Thursday, February 21, 2019

551 Steps

Jumper - Who What Wear x Target | Skirt - Who What Wear x Target | Boots - Dr. Martens | Coat - H&M | Bag - Clarks

Ah, my final Rome post.  Despite only being there for four days total, I was able to accomplish quite a bit.  Hitting everything from the Colosseum to the Pantheon to the Vatican, pretty much every popular tourist spot was hit.  Going to the Vatican was perhaps my favorite day but also my most tiring.  My friend Amber and I managed to spend the whole trip without using any public transport (other than to and from the airport); because our hotel was so centrally located we were able to walk every where.  Our longest walk was to and from the Vatican which was about an hour each way, and then once we got there we walked to the top of St. Peter's Basilica.  Though there was an elevator option part way to the top, we opted for the stairs which totaled to 551 steps.  We were dead tired by the end of the day, but the views definitely made up for it (although, if you can, I do recommend getting the elevator).

I'm actually going back to Rome later this summer.  I'll be there for no time at all, but I'm excited none the less.  I have a few things that I'm hoping to accomplish when I'm back, and they're a bit more off the beaten path which will be good since it'll be tourist season.

1) The Shelley Keats House
At the base of the Spanish Steps, this is house where poet John Keats died.  Now dedicated to the Romantic poet (as well as Percy Shelley), it holds a large collection of Romantic literature and other memorabilia.  

2) Santa Maria della Vittoria
This church houses the sculpture "The Ecstasy of St. Theresa" by Bernini.  I remember seeing it in the film Angels & Demons, and loving the raw emotion it portrays through the marble.

3) Galleria Borghese
This is an art gallery in a former villa surrounded by vast gardens.  It holds a large collection of Bernini works, which if you can't tell, I'm rather a fan.

I don't know if I'll be able to do any of these things, but just going back to Rome will be enough fun.  I have lots of other exciting travels coming up in the next few months, so keep a look out for it!

Elizabeth xx


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