Liz Just Back From Rome

After an excellent flight we arrived in Italy’s capital. We had a chauffeur taxi transfer to the Hotel Diana Roof Garden.

This 4* hotel has elegant rooms and it was very stylish.The rooms featured a mini bar ,TV with satellite and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is in an excellent  location. The hotel also has a beautiful roof terrace with fantastic views over Rome, this is a lovely  place to have the continental buffet breakfast. The breakfast was excellent it really set us up for the start of our 4 day sightseeing trip.

Day one we headed straight for the Colosseum. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It is amazing and the history is quite chilling. The Guide explained about the gladiatorial games that took place over 2000 years ago. The gladiators were mainly down and outs and thieves , they trained for a few months before a fight, they did not all fight to the death, on the floor of the Colosseum there were trap doors that the Gladiators would fall through into the pits below where there were lions ,tigers and bears, it was unbelievably barbaric. Just to the side of the Colosseum is the Roman Forum, this is a vast excavated area of Roman Temples and government buildings dating back 2000 years. 

Next day we headed to the Trevi Fountain which is in a small square . It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world ,truly a masterpiece of Italian art. That afternoon we had a walk to the Spanish Steps  and looked around all the designer shops like Prada and Valentino. 

The following day we were off to the Vatican City. The Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. The St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are within the Vatican . It costs about 16 Euros to see the Sistine Chapel, it is probably the most famous Chapel in the world the art work is incredible it takes your breath away. 

I thought Rome was quite reasonably priced, the food was not too expensive but alcoholic drinks were very expensive. There are hundreds of restaurants serving local and international dishes. I think Rome is a fantastic city and should be on everyone’s to do list.