It’s so cool to wake up in the morning in the heart of Rome after a night’s sleep, when the delicious breakfast, which is included in the price of the accommodation, is already waiting in the restaurant on the rooftop terrace. Amazing feeling! All you have to do is to get out of the huge bed and get dressed up, so that you can show up on the terrace.
On the first day in Rome we visited a museum, so on the second day we wanted to enjoy the sunny day and fresh October day in Rome. The first thing we did right after breakfast was go to the Colosseum – after all, what would be Rome without the Coliseum.
In fact, we had even been inside before, but to take a selfie on the background of the coliseum was a must. What made thing seven easier was that the Coliseum is located less than a ten-minute walk from Monti Palace Hotel.
We had a plan of going from the Coliseum subway station to our next activity – walk through the park on the other side of the city centre. However, we had to go back to the hotel because the metro station at the Colosseum was closed due to Covid restrictions. But since the weather was just fantastic, it was not an issue and we soon reached our next destination by subway departing from another station.
Gardens of Villa Borghese
We had already planned to take a longer walk through the gardens of Villa Borghese, located right in the south-east of the Rome centre. The gardens began with replacing the previous vines in 1605, but in their current appearance they have existed since the end of the eighteenth century.
Villa Borghese’s gardens are set in a landscaped park of around 80 hectares. It is also a home to a number of buildings, museums and, of course, a variety of attractions. A very popular way to relax there is renting different types of bicycles. The area is huge, it is the third largest park in Rome, and if you want to see it all, it is quite difficult to do it just by walking around.
After a good walk, we went from the western part of the park towards the Tiber River. From the terrace of the park (the park is located on one of the hills), you could see the Piazza del Popolo (it means something like a people’s square).
Piazza del Popolo
Then we walked down to the square. There is a beautiful fountain in the middle of the square, although there are a lot of fountains in Rome that look beautiful and impressive. This one is special because in the middle of the fountain is an obelisk of the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses – a tall tower in a shape of a narrow and tall pyramid. On one side of the square is the church of the same name, Santa Maria del Popolo; not too big, but a beautiful building.
After short walk around Piazza del Popolo, we went south through the narrow streets of the centre of Rome. It already was afternoon and we had to go home soon. We wanted to eat and also to buy Italian delicacies for taking home. Therefore, the next destination before returning to the hotel was the market in Piazza Campo de’Fiori.
Piazza Campo de’Fiori
We did not intend to shop in the market, but there are several famous Italian shops in the area selling Italian food, which is mainly dried meat in various ways.
That’s what we did; we spent a lot of money in the shop at Piazza Campo de ‘Fiori, 43. The shop is definitely recognizable with its wild boar’s head above the entrance. The shop is small, but full of meat products. As a result, the backpack I took was now full of different types of dried meat and we went for lunch before going home.
There is a restaurant near the square where we ate and you can read more about it in another blog about our gastronomic adventures during this trip.
That’s all for this time. It should be noted that from the same Termini station we arrived we took a bus back to the airport. When planning your trip, note that the company SIT Bus we used for the airport transfer offers the last transfer to the airport at six in the evening (you can see bus schedule here).
So, you may have to spend a few extra hours at Ciampino Airport, where, to be honest, there is nothing special to do as it is a very small airport. There are other transfer options available and we will probably use one of those next time.