Rome is by far one of the dreamiest places I’ve ever visited. You’ll find romance, history, and carbs in every corner. I’ve been wanting to visit this marvelous city ever since I was twelve yeas old, thanks to the Disney film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie.* After all these years, I finally got to experience Rome and it couldn’t have been more magical. If you haven’t been yet, I highly suggest you add it to your next vacation plans.
*Readers: if you’re not familiar with The Lizzie McGuire Movie, please refer to Disney Movies. 🙂
Here are some of my most magical moments in Rome!
The Spanish Steps
This iconic, 135-step landmark is known as the Spanish Steps because the steps lead to the Spanish Embassy. It is a popular place where romantic lovers meet. If you have no lover, you can sit, relax, and people watch. Haha! Or, you can climb to the top and enjoy the view.
Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
You can’t go to Rome and not visit the Sistine Chapel. You just can’t. I can’t even begin to describe how gorgeous each room, each mosaic, each mural, and each fresco painting is. It’s hard to believe that someone dedicated years of their life to complete a single wall.
Only the largest amphitheater ever built, where gladiators would enact famous battles and dramas. The Colosseum dates back to AD 80, which makes it about 1937 years old. That blows my mind every time I say it aloud. Like, HOW?!
Pizza and Pasta Everyday Everyday
Literally, I had pizza and pasta at least twice a day, everyday. And, I have no regrets. Pizza back at home simply does not compare to Italian pizza. And don’t get me started on the pasta. Penne’ all’Arrabbiata is a spicy tomato pasta and it’s my new favorite. Yum!
The Trevi Fountain
One of the most popular fountains in the world and for good reason. I could sit and stare at it all day and not get tired of it. The stone statues are huge and carved with great detail. The water runs continuously and appears to be turquoise. As the legend goes, if you toss a coin into the fountain, you are ensured a return to Rome.
Ice cream, but better! Gelato usually has less fat but twice the sugar, and that’s okay with me. 😛 I lost count on how many gelato cones I had, but just like the pizza and pasta, I regret nothing!
Altar of the Fatherland
I was not even aware this place existed. On our way back to our room, one day, we passed by it and I said to my sister, “oh, look! That place looks nice!” Let’s come here tomorrow.” So, the next day I made my way to this landmark and just started exploring and walking around. It turns out it’s a museum. But I didn’t enter the museum. The building has A TON of steps and you can climb to the terrace at no charge. On the terrace, there’s an elevator called “Roma del Cielo.” You can take the elevator up for a full 360-degree view of Rome. It’s absolutely breathtaking. You can see the Colosseum and the Roman Forum from the top. I’m so glad my spontaneity and curiosity brought me here!