“You know literally, we can go shopping in Italy…”-Jadakiss
The first time we took a taxi while in Europe was in Rome. Our train to Rome was about 6hours and we had no idea how to navigate the metro system (nor did we want to). The driver was a bit mean and he tried to overcharge us for our ride.
Ky Tip: Beware of this scheme. Taxi drivers will assume you are a stupid American and will try to overcharge you for their services. Make sure they always have their meters on, unless it’s a standard charge from the airport and also go to each country knowing approximately how much the cost of a taxi is. I used the following website for these calculations: http://www.worldtaximeter.com Kolbe Hotel was absolutely beautiful. It’s in the midst of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. I literally was amazed when I opened the door to the room. It was a duplex- loft. This was the best hotel we checked in thus far.
We got dressed (but not fast enough) and headed to Vatican City. It was beautiful and vast. However, when we got to the Sistine Chapel it was closed for the day. So we did what anyone would do…take flicks!
We headed back into Rome to make a wish at the Fountain de Trevi or Trevi fountain. Trevi had swarms of people surrounding it. I made a simple wish and like everyone who has ever thrown a coin inside and held high hopes for returning to Rome one day.
If I can count the number of times we ran in Rome, whether it was to cross the street or catch a bus it would be endless. We took buses everywhere. Rome was not as strict about paying for transportation, which worked to our advantage because we got on and off as we pleased. We wandered around aimlessly until we unintentionally discovered the Roman ruins or the Roman Forum. Honestly, this was one of the greatest moments of my trip. Stepping back into time and experiencing how the ancient Romans lived was the most magnificent experience ever.
Our walk back to the hotel was creepy, to say the least. We got chased by a bunch of Italian children who were looking at us weird and pointing at us. However, once we got to the hotel there was no way we could just stay in for the night. We were in ROMA!!!! So we went roaming around the city in search of adventure. It was around 11PM, but this place was still alive.
We went to a local bar that was very chic, followed by a bus ride for the heck of it. We got off the bus at the perfect stop and decided to switch gears and start searching for pastries. A local told us about a bakery where we could get fresh-baked treats straight out of the oven. YUM!!!
Time was of the essence for our last morning in Rome. We had a plane to catch at 2pm which meant we only had a few precious hours left in Italy. Our morning consisted of the Roman Forum and the Coliseum.
Ky’s Verdict: I like to think of Rome as a hybrid that merges the elements of city life with its historical past. I can’t wait to go back. This city has too much history and attractions to experience in one day. I just didn’t have enough time and I yearn to return. FYI- Italian men, love chocolate women. This is a gorgeous city and the preservation of its ruins was captivating.