08 Mar Rome – The first solo holiday
Rome was the destination of my first ever holiday without my parents – the first solo holiday.
It was my first time going through airport security alone, flying alone and being in a foreign country without them there. It was a terrifying experience at first; to be somewhere completely new without my parents there planning everything. But after a while it became completely normal to me. And if i’m honest I now much prefer it. But I won’t tell them that of course!
Instead of staying in central Rome like most people do when visiting the city, I stayed a thirty minute train ride outside of the capital in a traditional Italian town called Frascati. Known by many for its wine. Staying there allowed me to explore a little bit more of Italy – which is something I would definitely recommend to people. As there were more sights to see and restaurants to try out. This also allowed me to stay at a hotel with a hill top swimming pool, which offered quite a sight. It also meant that I could split my holiday into both a city break and pool relaxing holiday. Meaning I was able to soak up some of the September Italian sun whilst sipping cocktails by the pool. Which definitely made the holiday even more of a unique experience.
Rome is full of such beautiful and historical architecture. Growing up I had always seen pictures of the Colosseum, but standing in-front of the ancient amphitheatre was far more breathtaking than I ever could I have imagined it being.
I found navigating around the city to be quite easy if you use landmarks to help remember the route. During my time in Rome I was able to visit all of the ‘must see’ landmarks, including: The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and The Vatican/St Peters’s Basilica. I would strongly advise anyone who plans on going to Rome to visit these places – they are a must see!
No.1 Piece of Advice:
- Stay outside of Rome for the opportunity to have two types of holidays in one, as well as to to experience more of Italy.
No.1 Place for coffee:
- Hotel Villa Mercede, Frascati
- Traditional Italian styled coffee served all day and night.
- I personally found it to be perfect whilst sitting by the pool late at night.
Collection of my pictures from Rome: