Strolling through the streets of Via Palermo on an incredibly warm summer’s night was still nothing short of magical up to this very day. It’s as if I had gone into a time capsule and went all the way back to the early days of the Roman Empire.
My friends and I went early in September and spent a few nights in Hotel Virgilio where the staff were lovely and the location was right in the heart of the city. We walked our way all around and truly enjoyed the historical ambience all throughout Rome; it was definitely a trip to remember.
The Spanish Steps
Our first stop was to go and see the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) which stretches over the slope between Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti, with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
The stairway consists of about 135 steps which was built by a French diplomat back in the 1700s. The photo below was the view I saw when I reached the top of the stairs, overseeing the busy sidewalks and rustic yet romantic architecture of the buildings nestled within the side streets.
As we emerged from the very warm cobbled streets of Trevi Square, the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) awaits with its glistening beauty that shines through and through. It is one of the largest and most stunning statues in the world so as you can imagine, it felt so surreal getting to finally be there and become encased in its mystical atmosphere. The fountain was built all the way back in 19BC and if you’re into legendary traditions, they say that if you toss a coin into the fountain using your right hand and having it go over your right shoulder, then you will return to Rome.
St. Peter’s Square & Basilica
St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) is the plaza area located in front of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City. It’s marked with an Egyptian obelisk right in the centre and is surrounded by huge colonnades that are four columns deep.
St. Peter’s Basilica is a Renaissance church in the Vatican City and is one of the largest churches in the world. The interiors of the basilica consist of a wide array of masterpieces and Baroque art – it was truly beautiful.
Made of sand and concrete, the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) was on top of the list for us to see in Rome. This amphitheatre has been estimated to hold around 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and was used for events such as: gladiator contests, animal hunts and plays and so much more. Despite its wear and tear over the years, it still remains to be one of the most iconic symbols of Imperial Rome.
Altar of the Fatherland
This monument was really close to where we were staying so we often walked past it every day that we were there. It was built in honour of the first king of a unified Italy. Pretty cool right?
Oh I really enjoyed this part of Rome too! The Roman Forum is dotted with lots of ruins which used to be ancient Rome’s commercial hub, consisting of temples, basilicas and various other public spaces.
Our stay in Rome was truly enchanting. It’s the perfect place for those who are looking to escape and be taken on a whirlwind time capsule trip back to ancient Rome; a place in rich in culture, history and architectural beauty, much like the rest of Italy