A Roman Holiday
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it took me weeks to plan my 1 week trip to rome. the stress of choosing the right hotel was incredible. there were so many things to consider: price, location, comfort, safety and the staff's attitude. i had around 20 hotels in my list adn i had to google each one to get teh feel of what the hotel is like according to those who have actually stayed in it. my starting point then was trip advisor, yahoo travel forum, trav buddy, travel blog and the rest was from the google search result.
after doing all teh due diligence, i ended up with oen hotel, hotel colombia in via della conzilliacione. it was an old palace where the previous popes used to live. and the location was perfect. it was a few steps away from st peter's basilica and the vatican museum.
i slept on my decision for 2 nights before i finally went to their website and booked my reservation. getting the accomodation completed was a big tick off my list.
the next on the list was my itinerary. i bought a DK eyewitness travel guide for rome. i studied the sights and read through their recommended walking tour guide.
so far, i had my airfare ticket purchased and booked, hotel reservation booked, itinerary ticked off, i need to worry about what to bring. i made a conscious decision to travel as light as possible. so i packed what i thought i would be needing for the trip 6 weeks in advance.
every week, i took one item out of the luggage and by the last week, i had almost halved the items i originally packed. yipee!
the next one on the list was to calculate how much my daily budget will be, so i can buy euro dollars.
and so the day has finally come. after a year of planning (i bought the ticket a year before), i was standing in a queue ready to board my flight to rome, teh eternal city.
finally, i can tick off rome from my list.
the plane touched down at 6:30am at fiumincino airport. this was my first trip to this historic city. as soon as i cleared customs and immigration, i went straight to the arrival section so i can scout for a ride to the hotel.
i've met a filipino guy and i was hoping that he would be able to give me some tips on the best way to ge to the hotel.
i arrived early at the hotel. around 9+ am. the check in time was around 2pm. and there was no room available. so they allowed me to leave my bags so i can do my look around and made me come back after 2pm. and so off i went.
i headed straight to st peter's basilica and because it was early morning on a saturday, there was not much people.
after the St Peter's Basilica visit, i followed the first of the nine walking guide of DK travel guide: A One-Hour Walk Along Via Giulia. that will be for the next blog.