Rome Part I: Monuments and Gelato

The Eternal City. The name really seems to fit the more you wander through the ancient streets of Rome. The ancient monuments that you can spot while walking down modern sidewalks really drive it home.  The fact that many of the roads follow ancient ones (or the route of ancient chariot races) amazed me, and my mind was blown by the obelisks brought to ancient Rome from ancient Egypt, some over 2000 years ago.


Of all the monuments in Rome, I loved the Pantheon the most. (Not JUST because I’m a structural engineer and it is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world…although that is amazing!) It has been a place of worship for over 1800 years, originally to the Roman gods and now as a Catholic Church. Being changed to a Christian church is what saved the building from destruction (the fate of most other Roman temples), though you can see marks on the front columns from where people tried to pull them down with rope.


We also visited (and threw coins in) the Trevi fountain and wandered by the Spanish steps.  The Trevi fountain is beautiful when lit up at night, and much larger in person than I thought it would be.


We saw the Piazza Navona and wandered by Trajeans Column. It’s incredible to walk by all of these sights in an evening, preferably with a gelato in hand. We were lucky to have excellent weather the first night we were there when we took our walking tour of the city. Walking tours in Rome tend to be pricey and similar to each other. We took a tour with Walks of Italy, and while it was enjoyable, at about 35 euros each it was not a great value. Whether you take a guided tour or wander on the own, spending a few hours soaking in the (free!) ancient sights of Rome is a must.


Accommodations: We stayed at the Hote Nazionale, which is located only a few blocks from the Pantheon and most other major sights. We got a lucky upgrade to the executive suite which we thoroughly enjoyed. The breakfast buffet is amazing.

Getting to the City: we took the Leonardo express (€14 each) from FCO airport to city center (Tremini Station). Depending on where you’re staying the metro is cheaper and may be more convenient.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. angharadeyre says:

    Great idea to do the sights at night when it’s cooler – yet another European city I need to visit!

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    1. It is definitely worth a visit, and it’s so beautiful when everything is lit up at night.

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  2. Rome is ALWAYS a good idea! #FarawayFiles

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    1. Agreed! So is gelato!

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  3. Rome is perhaps my fave city #farawayfiles

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    1. It’s definitely near the top of my list too!

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  4. Tanja says:

    you got some great shots of Rome by night:) #farawayfiles

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    1. Thanks, it’s beautiful how lit up everything is at night.

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  5. Oh Roma! How magnificent. We are planning a Caesar style return in the next 12 months after a long absence – I cant wait! #FarawayFiles

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    1. Enjoy your visit! I’m sure it will be amazing-I want to go back already!

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  6. Hilary says:

    I love the Pantheon and while were in Rome we found ourselves there just about every night! We joked that all roads lead to the Pantheon… #farawayfiles

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    1. We did as well, and I couldn’t tell if some of the squares just looked similar or if we kept wandering to the same ones!

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  7. Clare Thomson says:

    I loved Rome so much – all that history is mind boggling and it’s such a beautiful city too! I think I did a free walking tour when I went which worked out very well. Can’t wait to go back with my kids. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. It’s a lot of history, incredible to see in person! I’m sure your kids will enjoy it as well!

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  8. Trish @ Mum's Gone To says:

    I loved visiting the Pantheon but didn’t know about the rope-marks on the columns. That’s the value of having an engineer writing a blog post!
    #farawayfiles

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    1. We learned that on our tour, but I did find it fascinating!

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  9. I hadn’t been to Rome in over twenty years before our first trip back last February with our kids. I had loved Florence much more the first go round, but was completely taken with how much I loved Rome. I had completely forgotten. Ummm gelato. It’s such a beautiful and delicious city! Thanks for sharing. #FarawayFiles, Erin

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    1. That must have been such a fun family vacation! Ah I need to visit Florence, I’ve heard so many good things, and I’ll take any excuse to head back to Italy!

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  10. Brittany says:

    Oh man, I don’t know what was more gorgeous that bridge over the water or that GELATO. Eat the gelato ON THE bridge and it’s a WINNER!

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    1. Yessss! We may have done exactly that haha

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  11. Two of my favorite things about Rome! So many beautiful sights to take in and gelato (at least once a day, if not twice) is a must!

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    1. Yes… there is no limit to the amount of gelato I can eat!

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  12. lifeintrips says:

    Great pictures…

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