While my husband was at a conference, I had 2 full days to explore Rome in the summertime. With so much beauty to see in Rome, it’s easy to spend an entire day getting sidetracked. Every time I made a plan, I would see a pretty building or an ancient ruin around the corner that I thought I should check out before continuing on my path. And, that’s how I spent my two days: wandering through the streets of Rome following my sense of sight.
After my time in Vatican City, I wandered through an outdoor market and crossed this bridge.
I was on my way to the Pantheon, when this piazza, Piazza Navona, caught my eye. There was a beautiful fountain in the middle of the square and art vendors and cafes giving the piazza a relaxed feeling.
I made it to the Pantheon, which is a free attraction.
In fact, on one day, the only money I spent was when I took myself out to lunch at Ristorante Maccheroni. Trying to find somewhere down the winding alleys of Rome is half the fun (except when you are starving for pasta!).
After lunch, I went to a few Italian kitchen shops to see if there was anything to aid my Italian cooking. Then, I spent some time in a shady park overlooking the pretty skyline.
After filling my water bottle up in a lion fountain (yes, the water out of the fountains is drinkable), I wandered up to the top of the Roman Forum and practiced taking pictures of myself. It took quite a few tries, but I think I finally captured the carefree spirit of my day with some nice scenery in the background.
Rome, you won me over.
Read more about some of my Italian travels this year:
- Unpredictability going to Rome and travel safety tips
- Breaking the rules in Vatican City
- Venice, the second time around