When visiting Italy it's a really good idea to make reservations at the museums you would like to visit before you leave for your trip. Most importantly so you can avoid waiting in a 3 hour line while standing in a suana (oh what that was just us and the insane heat wave that hit), and because certain museums like the Borghese Gallery only allow a certain amount of people in for two hours blocks.
The Borghese Gallery, or Galleria Borghese in Italian, was beautiful (and air conditioned!) and I really loved that I didn't have to fight crowds in order to enjoy the artwork. It's definitely worth a visit if you remember to make reservations in advance. The museum is also in the middle of the beautiful Borghese Gardens which are definitely worth checking out.
For some crazy reason I actually decided to follow the no photos policy in the Borghese Gallery. Fret not, I definitely took photos in every other place I was told to not take photos. There is goodness to come, I promise. =P
Anyway, after the Borghese Gallery we somehow figured out how to use the Metro (I swear we're intelligent people, but the Metro system in Rome isn't exactly tourist friendly. You'll understand if you ever go =P) to get to the Ancient Roman sites. We first made our way to the Colosseum, which is pretty incredible. There are lots of organized tours that you can pay to join, but we decided against that and used our free downloadable Rick Steve's audioguides. He did the trick. If you're trying to stretch your
dollar Euro while on a trip to Europe download his guides. I can't recommend them enough
We finished up at the Colosseum and stopped for some Pope inspired gelato before heading into the Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum was also pretty incredible, and we were really able to appreciate it because we had Rick Steves free audioguide. =P (Seriously it made a difference). For centuries the Roman Forum was the center of Roman life, and you can really feel that when you tour the area. I couldn't help but feel kinda sad as I walked around though, knowing that Jewish people had built much of the city when they were slaves.
The Arch of Titus
After visiting the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where we saw more ancient Roman ruins we headed back to our hotel and got ready to meet up with Gina (yes, I met up with one of San Diego blogger friends in Rome. Oh life hehe) and her husband for dinner in Trastevere.
On the bridge to Trastevere. Beautiful eh?
Next on the itinerary?
The Vatican and the Amalfi Coast
Hope you have a great weekend :)