Rome Day 4 | Week 5, Day 4

When I googled Vatican last night to prepare my itinerary for today, I found this page on the official Musei Vaticani website.


Overwhelming isn’t it?

It occurred to me that if I wanted to truly see everything and properly visit Vatican’s incredible artwork, I’d need a guided tour. That feeling lasted for about an hour or so. Until I realized, I don’t really want to go into the history of everything. I can appreciate good sculptures and beautiful tapestries without a walking, talking Wikipedia page on the subject matter.

So I decided to do my own research and go through enough YouTube videos so I at least know what I can’t afford to miss. See, any visit to the Vatican has a few highlights: the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. And I figured I’d be okay by myself.

And I was!! :) :) :)

The Vatican is BEAUTIFUL! And St. Peter’s Basilica breathtaking!

The Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museums
The Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museums
St Peter's Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica
st peters square
St. Peter’s Square

After half a day at the Vatican, next up I went for a food tour in Testaccio, the original foodie neighbourhood of Rome and where cucina romana (roman cuisine) was born. BY MYSELF!! I had half a mind to book an actual walking food tour until I realized this is what a food tour in Rome looks like.

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Price: $ 96.65

Here is the thing… I can walk around Testaccio by myself 😛 😛 😛 And google the best places to eat.

So I did that and spent way less than $ 96.65. And I’m fussy food wise so I got to pick and choose exactly what I wanted to try. I had some amazing things: gelato, cannoli, pizzas and loads of other real Rome street food. IT WAS AWESOME!! The pastries from Barberini were particularly delicious.




And finally, later in the evening, I went out to dinner in Trastevere, a daytime draw and nighttime hotspot on the picturesque west bank of the Tiber.

The food was amazing at the restaurant I narrowed down on TripAdvisor.

The free stuff


The “not free” stuff

Squid and prawns
Squid and prawns
Tagliatelle with seafood
Tagliatelle with seafood

The dessert

Panna cotta with wild berries
Panna cotta with wild berries

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