The Colosseum is without doubt the most iconic attraction in Rome and when you visit it you will see why. In a city full of ruins the Colosseum is the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome. On my trip to the Colosseum the queue was ridiculously long and the place was surrounded by dressed up Romans charging €5 for a photo. There was also hundreds of people circling the Colosseum and the surrounding area on Segways. Knobs.
I have to admit that when you eventually get inside the Colosseum, it is impressive and worth the trip but I would recommend booking your tickets in advance and visiting as early as possible because it gets stupidly busy and you can’t see the ruins through the people.
When you walk towards the Vatican you pass an immense number of Pope themed souvenirs and homeless people. Most of the buildings in the Vatican city are out of bounds for us mere mortals, but the ones that are free to enter are pure luxury. Shame they couldn’t help those homeless people out before lining their toilet roll with gold. Anyway…
As you queue up to enter St Peter’s Basilica there’s a big sign showing what is appropriate and inappropriate dress. No short shorts, vest tops, swim wear or revealing clothes. However, when you step into the church you are presented with an abundance of naked statues and willies everywhere. It’s almost as if the Catholic church is hypocritical.
This beautiful fountain is very beautiful, very grand and very busy. So once you’ve taken some pictures and a million selfies move along yeah? I first saw the Trevi fountain in Las Vegas before I even knew what it was. Obviously its twin in Rome is far more magnificent and old (over 300 years older than the one in Vegas) but after you’ve seen one grand fountain you’ve kinda seen them all. If you like a fountain, this one is like the Big Mac of all fountains.
All dem ruins though
Architecture is everywhere in Rome and some of it is bloody lovely, some of it however, is not. I travelled to Rome at the end of my first long solo trip and by the time I got to Rome I was so lonely and fed up that I didn’t really enjoy Rome. A friend of mine had a similar experience but when she went to Rome the 2nd time she fell in love with it. To conclude, Rome is good to visit (maybe consider going twice) but there are much nicer parts of Italy. And the ruins get a bit old.