I have exciting news!
If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve recently bought a Canon G7X and decided to give vlogging a go during my international travels. My good friends Rebecca and Beka vlogged some of our time working as Cast Members in Disney World and I love looking back at those videos. That, alongside some of my favourite Disney vloggers, inspired me to get vlogging. My trip to Rome seemed like the perfect chance to give it a go, and I’m fairly happy with the result.
I shot videos during all four of the days of our trip, and I’m going to edit and upload one per week for the next month. The first is ready for your viewing pleasure now, so read on to find it. I’d love to know what you think, so please do leave a comment.
I’ll also share my hints, tips and highlights on my blog to give you a realistic look at the city. If you’re planning a trip yourself, it should give you some inspiration as well.
Day one highlights:
- Flew from Heathrow to Rome with British Airways
- Checked into the Beverly Hills Hotel Rome
- Got lost in a creepy underground tunnel
- Joined a free walking tour, seeing the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and more
- Ate beautiful pizza and lasagna
Flew from Heathrow to Rome with British Airways
Our flight was at the ungodly hour of 7am, which meant we had to be at the airport for 5am, and be picked up by taxi at 4.30am. It was very tiring, but the quality of service from British Airways was faultless. For some reason, we were on a transatlantic plane so everyone had free seatback TVs with the latest films on. Food and drink was free throughout, which we didn’t really need after a big Giraffe breakfast but we enjoyed anyway.
Transport options form Rome Fiumicino airport to our hotel was slightly more tricky. We originally planned to get the train to the Termini station and then a bus, but it cost 14 EUR each just for the train. Instead, we opted for a faster route and shared a ‘shuttle’ (i.e. a fancy minibus) for 20 EUR each and it dropped us off right at the hotel entrance. We basically got a tour of half of Rome during the drive, too.
Checked into the Beverly Hills Hotel Rome
I had low exceptions for this hotel, but I’m pleased to say that they were exceeded. It was worth of the 4* title, and the staff we very knowledgeable and helped us with everything. The main drawback is that wifi in the rooms cost 5 EUR per day, which was a bit of a pain. Everything else about it was great, though, and there were some beautiful restaurants nearby.
I’ll give a full hotel review in day four’s blog.
Joined a free walking tour, seeing the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and more
After doing so many free walking tours while we were interrailing last summer, I knew I wanted to start our visit in the same way. We printed a reservation from New Rome Free Tour, and set off with our guide Andrea for two hours of pounding the streets. He showed us lots of sights that we probably wouldn’t have found on our own, such as some incredibly beautiful churches, including one with an optical illusion ceiling, and gave insight into some of the most iconic parts of the city.
Normally I would give a 5 EUR tip for a free tour, but our group was very small so I felt like he deserved 10 EUR. Even so, it was definitely a lot better value than the hundreds of other tour guides in the city.
Ate beautiful pizza and lasagna
Oh my gosh. The food. It’s incredible.
When we first stepped out of our hotel, we were ravenous and decided to get a slice of pizza from the first place that we found. Apparently the best pizzerias measure prices by grams rather than per slice, and we happened to chance upon one of these. It was possibly the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.
For dinner, we picked a random restaurant with outside seating. Our error here was that we were so close to the Trevi Fountain that the eateries were able to put their prices up, without putting up the quality. I did have a gorgeous lasagna, but it was over priced compared to other restaurants we found throughout the trip.
I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my Rome vlogs and blogs. Be sure to check back next week for day two.