We slept comfortably and woke up ready to see as much of Rome as we could. We had bought the 3-day unlimited metro pass and intended to make the most of it.

We quickly learned that the metro in Rome is not nearly as comprehensive as in London or Paris.

However, we could still see a few interesting places using the metro, for instance, we were 4 stops from the Vatican.

With some help from Google Trips, we prepared our itinerary for the day.

We decided to start with a visit to the Vatican. When visiting the Vatican Museum, just like the Louvre, it makes sense to buy your tickets ahead. We made the mistake of not buying tickets ahead or paying for a tour.

Regardless of having to wait for about an hour to get our tickets, we were very impressed with the Vatican. Of course, that’s like saying the ocean is big. We started with a visit to St. Peter’s Cathedral and then continued to the museum.

After the Vatican, we visited The Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Altar of the Fatherland, and then we walked to the Trevi Fountain to see it during the day. After a break and a visit to the supermarket, we walked to Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo during the evening.

A note about personal safety in Rome.

I’m really torn about Rome. On the one hand, as a history lover visiting the Eternal City at some points it’s a must. On the other hand, Rome is still Rome. It reminded me of New York City as seen in movies like Taxi Driver, the NYC with subway cars full of graffiti, overcrowded, and unsafe.

Within 24 hours, I saw all kinds of scams. The senior citizen trying to help us buy metro tickets, the people “giving away” friendship bracelets, the well-dressed ticket scalper pretending to work for the Vatican museum, our child saw a poor woman whose scouter’s safety box had been left empty, the guys forcing those on dates or new couples to pay €20 for roses, etc. But it’s Rome and we had to see it at least once. Rome kept me on my toes, which I had not had to do in a very long time.

We ended our last evening in Rome eating gelato which we got at Wonderful Ice Cream on our way back from Piazza del Popolo. Regardless of the crowds, the many scams, the summer heat and any other negative aspects you can think of, Rome is a place one must visit at least once.

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