Roma, Italia: My First Day in Europe

Hi, everyone! I’m back in Manila and to my blogging duties. Seriously, I just didn’t know how or when to start posting pictures of my recent travel to Europe.  It took me days to think about a fun concept or a unique way to post, but what the heck, I think I’ll just go with my guts.  Also, since I have a thousand pictures, I didn’t think I would be able to post them all here. So again, I’ll just go with my guts with that.

So for today, let me indulge you about my first time in Rome, Italy.  Being the first ever European country that I had experienced, I had very high hopes for Italy as a whole. Fortunately, Italy didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, I love it! Aside from the nicer bunch of people and the food, I love the old charm and huge history that it has.  Most especially, Rome.

Rome has so much to offer, you just have to look in the right corners.  On our trip, we usually just booked the “free walking tours” which were mostly spearheaded by international students studying in Italy.  We were lucky because the first tour guide we had was Nick, who is a history major, from Rome’s Ultimate Walking Tours.  So naturally, he was able to tell a whole lot about Rome’s history in an interesting, comical and fun manner.  It’s like he was telling us about a movie. And I found that very fascinating and not boring at all. It was also our first glimpse into Italy’s background, culture, traditions, and history. He did an amazing job.

However, I won’t bore you with details and history in this post. So instead, let me just show some photos during the walking tour. I’d  also like to apologize ahead because I will be flooding this post with photos. But that’s the point, right?

Piazza del Popolo – Our meeting place and starting point
Nick told us the background about these obelisks that seem to be around Italy. They are apparently gifts from Egypt, though some were replicas already, during the B.C. era. You can find an obelisk in almost all of Italy’s famous historical places.
A typical alley with small cars and motorcycles
The Pantheon, and another obelisk in the center of the square.  In Italy, they call parks as squares or “Piazza”.
The Pantheon is actually a Catholic church inside, but it started as a church for worshipping Roman gods
Hence, the different dome-like structure inside. This is the ceiling of the Pantheon, which is very common among Italian churches and architecture. That whole is the middle is open,bringing both light and rain into the Patheon.
inside the Pantheon



gelato break and restroom break from the walking tour
Where the term “burgis” in Filipino probably comes from.  The Borghese family is a very rich and influential family in the whole of Italy; hence, they have a whole street “Via Borghese” owned by them.
Augustus Ceasar’s autobiography where he claims himself as a Roman god.  Do I need to explain who Augustus Ceasar is? I think you should know that!
Castel Sant’Angelo – known as a castle but also became a prison and torture chamber in the early years of Rome

The walking tour actually ended here, but we continued on for the rest of the day on our own. But first, a picture with Nick!


And then, we went to visit these…

The huge Fontana di Trevi and yes, we threw some coins, too. 
Spanish Steps with a Christmas Tree

Our last stop was the Colosseum, but I’m saving a separate post for that.

By the way, it was about 9-10C on our first day. It was cold, but we braved it.Hehe.



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