J & L Want You To Know...

See Rome in 2 Days….

See Rome in 2 Days…

First let me offer the disclaimer that I don’t think that we saw everything that Rome had to offer; however, I think we did get a good glimpse of Rome in the 48 hours that we spent there.

Getting to Rome…

We decided to go to Rome as part of our 3800 mile trek across Europe last summer.  Originally, we didn’t think we could make it to Italy at all, because it added so many miles to the trip.  However, my oldest son Jackson is obsessed with Roman History and was begging to go.  So we said, “what the heck”.  We’ll see as much as we can. 

Due to the fact that we were driving and coming from Austria; we really bisected the top half of the country.  As we drove were able to see the Dolomites, and so much of Tuscany on our way to Rome, as well as Florence from the highway.  Granted, we just got a little taste, but it was still pretty cool.  We arrived in Rome at dusk after driving for 13 hours.   We were tired; but in awe.  It was a Friday night around 9pm when we drove into town.  The city was pretty quiet and the streets were mostly empty.  Once we crossed under the wall leading into the ancient city, it was just like you see it in the movies.  There were fountains lit up around every corner, beautiful churches and ancient buildings.   It was SO beautiful.

Where to Stay…

We would only be in Rome for 48 hours.  Due to our limited amount of time, I did not want to waste any time driving, in traffic or waiting for public transportation.  I decided to stay in the old city as close to the sites as I could get.  We ended up using Starwood Points to stay at the St Regis Rome.  It was a great location, safe and the hotel was beautiful.  The rooms were small and the hotel was undergoing renovations, but I still was really happy with my choice. 

Our hotel was located on Plaza deal Repubblica.  It is about a 10 minute walk to both the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.  The hotel was also a quick 15 min taxi ride to Vatican City and about a 20 minute walk to the Colosseum.   It was in a safe neighborhood and we felt really comfortable there.  However, my primary goal was to be close to everything so that we didn’t waste too much time.  The St Regis accomplished that goal perfectly.

What to Do…

I knew that we would never be able to see everything that Rome had to offer in 48 hours.   So, we really just needed to hit the highlights.  Since Jackson was the reason we were here; he got the first pick.  At the top of his list was the Colosseum.  I really wanted to go to the Vatican, and my husband wanted to explore the little streets of Ancient Rome.   My younger son Samuel, really only cares about food and soccer; so he said he wanted to eat yummy pizza and gelato and buy Juventes gear (and Italian soccer team).

Day 1…

On Saturday morning we left the St Regis at 6:15am and took a cab to the Vatican steps.  We had to be there at 6:30am to meet our guide and group for our tour.   I had heard that in the summer, you want to get to the Vatican early because it gets really crowded and hot.  I found a tour through City Wonders that allowed you to enter the Vatican before it opened to the public at 7am.  It included an American breakfast buffet in one of the Vatican Courtyards and then entrance into the museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s.  It was perfect.  When we got there it was quiet and cool.  We were the first people into the galleries and the Sistine Chapel wasn’t too crowed.   The tour ended at 11 and our guide Marco gave us a great suggestion for pizza for lunch. 

After lunch we took another cab to the Colosseum.  I had booked a 12:30 tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum also through City Wonders.   We had a few minutes to grab some gelato on the the way to meet our tour.  This  was awesome because it was getting hot.  (Rome can get really hot in the summer, it was about 88 both days that we were there.)   I had found a tour that was only offered through City Wonder’s that not only took you to the Colosseum floor, but underground to where they kept the animals and gladiators as well as to the top floor of the Colosseum.  This was the highlight of Rome for us.  Our guide; Emmanuelle was amazing.  The lines for the Colosseum were a mile long and we were able to walk right through, plus our small group were literally the only people able to go to the lower levels.   My boys still talk about everything they learned.  It was unbelievable.  

The tour around 4pm and we were exhausted and ready to sit down.  We were also starving.  After grabbing more gelato,  we found a cab and headed back to the hotel.   Once we were showered and had rested for a little bit, we were ready to head out to dinner.  At the suggestion of the concierge went to the cutest little pasta place and had the best Pasta Carbonara of my life.    That night we were exhausted and went to bed pretty early.

Day 2…

Day 2 was Sunday.  We knew we wanted to go to church in Rome.  I found a congregation that was about a 20min drive into a residential part of the city.  It was great to get outside of Ancient Rome and into a normal neighborhood.   We really enjoyed church in Italian and it was so cool for my boys to get to experience something so routine to them in a different language. 

My husband and boys were done with museums and tours.  They wanted to explore.  So, after church and lunch we drove back to the hotel, parked the car and started to walk.   We saw Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, tons of old churches, fountains and other artifacts of Ancient Rome.  It was so fun exploring little alleys, courtyards and tiny shops on side streets.   Of course, we ate more gelato, pastries and more pizza and pasta.  We walked into the late evening before heading back to our hotel tired and happy.

Rome is beautiful, amazing and ancient.  Even though we were only there  for two days, we feel like we really were able to capture the essence of Rome.  We are excited to return and see more of what we missed the last time. 

 

 

532 views

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *