Day 192: Rome

Alright, given that I am only going to get about five four (must have been so tired that I couldn’t do simple math) hours of sleep before another full day of touring Florence, Italy, I should make this quick—but I will definitely return to fill in the details from my first day in Rome.

For now, enjoy the photos 🙂

EDIT: It’s 7 a.m. About to head out for breakfast before going to the Florentine museum Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s art, Renaissance Art, and more! Making an effort now to update this day before moving on.

We arrived in Rome around 8 a.m. and rode via pre-arranged van to our hotel, the name of which I will only mention to warn you NOT to go to—Torino Hotel. You’ll understand why soon.

Unfortunately, check-out time is at 11 a.m. and check-in at 1 p.m. and our super early check-in meant that no rooms were available. Exhausted and in need of freshening up, we were told by the receptionists that we wouldn’t be able to get rooms till at least three hours later. One of the receptionists was particularly rude, telling us that getting a room frankly wouldn’t be possible and that there was nothing we or they could do. I mean, even if it were true, he could have at least been slightly more hospitable about it.

After leaving our luggage at the hotel, we decided to walk around and find where we needed to meet for our three-hour tour later in the afternoon and maybe sit at a café for brunch.

Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica in Rome.

Around 11 a.m., we were back at the hotel, hopeful that at least one room would be available, given that we had seen people checking out earlier anyway. Nope. And the rude receptionist insisted it.

The nicer receptionist told us we would have to wait at least another thirty minutes, so we waited in a lounge adjacent to the lobby. Two of us couldn’t help but nap, while my mom and sister complained about the rudeness of that receptionist.

Anyway, we eventually got rooms (funnily enough, our lights initially didn’t seem to work in our room, and one of them was immediately replaced.) Soon, we headed out again, taking the subway to the Colosseum to meet with our tour group. As soon as we stepped out of the subway station, we saw this.

Colosseum in Rome

Scaffolding did ruin a bit of the view, but apparently the exterior before cleaning started was black from the street traffic immediately below it.

Colosseum in Rome Colosseum in Rome

From the Colosseum, we walked through the Roman Forum and headed to the famous Trevi Fountain—which unfortunately is under construction. We didn’t even bother waiting in line to walk across the runway, which I just found out that it was built by Fendi. Hm, maybe we still should have tried our luck tossing a coin over our shoulders. At least we got some time to roam about (pun not intended) and try delicious gelato! I had the chocolate and nut Ferrero Rocher flavor. SO GOOD. The mini cone in the cup was a nice touch.

Ferrero Rocher gelato
Delicious Ferrero Rocher gelato!

I think I took nearly 100 photos just from today—oh, dear. I’ll need to do a lot of cutting down before I can upload them onto Facebook.

Roman building