I recently paid a visit to Rome and spent the weekend eating pasta and pizza! Seeing as my diet back home consists of a rotation of Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, this was definitely a dream come true.
Though I went to Rome in November, I actually bought my tickets WAY in advance. Think, the third week I was here in Brussels. There’s another Nicole pro-tip for cheap travel: buy your tickets super early or when there is a deal! In our case, there was a sale on RyanAir for flights to Rome in November. We all jumped at the opportunity and thus, off to Italy we were!
The one catch of that is the airport we had to fly out of was not the familiar Brussels Airport but instead Charleroi, way out in the actual middle of nowhere. We used BlaBlaCar to get there, so it wasn’t too bad but on the way home, it was awful getting back home after the trip.
When we landed, we could see the mountains behind us and the weather was SO much warmer than in Brussels. Unlike many of our other trips, we got there at relatively early so we had a chance to go and see the sights. We made our way to our AirBnB then immediately went on the prowl for food. I cannot even describe how good the ricotta and spinach ravioli was. Then, we made our way to the Pantheon. The most amazing part of Rome is how there are literally just ruins everywhere. They are so casually integrated into the infrastructure of the city that you’re sometimes surprised when you stumble upon them. We also paid a visit to the Trevi Fountain and lived out our Lizzie McGuire dreams!
The next day, we got an early start and had breakfast at a cute spot in town. Then we headed to the Vatican. While it was super beautiful, that was the area where we were harassed the most by street sellers and panhandlers, so watch out for that. In Vatican City, we headed straight for the Sistine Chapel as all the other lines were ungodly. It was similarly long there so we paid to skip the line (which is realistically the only way to see everything in a timely manner). It was beyond gorgeous and a must see! After getting some more pasta, we called it a night and went home.
The next day, it was time to see the Colosseum. There are so many things to do around that area and I wish we had known that, including some adorable cats that were sleeping on the ruins! It costs 12 euros to get inside and see everything but since we had a flight to catch in mere hours, we couldn’t join the super long lines. However, there is much to see even without paying! The Colosseum is stunning and there are beautiful basilicas surrounding it.
Our last meal of the trip was the actual best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my entire life with a fresh lemon soda. Perfect way to end my time in Rome!