I absolutely feel in love with the place!
It's magical, I can't wait to go back. I felt at home there, as strange as that sounds. I fell in love with the people, the city, the atmosphere, the food... Everything. I think Id even move there, if I had the chance. And could speak Italian of course!
We did loads of touristy stuff, because we really are the tourists. I love all of that stuff haha. We went to the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, numerous monuments, chapels, and a million other places in between.
I think my favourite tourist things to see were the Vatican and the Colosseum. They are both huge! The Vatican was just gorgeous. I dont think I've ever seen anything more beautiful. The Vatican is just made up of beautiful rooms, beautiful gardens, beautiful corridors and beautiful buildings all inside one big plot of land. The ceilings of each room was a work of art itself, not to mention all of the paintings and sculptures inside the rooms. The Colosseum was outstanding. I was bowled over at the side of it. It was so well built and I cant believe it was made so long ago. I cant even imagine the atmosphere that it held when it was used for Gladiator fights. It must have been so scary for the slaves, being pushed into a massive stadium to fight other slaves or animals... with a massive building full of people shouting and screaming for blood.
I ate my weight in food over the week too, I don't know how I didn't gain loads of weight haha. The pasta was amazing. Actually amazing. Only thing though, the waiters watched us eat a lot and it made me paranoid haha. It seemed to amuse them that I had to use a spoon to eat spaghetti... How do they eat it without a spoon?! And the ice cream, omg! I've never tasted better ice cream. And the McDonalds over there have a McCafe part!! It's so cute.
I was staying right in the centre of Rome, just next to the Vatican. Only 1 street away! We stayed in a little block of flats. The room was lovely but as we were in the centre it was noisy. Italian traffic is crazy, they beep their horns from 6am onwards! Madness. Our taxi driver on the first day was driving at 50mph while looking at a map, not the road. Terrifying! Euro roads really are mental. I thought I'd seen it all in France but I was wrong haha!
The architecture there is gorgeous. We walked around for about 9 hours each day we were there and I took about 500 pictures! Mostly of buildings and statues. I could happily wander around in Rome for a month and I probably wouldn't see everything. Next time I go back I think I'll go for longer, I want to squeeze in some more activities. There are a lot of museums, art galleries and historical sites I need to see. I know that sounds boring to a lot of people but I enjoy it :)
The people are so friendly too. They would always help us if we needed directions and I think they loved practising their English out on us tbh! I felt safe there 100% of the time which is very unusual for a big city. Each tourist spot had a police car sitting near by and there was plenty of police and army members walking around the streets.
Obviously, I went to a Sephora while I was there but I only picked up 2 eye makeup removers and a shadow pallet. Disappointing huh?! I think the American / Canadian Sephoras are much better than the Euro ones. I want a lot of things but the Euro ones don't stock them :(
Know what the strangest thing was? I seen a dog do the toilet in the street, and a woman pulled toilet roll out of her bag and wiped its bum!!! It was one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. I laughed for at least a solid half hour. Weird. So so weird.
So many great memories were made there. Can't wait to go back! I threw 3 coins into the Trevi Fountain, so the legend says that will bring me back. And that I will end up with my one true love <3 Better happen!
I left my heart in Roma!