The Colosseum, Vatican City, The Pantheon, Sistine Chapel and of course, Trevi Fountain. Just to name a few of the historical sights you have to see when visiting Rome. We had about 28 hours total in the city and managed to see all of these and more. I also discovered how much more I like Rome at night.
Right after arriving from London, at about 11:30 PM after flight delays and taking the train and then the metro to get to our friend’s place, we headed over to the Trevi Fountain. With this being my first time in Rome, I am so happy we started the trip this way! The fountain was beautiful at night and considerably less crowded than it was when we saw it the next day. We grabbed a few slices of pizza from a nearby shop and sat and enjoyed the view. The fountain is so much bigger than I expected it to be and the lights shining against the statues really show off the detailing!
We also walked to the Pantheon, the Vittoriano, monument for Victor Emmanuel II, the Colosseum and the Piazza Navona statue. All of which were lit up and looked so pretty in the moonlight. I definitely recommend exploring the city in both day and night, but found that night was just a completely different atmosphere. With a majority of the masses of tourists done for the day, you get the best view of the city’s historical sights in a new light.
Another favorite from our time there was the Lungo il Tevere. A few miles of tents filled with vendors and food stands as well as some little riverside restaurants, this was such a fun place to hangout at! And it is right along the river so the views are great. I believe it is only open from like 6 or later and only from June to October. If you are in Rome during the summer months you definitely need to go there for dinner and drinks. It had more of a locals vibe as well which was nice after a long day of running around the city.
All in all, Rome was great but certainly not a relaxing get away. Be prepared for crowds and a lot of walking in hot temperatures but also a ton of history and beautiful Italian architecture. Afterward, we took the train from Rome to Venice for a few days. I highly recommend if you have the time in your travels. It took about 4 hours overall and was such a nice trip… you drive by sunflower fields the whole way!