As you all know, I went to Rome a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. However, it is but a distant memory now so I'm lucky that I have plenty of pictures to look back on.
These weren't originally on our list of places to visit but after being not so subtly persuaded by Steve's grandfather and cousin,we thought we'd give them a go. We got to the most famous ones at noon, only to be told that they were shutting until later that afternoon. Instead of giving it up as a wasted trip, we took a walk about half a mile down the road to another set which are not as famous. You aren't allowed to take photos in the catacombs themselves so unfortunately all our pictures are of the outside buildings and the church. We were a little disappointed as the tour we took was a little brief and we didn't really find out much that we didn't already know.
Don't worry, we took your suggestions on Twitter and visited the iconic Trevi Fountain.Unfortunately, as you can see, we chose a very busy day so couldn't get anywhere near to throw a coin in. They were also doing work on the fountain (you can see the scaffolding to the left of the pictures). We stood in awe at the fountain, it truly is a beautiful sight. The only space we could find to stand was a gelato shop, so of course, whilst taking in the sights, we had to indulge in some ice cream! Yummy.
As you can tell, this is where Steve took over. Even though I'm the blogger and I should be taking photos of absolutely everything, Steve took the camera for this trip and boy, did he take a lot of pictures! I've already cut these down twice. Obviously, the Vatican is a must-see when you go to Rome and we made sure we made plenty of time to visit. For some odd reason, Steve decided it would be a good idea to climb the capula. It was five euros to take the stairs or seven to take the lift. As we were carrying Jack (we had to leave his pushchair in their cloakroom area), we thought that the elevator would be the best bet. Only thing is, after you've paid your extra money, there is a sign through the next door that says there is still steps to climb afterwards. A few steps would be fine, but out of 500 steps, the lift only misses out 200 of them... Yes, that's right - we had to climb 300 narrow, steep steps with Jack in tow. I felt sorry for all the elderly people that had chosen to take the lift and were now struggling to climb to the top. There is no way of getting back down that way again, you have to carry on to the top - but what breathtaking views await you! We couldn't really appreciate them at the time, being out of breath, sweaty and dehydrated - but once we'd got downstairs to the roof where you catch the lift back down again, we grabbed a drink and took a look at our pictures. Just wow.
I'll be bringing you part 2 of the sightseeing next Sunday, as there are just too many pictures to share with you in one post! Next week, I shall be sharing pictures of the Tomb Of The Unknown soldier at the Piazza Venezia, Sant'Angelo Castle, the Forum and the Colosseum. I'll also be sharing the pictures of everything else AND the only OOTD picture I took out there!
Have you ever been to Rome?