One of the places I liked the most in Europe (and still do) was Rome, Rome has a lot of history to offer and you can also find your own stories there to tell others. Although one of the saddest episodes of my life happened in Rome too, my camera with all the photos of the trip was stolen.
But it was also a place where I met wonderful people who I want to keep around for the rest of my life.
I went from Venice to Rome by bus, a very long journey of approximately 15 hours, but for 10 euros I think it is worth it. I went by the company Flix Bus, the bus was pretty cool, very comfortable, with wi-fi and plugs to charge your devices, all you need to be distracted for 15 hours.
Important: I could not watch videos, the internet did not load them, so another tip is: take movies on your laptop or even on your mobile phone. This is another way to pass the time.
I arrived at the Termini in Rome around 10:00 p.m., my hostel was next door, but they had told me to take a subway and get off at the next station, what they did not tell me is that the subways of Rome stopped early, and I was still going to get money to buy the ticket. After running around like a headless chicken trying to find an ATM, I could not buy the ticket because the ticket machine did not accept 50 notes, but of course I stayed there trying to find out why my note was not accepted until someone appeared to explain it to me. He felt sorry for me and allowed me in for free, thankfully. At the next station I went down in search of the hostel! My backpack was very heavy and I was tired of walking after every person had given me some different information and I had already done some 747 laps in the same place, before I found the hostel: Freedom Traveler, located in via Gaeta, 23. Do you want to know what is most interesting about it? This hostel is next to Termini, but of course I only found out 2 days later. The hostel was well located, free breakfast and I made a few friends there. One nice thing about Rome is that you can buy a ticket for 18 euros, for example, and use it for 3 days and it’s for both bus and subway.
The Coliseum: it was the first place I visited, I confess I stood for a few minutes in front of it and my eyes were watering. Not even in Paris I had been like that, but there was a mix of things going on in my mind, I remembered when I watched Gladiator and I saw everything so far from my reality and suddenly I was standing there looking at the Coliseum: history in the middle of the urbanisation. I was also moved when I realised what the Coliseum was, a blood stage where many Christians died for the Romans pleasure… I got emotional writing about that moment, but I think everyone has a different experience, some get excited about greatness, another for the history of the place, others for its own history.
My first day in Rome was a lot of fun, but the ones that followed were even more incredible! In the next posts I’ll tell you how I found a tour guide that made my trip even better!
How about you, have you been to Rome? Let me know your story too.