Long time, no see.
I had a temporary job at one bookstore and I was very busy for the past two months. Now that I’m done with it, I can go back to painting, writing and [unfortunately] studying.
If you are following me on Instagram you probably saw that no matter how busy I was, I’ve tried to find time to paint at least something small [mainly on paper] every day. I’ve been experimenting with abstract art by trying different techniques and styles. I couldn’t wait to get done with my job and get back to painting on canvas again.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple. Somehow I lost my confidence… and muse. What I see is that artists usually have their own unique style. And I don’t think I’ve developed my own yet. This wasn’t a problem, as I’m a self-taught artist who is still learning. But recently, thoughts like “I’m not a good artist because I don’t have unique marks in my art” or “I’ll never be a good artist” or even “Why should I even bother to paint when I can’t” started taking over my mind and instead of becoming more and more inspired, I’ve lost it all. I continued painting because it is still making me happy but it wasn’t with the same passion.
I’ve needed a break to calm down and restart my mind.
And I had it – an escape from real life for 2 days in Rome, Italy.
I wanted to visit Italy since I can remember. So when we were finally able to save some money, we’ve booked our trip to this beautiful city.
The city is a piece of art itself so it’s impossible to not get inspired. When you think of the history and what Rome has once been; all the buildings, basilicas and fountains which were built through the centuries; the narrow paved streets with flowers in front of the buildings and on the balconies above you; the smell of coffee and baked goods when you pass a coffee shop or bakery; the gelato stores on every corner; the street musicians and artists; and so much more. You have to go there to feel it, it can’t be described.
This was my first trip to Italy and, though it was only for 2 days, it was enough to fall in love with the culture. Keep in mind that 2 days are far from enough to see everything in Rome so if you can, try to stay few days more. I’m also thinking to start learning the language. At least some basic phrases will be enough to know the next time we go there.
If you like the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture then Rome is your place. I adore these styles of architecture and couldn’t get enough. The photos below show only a small part of the beauty of Rome.
Fontana di Trevi
[don’t forget to throw a coin and make a wish]
[all these street artists make the atmosphere even more incredible]
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
[I’m not a fan of churches but this basilica is stunning.. you just have to see her inside!]
Altare della Patria
[this is what I call a monument built in honor of the first king! it’s huge and you can even get on the roof and have a 360° view of Rome]
And of course the Colosseum. You haven’t been to Rome if you haven’t visited the Colesseum.
And the good news is that when you get a ticket for the Colosseum, it also includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I’ve loved it there! When you are there and think of what it once was, it’s impossible to not enjoy it. No matter how long you are going to stay in Rome – 2 weeks or 2 days – when visiting the Palatine Hill and the Forum, plan to spend a few hours there so you could fully enjoy it.
Some of the other places which you have to put in your must-see list when visiting Rome are: Piazza di Spagna (the Spanish steps), Castel Sant’Angelo, the Vatican city [we didn’t have time to go in there but now we have a reason to go back], and the Pantheon.
What I loved a lot about Rome is that you can simply go by walk. The sights are near one another so you won’t need to spend extra money on public transport [great news when you are on a tight budget]. And you’ll feel the Italian atmosphere and see the true beauty when walking around.
I found the little streets very charming. They were matching my idea of Italy. The flowers, the coffee and ice cream shops, the restaurants, the stores for souvenirs,… the people. Although it was out of season, the weather was amazing and it was full of tourists. However, is not something I didn’t expect. Rome is included in every traveler’s list of European cities to visit.
Another thing you cannot miss when visiting Italy is trying the food. As a foodie, I’m a big fan of pasta and pizza and I was in heaven. I ate the most delicious pasta and pizza ever! Both of them were actually pretty simple – just pasta/pizza with tomato sauce and spices [hello, vegan here] but it had nothing in common with the stuff I’ve eaten before. And when you add a bottle of red wine, everything becomes perfect.
- if you are planning a trip on a budget, your biggest expenses will be food and sightseeing tickets. Try to stick to eating in a restaurant only one a day [for dinner, maybe?] and find a supermarket to buy some snacks to through the day. We found Carrefour and everything was way cheaper than the other small grocery stores;
- have a budget for sightseeing tickets. There are a lot of things you can visit and do for free but buying tickets can eat your wallet. I understand that when you in a new place you’ll want to see and learn everything but I suggest to go by yourself instead of with a guide. It’s interesting when someone is telling you the story about the particular places but this means paying a couple of times more than the regular ticket. Keep that in mind!
- have cash in yourself [espeacially if you want to buy ice cream!]. I was very surprised to see that a lot of places don’t accept cards. So it’s good to take some money just in case [and not go with only €25 cash and everything else in your card];
I found Italy very romantic and can’t wait to go back and explore other cities. I’m looking for my next trip maybe in March or April. I’m not a winter-type of person and when you are backpacking and have to spend a big part of your time outside, the cold isn’t your best friend. So, I’ll wait for this freezing hell to end and then continue with the exploring.
And I recommend you to visit Rome if you have a chance! You won’t be disappointed!
If you have any questions about your trip to Rome, I’ll be more than glad to help you with everything I can!