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#GOlobe30tting Day 28 Rome, Italy

Day 28 – Rome, Italy

July 18 (2pm) – July 20 (10am), 2016 | Via Lorenzo Valla, 25, 00152 Roma, Italy | +39 333 866 8441

2 nights total ₱14,701. Host – Valentino Rossi

1.5 hours high speed train from Florence to Rome: 7.5k php/4 pax

Last 2 days in Italy!! To be sad or not to be sad, that is the question. Maybe if Ate were with us the whole journey we wouldn’t be as eager to go home. But as it is, 2 weeks is far too long to be apart, we miss each other every second of every minute of every day. We are really #teamclingy

Last haul for our million-and-one luggages. All of us are under strict orders from Kap: NO MORE SHOPPING. Well except for Babyson who is becoming as difficult & as picky as his Ate when it comes to choosing an item. 10 oras sa tindahan walang magustuhan, #betchabygollywow! So may allowance pa sya for 1 or 2 more items. Ewan ko lang kung saan pa niya isisiksik hehe.


When you took in more than you can possibly handle, lol. 3 maletas handled by my wise babyson. Galing maka-improvise at navigate. My poor kargador!


Not all trains have an upright baggage section. Most of the new ones have only the overhead baggage compartment, so imagine having to haul several pieces of 60 lb.++ maleta each way up there. I can’t even! :'(( Back-breaking, kawawang boys! Kabaritis akong ma-slipped disc sila every single time.

Sa totoo lang, si Kap ang pinakamaraming hakot. But when I say that in jest, balik naman nya sakin.. Sweetheart, isang bag mo lang naman yung buong laman ng maletang nabili ko. May katuwiran, Lol!

Said goodbye to my niece quickly after another hurried Mcdo breakfast at the station. Destination: Roma! So far our experience with pickpockets in Milan, Venice & Florence has been null. We’re praying for God’s guidance & protection as we visit Rome as well. Mas ma-tao na daw sa Rome & more gypsies. So ingat pa more with our belongings.


Sorry gusgusin na talaga ang itsura ko, walang hair dryer at pagoda jackson na, kulang pa sa tulog ang drama ko. Pasensya na powz!

Checked in our apartment past noon. I must say Ate is getting the hang of this airbnb thingy. Expert na sya at finding nice lodgings for us. This one had an elevator, air-conditioning units, and spacious bedrooms. Yahoo! \m/

Grabbed a quick lunch in front of the Colosseum. Kap’s had enough of the pizza & pasta situation so as a compromise, chicken sya! win-win, wouldn’t you say?


Oh noooooooo!!! Kalechehan! Nakahanap si Kap ng TAKAM SA PRESYONG WOW! At kinodakan pa talaga. Huhubells, goodbye last few days of Italian food!! Wala na talaga akong pag-asa! @_@


Mabuti nalang hindi nya mahanap hehe. Balik pizza & pasta, YAY! :P


and chicken ala-jolibee. Coz Bae was mega craving for the crunchy chicken. First stopover daw ang Jollibee paglapag sa Pinas! ;)) Spaghetti pomodoro 7 euros, Penne arrabiata 8 euros, Lasagne al forno 8 euros, 6 pezzi de pollo 10 euros, Pizza napoli 7 euros. Pasok pa rin sa budget ni Kap, 43 euros or 2.5k php! \m/

Then off to some serious sight-seeing with what short time we have left..

The Roman Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built.

Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and has also links to the Roman Catholic Church.


So yeah.. the umbrella hat made another distinguished appearance! #hellapinoy #hellainit


When your brother serves not only as your driver/bodyguard/kargador/navigator but also as your personal photographer & payonger! ;)) Ate’s temporary replacement hahaha!


Price for the tickets to COLOSSEO, FORO ROMANO and PALATINO valid 2 days: – ADULTS € 12,00. The ticket is valid for two days and allows for one entrance to each one of the two sites (Colosseum and Forum/Palatine hill). But because we wanted to skip the looooong line, we went with the black market, so double the price huhu! But at least it saved us 2.5 hours of queue. Time is gold, and we only had less than half a day to spend & see important sights. Not a moment to waste. Cost: 24 euros each or 5k php approximately. 


Even inside, the line was really long, it seemed everybody on earth wanted to go inside the colosseum!


Sulit naman even at double the price, coz who goes to Rome without visiting the Colosseum, right? Charge it nalang to experience.


Extreme heat, I kenat! So thankful for my shades. Sorry nalang itong 3 unggoy na hindi nagdala! :P Wrinkles galore.


CLICK HERE to read about the history of the Colosseum.

Gelato stop across to cool us off after that tour. Mas matindi pa yata ang init sa Roma kesa sa Pinas, no kidding!


Pati si Kap hindi na umangal sa presyo dala ng sobrang init, whew!


2 scoops each, 500 php more or less for the 4 cones.

The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidise a supermarket for Rome’s needy; however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain. It is illegal to steal coins from the Trevi Fountain. Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.


