Roaming in Rome!
Finally! After experiencing all kinds of glitches that I thought will prevent us from proceeding to our Italy trip, everything was sorted out at the last minute. The trip was memorable since it is our first European country to visit and first time the four of us travelled together on a holiday.
I was able to get a good fare at Emirates Air that flies directly to Rome. It is also the first time for us to experience the A380. So many firsts!
The weather was perfect when we arrived. Sunny and chilly.
We decided to stay in an apartment that allowed us to prepare our own food. I know that my kids will miss eating steamed rice and will get fed up with pasta and pizza in no time so our family need an accommodation with cooking facilities. After doing some research, I booked a studio room in Home Suite Rome.
The apartment has it’s own kitchen and everything I need to prepare a decent meal. It has microwave, dishwasher, and coffee machine. It has a queen size bed and a sofa bed that can sleep 2. It is really perfect for a family of 4. But one issue, although the apartment is new, the building itself is an old structure and doesn’t have an elevator. My husband had quite a challenge lifting two heavy suitcases to our room at the second floor. This might be challenging for elderly or anyone who has some back problems. Other than that, I can recommend this apartment.
Our apartment is just few steps away from the Pantheon and is peppered with restaurants outside. It also has a grocery store a few blocks away and several gelato shops.
Our location is perfect as it’s just walking distance from Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, and the Colloseum. These were just the places we’ve visited and for sure the apartment is within reach to other tourist spots. To have an 8 year old walking to these places is a good testament that most adult can just take a walking tour. Well, at least going to the destination is doable, but we always take a cab going back to the apartment We’re just too exhausted after a day of non-stop walking and I don’t want to push my son to his limit.
Our flight landed around 2:30 pm and we reached the apartment around 4. We freshen up a bit and started walking to Vatican. We need to collect our ticket for the next day mass which will be officiated by Pope Francis. Being a Catholic, this is a big deal for us. The walk from our apartment to Vatican is just supposed to be 20 minutes but we stopped several times and took lots of photos. By the time we reach the Vatican office it was already closed. As much as I want to worry that we might not be able to attend next day’s mass, I am too excited to be finally inside the walls of Well, we just took the opportunity to do more photo ops.
Again, we just walked back to the apartment and called it a day.
I will share more stories of our trip on my next post. Have a good day everyone!