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Posted by / Sunday, April 14, 2019 / 2 Comments

ROME THROUGH MY EYES

It's been about 6 months since my trip to Italy and I'm finally ready to share all the details.

I already shared my Paris experience with you as my body was doing me somehow because I fell in love with the City, but I decided not to stop there. I have Amsterdam and Brussels posts coming, so watch out for them.

Rome was my Point of entry into the Schengen territory; I applied for a Visa to Italy by submitting my documents to VFS, and my application was successful. My application was for travel on Sunday Sept 9th and as at Friday Morning Sept 7th, my passport was still at the Italian Consulate. After being a total pest, I got my passport out that afternoon, bought my ticket immediately and spent the next day packing and making my hair (because travel hair is a necessity, argue with your ancestors plis).

My ticket was about N298/299k, and considering how last minute it was, I was impressed. Plus it was Emirates.

I arrived Rome and spent 3 hours plus on the immigrations queue. At this point I wondered why I wasn't Japanese (or Asian really) because they all got to bypass immigration. Imagine standing for over 3hrs and wondering if what happened to me the year before HERE was going to happen again. Everyone on the queue got to the immigrations officers and was let through, so I calmed down a bit and eventually I got to the front. The officer asked for my documents, took a look at them for about 5mins, checked the computer, made a phone call and asked me to go into a room. Only me, out of over 100 people that must have gone before me. I was so frustrated at this point and I didn't even have the energy to pray, I was just like "God please not again, I can't do this". After 5 minutes of being kept in the "office", a female officer came out and said I could go. I was confused, and I asked her "Really, I can go? How come?" She explained that my hotel reservation for my stay in Rome had been cancelled that morning and they confirmed that it happened while I was in transit, so it wasn't something I knew about and decided not to act on. It felt like the weight of whole world had been lifted off my shoulders and it dawned on me that I had been stressed out unconsciously about this moment from the second I got on the plane in Lagos. I got my baggage and left the airport to start my holiday.

I spent just 2 days in Rome, the day I landed ( I left Rome the next day for Brussels) and the day before my departure to Lagos (I came back to Rome on the 26th and left for Lagos on the 27th) but they were the most eventful and touristy 2 days ever, as I tried to squeeze everything in as much as I could.

I ate pasta, gelato, coffee and garlic bread and prosecco (which I now realise I do not like...the wine I mean).

 Garlic Bread & Prosecco

 Gelato

Pasta at a Roadside cafe

First time trying Lasagna, loveeeeit and will definitely be making this.

I also walked everywhere I went, except from the Airport to the Hotel and back. I stayed in a hotel when I got to Rome from Lagos, but leaving Rome to Lagos, I stayed in a  hostel and it wasn't as bad as I expected. I made friends with my roomie, David and we gisted all night long. If you've ever considered staying in a hostel, I would say, read reviews and just do it. Find ones that have secure baggage space so you don't have to worry about your stuff, stay in a same-sex room and stay in a room with fewer people if you can manage that. You'll get to meet so many different people from different countries and cultures and if this is an important aspect of travel for you, then you'll tick that box. 

I visited the Trevi Fountain but it was under renovation so there was no water in it (so annoying, same thing happened in Paris, 2 of my intended stops were closed for renovation). I also went to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Fontana della Barcaccia and the Spanish Steps.

 The Trevi Fountain (sans water)

Fontana della Barcaccia

 Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore


 Walking the streets of Rome

The Spanish Steps

At the foot of the Spanish Steps


And then some selfies, so you know I really was there...lol.



This was right out of the airport and dropping off my bags at the hotel, I was mad tired. Peep my holiday hair and tell me this isn't fire?


Have you been to Rome? What was your favourite part of the trip? Is Rome (or Ialy) on your list of places to visit? Let me know.

2 comments:

  1. I need to visit Rome! The architecture is gorgeous and all that food - yum!!

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    1. Yes you do! I loved the architecture, the food and wine! <3

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