I was on the train from Paris to Rome all day. My whole trip around Europe was by train, which I both loved and hated. I loved the views but hated how long it took. Read more after the page break!
I arrived into Rome in the evening, and tried to figure out how to get to my hostel which was far away from the Termini station. I asked man at the info booth, but he was very rude and said he knew nothing about buses (which I doubted).
I felt very anxious, I was in a strange place filled with people that didn't speak my language. The night air was heavy and humid and I just wanted to go to bed. So I walked to my hostel, which was 40mins away by foot. Up and down hills with my heavy luggage. I just powered on, getting more annoyed, but I finally made it to my hostel. I used the Sygic navigation system which worked really well.
I stayed at Orsa Maggiore which is a women's only hostel which is located in a woman's centre. They also had free breakfast, my favourite item being pineapple (ananas) yogurt (which is not available in Australia). I had a shower and went to bed after the long day.
I got up early the next day for my visit to the Colosseum. It was very humid with drizzling rain. I walked there, it took around 40mins. I saw this on the way, I love that in Rome the ancient coexists with the modern. There were hawkers everywhere trying to sell umbrellas and ponchos, they'd get right in my face and I'd have to say "No!". But then there was another one three steps away.
My walk took me to overlook the Roman Forum, breathtaking!
The Colosseum! I had purchased my ticket online, so I didn't have to line up with the general public. There is a separate line for people who booked online. I had also downloaded a free audio guide and put it on my ipod before I left Australia.
There were quite a lot of tourists and groups.
After the Colosseum I made my way to the Roman Forum. You get free entry to the Forum with your Colosseum ticket. I actually enjoyed the Roman Forum better than the Colosseum!
If my memory serves me correct, this arch was made to display how Rome conquered everyone.
Here is me, dying in the heat!
Ancient Roman door.
Inside Caesar's tomb. This is where his body was burnt.
Showing the amount of tourists. There was one woman wearing high stilettos! I don't know how she walked, everything was cobblestones.
I loved the Forum. It was the hub of ancient Rome and housed temples, markets and gathering places. I could really get the feel of how Romans used to live. I downloaded an audio guide for the Forum, which was really helpful pointing out the places of interest.
This is the building of my hostel.
Next: The Crime Museum and Capuchin Crypts.
Paris Day 1 [here]
Paris Day 2 [here]
Paris Day 3 [here]
Rome Day 1 [here]
Rome Day 3 [here]
Rome Day 3 [here]
Vienna Day 1 [here]
Vienna Day 2 [here]
Vienna Day 3 [here]
Berlin Day 1 [here]
Berlin Day 2 [here]
Berlin Day 3 [here]