The last day in Rome (Sunday) started with a metro ride straight to Colosseum where we thankfully didn’t have to stand in line for too long (the Roma Pass is really worth its money!) As you can see below this area is pretty busy during a sunny day like that. We strolled around the Colosseum for a little while, reading the nice info boards. I feel like you don’t necessarily need a tour, but I heard it’s very cool to go through the underground of the Colosseum which you will need a tour guide for.
The view from the upper levels is nice as well. You can see the surrounding area including the Roman Forum.
…Which is where we went next. The ticket (or in our case the Roma Pass) is valid for the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. After we walked around the main area of the Roman Forum (there are also a lot of info boards) we made our way uphill on Palatine Hill to get an awesome view over the city including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
The area on top of the hill is huge as well and you could easy spend an entire day just exploring the old housings located there. There is a beautiful garden with a lot of orange trees and some fountains. It’s just a beautiful place to spend such a sunny afternoon.
After being lost on Palatine Hill for a good while we finally found the exit and went to the
Circus Maximus which honestly – didn’t blow my mind. It was simply a huge oval park like pit. Maybe I’m a lowbrow by saying that, but I don’t really see the wow factor. The stories surrounding the tournaments in the Circus Maximus are though! ..Maybe I just was’t that impressed after having already seen the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
So we went on a little walk through the Testaccio district. Unfortunately the Testaccio market was already closed and the restaurant I wanted to go to (Flavio al Velavevodetto) wasn’t open yet. But I hear those are both some great places for people who enjoy good food and local culture.
We continued our journey upwards again to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta where a very special keyhole is located. This keyhole which hosts a view of three different countries (namely Malta in the very front, Italy in the middle and the Vatican (St. Peters Basilica) in the far back) used to be an insider’s tip but is now indeed just another tourist attraction. I wouldn’t be surprised if I had to pay for the view next time I’m there. But nonetheless its a beautiful view that you shouldn’t miss if you’ve got some extra time while in Rome. The photo doesn’t do it justice, believe me.
Finally we went took a metro back to the Spanish Steps to find somewhere to eat. Sadly we ended our trip to Rome with the most expensive and also wort food of all. The place was called
Teichner at Piazza di Lorenzo and they offended against every single rule I told you about in the first part of this series – so my bad I guess. But the ice-cream right across the piazza at my beloved Ciampini made up for everything and made for the perfect ending for our short but lovely trip to Rome!