Hello my amazing readers. Today, I am so humbled to share this post that is near and dear to my heart. My partner and I had the unbelievable pleasure to tour around a few cities/towns/islands of Italy and Greece and if you’re on this page, you are here to learn about all the ins and outs of this fabulous vacation.
I am currently on a ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos, which I thought would be the perfect time to pull out my ipad (accompanied by a keyboard) and jot down some of the important memories of my trip. Join me as begin this travel guide, our first stop, is Rome. I will attach all the links and describe everything to the best of my memory - you can learn from my travelling mistakes and also to save a penny or two while you are away. Also, I had an abundance of photo opp locations that I searched up, found on Pinterest or have happened to stumble upon while on my walks that I just needed to share with you all.
Oh, Rome - the city that truly reminds me of a more beautiful version of Athens. The hidden walkways each present itself with ample opportunities for potential photos and the history emerges itself from the very cobblestone pathways you walk across. Not to mention, the endless stream o Gellateria’s, the hardest decision is picking which place to try out next (I got you covered).
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For our stay, we booked with My Trevi. For Caleb and I, we spent 350 Euro for 5 nights which was just shy of a 5 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain. To be completely honest, we loved our little location as there were many restaurants near by (at least 6 within a minute walking distance), the colosseum was a 15 minute walk away, while maintaining its inexpensive price tag. I am sure you can find more through airbnb that could be cheaper or more expensive for what you are looking for. We had air conditioning, a bed, a mini fridge and wifi...which was all we really cared about. Every day from 11-2 they clean the rooms and leave 1-2 bottles of water for you to drink. Upon arrival,they leave 1 can of coke and a bottle of juice - if you want more of those sweetened beverages, they will cost extra. Also, they provide the essentials in terms of towels, shampoo, conditioner a blow dryer - the typical hotel works. Thy even left us a disposable razor which I have never seen at any other place.
FUN FACT: Rome has many water spouts that you can drink from, which means you can save money on water by filling up a water bottle that you bring from home, or an empty one if you happen to get desperate and buy one on one of those longer walks to the centre. At My Trevi, there is a water spout just 10 steps from the entrance way, making it even more convenient.
Colosseum: $32 CAN Vatican City: $21.60 CAN Taxis: 10-60 Euro (depending where you are going within Rome) the higher price is usually for the airport Train: $13-17 CAN (each way) Ferry: from Sorrento to Capri 20 Euro each way
Most places you can find, I would say are reasonable. For the most part, pizzas can range in price from 8-18 Euros...however, these are just the average prices.
There are endless opportunities to capture a photo of this breathtaking monument. If you are looking to find some inside or outside, merely walking around you will be sure to find a hub that suits your Instagram post fancy. For me, my favourite spot was walking along the outside of the Colosseum. This exact spot was located around the outer perimeter and can be found walking along Via Nicola Salvi.
Who would have thought going up the top level of a shopping mall, would have the most spectacular view of Rome. This mall, (which may I add is at least 4 floors high of designer you name it, they have it), is tiered with unbelievable shops that are definitely a pretty Euro, but also encloses a rooftop bar and seating view. You can take a photo like mind up top here too, make sure to check out Up Sunset Bar.
I just happened to have stumbled on this ally way during one of our mid-day strolls. Rome (I found), consisted of daily 12-14km of walking and taking the scenic route is preferred. You will find even more beautiful walkways in the streets of Rome. Take your time and enjoy the plethora of cobblestone walkways and find yourself a perfect walkway to pose, sit, relax and indulge in its glorious sights.
The ample spots to capture historical sights, paintings and statues go without saying. In terms of photographing yourself in front of these majestic pieces...well, always take into account the plethora of tourists surrounding each exquisite piece. You most definitely can take the photographs, but they may not be the ones you want to post of yourself. Just outside of the Vatican was a beautiful cluster of pillars - which in reality I chose to sit down at because I became exhausted from both the walking and the heat while Caleb tried to snag a couple photos of St. Peter's Basilica. The pillars which you will find along this street, had areas where no-one was in sight (presumingly, depending on the day and time of your visit). We were there around noon and it wasn't too crazy.
Sing to me Paolo. The iconic Lizzie McGuier movie shot is a MUST see when you visit Rome. If you want a clear shot - get there at around 6:00AM. If you stay where we did, this short walk would be a breeze. We did not have the oppurtunity to go at the earliest time, but found a spot to capture this photo.
SPENDING Italy was a pricier spot for food, ferries to transport you from place to place. Even if you want to rent a car or take a train, these costs all add up. Caleb and I spent the most money in Rome and easily spent around 350-400 Euro.