My husband & I just went on our Yearly Trip of a Lifetime as our kids call it, to Rome, Venice & Paris. We live in Michigan but due to much cheaper cost of airfare, flew out of Windsor, Canada to Toronto then to Rome. The fire had just happened a few days earlier than our flight so I was concerned about issues at the airport but we didn't really experience any. Of course, we didn't land at Terminal 3 since it was closed but we got right through Italian passport control with no problems whatsoever. Actually the officer just waved us through without even looking at our passports! Our private transfer was waiting for us at the meeting point so we were off to Rome! It was so nice to be dropped off right at our apartment door rather than shlep our stuff through unfamiliar trains or metros. I highly recommend.
We rented an apartment in Rome on Via Merulana through AIRBNB and our contact person was waiting for us there. She showed us a few things in the apartment then gave us a few recommendations on where to eat & how to get around and we were free to unpack & go. We didn't do much that day other than find the grocery store & bankomat, had dinner at a restaurant right across the street and walked down to see Santa Maria Maggliorre basilica at night. Went to bed early since we hadn't slept much on the plane.
Day 2 was our Ruins Day. We walked to the Colosseum from our apartment, got our Roma Pass at the Metro station right across the street then walked to the Forum to begin our adventure. The lines there were not long & we got right in. We really enjoyed looking at all the ruins & I used our Pocket Rome book as our tour guide to explain what we were seeing & get some of its history. Next we went to Palatine Hill & took in the wonderful view. After that we found a nice ristorante & had a pizza for lunch then walked to Victorrio Emmanuel II monument for more amazing views. We did pay the extra to go up the elevators to the top but at that point, we were getting a bit tired so it was well worth the cost. Last on our agenda was to go into the Colosseum. With our Roma Passes in hand, we didn't have to wait in the long line. Again we used our Pocket Rome book as our guide & did a self tour. Of all the ruins we saw that day, it was our least favorite. Its impressive yes but we liked the Roman Forum better. We felt it gave us more of a picture of Roman life. But that was just us. We did enjoy the Colosseum just not as much as the other ruins. Finally we walked back home & had a nice supper close to our apartment.
Day 3 we got up early, took the Metro to the Vatican where we had an 8:30 tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica with Through Eternity Tours. This was money well spent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the three hours passed so quickly. We saw so many wonderful tapestries & art in the museums and the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, what can I say, it was more amazing than I thought it would be, just wonderful. We ended our tour in the basilica, again amazing, beautiful, huge, what can I say? What a wonderful morning we spent. We'll never forget it. After the tour, we had a quick lunch then walked to Castle Saint Angelo & decided to tour it as well. Very interesting, not crowded at all, great views from the top. Walked the long walk back to the Metro, stopped along the way for our first gelato of the trip (yummy) then home for a rest before having a nice dinner near our apartment.
Day 4 we took our time getting ready, we had a 1pm appointment at Borghese Gallery. We walked to the Metro only to find out there was a STRIKE! Oh no, we have to find a taxi but couldn't figure out where they were. I knew we couldn't just 'hail a cab' like they do in the movies so we set out on foot to find a taxi stand. Long story short(er) we finally found a taxi stand near Termini station & waited our turn (remember there's a strike so everyone wants a cab today), got in & got to Borghese Gallery, 5 min to 1.