Kiana Takes Rome

 

My only expectations of Rome were taken from the stellar, 10/10 Disney Channel movie, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, where Lizzie McGuire travels to Rome with her school and visits Rome's most important landmarks: the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum. Being the die hard Lizzie McGuire fan I am, I made sure to visit each and every one of these landmarks and shop almost as much as Lizzie herself in the movie, even though she was doubling as an international superstar and I'm unfortunately not.

Traveling through Italy and later London with my mom and sister, we arrived in Rome at 9am the first day and took a taxi to Piazza di Spagna, where we were staying. We wasted no time and dove into the shopping Rome had to offer. We made our way to The Trevi Fountain and weaved through the crowds of tourists to get to the fountain itself. I unfortunately didn't have a coin to recreate the moment that Paolo and Lizzie had but it's okay. 

Although not pictured, one of our first stops in Rome was a cafe we encountered along our way called Angelina a Trevi. It had quaint but beautiful outdoor seating with a beautiful interior. 10/10 recommend. 

For dinner our first night, we went to Roscioli and had one of the best god damn cacio e pepe's I've had in my life. The restaurant also has a cafe and coffee shop and recently opened a bakery with amazing pastries and treats to grab on-the-go. Definitely make a reservation for the restaurant whenever you go!

The next morning, we left our hotel early to get to the Colosseum before both the heat and the crowds. We took a guided walking tour of the outside and inside of the Colosseum which gave us access to the arena level and view the inside of the stadium which seated approximately 50,000 visitors.

Although Rome is a beautiful city, it was much different from my expectations. Which isn’t all that surprising considering that my only knowledge of Rome was from The Lizzie McGuire movie. I thought it was going to be much more grand and luxurious than it was. It’s without a doubt a historic and beautiful city but was more crowded and busy than I expected. I enjoyed Rome but I was looking forward to what Florence had in store for me.

 
Kiana Toossi