Traveling Europe: Rome, Italy

Happy New Year!  I recently returned from a few weeks of traveling through Europe, and with some great photos from the adventure, I thought I’d do some posts to share my traveling experience!  The 3-week, 6-city endeavor was the trip of a lifetime.  It was my first time traveling through Europe, and my travel buddy was a fellow photography junkie and one of my favorite people, my dad!  Talk about the ultimate father-daughter trip!

Our first destination was Rome, Italy.  The weather was wonderful and our hotel was in a central location, so we were able to walk to almost all of the sites we were interested in seeing.  Our first stop was the Roman Colosseum, and because we showed up at around 9am on a Sunday, we had the entire place to ourselves!  No line to get in, no crowds inside.



One of the most wonderful things in Rome is the architecture.  Everywhere you turn there is a beautiful structure.  It is amazing to think that this city was built thousands of years ago!




After the Colosseum we walked up to see the Pantheon.  One thing really interesting about this building is the ceiling: it has an open hole in the roof (picture below).  Whenever it rains, the rainfall pours right on through into the building!  Luckily, there are drains inside.


Another one of my must-see spots in Rome was Vatican City.  The columns and buildings were impressively massive, and we made sure to catch a glimpse inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica while we were there.



The walls surrounding the city were absolutely massive!  Think I could climb one? 😉

vatican4wCourtyard outside of the Vatican Museum

I was also excited to see was the Trevi Fountain… after all, The Lizzie McGuire Movie was my fave for like 5 years, so it was a must.  As expected, the area was packed with people, but I did manage to squeeze through and toss a coin in for a wish!  Unfortunately, Paolo didn’t show up to sweep me away on a vespa… next time, perhaps? 😉


trevifountainwTrevi Fountain

rome2wOverlooking Rome from the top of the Spanish Steps 

Overall, Rome was amazing.  The people were lovely, the food was great, and the city was beautiful.  I was a little weary of visiting in December in case of bad weather, but it was sunny and moderately warm during our stay, and because it was an “off-season” for tourists, we faced hardly any crowds.  I would love to return someday!

Have you seen my other Eurotrip posts?


  • Austin Wong

    I’m gonna have so much fun reading this blog Allison!

    • Allison Anderson

      Yay! Thank you! :)

  • Katie

    I love the pictures!! What were the cameras/lenses used if I may ask? I miss Rome so much and Italy just in general.

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! The photos I took (everything without me in it) were shot with a Canon T3i and mostly an 18-55 f/3.5 lens… I found one lens suited most of the trip! :)

  • Sarah Christine

    I recently booked a Eurotrip for later in the year and Rome is our longest stop, definitely bookmarking this post to go back over when we start planning all our must see stops!!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thanks!! Hope you have a blast when you visit!

  • jenna

    beautiful pictures allison! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your travels :)

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you!

  • Jody Ellis – Pownall

    So glad you now have a blog your one of my favourite youtubers. xxx
    Been to many places around Europe but haven’t been to Rome yet but would love to go one day. xxx

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! :)

  • Amaris

    This looks like such a fun and beautiful place to visit. I’m hoping to one day take a Europe trip after I graduate! :)

    • Allison Anderson

      It was a great city, definitely worth visiting someday! :)

  • Erica

    Really nice post! Your photography is great :) Can’t wait to read more!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! :)

  • OPI Addict

    Beautiful pictures, looks like an incredible trip! :)


    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you, it was! :)

  • happyhoyt

    Loving the photos, Allison! Can’t wait to read all about your trip. I took my daughter to Rome and she was excited about the Trevi Fountain for the same reason! :) Please keep attaching links to your YouTube videos because that is how I got here.

    • Allison Anderson

      Will do, thank you!

  • Macy

    These photos are stunning! Love them!

    • Allison Anderson

      Yay! Thank you :)

  • mytiffany

    so glad you are back to blogging :) YOU are my FAV youtuber, no one of, THE FAV! all the photos are so beautiful, you dad is a good photographer!

    • Allison Anderson

      I appreciate that, thank you! 😀

  • Sterndli98

    Really great pictures

    • Allison Anderson


  • melanie

    Its so funny that you relate the Trevi fountain to the lizzie mcguire movie! I did that too when I went!! haha.

  • Miss Glam Dan

    Your pictures are amazing and totally bring me back to my trip to Italy in October! When I made a wish at the Trevi, Paolo didn’t show up and try and recruit me as an international pop star either. 😉 Can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!

    Danielle xx

    • Allison Anderson

      Haha thanks! :)

  • Jolien Nathalie

    Did you buy some KIKO make up milano while you were in Italy? =)

    • Allison Anderson

      I didn’t! I’ve never even heard of it! Is it good? :)

      • Jolien Nathalie

        It’s a drugstore brand, you would have loved it =) the packaging is kinda similar to Mac. <3

  • Erin Smith

    Stopping in Rome + Florence during part of my Euro trip in April – this makes me even more excited to see your post! Looking forward to seeing more from your trip :)

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy your trip, wish I could have spent some time in Florence as well, I hear it is beautiful!

