This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own
It’s close to a year since I came back from Rome and I have such fond memories of the trip as it mine and Luke’s first proper holiday together and it celebrated our year anniversary. We spent four days in Venice and then took a train to Rome where we spent four more days in the beautiful Palazzo Montemartini which I wrote about here. Before this trip I had been to Rome once before but it was back in 2010 when I was in a previous relationship so the trips were bound to be pretty different.
I am a huge fan of Italy, especially Rome so here are four reasons why I want to go back.
To see the Sistine Chapel
When I went to Rome in 2010 I did get to explore Vatican City and see the Sistine Chapel but we tried to cram it all into a few hours which was a little rushed in hindsight, but on my last trip we skipped Vatican City entirely as we just didn’t have the time to spend there. I really want to go back to the Vatican and take a tour around the museums, grounds and Sistine Chapel so someone can show me some of the most important parts of the huge museum and show me what I’m looking at properly.
To eat more pasta
Pasta is one of my absolute favourite foods and while pizza is good in Italy I find the pasta just next level. Absolutely every dish that I had in Rome was spectactular and didn’t taste like anything I’d had before, even in your cheap cafes. Everything tasted really fresh and even something similar like a cheese and tomato pasta was so tasty. I’d love to go back and just eat pasta for lunch and dinner every day.
To explore the Villa Borghese Gardens
The Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in Rome and is a landscape Garden which looks very English. In the grounds there are galleries, public interest buildings, museums and attractions so it’s like a little world of its own. I’d love to spend time here and take in the beauty of the gardens and slow down the pace a little bit as I’m usually so on the go when I’m away.
To visit Cimitero Acattolico
If you couldn’t get from it’s name the Cimitero Acattolico is a cemetry and while this might seem a bit morbid to want to visit I really love wandering around cemetries and trying to find out stories about the people buried there but it also feels like an oasis of calm and a place to reflect. This oasis of calm has been Rome’s final resting place for non-Catholic foreigners since 1784 which unofficially makes it known as the Protestant Cemetry but it also has graves of Buddhists, Russian Orthodox Christians and athiests. Among the graves within the cementry I’d love to find John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s as they’re both literary icons.
If you’re heading to Rome and need some inspiration here’s my ultimate four day guide.
Have you ever been to Rome?