It was one sunny Sunday morning, eventhough its sunny the temperature is 2 degrees. Getting up early and feeling cold is not quite my ordinary routine. Although I’m not a morning person I’m excited because I’m headed to Birmingham Airport, to catch my flight going to Rome. This is my third time visit in Rome Italy. The first time was with an organised tour group with my friend, Lourdes. We didn’t have much time there we just went to the Vatican City, entered the Sistine Chapel, roamed around to see the Trevi Fountain and throwing away coins to make our wishes. The second time was visiting my cousin Darrell John who’s currently live and work there. I had a fantastic time and the opportunity to roam around and taking in the views, the architectural building structures are so wonderful.
This time I’m incorporating a family visit and then going to Venice to attend the Carnevale di Venezia. It’s been awhile I had this fascination about the masquerade festival and the timing is pretty good. I had a week off from work, so took the chance and eagerly booked my flight. I was so excited and also applied for a press pass for the event. It is my second time visit in Venice. The first time we were a typical tourist going to the touristy places to see St. Marks square, Rialto Bridge and ofcourse we did the gondola ride. This time I’m so ecstatic just thinking about the freedom to roam around San Marco capturing the most popular event of Venice, it is truly a photographers dream come true. I will be writing a separate blog for Venice Festival.
I was flying with Monarch Airline the check-in was so stressful, my luggage was 2 kilograms over. So I went away to sort out my bag then when I got back to the other counter I was offered for a free checked-in luggage- Wow, that was a bonus! Soon enough I was going through the passport control. My amazing journey started with a glass of Kirk Royal champagne cocktail. Enjoyingly sipping the bubbly while waiting for boarding.
After an hour I was headed towards my boarding gate. The 2 hour flight swiftly passedby, we smoothly landed in Fiumicino Airport. I collected my luggage, then purchased my train ticket for Leonardo Express-a fast train to Termini ( Rome Terminal). It was a quick 30 minutes train journey. My cousin Darrell John met me up at the Termini.
Its feels so good to be back again in Rome. I was eager to explore the following day, with no concrete itinerary. It was a wonderful day exploring the place on foot and used the Metro train. My first stopped was in Piazza del Popolo, the famous plaza with twin church and beautiful oblique in the middle adorned with sculptured tiger fountains.
I then headed off towards the Spanish Steps. Admiring the intricate designed of a boat shaped fountain in the piazza. After fighting my way around with the gazillion tourist to capture beautiful photos. I continued my stroll along the cobbled alleyways and did my usual church visits along the way. And then stumbled upon the famous landmarks The Vatican City, Colosseum, Constantine Arch, St. Angelo Castle.
On the following day the weather was lovely and sunny. Its a good time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Rome. The thought of yesterday about mass tourism around the city, made me cringe. So when my cousin suggested a day out, I immediately grabbed the opportunity. My cousin Darrell John and I headed to Castel Gandolfo. A beautiful countryside setting atop of a hill. Offering a splendid view of the landscape and with a magnificent scenic view of a lake, the Lago Albano.
It is regarded as the Pope’s Summer residence, only 40 minutes away from Rome. It’s a small and charming cobbled village, a quick getaway place when you want to explore the unbeaten path. The place is so peaceful and only a few tourist wandering around. It was utterly a good day out!
After our exploration we decided to hopped on the train and headed to Frascati. Another village on top of a hill. We arrived in Frascati about 5pm. We’ve been told that this is residential place of the Royalty, an evidence of the grandeur of a palace, sat on the highest point of the hill overlooking the city. The view was breathtakingly magnificent! It was a right time to watch the sun setting in the background, it’s perfect!
While strolling around the shop don’t forget to try the Frascati Wine. There are shops offers free wine tasting too!
Four days in Rome wasn’t enough to explore the place. I will come back again but for now im headed to Venice to capture the flamboyant festival. Come and tag along with me on my next journey.