Ciao Rome! As soon as we arrived at Rome Ciampino Airport in the morning, we made our way to Roma Termini Railway station and checked in to our hotel which is located near the station. Excited and without wanting to waste our precious time in Italy, we went out to travel around Rome.
We took the Rome Metro (an underground public transportation system that operates in Rome) from the Termini Station until Ottaviano Station. This is the nearest underground station to the Vatican City, which is also where the well-known St. Peter’s Basilica is located in. The basilica can be seen afar in this photo. More information and photos about Vatican City and the basilica will be posted soon.
Having a good tourist map in our hands proved to be really handy. We followed the map to visit the most well-known places in Rome. After a short walk from the basilica, we arrived at Castel Sant’Angelo. The towering cylindrical building is the Mausoleum of Hadrian built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It was later used as a fortress and a castle, and now a museum for tourists.
We also visited the Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Even though it was during winter and the weather was extremely cold, there were many tourists eating ice-creams while enjoying the view of the fountain.
After that, we walked over to visit the Pantheon. It was built about two thousand years ago as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome and remained as the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome until today.
Back to our main theme of our blog – food. We had a quick lunch at Caffè Paranà which is located near the Termini Station before exploring Rome. The exterior of the café with the tram tracks are visible from the photo.
There are many different types of pizzas in Italy, many of them which we couldn’t recognise without looking at their names. Priced at €4, the pizza rossa that we had comprise of aubergine, mozzarella cheese and tomato enfold by bread. The pizza was tasty, the fillings were appetising and juicy while the bread was dense and nice.
It was an enjoyable lunch for the start of our journey in Rome.
Piazza Dei Cinquecento, 39,