My mum and I decided to take a long weekend break to Rome and we absolutely loved it. We stayed in an Air Bnb apartment that worked out to be amazing value for money compared with some of the hotels we looked at beforehand. It was a relaxing weekend of shopping and sightseeing, which was just what we both needed! This was the first time I’d ever been to Italy, and I’m keen to plan some more visits to different Italian cities into 2017-18.
Here’s my room in our apartment. I loved the princess net:
Bathroom mirror ideal for selfies… check.
It was freezing while we were there despite the bright sunshine, but we still managed to do a lot of sightseeing and walking around the city. We made sure to visit the Colosseum which I’d always wanted to see. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It’s estimated the Colosseum could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people, with an average audience of 65,000. I never had really understood what it was used for, but after reading some of the placards when we were there I learnt a lot. It was used for gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles for entertainment and other dramas based on mythology. Over time it’s been partially ruined by earthquake damage and robbers, but it’s still an iconic symbol of Rome that attracts thousands of tourists.
Mum and I taking a selfie with a gargoyle.
Hidden courtyard of orange trees…
One of the highlights was searching for vintage shops while we were there. My favourite was Pifebo. There was so much in there and I could have easily spent a fortune. Look at all the sunglasses!
There were rails and rails of vintage sweatshirts, sports jackets and t shirts. I could have spent all day in this shop! In the end I bought a nice Versace t shirt and a white Ellesse tennis skirt.
Possibly the largest calzone I’ve ever been served…