Viaggio fantastico a Roma

This week we took advantage of another Ryanair sale to take our last European mini-break. Italy is a place that we’ve always wanted to visit, so we booked £10 flights to Rome on bank holiday Monday. b-)

The early morning flight from Liverpool got us to Rome Ciampino airport by 10:30am. Deciding against Ryanair’s reccommended €13 bus to the city centre, we walked out of the airport and hopped straught on to a €1 public bus to Anangina metro station and then paid another €1 to get us to the city centre. With Rome’s crazy traffic, I’m sure we were there at least an hour before the people who opted for the expensive “convenience” of the Ryanair bus. 😉

Our hotel – a very funky place called Franklin Feel The Sound – was situated a few minutes from the Ottaviano metro stop, within easy walking distance of the Vatican. After checking in we headed straight back out to explore Rome, enjoying the lovely weather.

We did as much sightseeing as possible during our short stay (including the Vatican, Colleseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and many more) but two days really isn’t enough. Some of the queuing at popular sites, such as the Sistene Chapel, was ridiculous – we could easily have spent an entire day waiting in line there, so unfortunately we weren’t able to see everything that we wanted to see. #:-s

We walked miles and miles, frequently jumping on and off the crowded metro to get around. We ate authentic pizza and pastas – it will never be the same again at home. We sat in bustling piazzas watching the world go by, enjoying outrageously-priced beer (€8 for less than a pint!) and soaking up the glorious sunshine. :”>

It was all wonderful and we’ll really miss being able to do this sort of thing so easily when we emigrate, but we’re happy to have ticked “Visit Italy” off our list of things to do before we go. :d

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