4 Days in Rome / Day 1Wednesday, June 03, 2015
I've finally had some time to sit down and write about our trip to Italy. I've broken it all up into four posts to talk about each day separately, I have so many pictures I want to share with you!
Last month Tristan, his two friends and I went on holiday to Rome for four days. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and checked into the Des Epoques Hotel. The Des Epoques is a four star hotel located in Porta Pia, about a 30 minute walk from the city centre. The hotel itself looked elegant; marble floors, columns, a painted ceiling and Baroque-style lights.
Our room was small but was still very comfortable. The furniture looked fancy, we had small fridge to keep our drinks/snacks cool and a balcony for me to take my morning selfies on. I didn't take many pictures of the room but there are pictures available on their website.
After checking in, we went out to get to know the area a little better. Our sightseeing started with Fontana dell'Acqua Felice (Fountain of Moses) which is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinale District of Rome, standing to the side of the Roman Catholic church Santa Maria della Vittoria.
A couple of minutes walk away was the Piazza della Repubblica which has a beautiful fountain (The Fountain of the Naiads) in the centre of the piazza. The square can be a bit noisy and busy with traffic but it was still a nice view! We decided to sit down for a meal at a local restaurant as we didn't have the chance to eat after landing. The restaurant was a typical touristy place but the food was nice and the prices were reasonable.
We took a couple of pictures before noticing a church behind the fountain. The Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri didn't look special from the outside but I was surprised when we went inside. It was a beautiful baroque style church and no surprise - one of the architects was Michelangelo! It didn't seem very popular but I recommend checking it out if you are in the area.
We decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. We saw an ice cream shop walking past and I had my first gelato - dark chocolate and vanilla.