When In Rome
When deciding where to au pair this summer, I was stuck between the south of France and Rome. I knew that these would both be wonderful places to spend my summer, but eventually I chose France purely on the basis that I could speak the language so it made more sense. Yet in doing so, I decided that no matter what, I still wanted at some point to spend some time in Rome as it had been several years since I'd last been and I was desperate to go back again.
I decided that I wanted to end my summer in Rome, since it would be a great place to spend my last few days of summer before heading back to cold, rainy England and to university. Although the weather in Italy hadn't been great during my stay, thankfully the blue skies that I hadn't seen since Paris came back and I was able to see and do everything that was on my to-do list.
During my five days that I had booked in Rome, the plan was to go to the Vatican museums including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica and Square, the Trevi fountain, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Novana. I ate endless amounts of pizza, pasta and ice cream, and drank several glasses of wine, nestled in the cobbled streets of endless history.
I was staying at Yellow Hostel, located within a couple of minutes of walking from the central train station and metro. This was a great base, as I arrived and left both by train and then it was easy to get into the heart of the old city using the metro. It's especially a great place to meet other people and it's definitely known as the party hostel of Roma if that's your kind of thing.