Rome on a budget
Ciao. Buona giornata! Benvenuto in Roma, Italia. I’m going to show you how I tour Rome for a day. I walked, ate, got lost; but continued my DIY walking tour in Rome. It’s easy to travel around Rome.Not just here. Perhaps in any city in Europe. This is because tourist attractions are compressed (most of the time) in one area, and are close among each other. So, even though, you got lost; you’ll still end up seeing another touristic place, though it’s not on your checklist.
Population– 4.2 Miion
Area– 301K sq.km
Daily budget (extreme)- 20 EUR
(moderate)- 40-55 EUR
Thank you is Grazie.
To say goodbye- Addio
Excuse me- scusami
Cheap- a buon mercato
Do you Speak English – Parli inglese?
Numbers 1, 2 , 3 – uno, due, tre
4, 5, 6- quattro, cinque, sei
I don’t understand – Non capisco
How much? – Quanto?
From my hostel, I walked early morning. By November, Rome’s climate is becoming wintery.But the sky was blue on that day, however air was chilly and temperature was around 17°C (62°F). My first tourist attraction was of course,none other than Colosseo or Colosseum. Ticket entrance is 12 €. It was such an awe-inspiring ancient monument built under Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD for 8 years. The arena is about 50 meters in circumference and accordingly could seat around 50,000 people. Remember the days when Romans flocked in this arena for some gladiatorial fights?
Just across from Colosseum are the Arch of Constantine which marks the end of Via Sacra, the best known street of ancient Rome; and the Palatine Hill, is the center-most of the 7 hills of Rome.
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From the arch of Constantine, walking across then look at your right, is the Roman Forum. You can find here the most important buildings such as Curia, home of the Senate during the Republican period. Next is the Arch of Septimius Severus.
Next stop was the Capitoline Hill, formerly the spiritual and political center of the Roman Empire. Atop the Capitoline is the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by the great Michelangelo in the 1530s. It can be reached by ascending the Cordonata stairs. This is bordered by three palazzos. In the center is the facade of the Palazzo Senatorio, city hall of Rome.The other two are Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori.
Capitoline Hill lies behind the Neoclassical Vittoriano monument on Piazza Venezia. Just walk straight until you see Italian flags waving at this massive monument,which was built in the early 20th century and honors Italy’s first king.
I was looking for the Trevi fountain, a must-see for me,unfortunately, didn’t locate it for some reason. I ended up in another palace, Palazzo del Quirinale. It’s ok. Expect any trip cannot be perfect. Go with the flow. It is also a historic building. One of the 3 current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic on the Quirinal Hill, which is the highest of the 7 hills of Rome.
So many attractions for a day, right? Break. late lunch break, I ate 2 slices of pizza and a serving of pasta they called primo with an orange drink. Dessert was gelato.
Getting my energy back, I headed for the Vatican by riding their metro from Barberini to Ottaviano. After 10 minutes walking, following the arrow signs led me to the Vatican Museum but it was already closed , then it started to rain. Don’t forget in Rome the rainiest month are November and December.
But its’ fine. Finally, I can step in the St. Peter’s Basilica. What a glorious view despite the gloomy weather. I was overjoyed to have finally visited the holiest and greatest church of Christendom. Someone informed me where the papal resides. Good to know that fact.
So, there you go my 1-day walking tour in Rome and Vatican City. Addio.
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