When In Rome
After about 30 hours in transit we arrived in finally arrived in Rome, where we freshened up and promptly went and found some food.
We stayed about a 5 minute walk from the Pantheon and a 5 minute walk in the other direction to the Trevi Fountain. So either way we walked there was plenty to eat, drink, see and do.
We decided to walk toward the Pantheon, and it was around 3ish in the afternoon, so there was plenty of people milling around, but due to it being winter and low season it wasn't overcrowded. We strolled to the Pantheon and had a walk around the square and went into the Pantheon itself as well. Then we went to a place called Antica Salumeria for something to eat. We had the most amazing platter with all different kinds of meats and cheeses, I can't even begin to tell you how much food was on this board. We actually ended up back there twice, another time for another platter and one more time for sandwiches.
The next few days we had a private tour booked, so it was just the four of us and the tour guide. We started at the Roman Forum, visited the House's of Augustus and Livia (the first Emperor of Rome and his wife), Palatine Hill and then finished off at the Colosseum. We ended up walking around 19000 steps that day, so we were pretty exhausted by the time we finished.
The next day we went to the Pantheon first thing before the crowds before heading to Vatican City, to go to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. On our way back from the Vatican we got dropped off at the other end of the street to our hotel so we could walk up and see what shops there were (we stayed on Via Del Corso). For dinner we went to Hotel Pantheon, which is a restaurant that is on the side of the square looking onto the Pantheon.
The next day was a bit of a "lazy" day, in saying that we stilled crammed in a lot of things. First thing in the morning we went to the Trevi Fountain, we went early before they started cleaning it, so you could get right down, but also because it was completely deserted, there was nobody there, it was incredible. From there, we went to Campo De Fiori which is a small produce and goods market about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We then walked from there to the Spanish Steps via Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain, there were a few stores along there we wanted to visit. We stopped by the Spanish Steps for a while and looked around the shops around there and then walked back toward Via Del Corso to shop along there, we stopped by Zara, H&M, Sephora, The Disney Store, Kiko, and Aldo before we were tired and hungry.
The next morning we were up, breakfasting, and checking out before heading off to our next destination.