I decided that once I had got my Christmas bonus from work I would use it to book some flights throughout the year and one of these was a trip to Rome.

I had been to Rome in 2012, but this was a whistlestop tour whilst Jamie and I were on a cruise. I think we had less than 10 hours here and it was a minibus taking us to the main tourist sites with just a little bit of time for pictures. You can read about that trip here.

About 6 weeks ago, I decided that I didn\’t really want to go so cancelled the hostel I had booked and didn\’t bother booking train tickets to/from the airport and transfers in Rome.

I then decided about 3 weeks ago that I did want to go so I found a different hostel and booked my train tickets to/from Stansted and the transfers to/from Ciampino airport.

I decided that I would do the sightseeing bus when I was in Rome and booked a 3-day ticket as I knew there was a lot to see and do.

In this post, I will detail what I did on each day and provide some pictures. I don\’t really want to go into the history of Rome as this will make the post way longer than it needs to be.

I got severely sunburned on this trip but it was totally worth it. I have suncream but it is over 100mls so couldn\’t take it with me and I didn\’t want to buy some in Rome to have to leave it there too. I am not looking for sympathy as I brought it on myself.

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Use of the toilets here is not free. Generally costs €1 to use. It can get expensive!

Fast food is more expensive than in the UK too!

All in all, I had a really good time in Rome and would definitely recommend it if you are thinking of going.

It was an early start on the day I went home and a long day as I still had to do a shift once I was back home.

It was so nice stepping off the plane in Stansted to 16-degree temperatures and rain. I slowly made my way to the terminal whilst everyone else was running. It was so, so nice.

You can view all of my Rome pics here