On my very first afternoon in Italy, I decided to walk and see the beauty of the Roman Colosseum facade. I’ve seen this classic architecture a thousand times in postcards and on the pages of hundreds of books I’ve flipped through. I didn’t want to see one side of it only, so I circled around it because it was the right thing to do. I wasn’t just curious but also so thrilled to be in front of such colossal masterpiece of history! I felt pure joy to be finally in Italy!
Italy, as you know, is a country on top of my bucket list. So, you can only imagine how excited I was to be there for the first time. It’s been a month but I can still feel the euphoria I’ve had when the flight attendant announced that we just successfully landed in Rome.
As soon as I got settled in my hostel, I talked to Siri to show me the walking directions to the Roman Colosseum. An hour later (because I had a couple of stops taking street photos), this great symbol of Ancient Rome showed up in front of me. I couldn’t contain my excitement that I had to compose myself by standing still for minutes. I was literally frozen – hypnotized even. It was a surreal feeling that would be with me in a long time.
Money-Saving Tip in Rome and Vatican
Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze and see everything you want to see. This Rome & Vatican Pass will let you see the places you’ve been dying to visit and known of from the pages of history books.
Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar is your best bet in Rome. This hostel exceeded my expectations. The spacious rooms are secured with magnetic key cards and equipped with safe lockers for your valuables. You have to bring your own lock though. If you forgot to bring one, you can always buy one in their vending machine downstairs. They also have a bar that serves your alcohol needs. The staff are friendly and speaks English, too. The area has a lot of cafes, restaurants and grocery shops. The Roman Colosseum is 30 minutes and the Trevi Fountain is 20 minutes walk from here. But, most of all, it’s less than 5 minutes walk to the Rome Central Station. Trains to the airport and to another parts of Italy start and end in this station. You can book Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar in Rome via HostelWorld and Booking.
Related Link: All the Places I’ve Been to in Italy