48 Hours In Rome, Italy | Day 1

So I've been meaning to sit down and blog about our trip to Rome, Italy ever since we've been back and am just now getting around to it.

Where do I even start?

This trip was a very last minute and spontaneous decision, so train tickets were a lot more expensive than I thought they would be.

I think we paid a little over 200 euros for two people, which is a bit on the pricier side for Europe travel, but eh, it is what it is I suppose.

For the short amount of time we had, I would say we tackled most of the main attractions,

so it is do-able.

Exhausting, but do-able.

We checked into our Air Bnb around 1-2pm on a Friday. I will say, since this was our first time, we arrived at the Tiburtina Station and caught a bus to where we were staying.

If you want to be closer to the heart of the city, I would suggest booking a place near Termini Station instead. It might be a bit more expensive, but you don't have to travel as far.

There's a lot more to see and do in that area.

The main question you might have is where to purchase bus tickets from, and you can get them at any tabacchi shop. They're located all over the place and quite easy to spot.

It's quite simple, just make sure you have Euro on hand in case they don't take card.

So after grabbing some Roman pizza for a quick lunch, we headed out to the Colosseum.

It was really hot and humid, and the lines were really long, so we paid a bit extra for

skip-the-line tickets and immediately were escorted to our tour guide

who was very knowledgeable

and actually made learning about history

fun and entertaining.

Let me tell you, buying skip-the-line tickets is worth every since penny unless you like waiting in line and wasting about 3-4 hours of your day.

Just saying.

I can't remember exactly how much we paid, but I want to say it was about 50-60euros per person.

This tour also included the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Altogether it took about three hours.

After we got done with all of that,

we decided to also knock out the

Vatican tour and to see the Sistine Chapel.

I mean, when in Rome right?

We also had a guided tour for that, but if I'm being completely honest, the tour guide was a bit boring. I would still suggest paying to skip-the-line, but going in to see everything at your own pace.

My husband on the other hand enjoyed it, so at the end of the day, it's all about personal preference. Once again, I can't remember the exact price we paid, but I want to say

it was about 40 euros per person.

History ain't cheap y'all lol.

I didn't take very many photos inside, because I was too busy vlogging everything,

but it was absolutely stunning.

The art was unreal,

and photos will never do it justice.

They do supposedly have a dress code to go inside, so to be on the safe side, don't wear shorts

or a sleeveless shirt.

I did see some people wearing sleeveless dresses, but the last thing you want is to be turned away because of what you're wearing.

Just something to keep in mind.

If you decide to also see the Vatican, you must be very quiet and not take any photos.

It is a sacred place, so please be mindful of the rules, and don't be "that guy".

And that basically concludes our first day in Rome. By the time we were done it was quite late, so we rushed to catch the last train back to our Air BnB. Most restaurants were already closed by the time we got back, but we still managed to find a little pizza spot that was still open (even though it was midnight).

We indulged in pizza, wine, and dessert and collapsed into bed as soon as we got in.

That pistachio tiramisu was divine btw.

Highly recommend.

Feel free to check out more photos from our first day below, or my vlog to really get an inside scoop.

(Day 2 Blog Post Coming Up Next...)

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