Arriving in Rome was bittersweet, we were excited to explore this new city and see all of it's incredible sights, but couldn't help but think how in three days time we'd be on a plane back to Canada.
This is not to say we loathed the idea of going home, in fact we had a few bouts of home sickness here and there throughout the trip. We were excited to sleep in our own beds, hug our families, and drink iced cold water for free. Not to mention other little things that we missed while abroad, which really made us think about how much we love where we come from and the people there.
Once we did some laundry and got settled, we forgot about those sinking feelings and went out to explore our new home. Our first stop was the Spanish steps, and the Trevi Fountain.
If I were to go back, i'd like to see the steps at sunset. Going later in the morning means you have a bit more crowds to have to deal with, and less of a romantic feel. They are still great to sit on and people watch for an hour, and in an area perfect for getting lost in. We went for a late breakfast before making our way to the fountain.
Sadly, the Trevi Fountain was under construction so that was a bit disappointing. They are apparently building a walkway on top of the fountain so you can see it in a completely different view. Just bad timing for us.
Our next stop was Vatican city, we took our time getting there stopping off at the Pantheon and marveling at the architecture and history of the building. I took my time walking around the area, snapping photos of random buildings and doors, because that's just what I do.
Eventually, we arrived in the Vatican. I had no idea how extensive this place was, it really is like it's only little city. We decided to line up for the Basilica and get it over with before the lines multiplied. Not realizing we were in the line to go up to the top, we ended up hiking multiple flights of stairs and reaching the top of the Church where you have a view of the entire city. It was beautiful, albeit a little stressful climbing up. Be warned, the hallways are very cramped and small and it is a little claustrophobic.
We then made our way down into the Basilica, it was breathtaking. The church is incredible, so much detail is put into every inch of the place. We could have spent so much time just looking around the place.
Next up, the Vatican Museums. I am not going to lie, the museum was not my favorite. Being peak tourist season, I found myself more stressed out and uncomfortable with the crowds which made the experience a lot less enjoyable. It was still worth a trip to see, the art is still spectacular and I enjoyed some displays a lot. The Sistine Chapel was of course incredible, but I would like to see it next time when it is way less crowded. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room because of the crowds.
Later that evening we made it our mission to find a local restaurant with unbeatable Italian food. We were successful, trip advisor is a god send and hooked us up with the perfect place.
Family owned since the 60's, this little gem is packed every night and served up some incredible home cooked meals. After two bites we asked the waitress to reserve us a spot for the next night we loved it that much.