I have just come back from a little trip around Europe. Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro to be exact. Rome was the first stop. We had three nights in Rome and decided to squeeze in as much as possible. During those three days not only did we see all that Rome has to offer but we also visited the Vatican and took a day trip down to Pompeii. Keep reading to see how we squeezed all this into three days.
For all three nights we stayed at Hostel Roma. It was very close to Roma Termini train station which was very handy but besides that it wasn’t great. The bunk beds were basically held together by tape and the streets outside had a lot of rats! So definitely not recommending this place.
We booked Skip the Line tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. We paid 40 USD and then when we arrived we had to pay another 15 Euro entrance fee. As we were there on a Sunday it was extremely busy, and everyone else in Rome seemed to have bought these Skip the Line tickets too. So we had to wait in line for a while. If you really want to skip the line you need to pick up RomaPass. You can buy these at some shops around Rome or before you go from a travel agent.
We had booked a guided tour around the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the Colosseum, I would have been happy to stay there a bit longer considering it is a wonder of the world! Then we headed over to the Roman Forum and it was useful to have the guide as this is a pic’n’mix of time periods of history. Catholic churches built on top of Pagan temples, ruins and columns everywhere, it’s as confusing as it is beautiful. Next we walked through Venice square towards the Pantheon. I was so taken aback when I saw the Pantheon, I was not expecting that around the corner from a little narrow street, it’s just so flipping huge! This is where the tour ended. We grabbed lunch and then walked a couple of minutes over to the Trevi fountain to make our wish. It was very crowded so be prepared to fight your way to the front! After that, we strolled over the the Spanish Steps and that was the end of our day in Rome.
We had Skip the Line tickets for the Vatican as well but fortunately didn’t actually have to wait in line! We paid 39 USD for this tour and again there was an additional fee of around 15 Euro. The guide was appreciated as there are just so many galleries in the Vatican to see, it was nice to just be brought to the most important or interesting pieces. Quick Trivia – each Pope back in the day had his own gallery and to walk all the galleries and museums of the Vatican would entail 3 miles of walking! You need to cover your shoulders in the Vatican churches and I would advise definitely wearing runners too as there is a whole lot of walking to do!
We did a day trip to Pompeii as it’s only about a 3 hour bus ride away from Rome. We took Flixbus. Depending on when you’re going, the price will range from 20 Euro to 35 Euro for a return ticket. When you get off the bus in Pompeii the ruins are only a 5 minute walk away. Guided tours are very expensive but you have the option of an audio guide. We bought a book with the info and a map from a shop outside the ruins. This was probably a bad idea as we did get lost quite a bit, there were two maps and the numbers didn’t match.The price into Pompeii was 11 Euro and we paid 10 Euro for the map and book. It was incredibly hot while we were there so I definitely recommend sun cream and plenty of water! We spent about 2 hours walking around the ruins. Desperate for food we went to the first place we saw after leaving which, of course, was overpriced. The cafes and restaurants further into town are much cheaper. You should need no more than 5 hours in total in Pompeii.
So I’ve decided to add this to the end of my travel posts. I like to give my tips and help other travellers out but this is my blog too so I thought some of you might be interested in my real opinion of the place. These are of course my own opinions so please don’t take any offence if we don’t agree. After all, what makes us unique is our own opinion. 🙂
So Rome, not a huge fan. I’m not sure why. The streets are dirty and there’s waaay too many tourists but that didn’t turn me off other places. I just didn’t take to it. It was definitely my least favourite place in Italy. (Posts on Florence and Venice coming soon).
The Vatican. I didn’t go there thinking I was going to love it so I’m not surprised. I am technically Catholic but not practicing at all and the Catholic church has had quite a few scandals in Ireland. Going here and seeing the wealth that they have in this tiny little ‘country’ is a bit sickening. They could be doing a whole lot of good with that wealth but they’re just sitting on it!
Pompeii. It may have been a bit better if we had an audio or real guide of some sort. We also didn’t realise that parts of Pompeii are closed after 1 pm, which were missed so I suggest arriving early if you want to experience all of it.
So my last two tips, avoid high season if you can, the sheer amount of tourists can be overwhelming. The high season is also the hottest, it would make all that walking around much easier if it was cooler. I can’t recommend more that you should wear runners everyday or at least shoes you know you can walk around in all day! Pick yourself up some cute runners and just live in them!
Alright I hope you enjoyed and got some useful insights from this post. Please let me know if you’re planning on going to Rome or if you’ve already been? I’d love to hear from people who love Rome and tell me what I missed out on? Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my other travel and fashion posts. And you can follow me on Bloglovin’ here.