Two years ago, on my first study abroad trip, a few of my friends and I decided to conquer Rome in a day. We were based in Florence at the time, and we had one day to do whatever we wanted. So, we hoped on a train to see some of the coolest monuments that I have ever seen.
We traveled from Florence to Rome the night before our big adventures, so we could start bright and early. We stayed at the Hotel Veneto Palace, which I highly recommend.
The next morning we were up and out of the hotel by 7:00 A.M. our first stop was the Spanish Steps. They are usually not this empty, but we were there so early in the morning that we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.
Next we were off to the Trevi Fountain to live our own Lizzie McGuire moment. If only we had a Paolo to whisk us off on a motor bike around the city. We threw in our coins, made a wish, and then got a celebratory gelato at 8:00 in the morning. You know what they say, “When in Rome..”
Next we walked over to the ruins. By this point of the day it was starting to get very hot, but nonetheless beautiful.
Our last stop before the Vatican was the Colosseum. This was such a cool experience. Beware there are a lot of really steep stairs, so be prepared for some climbing. By the time we were done it was 11:00 A.M., and it was time to head off to Vatican City. Make sure you plan most of your day for the Vatican. It takes a long time to walk through the museum and St. Peters Basilica.
I took this *illegal* photo in the Sistine Chapel, that is why it’s blurry. Like I said before, When In Rome…
After Vatican City we headed to the train station to make our way back to Florence. It was an absolutely great, but equally exhausting day. I think it was the perfect way to see Rome.
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