My wife and I love nothing more than taking brunch each Sunday morning, and generally these are where the bog life decisions take place. Two weeks ago during brunch we stumbled across a very cheap deal to Rome for 3 days, a city neither of us had been to. we booked up there and then, headed home to pack and buy 7pm we were on our way to Rome. I had heard so much about this city but with just 3 days to play with, we had to be efficient. You could easily spend a week in this city but 3 days was more than enough to see the main attractions. If you find yourself 3 day break, here is how to spend it.
As you can probably tell by our weekly brunch date, my wife and I really love to eat and we couldn’t wait to indulge in some authentic Italian cuisine. We decided to shun the landmarks and popular attractions on day one and instead indulge our tastebuds. Throughout Rome you will find hundreds of beautiful little restaurants selling antipasti, pastas and pizzas, all prepared and cooked in the proper way, and a far cry from what we get back at home.
I had great expectations for the Wonder of the World that is the colosseum and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed. The building has seen its fair share of damage but still stands tall, slightly broken but proud as it ever was. It’s amazing to think of what used to go in this amphitheater, and just how many Romans would pack themselves in to watch the events. We didn’t take the tour and I think we made a smart choice as they went on for hours, whereas I’d say that an hour or so here would be enough.
The Vatican is a truly spectacular place no matter what your religion happens to be and I would wholeheartedly recommend taking a tour here. The Sistine Chapel and its intricate ceiling gets the main headlines here but or me it was places like the map rooms which really blew me away. Naturally this is a place which gets very busy, very quickly so be sure that you go as early in the morning as you can. A tour is worthwhile as there is so much to talk about in this ancient city.
The Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain are easy to find and see, I wouldn’t include them necessarily as ‘something to do’ however. What I would suggest is that you head down to the Centro Storico and take in modern day Rome and how the people go about their lives here. Here is where you’ll find little markets selling baroque art, small plazas where people dance and sing, hidden streets with independent coffee stores and restaurants, the real Rome as I like to call it. To scratch beneath the surface of the city a little, this is where I’d recommend that you go.