Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I went to Rome (a couple of years ago)

Hey everyone :)

So I wanted to do a post from my past (sounds mysterious), you can probably tell from the title what its going to be about. In April 2013 - Dave and myself ventured to Rome (I bought us the holiday for his Valentines) which I might have already mentioned in another post.

Dave had already been on lots of holidays abroad, but this was my first time on a plane (I know shock, shock, horror, horror) whenever I tell everyone that the first time I got on a plane was 2 years ago - they act like I'm some kind of cave dweller who doesn't get out much.

So I managed to find a really good deal on lastminute.com (shout out to those guys). The trip with flights and the hotel cost around £1000 for both of us, this didn't include spending money but everything was relatively cheap so we took around €250 (EURO) to spend. I should mention for both of us the flights were only around £200 return - it was the hotel that cost so much ... you'll find out later why (I'm a bit of a snob too).

The flights were with Alitalia whom Dave had never flown with. It was a lovely flight - leg room was actually great - I say that because I always heard people complain about leg room - but I'm not that big anyway so not much of a problem for me. My friend Sam probably would have struggled as he's about 6ft something. The staff were very friendly and we got free complimentary juice and pretzels - we only had these on the way back because on the way there I thought you had to pay for them.

We didn't arrange transfers - all we had to do was get a train from the airport to Rome and then our hotel was a 5 minute walk from the train station - we were trying to prolong the trip from the train station to the hotel because we were several hours early for check in - I didn't time it very well.

When we got to the hotel - I actually didn't want to go in and neither did Dave - we were both dressed in what I'll call 'civilian' clothing - such as jeans, t-shirt and hoodies. The hotel was very formal - men and woman wandering round in suits, marble flooring and a big high check in desk. So forgetting what we were wearing I ventured inside and checked in - luckily our room was ready and after giving my credit card over to verify I was me - we were good to go!

The room was lovely - I've popped some pictures below - as pictures do speak a 1000 words ;)

rome 2013 trip john and dave

rome 2013 trip john and dave

rome 2013 trip john and dave

rome 2013 trip john and dave

rome 2013 trip john and dave

As you can see by the pictures the room was amazing! The bed was so big that I could starfish and still not touch Dave - I wish I had that bed here with me now! We had heating, air con, lighting on a little box next to the bed which was cool. My favourite part of the room had to be the shower - it was one of those overhead showers - the ones you see in the films and on television in the posh houses. It has to be one of the best showers I've ever had. Also if you read my other hotel review I posted a couple of weeks ago - you'll know I love mirrors and we had this lovely mirror in the bathroom that lit up around the edge (as you can see above).

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So that was the hotel - there was many different places we visited - if I posted them all and wrote all about them we would be here for a few months so I'm just going to post a few pictures so you get the gist of it. We visited the typical places including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and a few others (which you can see below):

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

rome trip john and dave

Dave brought is pedometer with him each day and we did about 15 miles of walking each day - so if nothing it was great exercise for us. We both love walking (even if I complain about it) so the trip was thoroughly enjoyable for both of us. I can't speak for Dave (but he doesn't tend to describe things much anyway) but I'm sure he loved it too.

Oh and about my first plane journey - amazing! I love take offs and landings!

Let me know in the comments if you've been to Rome before or if your thinking about going.



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