Rome was a city that felt like a city where it wasn’t littered with tourists like in Venice and Prague. The place was filled with beautiful architecture and historic significance – walking around you’ll come across so many ruins randomly.
We bought a combination ticket at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that gives you access to The Colosseum too. The lines at The Colosseum were huge so it was quite lucky we brought our tickets here first. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was all just rubble and ruins and I wasn’t sure whether I would care. Surprisingly I really enjoyed it as the place gives a glimpse to what it would have looked like during the Roman Empire’s peak.
We came upon The Pantheon during mass hours. Yep it’s a church but it doesn’t look like one right? Maybe more of a temple.
St Peter’s Basillica at the Vatican was pretty epic with so much artwork and marble.
There’s this statue that Michaelangelo carved when he was only 23 years old. Yes you read right, TWENTY THREE! Makes me feel like I’ve just been scratching my ass my whole life.
To see the Sistine Chapel you had to buy a ticket to the Vatican Museum (they know how to force you to see things you don’t want to). Will recommend you to book tickets online as the line was so long it looked painful.
H and I are not art people so we just walked through the Vatican Museum but it still took us 40 minutes to make our way to the Sistine Chapel. Maybe it was the crowds and the lack of air conditioning but once we made it to the Sistine Chapel, we took a bit of a look and walked out to try find some fresh air. Oh and you’re not allowed to take photos but I found the corridor towards the Sistine Chapel to be quite epic.
Rome was one of my favourite cities during my trip – it was just so beautiful with so many amazing buildings. For a while when I was in London and Vienna I was thinking why didn’t I feel that awe or the way that I was drawn to Japan. I guess it was because they just weren’t the right cities for me so I was glad that when I was in Italy it was good to feel that amazement again.