Our final full day in Rome had one objective only: to savour every single second humanly possible.
We arose from our slumber and had our penultimate breakfast in the apartment with the background chatter of the locals enjoying their morning espresso and the gentle summer breeze brushing us from the balcony.
Since Day Five was our take on “Best Of” a la Mariah Carey’s 2001 greatest hits album, we followed Journey’s first verse of “Don’t Stop Believin'”, albeit we did not reside in a small town nor were we taking the midnight train to anyway.
Like the big city ladies, we took the morning tram to anywhere. The terminus stop being Piazza Venezia, a location we had stumbled upon on our first day during our trek home.
Surrounded by notable figures of Roman history, Piazza Venezia is the central intersection of Rome paved with cobblestones and buzzing with rickshaws and vespas.
We circled the site and took in the spectacular views from the adjacent hill whilst inspecting its historical origin.
Wandering around the site, we eventually found ourselves at Piazza del Campidoglio: the square at the top of Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome.
The existing designs of the piazza and surrounding area were created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in 1536-1546.
The square is adorned with statues greeting you as you ascend to the top and fountains streaming with tranquillity and serenity.
Like a child playing on the monkey bars in a park, we could not resist climbing as high as we can. The more stairs, the more hills, the merrier. We found ourselves at the peak and looking out towards Roman Forum.
The vastness and preservation of such a site was overwhelming and unbelievable.
Descending back to our starting point, we hopped on a bus to continue our adventure. In the midst of our transit, I spot a four storey Zara. We immediately jump off to browse their offerings.
Walking around the streets after an impromptu shopping spree at Zara, we heard the familiar sound of a waterfall and decided to inspect where it was coming from.
We turned a corner and were greeted by the Trevi Fountain! The cool splash against our skin felt refreshing as we replenished our bottles at the aqua potable and savoured our final visit to one of our favourite sites.
Feeling famished whilst aiming to avoid the tourist traps of nearby pizzerias, we slid into a low-key restaurant away from the landmark for lunchtime and enjoy some porcini mushroom fettuccine. Each table was accompanied with a bowl of Parmesan to help oneself to.
We returned to the alleyway of eateries and found ourselves in the crossfire of a duel: gelaterias vs the Magnum pleasure store. Having sampled many scoops of gelato Rome had to offer, we chose a quick trip to the latter and treated our sweet tooth to some dessert and afternoon espresso.
Satisfied after our feast, we wandered streets upon streets until we found ourselves back at the very centre of the intersection. The afternoon flew by as we savoured the views and weaved in and out of independent stores sampling their garment offerings.
For the final night in Rome, we traipsed back to Trastevere and visited a family restaurant I had discovered the previous night. We were welcomed by the friendly staff and escorted to our table. Adorned with pink and floral decorations, I had fallen in love with the eatery on the very first visit.
Rome was such a fantastic and beautiful city to visit. It has a wealth of history, beautiful architecture and impeccable fashion. The friendliness of the locals and the decadence of the cuisine and coffee compares to no other.
Grazie mille, Roma. See you again soon.