Our first stop when we arrived in Rome was the Vatican. Since I had been inside the Vatican Museum the last time I was there and my friend had no real desire to wait in line to see it, we just walked over and gaped at it from the outside. Apparently Roman people do not wear sleeveless things even though it was over 80 degrees that day. On our walk from the train to the Vatican, everyone was talking to us in English. Walking American billboards apparently. We did bring cardigans to wear inside of Vatican City though. You definitely don't want bare shoulders there!
Many of the main "sights to see" are in small area so these are pretty easy to cover in a short amount of time. I thought the Spanish Steps looked even prettier than the last time I was here. Probably because we were there much later in the spring than before so there were a lot more flowers everywhere!
One of my favorite places in Rome has to be the Trevi Fountain. It is beautiful during the day as well as at night. I could sit there all day if all the throngs of tourists would allow it. I had to throw my coin in to ensure my return to Rome because it worked the last time :) PS, if you want to see a cute movie about Rome that isn't Roman Holiday (which is amazing) then check out Three Coins in the Fountain.
Then, we headed over to the Pantheon. Just the sheer age of this building blows my mind. It was a pretty quick stop but one that we had to make.
Piazza Navona is probably my favorite piazza in Rome. There are artists set up everywhere with a real variety of art. Plus, a lot of them are painting while they are sitting there so you know it is their work. No prints or imposters here which is really refreshing when you've walked through lots of tourist shops. I didn't pick up any art this time around since I was traveling with a backpack but I hope to go back someday and get some art! We also had to get gelato which was really delicious!
We walked by Altare della Patria which holds the tomb of the unknown soldier and the eternal flame. Apparently, Romans don't really care for this building but I think it's great!
We did even more on the first day we were there but I'll save that for another day. We headed to the Colosseum and walked around the interior which was really amazing! Stay tuned for that soon.