I was originally worried that six days in Rome would be too much. Shouldn’t I be trying to cram in more? Shouldn’t I at least make it to Naples?
I’m so glad I didn’t.
While now I know how crucial it is for me to return to Italy and see more, I’m so pleased Simon and I explored Rome slowly. We soaked up the history and saw the sights at our own pace. We made time for daily gelatos, late afternoon naps and wandering through the narrow cobblestone alleys. We did a long tour at the Colosseum and explored the Roman Forum. We went inside St. Peter’s Basilica and conquered the Vatican Museum, which was a battle in itself. We went on food tours and also made our own wood-fired pizza. We did and saw so much, but shockingly, six days still wasn’t enough time! In fact, we never even made it to the Spanish steps!
We visited the week before Easter, and although everyone warned us about how incredibly crowded it would be, it wasn’t that bad. We visited touristy monuments as early as we could and when things were too crowded we came back later. (This was another plus of having ample time.) The weather was perfect most of the time, and the short afternoon showers were a perfect excuse for a break or a long lunch accompanied by cheap Italian wine.
We stayed a little outside the center in an apartment through Airbnb, which was very economical, but a little far. If I were to return to Rome and had a bit more money to spend I would have chosen a hotel in Trastevere. Like I said in my previous post about the neighborhood, it’s stunning.
Then again, pretty much all of Rome is picture-perfect.
Which is your favorite?