Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Fontana di Trevi and the Vatican City



After I visited the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on my first day in Rome, I went for a wander to look for the Trevi Fountain. It's something I've seen on plenty of screens and books before, but quickly realized that I'd never grasped the scale of it. It's a really awe inspiring sight, and to be honest something I initially wasn't that fussed about visiting but it ended up being one of my favourite parts of Rome despite the heaving crowds. It's surrounded by snaking little side streets filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and gelatarias. Gelato is not the same as ice cream, I don't know the technical differences but to my palette it felt like somewhere in-between ice cream and sorbet (although that could of been due to the fruity flavours I chose!) It was the perfect way to cool down from the intense heat. I tried lemon, mango, strawberry, and orange, and the lemon was definitely my favourite. But I did get a bit obsessed with lemon flavour in general while in Italy, it was just so refreshing!

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Rome
Rome
Trevi Fountain

On the Friday I wanted to visit the Vatican City, but unfortunately my visit got cut short as I had a really nasty fall in the morning from tripping over a tram track. I'm far from the most graceful person and have dyspraxia so falling over isn't anything new, but I badly injured both knees, my left hand and also sprained my shoulder, so I was in a lot of pain and didn't feel like traipsing all over the place so ended up taking the day slow and easy.

Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City

I did go to the Vatican, but didn't go much past the square. St. Peter's basilica is the only part of the Vatican that you can visit for free, if you want to see the museums or the Sistine Chapel you'll have to pay entry. I knew this before going and had only intended to visit St. Peter's as I didn't want to pay regardless of how spectacular it's supposed to be, but when I saw the queue to get in the thought of standing for that long on my battered legs was enough to put me off! I'm not disappointed as I only went out of curiosity, I'm not Catholic and oppose a lot of their views and morals which is why I didn't want to pay entry. But it was a very beautiful place, and I feel I got enough just from being in St. Peter's Square. This is the area of the Vatican that is broadcast on TV when the Pope makes his appearances, and it did have an incredible vibe, I don't know how else to describe it but you could really feel the significance and history of the place.

I also made sure I sent a postcard while I was there! The Vatican City is actually it's own country so has it's very own postal system. The postcards haven't been received yet so I'm not sure what the stamp will look like, but I thought it would make an interesting little souvenir.

Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City

Friday was my last full day, and as I'd enjoyed the Colosseum so much I decided to spend the rest of the day just hanging around there as it's a pretty awesome view to relax by! Although I only spent three days in Rome, I didn't feel I missed out on anything and experienced as much as I wanted to. I didn't fall in love with the city as much as others seem to, but it was a beautiful place to visit and I'm glad to have finally crossed it off of my travel list.

9 comments:

  1. Oh sorry about your fall! Vatican City looks quite lovely. I never knew it was its own country!

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    1. What I saw of it really was! It's only 0.2 square miles so it's the smallest country in the entire world :)

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  2. I've enjoyed seeing your trip to Rome, but like you it's not a place I fell in love with. Still, sunshine and gelato, not all bad!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not alone with that as I feel like everyone else who's been seems to rave about Rome!

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  3. Hi Sydney,
    Your photos are gorgeous. I remember making a model of the Trevi fountain in school, do people still throw coins in it?
    I think lemons are a bit of a big thing in Italy, is that right? My mum's from Naples and apparently they use them a lot, in everything from gelati, lemoncello and cakes.
    Xxx

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    1. Lemons are a big part of Italy- it is even cited as the reason why the mafia started!
      https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mafia-lemons-citrus-sicily-economics

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    2. Thank you! Yes you can still make wishes at the Trevi fountain, I read that it makes over a million Euros per year and it all goes to charity. Although I couldn't get close enough to make any wishes myself!
      Lemons are grown all over the south of Italy, when I was in Naples and Sorrento they were just about everywhere!

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  4. Sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you are feeling all better.

    Gelato is much yummier than ice cream! The main difference is that ice cream is usually made like a custard with eggs, heavy cream, etc. while gelato just uses whole milk. There is a short Kitchnn article about it, but it talks about American ice cream and gelato.
    https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-ice-cream-and-gelato-word-of-mouth-119657

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    1. Thank you! That's really interesting, I'd heard it was something to do with the way it was mixed as it contains less ice or something like that, but that makes a lot of sense!

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