Just like my Paris trip the previous month, my long-awaited trip to Italy was also a culturally enriching experience that left me completely dazzled. Like Paris, Italy was full of history wherever I went, and everything I laid eyes on was refreshing and most of all, beautiful beyond words. Read on to see where I visited in Rome during the first three days of my trip.
Day 1 – The Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)
My mother and I decided to go on this trip together, and we touched down at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome on a Friday, my mother arriving from California and myself arriving from Tokyo respectively. Since we arrived at our hotel in the evening, we only had time to get dinner at a nearby restaurant and walk over to some of the piazzas, but it was a good first evening in Rome well spent. The little streets leading up to the Trevi Fountain were fun to walk through, with all the little cafes, restaurants, and gelato shops. I remember turning the corner to the amazing view of the Trevi Fountain, even more beautiful at night. It’s known for the coin throwing, even though I wasn’t about to make my way through all the tourists there to try it. The Piazza di Spagna was also very crowded on Friday night, but nonetheless beautiful. Remember the famous scene in the movie A Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn, where she eats her gelato? I’m glad I got to see the location in person.
Day 2 – The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
A trip in Rome isn’t complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. I made sure to reserve our entrance tickets online prior to our visit because once we got there, we realized how long the line was just to get into the Museums. Get Your Guide had skip-the-line tickets, which was the most convenient thing ever for tourists like us who didn’t have too much time to spare. My 2 most favorite exhibits in the Vatican Museums were the Braccio Nuovo, housing the important works of Roman art, and the Gallery of Maps. The Sistine Chapel is connected to the Vatican Museums, and despite the amount of people inside, it was a quite serene experience and seeing the frescos created by Boticelli, Michelengelo, and other famous artists was truly an otherworldly experience. Photography was not allowed, unfortunately, but I highly recommend visiting the Chapel. And although we didn’t go inside St. Peter’s Basilica due to the immense line, it was a beautiful sight to see, especially in the broad daylight.
ローマを訪れたら、バチカン美術館はマストです。午前中から大行列ができていたので、入場チケットを前もってネットで予約して良かったと思いました。Get Your Guideでは、エントランスの行列をスキップ出来るチケットも購入出来るので、あまり時間のない人にはとても便利なサービスです。バチカン美術館内で一番好きだったのはローマの美術品が展示されているブラッチオ・ヌオーヴォ（新館）と地図のギャラリーでした。システィーナ礼拝堂にも入ることができましたが、残念ながら写真はNGでした。沢山の人がいたにも関わらず、礼拝堂内は静かで、ボッティチェリやミケランジェロなどが描いた天井や壁のアートをゆっくり拝見することができました。最後にサン・ピエトロ大聖堂までたどり着きましたが、列が長過ぎて中には入れずでした。天気は良かったので、外からの景色は素晴らしかったです。
The Vatican Museums
St. Peter’s Basilica
Day 3 – Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and Altare della Patria (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II)
I know this is a handful of locations to visit in one day, but when you have a limited amount of time in a country like Italy, you just have to squeeze it all in. Visiting the Colosseum was obviously at the top of my list for Rome, so I made a ticket reservation online before the trip, which also included entries to the Palatine Museum and the Roman Forum. These three attractions are conveniently walking distance from each other, which makes it very easy for tourists to visit them in one day. From the Colosseum, I spotted the Altare della Patria at a distance, and since that was one of the places my mother wanted to visit, we decided to trek over after viewing the Roman Forum, making it our last stop. Now, you’re probably asking, “Why the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore??” Well, before our scheduled time at the Colosseum, my mother and I thought we would have time to visit the Altare della Patria, but we misread our map and ended up near the Basilica. As you can see in the photos, it was a beautiful place and I’m actually glad we ended up here on accident.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Altare della Patria
My next blog post about Italy will be about my stay in Florence. Stay tuned!
