Rome is a lot. There is a lot there. It is a very old city with thousands of years worth of history spanning across different eras in time from the Romans to the Papacy and the Renaissance to unified Italy and post-1945 Rome. I knew I would be fascinated by the history side of things (History student and all) but even I was shocked by the sheer scale of on-your-doorstep sites literally around every corner.
The history of Rome through the ages is blended seamlessly into the modern Italian city and you will find yourself stumbling onto beautiful and ancient things as you make your way down the sweeping boulevards and tiny cobbled streets that make up the city. I was in Rome for 12 days which is a long time to spend in one city and it is safe to say I’ve done nearly everything that will be on most weekend visitors to-see list.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t love Rome to begin with. In the first couple of days it didn’t sing to me and I was worried about spending nearly two weeks somewhere that I disliked as much as Paris. And now I’m so thankful I had all that time. Because Rome grew on me a lot and I got used to the bustling Roman way of life.
Before arriving from Stansted to Ciampino I had never set foot in Italy before. I had no prior knowledge of the culture or way of life before arriving aside from what I had researched. I don’t speak any Italian and can only do a hello or a thank you. I knew nobody in the city, hell the country. And I was going to spend six days there on my own.
When I decided to do a project on Roman bathing, a slight motive might have been my desire to visit Bath. I’ve barely seen anywhere in the UK and the southern English city has been on my bucket list for a while thanks to its stunning Georgian architecture and reputation for being lovely. And I wasn’t disappointed.
One slight regret I have about my trip to Bath is not doing sooner. I tacked it on to the end of my Italy trip which meant I was tired and missing home a lot so I didn’t give Bath all the love it deserves. I would definitely go back for an independent weekend visit!
I love taking note of memories. I’m always been the one snapping a photo or the one who journaled. I like remembering things, saving things and having memories to look back on. Scrapbooking has become one of my favourite ways to store past adventures and with summer 2018 being one of my favourite summers to date, it felt only fair to document it.
I’ve partnered with Printiki to print my travel memories from 2018 and make a scrapbook. This is my 2018 travel scrapbook and every time I flick through it I do a little happy dance in my head. I’m so incredibly lucky to have travelled to these lovely places this year and the fun isn’t stopping yet either as a week today I’ll be on my way to Italy!
In a few short weeks’ I’m heading off to Italy for three weeks of sunshine, pizza, gelato and trotting around the ancient sights. Italy is a country I’ve never visited before and it has been on many of my travel bucket lists so naturally I’m beyond excited to finally see it all for myself and not from behind the screen on Instagram.
The reason behind my visit is an academic one: as part of my degree programme at Glasgow I’ve opted to take part in the core travel course which involves a three-week jaunt to Greece/Italy/both and explore a project. In the heat of the moment I fell down a hole of Roman bathing and I’m excited to explore this ancient concept in Rome and the Campania area as well as visiting and learning about the other historical sights.