Life in a day: Rome, Italy June 2013

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Near the Quirinal Palace in Rome Italy

Near the Quirinal Palace in Rome Italy

It finally happened, I got to visit the beautiful city of Rome!  It has always been my dream to see Rome ever since I was a kid.  I remembered looking at books with the famous places like – the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican city, Pantheon, etc.  And thinking to myself, that one day I will go and see these places – and there I was.

Waiting for the bus to get to the central square

Waiting for the bus to get to the central square

Started off the day by going to the Quirinal Palace – to see this historical building.  It is the current official residence of the President of Italy.  Then, everything else was walking distance like the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.

The beautiful Trevi Fountain

The beautiful Trevi Fountain

Right before the Trevi fountain, I stopped to get a gelato nearby, what’s better than viewing the Trevi fountain and eating gelato at the same time?  This fountain is very beautiful however, this place is packed.  I’ve read in some travel guides that this place is full of pick-pockets so when you go here make sure to watch your belongings.

Direction to the Pantheon

Direction to the Pantheon

The Pantheon building

The Pantheon building

The Pantheon building from the outside looks like an old temple, however this building has a special structure which is the circular opening on the ceiling.  This is one of the best preserved building of the Roman buildings.

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

One of the things I was also looking forward was the amazing Italian food – pasta Carbonara and gelato!

Found this awesome restaurant in Trastevere (this was the area where I stayed) called, Osteria Pistoia.  They are quite famous for their Pasta Carbonara, which was the best carbonara I have had in my life!  I would definitely want to go back to Rome just for this carbonara.

Things I noticed in Rome:

– The bottled water in Restaurants are quite cheap compared to the rest of Europe (it was only 2 Euros for 1 Liter)

– The trams and buses are always packed, so I prefer taking the trains as much as possible

– Restaurants are cheap outside the tourist areas (like anywhere else)

– A Gelato was about 2 Euros for 2 scoops

Have you been to Rome before?  Please share your story!

 

Published 24 June, 2013

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