That is so cute that you traveled with your mom! I am sure she enjoys traveling and spending time with you. I went to Rome a long time ago with my sister and I still remember how majestic the Trevi Fountain was and the infamous Spanish Steps. Rome has so much culture and history and the architecture is unreal. I love that you squeezed in so much during your quick trip. I can’t wait to see what you did in Florence soon too. I am enjoying these travel posts! xoxo, Christine
The trevi and cololsseum have always been in my must see places considering I was first introduced to them in Audrey Hepburn’s films. So jealous. Your trip sounds so amazing and the photos are stunning. ♡
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It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve visited Rome so I definitely need to return. I will say that the Sistine chapel and the Vatican museum ranks top on my list as best attractions in the world. I love reading your travel recaps because your photos are always amazing and I think you capture the beauty of the destination perfectly. What camera do you use? I would love to hear about the behind the scenes of your travel and how you manage to blog while also enjoying the moment at the same time!
Aw thank you Mariann! I use the Canon d7x which is compact and great for travel! I’ll be sure to add that to future posts 🙂
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This is truly ao magnificent! The captures of the Colosseum and the Vatican are stunning and it’s really awesome that you were able to meet your mom there. You certainly made such fabulous use of your time. My mom is actually from this part of Italy. She grew up near Rome and I would love to explore the country with her like you did. I can’t wait to see more of your travels.
Woow this us an interesting read.. love the way your documented your trip with beautiful pictures.. italy is sure one place i would love to visit
Their architecture is what makes me want to visit Italy someday! Aside from that, would love to try their amazing cheese too!
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I’m glad you turn again to make trips and city visits for your Mom.Such a beautiful feelings and remembers.
You organized very well your trips so you visited all the most important from Rome . Beautiful pictures love them ❤️
One of my dreams is to visit Italy!!! It looks like what I thought it would be. Super beautiful!! The architecture is out of of this world! Love your green top!!
Beautiful – very envious. What I would not give to be back there again really soon. Paris also!
I can’t believe you and your mom flew desperately from both end of the world to meet in Italy! It is so cute that it is a mother and daughter trip. I have never been to Italy…yet and all of the places you’ve named and visited are on my list. I can’t believe how many people are crowded at the Trevi fountain it is literally a zoo but it is very beautiful in all of your photos. I loved all of your photos, they are def memories to keep.
I spent a good part of my summer in Rome and it’s so beautiful! You and your mom hit some gorgeous spots in Rome and it looks like a great time! It’s so great with having the art meeting history, so it’s so cool to see how you had a good time!
How great you traveled to Italy as it is one of my favorite countries. I try to go every year during summer and when is possible. Also how cool you got to visit and enjoy the company of your mom. Loving all your photography and the first one is just my favorite.
I’m so in love with all the beautiful photos from your trip to Rome. It feels that in 3 days you were able to explore to the max and made an amazing use of the time there. I was recently in Rome too and reading your post brought back so many good memories. It’s so true that Rome is very refreshing and like you I loved every single enriching detail about the experience. Can’t wait to read your next post about Florence!!!!
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I really love Rome, it’s such a beautiful city and it’s full of culture and art! Your photos are stunning!
Have an awesome day!
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Omg these pictures are amazing!! I am going to Italy next year and I am so excited now that I have seen these. I hope you had such an amazing time 🙂
Rome is such a cool city! I had such a great time when I was last there but that was a few years ago now. Your post has totally wanted me to revisit sometime very soon! Great pics from your trip!
Thanks for sharing your trip. I love your outfit…
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So beautiful that your mother and you coordinated a trip together to go to the beautiful city of Rome! You went to all the major historic landmarks and it’s so wonderful to see history preserved so wonderfully for us to enjoy all these years later!
OMG babe so cooll I been literally dieying to go to Rome it has been on my bucket list for years and every time I see more pics I fall inlove more. You look like yu have a great time and love all the different things you can see. So much history and beautiful spots to photographed.
girl you’ve been traveling EVERYWHERE!!! so jealous! rome has been top on my list for seemingly forever now and i hope to be able to cross it off soon. beautiful photos darling xo, sharon
Your Mum is so cute!!! Awww. It was super hot when I was in Roma, like 42 degrees Celsius, so I should have gone into the Vatican or found more places to escape the sun. I did love it, but will probably have to visit again someday to fully appreciate it. I loved the Spanish Steps!