Good morning Contikiiiii!” I seriously miss hearing this from our super chill tour guide Maite. She would say this every single morning for nine days with a very energetic and high-pitched tone. I had the best Contiki experience with some of the coolest people I just met during the trip and spent so much time laughing, exploring new cities and eating everything in sight with them!
Nicole and I booked the Contiki Mediterranean Escape. It was a nine-day tour that will bring you to Rome, Amalfi Coast and Athens. A lot of people book through Contiki because it’s safe and you won’t even have to think of reserving your own hotel rooms, meals, etc. It’s all taken cared of! It caters to people aged 18-35 years old so you know you’re all going with similar interests: to explore the world, walk a lot, eat, party and have fun.
We walked around the city of Rome and had pasta, bread, cheese and wine for dinner. Yum.
We started our walking tour seeing the Spanish Steps. Sadly, it was closed because they were renovating it, but at least I still got to see it in real life.
Next stop: the beautiful Trevi Fountain. It’s the largest baroque fountain in the city and is visited by thousands of people everyday. I closed my eyes, threw a coin and made a wish.
Pantheon at night. It means temple of every god and is another famous site in Rome. These sights are all near each other and you can visit all of them in one afternoon!
At night, this area is filled with so much art. Everywhere you look is just picture perfect. Everyone got along pretty well during the first day, but was too tired to actually go out. I’ll share with you guys our party nights on my vlog, but for now- tour tour moon around the city.
Say hello to some of my new found friends!
After having breakfast the next day, we went to the Colosseum. Woot! According to Mama Contiki, It’s the second most visited place in the world, first is Beijing’s Great Wall of China.
It’s the largest amphitheatre ever built and it’s made out of concrete and sand. It can hold up to 60,000-80,000 people! Woah. It’s an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome that’s why so many people go here everyday to see something extraordinary.
Hello to my Contiki Mediterranean Escape group! Missing almost everyone, especially Taylor and Alex.
We also got to go to the Vatican City on a Sunday, even if it was scheduled for another day. Luckily, I got to attend mass and saw the Pope! It was so surreal because he was just a few meters away from me. The mass was in Italian but the flow was still recognizable since I always attend Sunday mass with my family. I even got to do communion, which I thought could never happen because there were thousands of people there. Thank you Lord for all the blessings. I never though this could actually happen to me!
Rome travel diary Part II soon. Stay tuned. BMS.