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3 Days in Rome, Italy – (videos)

Rome, Italy is a place I have been dreaming to visit since my high school years. In January, 2014, that dream became a reality. After my normal extensive traveling research and a few weeks of teaching myself Italian I was set for my Roman adventure.

Day 1 – Upon arriving I noticed how unattractive the arrivals area of the airport was. Cold and grey looking,  it matched Rome’s rainy winter weather. I decided that taking a shuttle van was a better way to get to the hotel then the train. Although Romans have some scary driving skills, the driver was awesome, almost taking us on a tour and letting us know what we were looking at as we passed by the Coliseum and such.
The hotel was situated smack dab in between Piazza Di Spagna where the Spanish Steps are located and the Fontana Di Trevi. This is a great place to stay because there are restaurants and shops everywhere with people who speak English very well. I did get to use a good deal of Italian though, so that didn’t go to waste.
The Spanish Steps - ©2014 HollyDayz
The Spanish Steps – ©2014 HollyDayz
Rome is a walk at your own risk kind of place. New York jay walking has nothing on Romans who jay walks. You have to just walk and hope the cars decide to stop. After a great dinner at some “off the beaten path” restaurant, I had to get to an authentic gelato.
Blue Ice - Gelato - ©2014 HollyDayz
Blue Ice – Gelato – ©2014 HollyDayz
As I walked into Blue Ice, I was greeted with Elvis Crespo music. I thought I was going to hear some Italian music or something. Instead I got Merengue. I enjoyed the music and my mint chocolate chip gelato, tasted amazing. We continued to walk around and saw the Trevi Fountain and a few beautiful churches.
Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato - ©2014 HollyDayz
Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato – ©2014 HollyDayz
Day 2 –  Getting up at 6:30am when your jett lagged is really hard, but I had tickets to head to the Vatican. They hand out free tickets to hear the blessing given by the Pope. It only took a few stops on the train and a short walk to get to the Vatican.
The Vatican  - Rome, Italy ©2014 Holly Dayz
The Vatican – Rome, Italy
©2014 Holly Dayz
It was an amazing experience sitting out there with people from all over the world. The Pope was pretty cool. He got in his little Pope Mobile and went around the entire square waving at people, kissing babies, taking pictures, and more before giving the blessing. It began to rain, so I was glad I came prepared with an umbrella. The blessing took awhile because it was in many different languages.
Click the link to see the Pope kissing babies:  https://vimeo.com/99545009
Afterwards, a tour of the Vatican was in order. Paying for a tour was worth it. It was pouring rain, so standing on very long lines to get into different parts of the Vatican wouldn’t have been a very fun thing to do. The lines were extremely long and wrapped around buildings. There are apparently a million things to see in hundreds of rooms in the Vatican, so besides not having to stand on the lines it is great to know what exactly you’re looking at with a tour guide.
Pope - ©2014 HollyDayz
Pope in the Pope Mobile – ©2014 HollyDayz
Although we didn’t head into every room in the Vatican we saw a great deal. Since you are not supposed to talk in the Sistine Chapel and you can’t, by any means, take a picture in there, they talk to you about it and what to look for before the tour even begins. Once in there, many people attempted to take pictures, but the guards watch you like a hawk as they yell out “No Photos!” It was a beautiful sight to see. You had a choice at the end of the tour to either stay inside and walk around on your own or head directly to Saint Peter’s Basillica.
After walking around St. Peter’s Basillica, which is gorgeous, we saw the changing of the guards. Most people would only expect that in London, but the Pope has Swiss guards who put on a bit of a show as they change one guard for another.
Click the link to see: The Changing of the Guards https://vimeo.com/99545012
After all that walking around, everyone was starving. Although it was very important to find a place to eat, the main thing that helped pick the place to eat was the fact that they had free wi-fi. I was a little skeptical about this place at first since a man approached me on the street. My Italian really came into play here since he didn’t speak English, but the key words I heard were free wi-fi and cheap food. So we headed to some off the beaten path restaurant, Hostaria-Pizzeria da Zi Adele al Farinone.
©2014 HollyDayz
Quattro Formaggi ©2014 HollyDayz
That was the best decision since I not only got my free wifi to communicate with the world, but I had the most amazing pizza. I ordered Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese.) Very thin crust, best pizza I have ever eaten. The staff in there was very friendly too.
After eating we took a cab ride over to Piazza Novana. It was gorgeous with more notable fountains. I was in search of finding the Pantheon. After some walking and picture-taking, I finally found it. Beautiful building. Sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the shops and colorful buildings in the neighborhood.
Pantheon - ©2014 HollyDayz
Pantheon – ©2014 HollyDayz
After exploring the Pantheon, we began to walk towards the Fontana di Trevi since I knew that wasn’t too far from the hotel. While walking back there was a pretty café where you could sit outside. The twinkling lights and the heat lamps made it comfortable. The host recommended some Roman hot chocolate. It was a huge glass of rich hot chocolate with three cookies and it was simply amazing.
©2014 HollyDayz
Roman Hot Chocolate ©2014 HollyDayz

 

