When we were planning our trip to Italy, we came across a lot of negative feedback about tourist traps in Rome, so we were a bit apprehensive before our visit. To our surprise, we didn’t encounter any unpleasant experiences during our stay. We stayed in HiSuite, a small hotel near Piazza Navona. It was an excellent location with easy access to cafes, restaurants and grocery shops. Interesting places like Ponte Saint Angelo or the Arc bridge was within walking distance. We booked our sightseeing tour with a guide in advance. It didn’t disappoint us, as we were in a small group, didn’t have to wait in long queues and our guide could explain everything in English. We visited the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with our tour guide. We had dinner in the famous Alfredo alla Scrofa restaurant, said to be where Fettuccine originated. I personally didn’t like the Fettuccine dish they served, but the ‘live performance’ of preparing the fettuccine dish was excellent. The appetisers, meat and the deserts we tried at Alfredo were excellent.
We also visited Florence for a day trip, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a very rainy day within hours of our arrival. Here are a few photos we captured before it started pouring.