Can anyone visit Rome in two days? We certainly did just that. It wasn’t difficult but two-day walk around could pose a challenge to anyone’s legs. By the end of each day, we just felt exhausted!!! If you missed my Day 1 blog, you can read it HERE!
To start our day, we went to St. Maria Church where it looked very elegant and extravagent. Back in the UK, we have lots of castles, absolutely tons of them, Wales and Scotland have the majority of them. In Italy, it’s all about churches and cathedrals. St. Maria was a rather unique one since its inside had a very luxurious decoration. The ceiling resembled that of a King’s palace banquet hall. Gold foiled or painted, extra sparkly. Like any 16th-17th century churches, marbles were extensively used to create an unprecedented luxurious impression to the public. It’s just the evidence on how powerful and resourceful of ancient Roman Catholics once was.
After a quick visit of St. Maria, we headed back to the Vatican with the aim to see the St. Peter’s Church. When we got there, we were stopped by the Sunday Mass. The church was closed from public so we had to divert to another sightseeing point. We thought that we could just visit St. Peter the next morning one last time before we headed off to Pisa.
So we walked again, through the shopping street and half and hour later, we’d reached an Egyptian square. The square was absolutely huge and the centre was dominated by a giant Egyptian pole. To the back was a small hill and the entrance to the ginormous garden. To reach the famous Spanish steps, rather than walked up to the garden and walked east, we took the easier ‘shopping’ route. Via del Babuino was a very long street that’s packed with Italian fashion stores. As we walked closer to the Spanish steps, the shops became more expensive.
It was a scotching day, the sun was burning our skins but we weren’t complaining at all, this was a holiday after all right? The steps was packed with tourists and locals. Most were relaxing and soaking up the sun. We walked up the steps and eventually reached the church at the top. Unfortunately that the church itself was undergone some kind of renovations so the exterior was covered up and the inside was also scaffolded. It remained open to the public and services were still held, just that anyone who wanted to appreciate the design of the building would be disappointed.
After the steps, we decided to try some famous Italian gelato (ice cream). There’s a very trendy chocolate and ice cream chain named Vendi that we often saw tourists and locals queued up. We bought some to try and lord, didn’t they taste heavenly? Smooth and rich and that’s what I called ICE CREAM!!!
When we finished licking the last bit of the delicious dessert from our mouth, we took the metro to the Colosseum. Our sole intention wasn’t to see this magnificent structure, since both Sue and I’d been there before so we wanted to see the Roman Forum, a massive hill that’s filled with old ruins.
A tip for any visitor, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are all free to enter on every first Sunday of the month!!!! So if you want to save a few quids (or dollars) then plan ahead! The forum is a definite place to visit because you will not be disappointed. There were absolutely lots to see and I guarantee you that you will scream and wow when you see the ruins! I personally think it has more WOW factor than the Colosseum itself!
But walking around the forum can take hours or most of the day if you want to see everything. We walked around a few hours and got so tired that we exited and found ourselves a local cafe for a short break.
Then the day started to get dark and we quickly walked to the Marcus Aurelius Column because there was a replica in London’s V&A museum and we wanted to see the real thing!
The night had fallen and we took a slow walk back to Colosseum and looked for a place to dine. We found a restaurant right opposite the Roman Forum. The food was lovely and that’s how we ended our day.
When we got back to our hotel, Sue fell ill. It was a suspected food poisoning from lunch…
Here’s more photos from our Day 2 in Rome 🙂