We’ve finally got here! The last day of my Rome Diary!
To catch up, see my previous posts in this series:
- Rome Diary Day 1 – But First, Food! + Fontana di Trevi
- Rome Diary Day 2 pt. 1 – What the Romans Mades + Detail Envy
- Rome Diary Day 2 pt. 2 – Where The Romans Once Were
- Rome Diary Day 3 pt. 1 – Angels Watching Over The City
- Rome Diary Day 3 pt. 2 – Free ‘Roming’
Otherwise, let’s start! (and subsequently finish this chapter in my life because I know it’s overdue.) Enjoy!
Taking It Easy
As it was the last day of our trip, or technically speaking – the last half-day – we had very limited time left to explore so there was only one way to spend it: see title.
We actually woke up a bit later that morning – I guess because we had spent the previous whole two days being total tourists so much so that there was less of a rush to do so on the last day. Besides, it was probably best to reserve our energy because flying, and going through all those procedures before and after is pretty tiring, even if just a short-haul flight. Am I right or am I right? 😛
After breakfast, we finalised our packing and formally checked out with the hotel, though of course, it wasn’t exactly time to leave yet, so we asked for them to look after our luggage in the time being. (Hotels are great for that kinda thing I discovered.)
Heading out…our plan was filling out the blank spaces we had not yet explored…the spaces not far from the hotel.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Last day. First stop. 🚏
Actually, we had not ‘planned’ to come here but if not here, where else would we spend our remaining hours?
Our hop-on, hop-off bus pass had already expired so everywhere we would visit on this very day would be by foot. Getting here wasn’t too bad – perhaps a 15-20 minute walk? Of course, this depends where you’re heading from!
But I’d say it was worth it, because look!
If you’re wondering, the Palazzo Barberini is a museum within a 17th century palace, that houses some of the most iconic paintings of Italy, from the 15th and 16th century (perhaps a few earlier or later than that). There is a small entry fee but for the amount of work you see, I say it’s worth it!
A lot of the paintings and other works are symbolic of themes such as life, death, religion and fear. Of course, each work is always open to interpretation by the viewer. (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.) 🙂
Another Day, Another Church
Looking on our city map, we decided to follow a main road all the way down to reach a part of the city that was a bit more secluded (but in a good way). We came across yet another church, but one that looked much newer due to its colour.
🔺Trinità dei Monti
This church is perhaps one of the much smallest churches we visited in this entire trip. Once you’re in, you’re immediately met with the seating area!
As we came back out, we followed a path that allowed us to walk downhill as we were clearly on some height (as pictured above). This path leads you back down to meet Piazza di Spagna, the area where all the designer shops are. We had been close to this area the previous day but seemingly didn’t come over this side of the shopping area!
🔺Piazza di Spagna
🔺The Spanish Steps
This was the point where we saw a lot of people again but saying that, Rome is nicely populated and not scary like a lot of Asian cities for example.
Are you ready for the last venue yet? I had to make it food-related! Although realistically, it was the last proper thing we did before doing the typical hotel-and-leaving stuff.
We went back to a restaurant called Il Chianti which we had dinner at on our second night in Rome. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any food pictures then because my phone battery had died but it was epic. The prices are also reasonable considering how high-class the restaurant looks.
The restaurant is huge considering how small the other restaurants and cafes are. There’s outside seating area, two downstairs areas and upstairs too! 😮 The first night we were here, it was almost full house so we had to sit upstairs, which wasn’t bad since it was quieter anyway!
This time round, we ordered a margarita pizza, tuna salad and a tagliatelle dish to share. It was all so yummy and fresh!
After lunch, we sat for a good half hour chatting away since we had some time to kill and chill (see what I did there?). Before we knew it, we were at the hotel retrieving our belongings, having a final cappuccino before preparing for a taxi to take us to the airport. 🙂
Have you been traveling anywhere lately? I’m going away again in September possibly although I haven’t booked anything yet. Let me know what your travel recommendations are!
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