Today is the day!
It’s time to explore Rome!
And of course, the easiest way to travel around Europe is none other than RyanAir. With our belongings, we boarded our flight and headed towards the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum!
Rome is the capital of Italy. Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,870,336 residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi), it is also the country’s largest and most populated commune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the center of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents.
After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870.
Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1422–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world’s artistic and cultural centre. Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism.
Even though the airport was not ‘in’ town, catching a shuttle was a breeze. Finding a map? THAT was a bit difficult, until a stranger-angel saw us struggling and helped us find one that not only had Rome in detail, but also transit times and nearby eateries. FOOD!! But before food, we located our hostel, which gladly was 5-minutes walk from the train-station, dropped off our bags, and set out to find pizza.
Tomorrow will hold the hunt for every ruin we can possible walk past. It’s gonna be fun!!