This past Friday, Sam, Matt, Marco and I left for Rome! We took the fast train to the city, so we got there in no time. When we arrived, we had to take the subway to our hostel- I had never been a on a subway before this weekend, it totally freaked me OUT! Luckily Marco is from New York, so he was an expert on the subway. My first subway experience was dirty, sweaty and smelly, and I spent most of it in a man’s armpit (sucks to be short on the subway). However, each subway ride throughout the weekend got easier and less disgusting.
Friday night, we got dinner by the GORGEOUS Trevi Fountain. I of course, got my Lizzie McGuire on and made a few wishes in the fountain! (I’m now an international pop star in Italy lip syncing in the Colossuem every night.) After dinner, we went to the Pre- PRIDE party in Pride Park! The Pride parade/march was taking place on Saturday, so having a drag show on Friday seemed appropriate to pump people up. It was a blast! We danced while the drag queens sang and danced their fake parts off. It was a fabulous night! But what happened when we got back to the hostel was probably the most exciting part of the night….
So we get back to our hostel at about 1 am, and I am EXHAUSTED. I’m ready to just pass out. In our hostel, there were six beds in a room, and we took up four so we knew we would have two random roommates when we got back. So we get back to our hostel, go into our room and all of the lights were off. I was JUST about to jump in my bed when I see illuminated by the light from the moon some man’s flab pouring out from under my sheets! There was a strange man sleeping in my bed! I didn’t want to be rude, but I immediately blurted out that he was in my bed and asked why the heck was he there. He luckily spoke English, and he explained that the man at the front desk told him to sleep in THAT bed, so he did. Apparently, he couldn’t put it together that my things were already ON the bed, and that maybe he should take another empty one. He literally pushed all of my things from the bed to the floor! If this kid wasn’t bad enough, he literally farted ALL NIGHT LONG. It woke up my roommate Sam and I every single time. Eventually, Sam just said “dude, you need to STOP.” It was disgusting. God Bless that boy and teach him some manners! Don’t think it’s too much to ask that you don’t fart consistently for 6 hours while I try to sleep.
So after all of that, it was Saturday morning and we left to tour Roma! The first place we went to was the Colosseum. It was INCREDIBLE. Seriously so awesome. It was gigantic and so well preserved. They even put up a replica of the platform that events would have taken place on. Until that day, I thought that platform was the one Lizzie McGuire performed on in the movie.. uhhh whoops.
After the Colossuem, Sam and I took the subway to the Vatican! The line was honestly four hours long to get into it, so we went around the back and cut our way to the front. Such smart girls. The Vaticani was of course, amazing. The structure and the artwork is insane. The Sistine chapel was the best part. It was the most beautiful room I’ve ever been in in my life. The artwork was spectacular and absolutely flawless. We weren’t supposed to take pictures, but of course I hid in a corner and snapped a few.
After the Vatican, we went back to our hostel to clean up before we picked up Alyssa to go out before the DAVID GUETTA CONCERT! We ended up going to this amazing bar called “The Drunken Ship.” It was an absolute blast, especially because my friend from high school, Francesco met us there! It was so nice to see him and to be able to catch up. After we all hung out for a while, Alyssa, Sam and I got in a cab and headed to the concert! We (for the second time in one day) cut a line of about 400 people and headed inside! When we got in, was absolutely insane in the best way possible. Francesco and his friend Fabrizio ended up buying tickets and meeting us there, which just made the entire event that much more fun. David Guetta eventually came out and it was AMAZING. Honestly a night I will never forget, it was beyond a blast. Sure, we all looked like we had just stepped out of the shower we were so sweaty, but it didn’t matter. SO MUCH FUN.
Sunday morning we did some tourist shopping and re-visited the Trevi, so we could see it during the day. We ended up also seeing the Spanish steps on our way to the train station.
Overall, Amazing weekend! I got to see some amazing things, and hang out with some fantastic people! However, I must say even though I enjoyed Rome, Florence will always have my heart!