We took a bus from Naples to Rome, headed to our hostel and passed out on our beds when we got there.
The next morning we headed down to the bar underneath the hostel, where we bought juice, a cappuccino and a crusant for only €3.00, thanks to a deal our hostel had with the bar. I love the breakfast in Italy, always the same but always delicious.
After breakfast, we grabbed maps and directions from the front desk of the hostel and set out to our first stop, the Trevi Fountain. We passed some beautiful architecture and piazzas along the way.
Once we found the fountain we practically jumped for joy. The Trevi fountain is big and beautiful, and boxed in by the surrounding buildings. We were lucky to get there just before 10:00am, so it was not very crowded yet.
Of course, you can’t go to Rome and not throw a coin in the fountain. We both closed our eyes, turned our backs and made a wish, tossing an American quarter over our shoulders and into the fountain.
We then turned around and made our way back to the Parthenon. It was not open yet so we decided to skip the inside tour.
Next we walked to Piazza Nova and took our time admiring the beautiful fountains and buildings in the square. The Fountain of the Four Rivers, aka Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi, sits in the center and was skillfully crafted.
We continued to walk the streets- everywhere you walk in Rome you will eventually run into something- and we ran into the Market at Camp Dei Fiori. The tables of the venders were overflowing with fresh fruit, dried pastas and many kinds of spices.
We continued our exploration and headed down river in search of the “Mouth of Truth,” aka: Bocca della Vertia. It was on my list of must see while in Rome. Legend says that if you tell a lie while your hand is in the statue’s mouth, it will slam shut on your fingers.
We waited in the long line to see the statue. I may not be superstitious, but when it was my turn to put my hand in it’s mouth, I was in no way going to test the theory.
After our photo op, we were ushered toward the exit that took us through the building to the right, which turned out to be a church and a gift shop, the lead out the other side.
On our way to find the Roman Forum, we passed a market called Mercato di Campagna Amica. Of course, we had to stop in. It was inside a wide building that was stuffed with venders selling just about every food you can think of. We ran around trying out all the free samples of meats, cheese, bread, olive oil, chocolate paste and more.
After our little taste test, we took to the street once more. Without even looking for it we ran right into the Roman Forum. Most people pay to go in and explore, but we headed to the top of the hill to get a beautiful view of it without having to spend money to go inside.
The Forum is basically pillars and rubble of some of what is left over from Old Rome. You can pretty much view all of it just by walking around the wall from the outside.
Passed the Forum, we found the Collesium. It was strange to see it just sitting in the city center, with buildings and people crowding it. We actually opted not to pay to get in because we felt as if we had seen enough from the outside.
We strolled around the city, checking out the paintings made by people on the street, and the musicians up and down the walkways. We passed many buildings, statues, fountains and tourists stopping to take photos of it all.
When we decided it was time for lunch we headed back to the Partenon to have a sit down lunch right outside.
We ate, and talked to the first American waiter we have yet to have while in Italy. Then after some time sipping wine we continued to walk some more.
We went back to the first market we had been to and purchased some of the dry pasta that had for sale. I took some home to my family.
After walking back to the hostel to put our things down, we had a cocktail at the bar below, creating plans and reflecting on the day. Then we hit the streets once more when it was time for dinner. This time we ate at one of the many restaurants outside the Trevi Fountain. The restaurant we went to was a bit strange. There were actual weapons and torture devices plastered on the walls around the building.
I will always be confused by that choice of decoration. Regardless, the meal was good even if the decorations were strange and the waiter was extremely rude. And by rude I mean we heard him mumble about us being “stupid, cheap Americans” after we ordered wine that did not cost us over €25.00. But you can’t let that ruin your night!
So after dinner we sat in front of the glow of the Trevi Fountain for a bit and explored until our feet hurt, then returned to our hostel for the night and passed out.
(If you are looking for an amazing place to eat in Rome, go to Dino and Toni! It was the best place we ate in Italy. If you want to know more about it, check out my next post on the Vatican City!)