Oh Rome, where do I even begin to describe this city? Though it was nearly impossible to walk around in heels on their cobblestone pathways, I fell in love with this city. I've watched movies like Roman holiday, when in Rome, angels and demons and documentaries when the Pope is being selected at St Peter's square; and Rome always looked so spectacular in those films. Though every city is practically on my list of countries to visit but Rome was definitely amongst the top few; and now I can finally say that it is in my top three favourite cities of those I've visited! (Psst. The other two awesome cities to visit are Venice and London! ^^)
Okay, enough of my rambling and let's get on with day 1 of Rome. We went for the Rome free walking tour and for those who are not familiar with free walking tour, basically the tour guides will bring us around and tell us the history or details about the different attractions in the city; and at the end of the tour, we tip the guide any amount we wish to give. These tour guides do a marvelous job in allowing me to understand more about the culture and history of the city, making the trip more enjoyable as well. So if you would like to know more about the city you're visiting, (not just in Rome, there are free walking tours in Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Glasgow etc), just search for free walking tours.
Fun fact: This monumental stairway of 135 steps is also known for having the widest steps in Europe! Pretty cool.
|My fav travel buddies!|
|Gorgeous art works street vendors are selling|
|Pretty busker playing a lovely tune with her violin|
|Look at that.|
After a long day of sightseeing, it was time to grab a bite! We went to try white pizza that is also a famous delicacy in Italy but I kinda still prefer normal pizza. haha
|Oh look I found my very own restaurant in Rome|
It was finally dinnertime and our stomaches were all growling as we skipped lunch for the Vatican City. It's really funny how every European restaurant thinks we're weird when we order only 3 main dishes for 5 people and they always insist that one main is only for 1 person but their portions are humongous and 3 mains are more than enough for all of us. Sometimes we can't even finish our food still haha that's how big the portions are.
|Alvin, Clari and me|
|Tomato, mozzarella, spicy salami, grana cheese and oil|
|I can't remember what are these called but they were delish|
|Ravioli with king prawns, clams and lemon sauce|
|Mozzeralla, 4 types of cheese and oil|
|Free round of champagne|
Dinner was awesome and another plus point to Rome is that I love eating pizzas, pastas and gelatos! I have no idea what ingredients they used or how they make their gelatos taste so creamy and milky at just the right amount. Thus making them taste superb. Gosh, I wish they could start a franchise in Singapore. I would patronize them almost everyday ^^ Also, throughout the trip in Italy, I honestly ate almost 5 scoops of gelato everyday for 8 days straight. #insanelygood #probablyhowigained7kgs #guiltywithnoregrets
|Cute shop uncle|
|Me enjoying my gelato. It came with a little cone too which works as a spoon. How adorbz|
Yet another beautiful place in Rome, the Trevi fountain. It was such an amazing sight and of course we had to toss a coin into the fountain so that one day we may return to Rome. Below is a short clip of us throwing the coin in. haha
Anyway, time for me to head back to the books. Finals are coming T.T Will continue to blog about my adventures in Rome soon. Till then