Day 3 – Last day, but not the least as we were headed to the Coliseum. On the way there we had to transfer trains at the Termini and the coolest train that was reminiscent of New York in the 80’s came by for us to board. A few minutes later we were directly across the street from the Coliseum. It was such a sight to see despite the scaffolding that was on it.
Train in Rome ©2014 Holly Dayz
Train in Rome ©2014 Holly Dayz
Click the link to see: My Train Ride in Rome https://vimeo.com/99545011
The Colosseum being repaired. - ©2014 Holly Dayz
The Colosseum being repaired. – ©2014 Holly Dayz
There weren’t any long lines to get in. We decided to go on a 2 for 1 tour. Now this is where the tour can be a hit or miss. We took the tour and while I love history and it was great hearing about what went on and how, the woman stood in one place. It became a bit boring and most people began to wonder away to take pictures. That was not worth the money. It would have been worth more if I found a guide to take me down to where they used to keep the animals and such.
The next tour of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill was worth the money. The tour guide was very informative and even more importantly, entertaining. Standing there and walking around where Rome was said to have first began was the one of the most amazing experiences of the entire trip. The tour guide also had pictures on hand of Rome then verses now. Showing us what things used to look like exactly where we were standing.
Roman Forum - ©2014 HollyDayz
Roman Forum – ©2014 HollyDayz
After walking around for hours in awe, I thought it would be a good time to leave. It was going to rain and walking around ruins with huge rocks and dirt wouldn’t be to fun once the rain began. Of course dinner was in order as well. We went to a great restaurant near Piazza Di Spagna called Tamara Wine Bar. While there I had to get tiramisu for dessert.
©2014 HollyDayz
Tiramisu ©2014 HollyDayz

It was an amazing trip. We saw so much for our 3 days in Rome. I can’t wait to go back!

34 Comments

  • T-Mobile In Rolling Meadows

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Finding the time and actual effort
    to create a top notch article… but what can I say…
    I hesitate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

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  • sushi arlington heights

    Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

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  • Globe Trotter

    Ahh, absolutely Love Rome. This brought back memories, the food and architecture. Glad you had a great time!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I loved it. I would certainly go back, especially for the food.

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  • patricemfoster

    Great graphic and the way you pull me into the story felt like I was on this exotic journey in beautiful land far away 3 day in Rome what a lovely adventure.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you so much! It was amazing. I would gladly go back.

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  • MJ

    How did you fit all of this into 3 days? Did you sleep at all? I imagine needing 7-10 days in any country I visit. Rome is a beautiful city. And that pizza! It sure does look like the best ever.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I picked a hotel that is near a some of the attractions that I wanted to see. Many in walking distance. Whatever wasn’t in walking distance I would just take the train which was also very close. I did sleep lol. I would love to go back, mostly to eat. The food was great, that pizza I wish I had some now.

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  • Tanay

    I think my favorite part of your trip was the food! LOL. Rome looks beautiful! Sounds like NYC traffic has nothing on it though!

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    • Holly Dayz

      That was an amazing part of the trip. It was so beautiful and that traffic was no joke for sure.

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  • Nancy Laws

    That pizza though! Lol, maybe it’s because I am hungry that it looks so amazing, Rome is such a beautiful city, thanks for sharing

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    • Holly Dayz

      The pizza was great. I wish I had some now. It is a very beautiful city, I would go back in a heartbeat.

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  • Apryl REAL TEXAS HOUSEWIFE Gunn-Sherrod

    What a beautiful place! Rome is on my MUST SEE list! My plan is for my husband and I to travel there by our 10 year wedding annaversary which is 5 years away! It looks like to had an amazing time! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I loved it. It was always at the top of my list. Oh you two will have an amazing trip when the time comes.

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  • Siobhan (BeFree Project)

    My hubby and I went to Rome and Milan in 2004 and our first night there I said it seemed a lot like NY. I absolutely loved the gelato! I wasn’t impressed with the food and I guess I prefer the Americanized Italian food. It sounds like you had an amazing visit in a short amount of time.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Gelatos are amazing. I can understand that, when you are used to food being a certain way. The spaghetti was a little to al dente for me, but still good. It certainly tasted different.

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  • kp3reloaded

    Rome looks so amazing, you captured all of your activities so perfectly! I’m going to Greece for Yatch week in August, and we are going to Rome for one day before we sail out. Maybe I can get in one the activities you listed!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you so much! Rome was amazing!! Greece is high on my list. I hope you get to do at least a couple of the activities.

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  • Tyra (@BarrisTourista)

    Rome and really all of Italy (and Greece) is bucket list for me! I so need to Eat Pray Love my way through Italy LOL. And the food, OMG!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Greece is high on mine. Lets go! Yes the food..amazing.

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  • Christine @MomsNCharge

    This brought back so many great memories. I had the opportunity to travel to Rome (as well as Tuscany) three years ago with my gospel choir. It was such a treat to be at the papal mass and sing for the Pope as he drove by. And that gelato is one thing I miss…haven’t found any as good as it was in Italy 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh that sounds like you had a great time too. That authentic gelato, hard to find elsewhere.

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  • Julian @BoldFearless1j

    Seriously getting ready to book a flight to Rome! It’s always been on my bucket list, but after this read, I’m ready to go NOW. Thanks for the great recap!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your experience.

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  • Rattles and Heels (@RattlesandHeels)

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I would like to go there one day.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am so glad. I hope you get there soon you will love it.

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  • Vashti@veepeejay.com

    Alright Holly, you’re going to make me grab a flight to Rome right now! It’s absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to visit.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I highly recommend you going, you will not regret it. It is truly an amazing place with a beautiful language.

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  • Kiwi

    What a cultured experience! I am doing more travel blogging myself so I am really inspired! I am happy you enjoyed your 3 days in Rome!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I can’t wait to read about your adventures. I loved Rome!

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  • aholeinmyshoe

    I am going back to Rome in January so will be saving this to check out all the places. Thanks for sharing Holly.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Awesome! Bring an umbrella, it seems to be a rainy time there. Mine came in handy when I went in January.

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  • Tami

    Rome–definitely a fascinating place to visit. We were there three days and saw so much!

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  • Made of Honor Weddings

    Hi Holly, do you remember the tour group you used?

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