Rape of Proserpine. There are benches to sit on and admire the artwork.

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Inside Vatican City (half to one day) 
If you buy any online tickets, make this one your priority! Book online to skip the 2-4 hour line! Full price 16 euros. Reduced ticket and audio guide available.

Smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by area and population; this 110 acres is ruled by the Pope. Christian tourists may wish to see the Pope in visiting this popular destination. Tourism is the main source of revenue for the Vatican city.
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Sistine Chapel 
Home to many artwork by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Creation of Adam is the must see here along with other ceiling paintings he created 1508-1512. Strict no picture taking policy allowed, tourists allowed inside are controlled at the entry way to prevent overcrowding.

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St. Peter’s Basilica 
Considered one of the largest churches and regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Definitely worth while to walk around and check out the beautiful artwork every corner of your eyes. Look out to the windows and check out the views.

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St. Peter’s Square 
Located directly in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica, this open space with colonnades, granite fountain are great places for pictures in the sunshine. Feel free to help yourself and drink the flowing water from the fountain or refill your bottles for later.
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Vatican Museums 
Keep your friends close to you because this will be crowded. The gallery of maps was so cool to see, a long hallway with artwork along the entire ceiling. Topographical maps of the whole Italy; this remains as the world’s largest pictorial geographical study.

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When you’re ready to leave this city, know that there are still a lot more to explore! We walked and explored and somehow stumbled upon our next destination.

 

Fountain of the Four Rivers (free) 

Located in the Piazza Navona, designed from 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Public fountains provided a source of water for neighbors in the centuries prior to home plumbing. They were monuments to papal patrons. Nile’s head is draped with piece of cloth, so nobody knew at the time where the Nile’s source was. Nice plaza to walk around in; musicians playing music, artists selling paintings or spray paint artworks, and other types of crafts.

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The awesome thing about Italy is we wondered in the city, without planning on where to go for parts of the day, but still happened to be welcomed by a famous tourist location. You only need to plan 1-3 must see for the day and enjoy your time venturing without a planned route. Not too far from there, we got to the next well known site.

 

Pantheon (free)

Greek for “every god”; this architecture is massive in size and represents a true cultural revolution. It was the first temple built for the common people. The ancient temples were forbidden places for priests, but this defied the concept and became a place of worship for everyone. We were able to get a peek of the inside by standing at the door.

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Street of Italy is so charming in it’s own way, their narrow streets, liveliness from locals and tourists, my eyes couldn’t keep up. We do have the next destination in mind to end the day.

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Trevi Fountain (free)

Largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Coins are mean to been thrown using right hand over left shoulder, over 3000 euros are thrown each day. Both daylight and night time are special and a must. The coffee and drinks are a bit  pricey in the Trevi Piazza. This will be a crowded site. It was under construction when we visited, which didn’t help with the situation. We didn’t get to throw the coin as we’re getting hangry but it was worth it to take a snapshot and check out.

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As the day dwindles down, we needed some food in our system. Where to go? We decided to stroll back in the direction of our home and see what catches our eye. Finding a restaurant that is local and unique was our mission. The original place that was highly reviewed was closed, but we managed to find another gem.

Our waiter was lovely who explained everything we asked about, we loved the house wine he recommended as well. The portions weren’t huge but the customer service and quality is fantastic. We later realized that pasta dishes aren’t always full entrees as they could be appetizers as well. I found the bathroom to be especially interesting: turning the water on was be stepping on a petal which took a while to find as I was looking for a faucet.

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With that, we were satisfied to go home and relax our feet after a full day of walking.

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