Every tourist spot in Rome is crowded. Sabi nga, iba ang expectations vs. reality! You have to slowly crawl (and push) your way to the front. Pag lalamya-lamya ka walang mangyayari.


Of course eye on the prize lagi, sulit naman ang view once you get to the top! :P Ang gandaaaa! <3 Simply captivating. I wanted to jump right in!! The water looks so inviting after the extreme heat in Roma.

The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.

The monumental stairway has 135 steps. At the top the stairway ramp up the Pincio is the Pincian Hill. From the top of the steps the Villa Medici can be reached.

During Christmas time a 19th-century crib is displayed on the first landing of the staircase. During May, part of the steps are covered by pots of azaleas. In modern times the Spanish Steps have included a small cut-flower market. The steps are not a place for eating lunch, being forbidden by Roman urban regulations, but they are usually crowded with people.


Too bad it was cordoned off. Why? Hagdan lang yan! :|

The Pantheon from GreekΠάνθεονmeaning “every god”, is a building in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier building commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD).

The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a cofferedconcretedome, with a central opening to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and is  is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings.


What I will surely miss when we go back home, the beauty of the architecture all over Europe. Pag gising mo umaging kay ganda agad. <3


Note to self: Bring tripod next time please! Kaloka! Hindi kami magkasya sa frame, lol.



At the highest central point of the dome is an oculus, a circular opening, which floods the space with natural light. The oculus is lined with bronze and was never closed.


Hey what’s up hello! :)

Bernini’s FountainRome’s love affair with fountains goes back to antiquity. The city today can boast a collection of public fountains that has no parallel to any other city in the world! In Baroque Rome, fountains were seen as a reflection of the generosity associated with papal families.

The play of water over marble, no matter how humble the design, provided local Romans with entertainments and a much needed, secure supply of water which could easily be carried home. The popes saw this art form as an excellent PR exercise and exploited the concept to the advantage of their standing with the local people.

Pope, Innocent X Pamphilj (reigned 1644-1655) eventually commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sculpt Rome’s greatest achievement in this genre, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, located in Piazza Navona, the ancient stadium of the Emperor Domitian and the site of the Pamphilj family palace.

As early as 1647 Innocent had decided to erect an obelisk as a central ornament for the piazza in tandem with a fountain, as he methodically cleaned up and beautified what was one of Rome’s most squalid neighbourhoods!


If only we could dip into the cool waters of the fountain! Kaso baka hulihin kami ng pulis, lol.

The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy.

It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality.


Unfortunately, when we got there at just a minute past 6, sarado na ahuhuhu! Until 6 pm only. Malas! But it’s so creepy, I don’t think we would have enjoyed this at all anyway. Baka hindi pa kami makatulog, being scaredy cats & all. @_@


Not for the easily spooked, the crypt under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione holds the bones of some 4,000 dead Capuchin monks. Arranged in odd decorative designs around the shriveled and decayed skeletons of their kinsmen, a macabre reminder of the impermanence of earthly life. Yikes!

And that ends our 1 of 2 days in Rome. Ay may pahabola pa, Hard Rock Cafe pa nga pala for Kap’s souvenir shirt. Talagang sinasadya pa to the ends of the earth, hay! Loko ka Honey, suotin mo yang mga pinagbibibili mo ha. Grabeng kalyo ang inaabot ko kakahanap nyan!


My happy Kap! <3

As usual, chinese dinner to cap off our day. Ni hindi na nga ako umaangal, it’s already a given. :P Mas magugulat pa ako kung hindi kami mag-chinese food! :P


Kap is always busy-lusog where there is chinese food. Pagbigyan!

I must say, we accomplished A LOT today considering we only had less than half a day to visit so many places. So much that our soles got blisters from all that walking, just to cross off everything (well almost!) on Ate’s list for Roma. Wagi! \m/

Tomorrow, our last whole day in Italy, then back to home sweet home & Ate! <3 Abangan where our wandering feet (and Ate’s list) will take us. ;)

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  • Reply donna

    Hi Ms.Jane!So nice naman to read all your EU travel stories.Rome is really a walking city since the tourist sites are in close proximity to each other.Hope you had a good time during your stay in EU!

    August 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Thank you for appreciating, Donna! :)

      September 1, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Mom South of Manila

    Belib ako sa travel diary mo, Ms. Jane! Thanks for taking us with you on your adventures. Kahit baka hindi ako ever makapag-Rome, parang nakalibot narin ako dahil sa posts mo! hehe :)

    September 1, 2016 at 12:37 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      You are so sweet, thank you for appreciating. <3 And I'm sure next year ikaw na ang magba-byahe, pasalubong!! :))

      September 1, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Photo Cache

    I have to say this again……epic trip. I love seeing your kids happy faces throughout this trip. Sulit di ba?

    September 2, 2016 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Super sulit nga Maria. Would do it again in a heartbeat. <3

      September 2, 2016 at 8:41 am

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