Hayley visits Rome

 
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After an early start we headed for the flybe self check in kiosks skipped the queues and made our way to the Cardiff Executive lounge. What a way to start our trip to Rome, having our breakfast looking over the airfield. Upon arrival in Rome we took a shuttle to our hotel, The Sheraton Roma and got freshened up and ready to explore the city! We took the local bus from outside our hotel and headed to Trevi district to see Trevi Fountain.

The crowds were big and when you get to see the fountain you can understand why, what a spectacle! From there we headed off to see the Spanish steps. When climbing the steps you’re in between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. I would recommend an evening guided tour if you want to get your bearings of the city. We found a lovely restaurant down a cobbled side street. They were serving fresh stone baked pizzas, fresh pasta and risotto - as a fan of pizza and pasta I couldn’t wait to try the local cuisine.

 

The following day we took the Metro to the Vatican. The metro is extremely easy and cheap to use, and with most stops named after the nearest tourist attraction it’s hard to get lost! We headed to the Vatican to be there for the Sunday Angelus. There were thousands of people who came out to see Pope Francis - once he was waving from the window everyone was clapping and cheering! After a light lunch we headed for our bike ride with a company called The Red Bicycle. Our tour guide Glen got us sorted with bikes and helmets ready for our cycle! Taking a bike ride tour is a fun way to see the sites of Rome (even if it was at our leisurely pace). We cycled past the colosseum, some of the main piazzas and monuments in Rome, then stopped for some Gelato! On Monday we got up bright and early for our entry to the colosseum - one of the must sees when visiting Rome. The sheer size and architecture is amazing to see. Once you are inside you get to understand what an extraordinary venue it would have been when filled to its 80,000 person capacity.

We then headed down to the Roman Forum. The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza sprawling with ancient ruin fragments. From here you can see Palentine hill, Circus maximus , Temple of Saturn and many more ancient ruins. For our last meal we went down to the picturesque medieval part of Rome called Trastevere. Trastevere is an upmarket area of Rome and worth dressing up for. Eating seafood on the rooftop terrace watching the sunset, overlooking the River Tiber was a perfect end to our short city break. After our early night we were ready to get thinking for escape oddity. The game involves being locked in a room and solving puzzles to try and get out before the clock runs out of time. With our ‘Saw’ movie based puzzle we had a lot of fun! From Dodging lasers to getting out of our ankle chains it was perfect for a group of friends and a great way to end our trip.