My life has been busy lately, from work, but one thing I can’t ever let go of is to share these experiences when we visited Italy a few months ago. Writing these posts took me some time, but still not too late to share these blogs. Italy is one of my travel bucket lists; finally, I made it happen.
We traveled from DTW airport to Rome with one layover to Amsterdam; we changed planes via KLM to Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome. It was a long flight but worth it. Planning a vacation needs a lot of preparation from your finances, accommodations, air travel, and places you want to see while in that country.
Before traveling, I arranged our accommodations; we booked a room in Hotel Quirinale. It was a charming historic hotel along Nacionale Avenue in Rome. I also installed the google translate app just in case we need to translate English into Italian, but you don’t need to worry about it; most Italians can understand English and communicate with English speakers without problems. Since I was the one who planned our travel, We didn’t know what to expect in Rome, but a friend of mine knew someone in Italy providing a car service. So I booked him and arranged the date of our arrival and time to pick us up from the airport to our hotel; he offered us a private tour around Rome, it was a little pricey, but it helped us to navigate Rome with no problems; even on the narrowest cobbled streets in Rome, we were able to visit by car.
There’s a lot to see in Rome, and it takes more days to explore the city. If you will stay only for three days. You should never miss visiting the top attractions in Rome, such as the Vatican museum, Colosseum, Palatine hill, Spanish Steps, The Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel.
If you are planning to visit the Vatican Museum, book it early. I bought our tickets online; it is a private tour of the Vatican Museum for small groups, where guests can explore the museum before it opens to the general public. We have our Italian English Speaking tour guide; she explains almost everything about the museum’s history, including paintings, statues, and other artifacts. We enjoyed everything in the museum plus the Sistine Chapel, just a heads-up you will not be able to take photos inside the Sistine Chapel. We were fascinated with all of Michael Angelo’s paintings. After the tour, we had an American breakfast at the Vatican Museum Cafe. It was an unforgettable experience for us.
The highlight of our tour was we were lucky enough to attend the Papal Audience. If you are Catholic, take the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience and experience the presence and blessings of the Pope. The Papal Audience is mainly held on Wednesdays, so make sure you get the ticket early.
We are sharing with you some of our photos in Rome.
To enjoy your tour, especially if you are up to seeing all the museums, you need to buy tickets online so you won’t have to stand in line to get your tickets. It will save you time and make your day more memorable. And never forget your camera to document your memories; a phone camera is good, but it is better to bring an extra camera and SD card to ensure you get all the shots you want to preserve during your visit.
Rome is a lovely city full of history. The architectures are impressive. We will go back there again and explore more places we have not seen during our visit.
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