My Roman Holiday II

On our second day in Roma, we went to the Colosseum and to the Roman Forum. These sites are two that you should never miss when you visit the Eternal City. It’s a packaged tour so you get to see both places when you purchase a ticket.

There’s so much history there and it’s an architectural marvel as well. It is a wonder what the human mind can do, even in the Ancient times. The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater where all those gladiator battles were held as well as many other public spectacles of the age. The Roman Forum is a place filled with the ruins of Ancient Roman structures. As it was the center of day to day life in Rome then, it is where the government buildings and markets were located.

Later that day, we also went to the Fontana di Trevi where, as they say, if you throw a coin in over your shoulder, you will return to Rome one day. The fountain itself is very beautiful with the crystal water from the aqueducts that flow through the city. Although it’s hard to get a decent picture with all the tourists around, it is definitely worth a visit. Why not throw in a Euro? It couldn’t hurt.

The next day, our third day, it was a very chill day as it was our last full day in Rome. We visited the Pantheon. It’s a former Roman temple but nowadays it is used as a church. On the day we went,  before all the tourists were allowed in, there was a mass. Tombs of notable people are housed there, too like that of the artist, Raphael.  In the middle of the Pantheon is the Oculus in the concert dome that is the ceiling.  Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It’s basically a big circular whole in the roof but it keeps the structure standing. It’s amazing how innovative those Ancient Romans were. How did they come up with these things? The rest of the day was filled with shopping and cups of espresso.

Here are some of the snap for those days. (All pictures are SOOC.) It doesn’t do the place justice at all. It’s one of the places you have to go to – truly one for the bucket list. You have to experience that magic of the Eternal City, even once. I even want to go back someday soon.

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My Roman Holiday I

So, tell me, is there a blog post title more cliché than that? I’ve decided to name the last leg of my family’s Euro trip as such because, obviously, we were in Rome – the Eternal City. This starts the final days of our trip.

I didn’t expect it but I fell head over heels for this city. To me, it felt fantastical being there. It was a mix of magic, mythology, history and time travel all rolled into one place – it was right up my alley! Seriously!

We boarded a train from Bologna to Rome and as we stepped out Roma Termini, there was an ad for a Filipino restaurant, Asian Delight. So, of course, after weeks of devouring foreign food, we went there to have dinner. We had some lumpia, pancit and of course, crispy pata! Tasted like home!

On our first official day, we went to visit and see Vatican City. We explored what the Museo had to offer and went to St. Peter’s Square and basked in the grandeur that is St. Peter’s Basilica. Of course, we didn’t miss out going inside the Sistine Chapel where photographs were not allowed. Suffice to say, it was a tad underwhelming. I honestly thought the Creation of Adam would be this huge painting on the ceiling but nah, it was quite cute from where we were standing. Images online are quiet deceiving. The whole ceiling depicted scenes from the book of Genesis and that as a whole was quite a sight.

To top of our day, we had some pasta and desserts at a cafe right outside the gates of Vatican City. It was quiet a memorable day.

More on the Rome leg of our trip to come!