Rome is walkable. I didn’t think it was possible. I imagined it to be a huge city with all the main sites spread all over the city but that ain’t true. You can walk around and see the main things without need for a bus or any other transport.
On our first afternoon, my mum and I, decided that we just wanted to walk around and see how the city works, as in, yes if we see something we stop by otherwise we just walk around. No plans made, after all we had a week to spend there.
We arrived at Roma Termini around 1pm and took a bus to our hotel, not far from the Vatican City. From there we went for our first meal in Rome in a restaurant nearby. I ate pizza while my mum chose a classic plate of pasta. From there we walked to Piazza San Pietro and to Castel Sant’Angelo. As it was just a first exploration, we took a couple of pictures but with the idea of coming back.
After crossing the river and walking on old cobbled streets, passing by gelaterias (ice cream places) and restaurants we found our way to Piazza Navona. I loved it. The artists all over the piazza selling their paintings and painting new sceneries.. it reminded me of Mont Martre in Paris. I always loved street artists. The central fountain, representing the four rivers, was something I definitely wanted to come back to at night. With the lights on it certainly would have been more impressive.
We knew that Piazza Navona wasn’t too far from the Pantheon, this majestic temple dedicated to all the gods of ancient Rome, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa and rebuilt by emperor Hadrian. I studied it in my art history class at high school, and finally seeing it, wow! I was amazed. It’s so huge and well-preserved.
A walk through the historic centre of Rome couldn’t be complete without a stop by Fontana di Trevi. I don’t know why but I didn’t expect it to be that close to buildings. Everytime they shot a movie or an ad it looks like there’s quite a lot of space around it, wide roads. The truth is that the roads around it are really tiny and look even smaller because of the amount of people walking by. But I loved that part of town, with the little tables outside the restaurants ready to welcome you and the souvenir shops showing you what you hadn’t already seen: images of the Colosseum, the Moses, and much much more.
Our first ‘walk’ (looked more like a marathon) ended with a quick stop in Piazza di Spagna where we were offered roses and other bric-à-bracs by street vendors and where we decided we were too tired to see anything else.
On our way home we stumbled into the Altare della Patria and bought a tour guide just to have a clearer idea on how to plan our next days…
Key facts (LOL):
Pizza eaten so far: 2
Ice creams: 0
Photo taken: 230
Money spent on cultural sites: 0
Money spent for food: about 20€