I got the early express train back to Rome this morning. My only plan was to go to the Colosseum, however my jeans ripped, so after arriving around 11, I spent the next few hours doing some shopping. Usually I enjoy a good shopping day, however it was quite difficult to find clothes that fit me, so it took much longer than I expected.
But eventually I found some, and then made my way to my favourite site in Rome: the Colosseum.
Longest flight in awhile at 10.5 hours, it was surprisingly very comfortable! I was sitting in the aisle seat (in the middle row), and when we took off I had someone sitting beside me. I fell asleep and when I awoke she was gone! She stayed in another seat somewhere else for the rest of the flight, so I had an empty middle seat which was lovely.
When I got to Rome I was fully exhausted! The plane landed at 6:30am (after leaving at 12:20am Bangkok time), but I knew I had to see some of the city. Thank goodness I’ve been here before and didn’t have to wait in any lines to go inside any buildings – I was sufficiently happy just seeing the outside.
So I spent the last two days wandering around the city, revisiting sites I saw with my mom 7 years ago, and just taking it easy. The food here is much heavier than the rice and noodles of Asia, so I’m giving my stomach some time to adjust.
Because it is such a small world, one of my friends from back home happened to be in Rome with her family, so we all met up for dinner my first night.
Tonight I’m catching the train to Florence, and am so excited as I’ve only heard wonderful things about this city.
We decided to get out of the city for our last day in Rome, and head to Ostia Antica. Now an archeological site, it was the harbour city of ancient Rome.
And that was it to our Italian adventure.
Our second day in Rome was mostly going to be taken up by Vatican City, however our tour wasn’t booked until later in the morning. We decided to spend our time before the tour at Castel Sant’Angelo.
Initially commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family, it was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. It was absolutely my favourite place in Rome. We got there right when it opened, and it was mostly empty the entire time we were there, which was wonderful. It has great views of the city, and lovely little cafe, and was just what my mom and I needed after being on the crowded city streets yesterday.
And then we went to the most crowded place – Vatican City. I highly recommend pre-booking a tour if you’re going to go, as you can at least skip the lines in the beginning.
To finish our day, we hopped on another hop on hop off bus for a tour of the city. We’ve made sure to do a bus tour wherever possible, as they are one of my mom’s favourite ways to view the sites.
This morning we took the train from Venice to Rome, and it was beautiful! Trains are so much better than buses; I’m determined to take them as much as possible in the future.
Once we got settled in, we went straight to the Colosseum.
From here we took a tour of Palantine Hill.
And then my mom took a break while I wandered around the Forum.
That afternoon we did a walking tour. The tour turned out to be really great, as it was just my mom and myself, and another mother-daughter duo.
We actually enjoyed the other mom and daughter’s company so much that we all got dinner together after the tour. Then mom and I explored the Trastevere neighbourhood, where our hostel was located.