Rome is the largest city in Italy, and it’s reach in history and landmarks. I think it’s a city like Paris, London, or New York, when you can go as many times as you want, and there’s still something new to see.
In 2018, we started our tour of Europe here, and it did not disappoint. Since there’s so much, I decided to break down the post in three. The three posts are this one, our top five attractions and our day in the Vatican.
This post can be considered the best of the rest of Rome. 🙂
Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna
The Spanish Steps, which are in Piazza di Spagna, are basically a grand staircase with just over 130 steps. At the top of the staircase is the Trinità dei Monti church.
The whole area was extremely busy and we could barely get a little place on the stairs to take a picture. But it’s definitely still worth a visit.
Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria de Popolo Church
Piazza del Popolo was a nice surprise. Apart from the nice architectural details, the square also had some attractions for children that day and the girls took the opportunity to relax.
In the area there’s also the Basilica Santa Maria del Popolo, where we found some works of Caravaggio and Raphael.
From the Piazza del Popolo, you can walk up the stairs to Villa Borguese, stopping to admire the square from above at the Terrazza del Pincio.
We walked quite a bit in the Villa Borguese park, which ended up being a hit with the girls – it had a playground, a carousel and some inflatable structures.
Santa Maria Maggiore
The Basilica of Saint Mary Major was started in 432, and only finished in 1743, and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
There were many other amazing sites during our trip, but it would be a never-ending post if I tried to showcase then all. Therefore, here are some of the highlights in pictures.
The Food in Rome
We felt at home in Rome, being from Italian ancestry, when it came to food. Between pasta and pizza, the only thing that changed was the sauce or toppings – and that was good for everyone, even the girls. But the big hit with Alice and Diana was definitely the gelato, which they had every day. 🙂
If you want to see more, here are some other posts from our trip through Italy in 2018.