This is a travel diary of our visit to Rome on 9-14th March 2019.
On that Saturday morning, we flew from Barcelona, Spain to Naples while I was suffering from the worst food poisoning of my life. Due to my condition, we skipped our plans for Pompeii and trained it 7 hours earlier than expected to Rome, checking in to our hotel at the Little Queen Pantheon. The rest of the day was a right off 😔. For dinner, I had the most expensive vegetable soup €14 at Hostaria Pantheon.... at least there was a view of the pantheon LOL.
The next day I was still off but I glammed myself up in hopes of feeling better. It only worked for a bit 😂 We picked up our 3-day Roma Passes, got lost, tried 2 different restaurants that were closed and ended up at La Ciambella Bar a Vin Con Cucina for lunch.
There were so many statues and fountains along the small streets of Rome. On the way back to the hotel, we saw a long queue outside the Pantheon and realized entry was free (and not included in the Roma Pass). We went for a quick tour before my stomach rumbled and I had to rush home to the toilet 🙃
We had an afternoon nap and I felt good again so we went to Cantina e Cucina for dinner. The lasagne was really delicious and creamy! Afterwards, we strolled along Via dei Fori Imperiali in amazement at the different forums, buildings and statues.
We ended up at the Colosseum and had an encounter with a scammer. This tall, black dude approached Mick and tried to grab his hand to give him a bracelet, and he asked Mick, "Hi friend, are you from Africa? What tribe are you from?"
LOL Wtf. We legged it the fuck out of there. Once we got back to our hotel, we laughed at the situation because the dude thought Mick, a little Asian, was from Africa HAHAHAHA. At least he wasn't racist 😂.
On Monday, I felt 100% and the bug had passed me. We actually woke up at 6AM for photos at Trevi Fountain. We did pass by it the day before but it was so crowded that we decided to come back in the early morning to see it. Then we went back to sleep because Mick hated waking up so early (thanks babe! LOL).
Once we were awake, we explored the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, did some window shopping, hopped on the tour bus (because how else were we gonna make up the value of the pass 🤑), passed by Largo di Torre Argentina, ate cheap pizza at a corner store and ended up sightseeing at Castel Sant'Angelo.
Afterwards, we did some laundry, passing by the Fate Bene Fratelli Hospital. I found it fascinating that the hospital was on its own ditch in the river lol. We had our first taste of Italian gelato and it was marvellous! The ice cream was so creamy and flavourful. We could definitely see the hype.
And to end the day, we had McDonalds and saw this genie 😲
Alright, Tuesday was a lot more eventful in a touristy way. We started our morning at the Holy grounds with the Vatican Museums and then had the best pizza in Rome, at Pizzarium Bonci.
After lunch we entered the great Vatican City using our Roma Passes. I convinced Mick to climb all 551 steps of St. Peter's Basilica with me and to this day, he still hates me for it LOL 😂 We highly recommend taking the elevator option and bringing a bottle of water because the top of the basilica is very claustrophobic.
We ended our day with dinner at Cantina e Cucina again (because I barely ate the first time hahaha) and more gelato!
On the Wednesday, our last day in Rome, we used our passes to see the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The weather turned grey while we were taking our cheesy couple photos so we had AL42 by Pasta Chef Rione S.Angelo, cheap and delicious pasta recommended by our friend, Damo.
Afterwards, we did some window shopping because Mick was looking for new kicks. The shoe stores, like ILoveTokyo and HolyPopStore, in Rome were a little odd. They had different opening times and certain stores only sold women shoes or kids shoes. We walked to 4 different locations just to find the mens section LOL
By dinner time Mick was craving a big fat juicy piece of beef; we definitely cannot live off pasta forever 😂. He got his wish and had a tomahawk steak and I had more pasta at Osteria Delle Coppelle and we had the most wholesome conversation with an Italian couple.
On Thursday, we checked out and travelled to Florence via ItaliaRail. Rome was such a fun city to explore and we walked so much! Our average daily step count was ~20,000. Everything was in close proximity to each other so we found it cheaper to walk everywhere.
We did think a lot of the restaurants and spots were 'tourist traps' but that was to be expected in one of the most popular destinations in the world. The scams and thieves situation in Rome was okay too. We were still self conscious of our belongings but we did not feel we were under much scrutiny or had targets on our backs compared to Paris. It might have been because we blended in with the Chinese tour groups LOL. The African situation was weird though HAHAHA.
Thanks for reading! Ciao.