maddie in rome


Ah, Rome! The Eternal City. I spent my last weekend roaming around the ancient roads of Rome. But I’ve already decided I will have to come backĀ because I missed some of the KEY sights of Rome! Due to poor planning, I didn’t get to see the Sistine Chapel, or the Bernini Sculpture, or the Pantheon! It was either sold outĀ or closed because it was Sunday. I did get to see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pope!

We finally got a break from the rain in Milan and had some lovely weather in Rome. I think I even got a little tan!

We went with an Air bnb this time, which was nice! We had a whole apartment to ourselves. It was me and five friends staying together. Although our Rome group was 13 people total. We were right down the street from the Colosseum, which was amazing! A few turns and then BAM! There it is! I love how these giant historical landmarks are just everywhere in Rome, you can’t not run into to one.

The first day we were there should have been planned better, I must say. Saturday we could have gone to the Vatican Museum, but we were so caught up in the fact that we were in Rome that we just wandered around awestruck instead. We took the super speedy train from Milan to the Rome Termini. It was only 3 hours. It still blows my mind how small Italy is compared to the US! Once settled, we walked and walked and walked. Got some gelato, of course, and went to the Colosseum. It was magical! The stairs were sooo steep, though. Why are there so many stairs in Italy??

After the Colosseum, we made our way to the Trevi Fountain and I tossed a coin in the fountain with a wish! There were just too many people there, though. I was starting to get overwhelmed.

I loved how there was water coming out of the side of building everywhere here! I drank it and am still alive so I’m assuming it was safe. Hehe. It was nice not paying 2 euro for a bottle of water everytime!


And look at this fun street name! It’s like my name, but the Roman version! So, of course I had to take a picture with it. Then a while later I saw shop name called “George,” pretty funny, right?


The second day we woke up a little later but still managed to go to the Vatican in time to see the Pope come out, wave and say a little sermon. I was kinda cool, but he was so small in the window, it was just a little white dot, and of course he was speaking in Italian so I had no idea what he was saying. Again, there were thousands of people! We went into the Basilica and that was beautiful and breathtaking. I saw the Pieta!


After that, our day was pretty much over. We went out to dinner late, and then headed out in the morning! I will add more pictures of this trip in another post, but it’s late here and I have a presentation due tomorrow!