For my husband Tim’s 28th birthday I bought us a trip to Rome. As you may know from previous blogs, Italy is our favourite country and Tim’s favourite Italian city that we’ve visited is Rome, it’s been 7 years since our first visit.
Read on to see what we got up to!
It was a early start for us to begin our Rome adventure, from Gatwick!
This meant we had a whole day to start exploring.
But, first lunch! And an ice cream stop at the highest rated ice cream place in Rome, it didn’t disappoint!
Trip Advisor: Best Gelato in Rome
We stumbled upon the National Museum of Rome and this was a great find. The architecture was amazing and we had a audio guide which was really interesting.
After all our exploring and walking around we had a chilled evening back at our room. We grabbed some take away pizza slices and a couple of ice cold cans of coke zero and enjoyed a them in our cosy room.
Today we headed out early to have a look at the Colosseum. We went inside it on our last trip to Rome so this time we just went to have a look at it again from the outside, as well as the area around it.
We enjoyed a nice lunch and some ice cream before heading back for a siesta and our evening activity.
That evening we enjoyed our Italian cooking class, the first of our three planned activities for the trip.
It was originally going to be a pizza class (my husband is obsessed with pizza and this trip was planned by me for his birthday) but they changed the menu to pasta, as a summer alternative. Even so we had a great time!
We made pasta, a similar one to tagliatelle, Gnocci and then for dessert we made an amazing summer berries and white chocolate tiramisu. It was so good and it was so fun to cook proper pasta. You can really tell the difference.
I think this was my favourite day of the holiday.
We had a nice early start to have a look round Palentine hill and the Roman Forum. We missed out on seeing these last time as we didn’t get there early enough and it is horrendous in the heat!
So, we made our way there nice and early and spent the morning having a look at the amazing Roman Ruins.
For lunch we headed over to the highest rated pizza place in Rome and it was delicious. This was my favourite meal and the man who owned the shop was so helpful and friendly. It’s a small little shop but so worth it.
Trip Advisor: Best Pizza in Rome
In the evening we headed to Piazza Campo de’ Fiori to have our second planned activity, a ‘By night walking tour of Rome’ Our guide was absolutely brilliant, born and raised in Rome so very knowledgable.
We saw so many different sights that we hadn’t seen before, such as the Pantheon and my favourite, the Trevi fountain (Which is SO beautiful) and much bigger than I expected. I’m so glad we got to see it this time.
On day four our planned activity was an evening walking food tour, unfortunately it was cancelled so we had another think about what to do.
In the end we booked a morning trip, including a guided tour of the Vatican city. The tour included access to the Vatican museum, the Cistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basillca.
These places were all amazing and the artwork, tapestrys and architecture were amazing, as well as the history.
After a delicious lunch of Caprese salad, Pizza and the most amazing tiramisu we headed home for another afternoon siesta!
In the evening we took a stroll down to the Colosseum, after dinner, to have a look at it all lit up at night. It looked beautiful!
On our final day we didnt fly out until the evening so, we wanted to make the most of our last day.
At breakfast we had a look on Viator to see what we could do.
As we didn’t make pizza at the previous cooking class we booked onto a pizza class for midday.
We stumbled across the Spanish Steps whilst we were looking for the cooking class location which was cool! Another landmark to tick off.
The cooking class was brilliant, with a lovely group of Americans & a Canadian lady. I really enjoyed making an authentic pizza in Rome and I loved seeing Tim make his favourite cuisine too.
They were really tasty!! A great lunch for our last day.
One of the other members of the cooking class mentioned a 5D experience that they were visiting later that day and as we had no other plans we thought we would check it out too!
We went for the full package 5D experience watching the history of Rome, the evolution of life and we looked around Roman landmarks with a VR headset on.
Once we had done all this it was a good time to slowly amble back to Termini to grab our bags and get the coach to the airport.
A great end to the holiday.
We had a brilliant time in Rome and I would 100% recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Italy, especially if you are a first timer as there is so much to see and do.
& of course the food is amazing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post about our trip!
I wonder what next years Holiblogs will be about!? Time to start thinking for 2020.
Until next time,