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. Of course, I wasn’t just curious but also so thrilled to be in front of such a colossal masterpiece of history! I felt pure joy to be finally in Italy!
Italy, as you know, is a country at the 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 the 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 for a long time.
Look at these photos of the beauty of the Roman Colosseum facade and you will understand why and how I felt.
Join a Tour to See More of Rome
Rome is a very historic city and one of the ancient civilizations. There’s so much to take in, learn and marvel at. So, to maximize your time without hassles, I’d recommend that you join a tour. Not all tours are expensive, some are affordable. Click the links below and see what you can afford.
How to Save in Rome
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 everything you want to see. So, it is wise to do the Hop-on and Hop-Off Bus Pass for 24, 48, and 72 hours! This will save you time and you’ll see the places you’ve been dying to visit and have known of from the pages of history books.
Where to Stay in Rome – Hostel in Rome
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 other parts of Italy start and end at this station. You can book your accommodations in Rome through HostelWorld and Booking.com.
Related Link: All the Places I’ve Been to in Italy