Setting foot in Rome (or rather any place in Italy) was pretty much a dream come true to me. It was also the hottest leg of our trip. I got pretty tan in just 4 days here (in Italy). After we left our luggage at our hostel, we headed down to the Palatine Hill where we got our combined entry tickets to the colosseum as well!
Tip: Head to the palatine to get your tickets to the colosseum. There was no queue when we were there (i.e. during peak period)
The ruins here were quite different from the ones I’ve seen in SEA, and I prefer those in SEA a lot more because the artefacts are a lot more interesting with their carvings. Although, the story behind the ruins in the Palatine are a lot more interesting.
We then headed back to the hostel to settle our check-in administrative stuff. Of course, we grab pizza to-go from Alice pizza on our way back. This came highly recommended by our friends, especially their potato pizza. Though, I didn’t really fancy the potato pizza, but their creamy mushroom pizza was fantastic. The pizza was freshly made and came up piping hot to the counter where it was quickly grabbed up by the customers. Do note the pizza is sold by weight. But for a slice of pizza, it’s still pretty affordable (probably less than €5 for 2 slices).
Thereafter, we rushed down to the Vatican museum/Sistine Chapel to meet the timing for our pre-booked tickets. I’m not into the arts so while I’m amazed by the plethora of artefacts on display, I’m not like wow-ed by them. Plus, the crowd was a damper in exploring the museum as well.
Tip: If there’s one place you need to pre-booked your tickets, it’s for the vatican museum. The queue was massive.
St Peter’s Basillica, where we dropped by to take a look of its facade, but were just too tired to queue for entrance.
Passed by the Pantheon and the Trevi fountain on our way to get some gelato (highlight of the day)! I was more amused/impressed by the crowd that surrounded the Trevi fountain then the fountain itself. Nevertheless, we quickly made our way passed the crowd in out hunt for gelato. 🙂
Giolitti – I was so inclined to come back everyday for their gelato but we had no much time. Either way, I got the cinnamon, chocolate and pistachio flavoured ones. While my friend had the lemon, peach and banana flavoured gelato. All were awesome. The fruity ones were particularly refreshing and really do taste like actual fruits. I was in bliss~
Giolitti – Address: Via Degli Uffici del Vicario 40, 00144 Rome, Italy
Then went to da Francesco for dinner. Luckily we could get a seat even though we had no reservation. I had a tonacelli w perico cheese and black pepper but it was too salty for my liking, so I switched with my friend. We then passed by the “birthday cake” on our way back to camp for the night. Till the next post, bye!