Sorry for the radio silence guys, it’s been the busiest week ever which wasn’t helped by the fact we moved out of our house and temporarily (god, please!) into my mums while we wait for our new house to be ready. So, in between looming deadlines at work and packing up our life, we jetted off to Rome for the weekend (it seemed a good idea at the time!). Well, actually my boyfriend kidnapped me for my birthday and I only found out at the airport! But, it was exactly what we needed and it was so much fun. We try to go to Italy at least once a year but Rome was a completely new city and it was breathtakingly beautiful. With so much to see, we wanted to do the whole tourist thing and cram in as much as possible! So, if you only have 24 hours to do it all, here are a few places to start…
TAKE A WALK ALONG THE RIVER TIBER
One of the best ways to see Rome is on foot – so put on some flat shoes (heels and cobbles DO NOT mix as I found out) and get stomping. On our way to Vatican City, we crossed the bridge, passed beautiful government buildings and stumbled across one of those street scenes that could be straight out of a romcom. Columns of trees with falling leaves, traditional Italian market stalls and Jazz music blasting through the speakers – all it needed was Woody Allen!
BE AMAZED AT VATICAN CITY
Now, I’m Ok saying that I’m not a religious person but the attraction of the Vatican is that you can still be in complete awe of what it represents and how spectacular the buildings, churches and artwork are. I would definitely recommend booking a time slot online to avoid the miles of queues and go at the break of dawn of late afternoon because it is ridiculously busy and you will feel like you’re being herded.
EAT, EAT, EAT!
Oh, the food! My mouth waters just thinking about it and it is, by far, one of the main reasons we love Italy so much. The key to a city break anywhere is to avoid the restaurants around the main tourist spots as it’s likely to be frozen or certainly not very authentic. Try to head down the small side streets where you won’t be hounded to go in and the places that look run-down and dated usually have the best dishes!