We’re in Roma!
We started out the day by eating what we had left of the groceries for breakfast, before throwing our bags off at the luggage claim and heading down to the metro. By now it was a little to 8 am, and we were meeting with the owners of our Airbnb apartment at 2 pm, so we had some time to spare. Therefore we made the most out of being up early and took the metro to the Vatican state, where we walked around the square in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, before deciding to take a peek inside the church itself.
Here we are trying to take a selfie and failing quite miserably:
But in my tired state this morning the spontaneous decision of visiting the Vatican state had made me forget the one rule of a Catholic church: wear appropriate clothes. And I, being the idiot that I apparently decided to be this morning, was wearing the outfit I had slept in - shorts and a tank top. So we ended up making me a makeshift church appropriate outfit, consisting of a sweater and a fleece skirt.
In the heat of the early Italian noon, the outfit was pretty hot, but it at least got me a thumbs up and a half smile from the guard. Inside, the Basilica was incredible, and I waddled around in my ridiculous outfit awestruck by the details.
When we had gotten safely out of the church and I had unwrapped myself from the layers, we made our way to the Vatican museum, wanting to see the Sistine chapel. The chapel was closed though, so we instead took the metro to the Trevi fountain.
We sat by the fountain for a little while before heading to Origano Trevi for a cheap breakfast.
After having regained a bit of energy from the coffee, we made our way to the Spanish steps, stairs which I had been certain that I would never be able to get up. I none the less made it all the way up without hurting my knee - here I am on the way back down, very proud of my success:
We then walked down the infamous Corso where we went into a few shops and I ended up buying every Zero waste item needed for a shower from Lush. We slowly made our way back from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Colonna and sat for awhile by the fountain there before taking the metro back to the train station.
We claimed our luggage, found our bus and made our way to the apartment located just behind Piazza Navona. Here we met up with Andrea and Andrea, the lovely owners, who showed us around the apartment and told us everything we needed to know about the home and the city.
For the first time since starting out we were going to be in one place for more than two nights, so we decided to wash all our clothes that afternoon, by hand with the soap nuts we had brought, in the sink since there was no washer or bathtub. It was a bit of a tedious job, and I’m still unsure if it will dry before we leave, but it felt great to know that I would soon have clean clothes again. The task took a while, and when we finished it was already 4 pm. Therefore we went on a quest for a late lunch, and through a bit of difficulty and wandering around stumbled upon a restaurant where they had vegan options.
We ate happily before walking to Piazza Navona, which turned out lovely and magical, with street artists playing music and a clown doing a show, before going grocery shopping for breakfast nearby.
The whole area around our apartment seemed so cozy and charming that I couldn’t imagine having found a better place to stay.
We went home intending to rest before going for a late dinner, but exhaustion from getting little sleep the night prior finally caught up with us and we ended up falling asleep early instead.
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