My day started earlier than usual today. Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, hastily pulling on clothes laid out the night before and shoving my toothbrush in the suitcase before bolting out the door to the waiting taxi. I’d been at the airport a day before, on my way home from university. It felt tiring to fly again so soon but once the plane landed and warm air washed over me, the fatigue lifted.
I’ve been dreaming about visiting Rome for years. A place so steeped in history and extraordinary stories. And now we’re finally here. My family and I are in Italy for the next few days and I’m going to document our adventures in a mini travel/photography series. It’s something I haven’t really done before on this blog, but I hope you enjoy reading it!
Day 1: Arrival in Rome
We got to Rome around mid-afternoon, and the first stop after our hotel was food. We found a local restaurant and of course, tried some pasta. I wanted to try some limoncello but was too shy to ask what it was — maybe tomorrow.
Next, we decided to walk around the neighbourhood. Here you can see some of the splashes of colour around the city.
Our first stop was the Piazza dell’Esquilino. Nearby was the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The amount of detail on these buildings was stunning.
Next, we continued our walk, going towards the Colosseum. It soon became apparent that every corner of Rome seems to have some story to tell. It’s an impossibly photogenic place.
By the time we arrived at our last stop (after a gelato break), we had seen a beautiful sunset and got to see the Colosseum by moonlight.
So far, the traffic has scared the living daylights out of me, I’ve had far too much cheese and have learnt three and a half new Italian words. And I can’t wait for the next adventures.
Steps walked: 15,850
Places seen: Piazza dell’Esquilino, the Colosseum
Gelato count: 1
Thank you so much for reading and please let me know what you thought of this new kind of post.
More to come soon!