I spent a little over a week in Rome this June with my dad – here are the photos!
We stayed in a hotel right next to the Pantheon, so it was a really good distance from touristy attractions. This was my first time in Italy/Rome; it felt a little surprising, in that it’s not a location that I’ve seen a lot of or thought a lot of so I didn’t have that many preconceived expectations about it. Anyway, Rome is a city with a orange/red/yellow and green color palette. The younger people all look like they’re fun at pubs and pool parties. The older people look like that too. And I’m into it all. So now I’m head over heels for both France and Italy.
I started this day wandering around semi-aimlessly by myself. My dad was doing work at the university, so I set out to meet him but took my time to look at whatever caught my eye. I wasn’t very on top of planning/researching, so I’m afraid I didn’t know what a lot of things were until later in the evening when I looked them up. This is the Capitoline Museum, which I reached after crossing a terrifying roundabout.
The Vittoriano, or Altar of the Fatherland, is for Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuel II. The Capitoline Museum is behind it, but this huge marble edifice is what originally caught my eye and set me started on a path through an intense roundabout and a huge flight of stairs in the heat.
I so enjoy walking around by myself in a city – it’s freeing and fun, to think of nothing but what you want to do in a city where no one knows your name and you don’t know much either.
Now the evening! The Pantheon was literally a one minute walk from our hotel and, I mean, how wild to have slept next to this building for a week. To think about how much life this building has witnessed is entirely mind-boggling; from marriages to religious services for the Roman gods at first to the Catholic church it is today to modern-day tourists like me to travelers passing through ancient Rome to locals using it as a meeting point for drinks after work, it’s been there for all of it.
In the evening, we walked around while listening to the Rick Steves audio tour from his free Europe travel app. My dad discovered Rick Steves’ tour guides and books a couple years ago while we were in London, and he’s been a big fan ever since, but this was my first time listening to him and it was great! The app has a good amount of choices for walking tours or a more general informative episodes. For this first night, we did the ‘Heart of Rome’ tour but started in the middle, at the Pantheon. It led us to the Italian Parliament, Piazza Colonna (pictured here!), the Galleria Alberto Sordi (pictured right below on the right, but it was like 10PM so it was closed), and finally the Trevi Fountain.
We stopped for dinner right before we got to the Trevi, and the plates were beautiful lol and the pasta I had/the beef dish my dad had was delicious.
The stuff of dreams, oh my loo0ord. Photos of the Trevi Fountain are everywhere and it completely lives up to those Instagram-fueled expectations. It’s entirely breathtaking to see. On either side of the fountain, police wait with whistles, blowing them and yelling when someone gets too close to going in the fountain or doing something that’s not allowed.
The fountain was built to celebrate when the ancient Roman aqueduct was reopened during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Fresh water from the hills outside the city was back, just like during the ancient days of Rome when people fetched water with jugs from this same area.
That’s it for our first day in Rome! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time ~~