Day 1: We took the train from Florence to Rome…it was running 2.5 hours late. Good thing we didn’t have any set plans this day. Our hotel was about a mile from the train station, which was a long walk with our bags. After we got settled in our hotel we walked around the city seeing the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. The metro made it quiet easy to get around from our hotel. Walked 16,141. 2 espressos. 1 gelato.
Day 2: We had our ancient Rome tour in the afternoon which was very hot. Even our guide was hot. We went inside the Colosseum, walked around Palantino, and saw the Roman Forum. Unfortunate part of the metro was closed so we had to do some extra walking. Walked 24,568 steps. 2 espressos. 1 gelato.
Tip: Get water at the markets or bring a water bottle to fill up from the fountains around the city. Don’t buy water from street vendors…they refill bottles they collect from trash.
Day 3: We went to the Vatican City. Toured the church in St. Peters Square, walked through the Vatican museum, saw the Sistine chapel with Michelangelo art on the ceiling (you aren’t allowed to take pictures). After the Vatican City we went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for our Rome at Night tour. We saw the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, St. Peter’s basilica, Presidential Palace, and several popular restaurant and shop areas of the city. Great way to end our Italy trip. Walked 26,441 steps. 2 espressos. 2 gelatos.
Travel Day: Going home. We got up at 6am Italy time and arrived home 4am Italy time. After our 9 hour flight from Rome to Dulles and our 3.5 hour flight from Dulles to Denver we got home and went straight to bed. We had an amazing trip and can’t wait for the next one.
We booked out trip through Gate 1 Travel and would highly recommend using them. We choose the Independent package where they booked the flights, hotels and travel between cities which was super nice that I didn’t have to figure out how to plan all that and try to figure out what hotels to choose in each of the cities. Along with the things they book you have optional guided tours you can do and having those options were amazing because it gave us something to do in each city with out having to plan everything or have everything planned for us.