11.07.2015 - 13.07.2015 24 °C
I arrive at Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 3:30pm. The hotel I check into is Hotel Locarno. This hotel is a 4 star and $111 CAD a night. It has a restaurant and bar/lounge, rooftop terrace, which overlooks Rome's city centre, airport shuttle and a garden. For my first day in Rome I decide to go visit the Colosseum. The colosseum is a symbol of Rome and one of the most impressive monuments in the world. I walk around the Colosseum and take a lot of pictures. I take a tour and they tell us all about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and much more about the Colosseum. I go for lunch next, I go to Flavio al Valavevodetto. I get carbonara, which is penne with egg yolk, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper, and I have tiramisu for dessert.
After lunch I go to Pantheon. The Pantheon is a Roman monument that was built more than 1800 years ago, and is a reminder of the Roman Empire. I look at the amazing architecture and especially the oculus, which is the only source of light. I also look at the monumental tombs in the walls. I want to get more information about the Pantheon so I so an audio tour. The Pantheon is in the heart of Rome and it is still used for mass to this day. After looking at and walking around the Pantheon I return to my hotel and have dinner at the restaurant that it has. After eating dinner I go to the Roman Forum. People began meeting in this Forum in 500 BC and it was originally a marsh before the Roman's drained it. Like most of the places I go to, I listen an audio tour while here to learn more about the ruins around me. After I feel that I have walked around enough I go back to my hotel and go to bed.
I wake up and have breakfast at Dagnino. I order a cappuccino and a cannoli. After breakfast I go to Piazza Navona. The Piazza Navona is an open space with many restaurants, gelato bars and music and artistic performances. Piazza Novona was built in the same place as a stadium was built in, in 86 BC and remains of it can still be seen as I walk around. I walk around for a while and look at everything that is there and then go to Armando al Pantheon for lunch. I order spaghetti aglio e olio. After lunch I go to the Trevi Fountain. This fountain is the most famous fountain in Rome and is in the heat of the city. It took 3 centuries to finish this fountain. It is said that if you throw a coin in the fountain that you will return to Rome, so that is what I do.
There are streets all around the fountain with different shops and restaurants, so I decide to walk down them and look at everything that is there before going to Mordi e Vai for dinner, where I buy a meatball sandwich. After dinner I go to St. Peter's Basilica. This church is one of the holiest sites in Christendom. I take pictures and then go inside, there is a dress code, so I had to make sure to be in the right clothes before I went. When I get in I go on a guided tour to learn about what I'm seeing, so that what I'm seeing actually means something. I go see the Vatican Grottos, which has many tombs of pope's in it. Then I climb up to the dome to see what the view is like from there, which is not disappointing. After walking around the Church I return to my hotel and go to bed.
Inside the St. Peter's Basilica
I wake up and have breakfast at Caffè della Pace. People have been coming here since 1891. I order a croissant and then eat outside. After breakfast I go the Vatican Museums. The Museums have more than two dozen collections. There are many works of art and you can also find the Sistine Chapel, which is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. I look at the Renaissance art on the walls and Michelangelo's work on the ceiling. There is an app for guiding you around the museums, so I get it so that I won't be confused at what I'm looking at, at any point in time that I'm here. I also want to see the Vatican Gardens though, so I take a tour with an official Vatican Guard for that. After going around the museums I return to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for my flight to New Delhi so that I can begin my trip to Asia!
Inside the Vatican Museums