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? 😉
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? 😉
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?
- Traveling Europe: Venice, Italy
- Traveling Europe: Geneva, Switzerland
- Traveling Europe: Grenoble, France
- Traveling Europe: Paris, France
- Traveling Europe: London, England