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A Rome Less Travelled

5th September 2011

Andrea McDonald continues her exploration of Rome. Andrea visits many well-known sites as well as a few not so well- known, all in her quest to find the Spanish Steps. Andrea tells us more.

Rome is wonderful because on almost every street corner there is a piazza. And on each piazza there is an incredible fountain or monument to greet you. I spent an entire day walking around Rome and didn't spend a cent, oh, except for the gelato. Try to taste at least five flavours during your stay, my favourite is pistachio.

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Piazza Barberini

I stayed at an incredible four star hotel called Bernini Bristol which was located at Piazza Barberini, near the Trevi Fountain. It is a fantastic property with a beautiful rooftop restaurant where I spent many an evening watching the sunset over Rome.

Villa Borghese

My walking day started as I headed off in search of the Spanish Steps. I managed to take a wrong turn as you so often do, but it was the best wrong turn! I ended up in Villa Borghese, a huge park where I could have easily spent an entire day. I would definitely recommend a picnic in the park for lunch.

Piazza del Popolo

Heading from there, I came across Piazza del Popolo. There, one of thirteen Egyptian Obelisks stands in the heart of the piazza. I decided to consult my map to find my original objective which was the Spanish Steps. This walk could take you thirty minutes or three hours depending on how leisurely and how snap happy you are with your camera

Trevi Fountain

I then headed south in search of the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and then onto Piazza Navona. It was one of the largest piazzas I had come across and was buzzing with street performers, artists, stalls and tourists. I stopped for lunch and feasted on some traditional pizza and more gelato before heading to the Tiber for an afternoon stroll along the river.

Vatican

From here you could head to the Vatican, but be warned the queues are about 2-3 hours long so I would suggest booking a "skip the line Vatican Tour" if you want to explore within the Vatican Walls.  It may cost a little more, but you will save time which can be better spent elsewhere.

There are so many things to see and do in Rome! Read the first half of my blog for some great tips about the different tours that are available.

Do you want to plan a Roman vacation? Contact [email]text=Andrea McDonald[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Escape Travel based in Strathpine, Queensland who can be reached on 1300 841 097 or by [email]text=email[/email].