When In Rome...

Rome is a city rich with history and culture. Rome is a city that I always dreamed of visiting and experiencing all it has to offer. I spent the holidays in Rome and I was able to visit most of the monuments and even attend Pope Francis' mass on New Year's Eve! After all, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

The Vatican
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Visiting the Vatican was a must so we booked an airbnb close to the Vatican. On our first day in Rome we visited the Vatican and had the luck to see the Pope give his blessing after the mass. Visiting the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is a must if you're in Rome. We were fortunate enough to get tickets to see the Pope's Mass for NYE that was held in the Basilica.
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Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo

This castle was initially created as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family which is why you'll find a lot of sculptures and art dedicated for him. Later, it was used as a castle for popes. At the top of the castle, you can see the Tevere river and a beautiful view of Rome.
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 I found myself looking up the entire time while visiting Rome because the real art is found on the ceilings.

The Colosseum
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When you hear Rome, one of the many thoughts that will pop up in your mind is the Colosseum.
Featured in many movies, you probably have a good idea about the kinds of events that took place here. Gladiator fights, executions in which wild animals would kill the participants who were to be killed etc. Also, Emperor Nero used to flood the Colosseum to create his own private lake and host naval games. It is a magnificent place and no wonder its one of the seven wonders of the world.
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The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
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The Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of the city. In the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are monuments, residential places and more. Here you can find the Palatine Museum and marvel at statues and other art work.  Be prepared to be spend hours walking the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
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Yes, I can fly and don't ask me why my wings are on my neck.
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Vittoriano & Piazza Venezia
vittoriano piazza venezia
This amazing monument was built in honor of the first king of Italy. Inside is a museum and you can take a elevator to the top and see breathtaking views of Rome.

Via Del Corso
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Via Del Corso is a main street between the Plaza Venezia and Plaza del Popolo. It is a popular shopping district where you can shop and eat good food.

Galleria Doria Pamphilj
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Located on the Via Del Corso is the Galleria that belongs to the Pamphilj, Aldobrandini, and Landi families. The gallery showcases the art and sculptures that were collected throughout the years. All of the rooms are impeccably decorated and even the hallways are beautifully decorated. As I walked through the gallery I was constantly awed by its beauty. Interior design goals. Definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Rome.
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Trevi Fountain
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This stunning fountain is located in the center of Rome. Legend has it that you have to throw two coins into the fountain- one for good luck and the second to return to Rome. The most beautiful fountain of ALL TIME! *Kanye voice*
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The Pantheon
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Created as temple by Emperor Hadrian. It is a circular building and its architecture is stunning- there is also a small church inside.

Piazza Navona
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A popular plaza where the fountain of four rivers is located. There's a lot to do here as there are street perfomers and you can grab a delicious bite to eat and gelato- don't forget gelato.

Lazio Football
lazio football game

On my last day in Rome, my family and I decided to see a football game. We saw Lazio vs Carpi and it was really fun although I was sick. Lazio fans are very passionate about their team and there was a lot of singing and cheering on part of the fans.

Buying your tickets in advance allows you to skip the line which is great during high season
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Go to the palatine hill entrance to purchase Colosseum tickets as the line is usually shorter than the one at the Colosseum
Public transportation is great and you can buy weekly tickets but keep in mind that the regular metro ticket is valid for 100 minutes so you can switch bus lines

Visiting Rome has always been a dream of mine and I fell in love with this city. I love history and it was so cool to venture through the streets of Rome as I every where I looked I saw monuments and churches. Hopefully, those coins I threw into the fountain works its magic because I hope to return soon.

What's your favorite place to visit in Rome?
Where do you plan on visiting in 2016?

Happy New Year!

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