Weekly wrap : Rome part 1

While last week’s weekly wrap was all about work, this one is all about play. I spent 5 days in Rome with my husband and children. We flew in early Monday morning and after getting our apartment, which was in the city center, we sent off to explore the area on foot. Here are the highlights of the first four days :

Monday: 14 000 steps, 9 km


The Pantheon


Trevi fountain (renovated / cleaned very recently)


Piazza Navona with fountains by Bellini and buildings by Boromi

Tuesday : 21 600 steps, 14 km. By far our most favorite day !


The Colosseum (72-80 AD)


Inside the Colosseum. You can see the pathways beneath what was the hardwood floor (reconstructed).


Imperial Fora


Imperial Fora


Santa Maria in Trastevere


Inside Santa Maria in Trastevere. Look closely at the Virgin Mary on the left, she is pregnant. Very rare to see her painted like this !

Wednesday : 22 175 steps, 14,5 km

The Vatican museum and the Sistene Chapel were the highlights, but you can not take pictures inside the chapel. The pictures below come from the museum.


So many of the paintings are painted directly on the walls and ceilings. Very different than the museums in France.


An exhibit with the transportation and vehicles of the Pope.

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Thursday : 18 920 steps, 12,4 km

The highlight was Borghese Park and Gallery.

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Friday : 26 220 steps, 17 km

We went to St. Peter’s Basilica. It opens at 7 and we got there early, and went through the metal detectors (there are at least 20 !) with no problem. We immediately went up to the dome. You can walk all the way up or take en elevator half way up, then walk. There are 550+ stairs. We chose to walk but I felt a little claustrophobic and by the time I got to the top my leg muscles were shaking. But it was worth the view.

I am only posting one picture as this post is very picture heavy, but will do a second post soon.


View from the dome, looking out over Vatican city.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the hosts and the participating bloggers !

How was your week ? Ever been to Rome ?


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Comments: 16

  1. I love Rome! Looks like you hit all the tourist spots how fun!
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  2. Darlene May 9, 2016 at 2:30 am Reply

    Your pics are awesome.

    I went to Rome during my junior year abroad in college eons ago. Loved it.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 9, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      You should go back !

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 9, 2016 at 2:41 am Reply

    I’ve never been to Rome, but I’ve always wanted to go. Your pictures are amazing! Looking forward to the next installment.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 9, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      It is so worth it. Almost as great as Paris…. and I have to LOVE something to say that !

  4. Kelli May 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Wow!!! Just amazing. I have been to Italy twice but did not visit Rome (we stayed in the north). Looks like you did a lot of walking and were able to see some beautiful and historic sites. I love that photo of the spiral staircase, too. Thanks for sharing all the photos!
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  5. Sonia May 9, 2016 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Love, love, love. You’re making me so jealous. We ate at a great restaurant in Trastavere area and really enjoyed the Borghese museum–one of the highlights. Looks like you had a lovely time!
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  6. Tamieka Thomasson May 9, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

    I mean wow!!!

    Those pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    I wanna go!!! thanks for sharing!

  7. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style May 10, 2016 at 2:35 am Reply

    Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you got to enjoy a lot of Rome!
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  8. Coco May 10, 2016 at 2:49 am Reply

    Wow, what a fantastic week! Was it hard to fit all that in?
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply

      No. The city is so small, we didn’t feel rushed. You just need to get used to the crowds.

  9. Kimberly Hatting May 10, 2016 at 5:01 am Reply

    Our oldest daughter is heading to Europe in a few days, and I am SOOOO envious. I’m such an art/architecture/history geek, I would be in heaven seeing all of these places. I don’t know what days she will be where, but if you see a very tall (5’11) blonde in a group of college-age peeps, it might be her 😉 I know they get to go to Paris while in Europe.
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm Reply

      OMG, you would LOVE Rome ! Hope you can go one day.

  10. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin May 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Is that people I see in the picture inside the Colosseum? I would so love to see this in person one day. Wow, I am just amazed at all your pictures, just beautiful to see what all you saw too! I can’t wait for the next post!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm Reply

      Yes, you can go inside the Colosseum. It is HUGE

  11. HoHo Runs May 12, 2016 at 2:03 am Reply

    Beautiful pictures. My favorite is the Trevi Fountain. You know how I love water! The artwork is stunning. I would have to drag my husband out of the museums and churches. He grew up with artists as parents. Thanks for linking with us Karen.
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