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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Three hours in Rome; Photo Diary

Whilst a lot of people think my life is a whirlwind of organising glamorous events and exploring beautiful destinations, that's definitely not the whole reality. Yes, I am lucky enough to visit a new country every couple of weeks, but I don't get to spend much time outside the event venue - an evening if I'm lucky, but usually only an hour to two.

Whilst running an event in Zurich back in July, I vowed to make sure I would try my absolute best to make the most of the cities I visit with work and make an effort to go and and see at least something in any spare second I had.

Over the August Bank Holiday, I was running a couple of events in Rome and managed three glorious hours to explore the City Centre. Of course, I didn't get to see much, especially as I was in the queue for the Colosseum for an hour, but that, along with the Trevi Fountain were the two things I feel like I waited my life to see, well since Lizzie McGuire anyway.

Colosseum Rome

If you're ever visiting the Colosseum, I would recommend buying tickets in advance to save the giant queue - I was queuing for an hour in the boiling heat! Also take a bottle of water in, I didn't stupidly, and I was dehydrating in 34 degrees of heat! 

There's a lot of people trying to get you to pay for a private tour while you're in the queue, I didn't do it, but for the price, I don't personally think it would be worth it. You can rent an audio tour to listen to walking around from the venue itself, or walking around you end up accidentally tagging on to private tours here and there and listening in any way. 

One other tip, if you're from an EU country and between 18-25, don't forget to bring ID as you can get a big discount on the entry price, I think I only paid €7.50 to get in. 

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

After spending an hour in awe of the Colosseum, I took a walk over the Trevi Fountain thanks to my trusty Google Maps! It took amount 20 minutes and there was so much to see on the way. I was amazed at how many ruins there are around the City, everywhere you look. Next time I would love to have a tour guide with me to explain exactly what everything is/was.

Roman ruins

Roman ruins

Roman ruins

Rome

Of course, I have my true Lizzue McGuire moment and made a wish in the Trevi Fountain - minus the gorgeous Italian pop star though unfortunately...

Trevi Fountain Rome

Trevi Fountain Rome

Even though it was a ridiculously short trip into the City, I'm so so glad I made time, and it was worth staying up all night to carry on with work when I got back to the hotel.

Here's my vow to have at least 3 hours exploring in each City I visit for work. Next up, Amsterdam...

Love Lauren xx

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6 comments

  1. I'm so jealous that you got to visit Rome, even if it was only for a few hours! It looks beautiful, I love your photos x

    Always, Alice

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  2. Rome is potentially going to be my next travel spot and I cannot wait! I visited the city years ago on a school trip and fell in love with it.

    Glad you managed to see a little of the history whilst you were there though.

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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  3. Next time you visit you must go to the Vatican City with is totally awesome too.

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  4. I visited Rome last summer and I had a lovely time there. The architecture is stunning!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  5. very pretty shots you got here! Glad you squeezed this in your in schedule! Italy is a beaut!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  6. ohhhh I want to go back! These were my favourite sights too :) x

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