ⓉⓇⒶⓋⒺⓁ 𝒯 𝓊 ℯ 𝓈 𝒹 𝒶 𝓎 ✈: I counted and realized I’ve been to 26 different countries (not counting airport stops/layovers). I’ve decided to implement a “Travel Tuesday” post for both social media and my blog as a way to remember and encourage others to travel to new places, learn, and grow through culture shock and meeting people from all over the world. 😨😁😎
Today’s post highlights a little bit of ɾσʍε including the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, and other fountains and bridges from the historical city. 🇮🇹⛲🍕
The best part of the Vatican was the one window with a view that looked over Rome and simply leaving due to the sweaty crowds that pushed their way through the museum and cathedral… loved wandering through the streets of Rome to see old architecture, bridges, and Trevi fountain one of the most spectacular I’ve seen.
Rome is walk-able, which came at a surprise to me considering its size, but one important thing to note is that even if you don’t like walking and prefer public transportation, the city only has two running lines. The catacombs benieth the city, which are still being excavated, make it nearly impossible to make new metro lines underground. Just remember to wear decent walking shoes! Though my flip flops held out for the day, I kept saying I had “Jesus feet” because of how dirty my feet were under my maxi dress that picked up every piece of dirt and dust from the city streets. I swear that just from my attire, I left Rome cleaner that day! The main sights were within a few minutes of walking through the windy streets from each other… by accident from walking past the Vatican to Trevi Fountain, my mom and I stumbled upon the Parthenon building. A fun surprise since we had limited time, and weren’t initially aiming for it.
Walking allowed us to take in modern Rome with ancient Rome all intertwined in the city that dates back to Bible times. I’m going to do a second Rome post on the Colosseum, Rome is just too deep of a city with history to be able to write about everything, however the depth of it makes worth visiting. The Vatican, it’s own city with it’s own currency, was flooded with thousands of people when I was there. Up to 30,000 people a day visit this iconic place as the birth of the Catholic church. Highlights were the many sculpture rooms, tapestry rooms, and leaves that were added to male statues to cover their private parts when the statues were given to the popes! Of course Michelangelo’s ceiling is the ultimate reason to visit the Vatican, along with St. Paul’s Cathedral. Be sure to book a skip-the-line tour in advance, otherwise you’ll be standing in lines lasting hours just to enter. I’ve done it once, and don’t think I’ll go back due to the overcrowding and heat, but definitely a historical and inspiring city to visit, if you are in Rome.
There is more to come about Rome soon… the food, wine, and Colosseum will get their own post, but to start with Vatican City and highlight photos including Trevi Fountain, I’ll pause for now for next weeks Travel Tuesday.