Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Rome

14th July 2015

Rome, Italy

Rome: The Eternal City. It’s certainly something special.

The last time I went to Rome was also apart of a cruise on the Island Escape. I went with my parents and we went on a excursion called “Rome All In One Day” which involved spending lots of time on a bus seeing all the sites of Rome.

This time I want to explore on my own, and as it was Tyrone’s first time in Rome I wanted to be able to show him around myself. So we booked the excursion called “Rome On Your Own”.

“Why book an excurison if you’re doing it on your own?” I hear you ask.

Well, as Rome isn’t a port city, we had to dock in Civitavecchia which is about a 2 hour drive away from the capital. You could probably get a train but if you’ve expereienced the spontaneous Italian strikes like I have then you may not want to risk it. Especially because if you don’t make it back to the ship in time they will leave without you.

No seriously, we left two people behind in Corsica because they were late.

Anyway, we were dropped off close to the Vatican, but as the Scouts were holding a meeting in St Peter’s Square in the morning we decided to leave Vatican City until the end of the day.

First stop: the Spanish Steps.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

My dress is from H&M in case you were wondering.

Rome, Italy

We then headed over to the Trevi fountain, but this was a relatively short lived visit because it’s covered in scaffolding and not looking it’s best.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

^^This is what they are using at the moment so that you can throw your coin into the fountain. We’d hate for them to lose out on the money.

Rome, Italy

^^Cute oyster bar.

Rome, Italy

After wondering through the narrow streets we found a busier road that lead to the Victor Emmanuel II Monument.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

From the monument you can get a great view of the Colosseum. This main road is usually pretty busy, but for some reason it was closed on the day we were in Rome. Perhaps it was because the Scouts were in town. Perhaps it was because the Gay Pride parade was also taking place.

Yeah, an interesting combination of events.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

We jumped at the chance to get some photographs that would not have been possible had the road been open.

From the main road you can see inside the Forum. You do have to pay to get into the Forum but if you are limited for time, or you’re travelling on a budget, then you can easily see the majority of the ruins from the outside.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

^^Ty adds some scale to the photo (he’s 6 foot 2).

Rome, Italy

We decided to walk all away around the outside of the forum, along side the Circus Maximus (which, for such an important historical site, looks like a waste land).

Rome, Italy

We happened to stumble around a food market which we had a look around in attempted to feel like the local. I absolutely love finding little gems like this when exploring a city.

Our poor legs were getting pretty tired by this point (my steriod injection is still working!!) so we went on a hunt for food. We found a little pizzeria (Pizzeria Florida) where we grabbed a delicious slide of pizza each. It was so tasty and cheap, and the owner was really friendly. I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in the city.

Then it was on to the Pantheon. Last time I was in the city it was closed, but this time I got the chance to go inside. It’s free entry, and totally worth it just to see the incredible ceiling.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Somewhere between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona we found a gelateria that served my beloved Nutella ice cream. The scoops of ice cream they served were huge! Great value for money.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

At this point, it was a wonder we both weren’t crawling. I was exhausted but we still hadn’t been to the Vatican. And you just have to go to the world’s smallest country when you are within walking distance.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

We then sat in a park for our last hour in Rome before the bus arrived. I couldn’t have a walked any further if I’d tried.

Have you ever been to Rome?

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  1. Cat

    I would love to go to Rome and see all of the amazing architecture! I’d really like to see the Colosseum and Pantheon. The Colosseum looks so cool in your photos πŸ™‚ I think some tours are too rushed, so I prefer to explore places on my own. That’s great that you were able to explore Rome on your own this time!

    • Holly

      I really do think exploring cities on your own is the best way. You get to see exactly what you want. Plus, Rome is such an easy city to get around because so much of it is pedestrianised.

  2. Rome could take weeks to view everything. The Vatican City alone with the museum is said to take over a week to view all the artwork on display and kept away for safe keeping. I have been to Rome twice, in 2010 where nothing was under construction and last year, where everything looked like how your picture are. You have to admit it is quite funny how they started the construction last summer, instead of last spring like they should have, so it could be open already. Rome is one of my favorites. The movies about traveling to Rome never do it justice. I love going down Via Condotti because of all the shops (I love my expensive Italian fashion designers.) Did you see the twin churches, its within walking distance of the Spanish steps. It is weird going once and then having a new set of memories going the second time. I am glad you avoided buying gelati by the Trevi. When my aunt went 20 some odd years ago the Trevi was under construction (then again last yea, she was so upset) and they ripped her off big time when she bought a gelati near there. Still so jealous of these pictures. If I had it my way, I would travel there every summer.

    • Holly

      I have never had time to go into any of the museums in Rome, which means I have a good excuse to go back time and time again!

      Ah, Via Condotti was the street we walked along to get to the Spanish Steps. I didn’t know it was particular famous. I just picked a road and walked down it haha! But I did notice all of the designer shops.

  3. Amazing pictures, I love all of them. It’s a shame the Circus Maximus looks unloved, it’s such an important part of history.

    • Holly

      Thank you! I think they occasionally hold concerts in the Circus Maximus but that’s its only use nowadays.

  4. Susanne

    What a shame that they are still renovating Fontana di Trevi. It’s the prettiest place in Rome, in my opinion. That and the bridge with the angels, that ends at piazza Sant’Angelo (I think that was the name of it). I was in Rome in 2009 and was guided by friends over a weekend, and managed to see many of the famous spots. I really liked Rome. It’s one of the very few big cities that I’ve liked. I’m more of a countryside or small town person usually.

    • Holly

      I totally agree with you. It’s stunning.

      I think what I love most about Rome is that it doesn’t feel like a normal modern city. It’s so classic!

  5. Oh wow, you packed so much in – I wouldn’t have been able to walk any further by the end either! x

  6. Woo! I’d love to visit Rome so much. I’d be so nervous about the ship leaving me though it would probably ruin my whole day. Haha. Poor people. I hope they’re still alive.

    Corinne x

    • Holly

      It would be my biggest nightmare being left, but if you are on an organised tour then they won’t leave without you. The captain did sound the horn 4 times but it made no difference.

  7. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe two people got left behind in Corsica! That’s awful but also a bit funny…Rome looks a beautiful city. It’s amazing to see all those bits of history just lying about! I love the 12th picture down, seeing the Colosseum. just there, at the end of the road must be very surreal! I’m glad you hear your steroid injections are working and mobility wasn’t as much of an issue for you! Me and Matt are going to Italy in September – to Bologna. I’m trying to learn enough Italian to be able to order delicious nutella ice cream!

    • Holly

      I hope you have a wonderful time in Bologna. You have to have bolognese, just for the sake of it! Good luck with learning Italian.