Figured I’d write this while the feelings were still fresh. STILL in shock that I’m in ROME! Of course this is my second time but this trip is so much more. Last time I came, I was 11 or 12 (give or take a few years) and I was on my parents dime. Now, I’m 24 years old and I’m SEEING this beautiful city on my own.
Sure it was nice going to Rome for free last time but nowadays, it is so easy to go to Europe for cheap! I mean my friend and I split the cost of our Airbnb. When the costs are broken down, I’m only spending $23 a night! That’s the price of a night in a hostel here AND I get my own room. We actually rented the entire place out for $186. Most hotels in Roma cost 150 to 200 euros PER NIGHT. In the words of my mother, we got a bahhhhhgain. And tram transportation to and from the city center is only 18€ for a 3 day pass. That’s 3€ per ride but much cheaper if we use it more than twice a day.
So go to Rome, people! I know what your going to say but airplane tickets are expensive. Some airlines offer roundtrip tickets as low as $661. For some people (girls especially) that’s as easy as giving up 3 Starbucks drinks per week. Maybe that’ll be a good New Year’s resolution for some of you 😉
Sorry there’s not more in here about what to see and where to eat but we’ve just finished day 1. Even though we slept on the plane and took a nap when we got to the Airbnb, we could still feel the jet lag setting in. We went to the city center to map out a general idea of what we want to see while we are here. We walked the “heart of Rome walk”. They suggest that you start at the Campo de Fiori then walk up to Piazza Navona to the Pantheon and then ending at the Trevi fountain. We mixed it up a bit. We started out at the coliseum then headed towards the Trevi fountain.
We got food along the way and it was amazeballs. Yes, I went there. There was this awesome Magnum ice cream bar where you pick three toppings, they dip the bar in white, milk, or dark chocolate and then they sprinkle the toppings on and add chocolate drizzle on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
After that, we took some photos at the Trevi Fountain and headed towards the pantheon. The pantheon was closed by the time we got there at 7 but we sat on the steps admiring the sheer size of the building. FUN FACT: The pantheon was finished in 126 A.D. and is the oldest, free standing (not reinforced) concrete dome in the world. After the pantheon we walked to piazza navona. We looked at all the restaurants in the piazza to get an idea of what places we wanted to come back to and then decided to call it a day. We were both in need of long hot showers, which brings me to my next adventure.
My friend, Erwin, took a shower first. He always likes to do this thing where he’s got good news and bad news. He was like the good news is I’m done showering, the bad news is that there’s no more hot water. I figured I’d suck it up and take a cold shower but I stood in the water for 0.0023 seconds. It was FREEZING. I remembered in India that water isn’t heated like it is in America so I wondered if that was the same thing in Rome. I messaged the Airbnb host and together we were able to fix the water heater! I was actually really proud of myself because I did all the manual labor to fix it. And my reward was a nice, long hot shower.
Overall, it was a spectacular first day. We got an overview of the city, got a taste for some authentic Italian food, and I learned I might not be completely useless when it comes to fixing things. Can’t wait to see what the next couple days bring. Ciao for now~
Edit: I wrote this on my first day in Rome, there was still plenty we saw in the next three days that we were there. I will probably do Rome in 2 parts. So stay tuned!