  • clairabelle0306

    Absolutely stunning pictures Allison! Rome is definitely one of the places on my bucket list!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! :)

  • Abby Burke

    It looks like you and your dad had a great time! It would be great if you could do a detailed blog post or video about how the two of you planned the trip, where you stayed, recommendations, price points, etc. Something like that would be extremely useful because I would really love to go on a similar trip one day. Thanks for the post!

  • Monica

    Rome is such a beatiful city, one of those places with endless discoveries.

    • Allison Anderson

      Yes! It seemed like every corner we turned there was something new and exciting.

  • Gloria

    I love the photos and I’m glad you had a great time with your dad but I’m even more glad that you’re back lol I missed your videos and your vlogs and blogs! welcome back Allison!!! <3

    • Allison Anderson

      Haha I missed videos and blogging too :) glad to be back! Thanks! :)

  • Sandra

    Rome is quite close to where I live (Slovenia), but I’ve never been there even though I’ve travelled quite a bit in my life. I really need to go one day. If my trip would be half as good as the Lizzie McGuire’s one, I would be a very happy camper. 😀

  • Donna Gowen

    I truly enjoy your vlogs and look forward to reading your blog posts. Happy New Year, Allison.

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Lindsey Normand

    Gorgeous pictures! What camera did you use on your trip?

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! I used a Canon T3i :)

  • sara elizabeth

    Italy is my absolute dream travel destination! Your pictures are so gorgeous, Allison!! Excited to read more on this new site :)

  • Taylor Mayes

    Love the new site! It’s beautiful Alison! You should update it with more “Alison Runs”! I miss that!! Just a randomm question I’ve been looking for some good drugstore pencil liners.. what are like 5 of your favorites?

  • Christine Reines

    Hi! Love the pictures! When i was in Rome, i learned that fontana di trevi is not a wishing fountain. They say if you toss a coin in it will bring you good luck and ensure that you will return to the “eternal city” :) (Hope you understand my bad English:P)

  • Ann

    I enjoyed reading this, it is amazing!! Love the pictures!

  • Natalie Loves Beauty

    Absolutely stunning pics! I just bought the same camera you used and it takes such beautiful pics, still learning all of its features! I really hope to go to Italy someday :) x

  • Melissa Evans

    I love Italy, these photos made me bust out my photos from my trip there a few years ago. So beautiful!

  • Perla xMakeup

    How beautiful! I love all your photos, I can’t wait for your next travel blog! 😀

  • Martha Braga

    I went to Rome two years ago, and I loved it. I wish I could live in Italy, seriously, It’s so beautiful! I love the food, the cities, the people, the art, the buildings… everything! I’m glad you you had a great trip and I loved your gorgeous photos!!

  • Sarah Thomas

    Beautiful pictures!! Glad to see you got to spent this trip with your Dad! If I recall from your older videos, he spends a lot of time away for work (He was in Africa at some point, right?). It must’ve been great to spend that time with him!!

    BTW, The Lizzie McGuire movie was definitely the BEST!!!

  • Emily Leung

    I can’t wait to see the rest of your Europe posts! Rome looks absolutely stunning and the weather seemed perfect. Your outfit was so cute, and your Lizzie McGuire reference put a big smile on my face. I’m past the age of watching that movie; however, I watched it again last month. I still love listening to the song “What Dreams are Made Of” :) I’m sure your Paolo will turn up for you next time! 😉 On a side note, your videos are some of my absolute favorite to watch on Youtube!


  • Miranda

    Wow, beautiful pictures! I’m looking forward to the rest of your posts :)

  • Annika

    Your trip looks amazing! As do your pictures :)

  • Sarah Kotyk

    I absolutely LOVE Rome! No matter where I travel I always want to go back. Thanks for sharing these photos, they are beautiful!

  • MissBrunzy

    What a wonderful vacation, my dad is definitely my favorite traveling buddy too! Did you plan this all our yourselves or go with a tour guide/group?

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  • Aleks Vargas

    Rome looks incredible! I will hopefully be going in 5 years once I save up enough money and by the looks of it, I can’t wait. Also, outstanding photos, your dad is a great photographer! By the way, sorry about Paolo, he wasn’t worth it remember? :-) Haha.

  • Gleidys Ruiz

    Allison this trip is one I hope and dream of one day :) I love the shots you captured!! What cameras were used? They are beyond beautiful :) <3

  • xlaraleex

    so jealous. :( great photos!

  • Cat

    Your photos are beautiful. I’m glad you had a nice time.

  • Caleigh Franzmeier

    What camera bag was that? I love the brown leather look of it! It looks just like a regular purse! :)

  • Emon Maimon

    The inside of the Colosseum looks incredible and I was imagining running through it. Definitely included in my Must-Travel-Spots! 😀

  • Miss Joi

    I absolutely love how the Trevi Fountain looks in pictures!