Philadelphia or Philly is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, and the core of the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction.
Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world.
I was in Philly for only a weekend and below I’m going to tell you how it was.
What I have visited
- Museum of Art + Rodin’s Museum 20$. Visiting the museum took the majority of the day. The museum is huge and there are a lot of things to see. If you don’t have much time I suggest you to skip the visit inside. Stunning the view of the city from the top of the stairway. At the bottom you can find Rocky’s Statue
- Independence hall. Very interesting the inside tour. The garden also is worth it and doesn’t require much time.
- Love Park
- Franklin Square
- City hall (if you go during the week you can see a beautiful skyline from the top. Close on week-end). I was there on a weekend, so I was happy with just the outside.
- Liberty bell. The line to see Liberty Bell is always endless. I was happy to see it from the outside because the bell is held in a room with transparent walls all around.
- San Paul and San Peter Church
- Market st
- Franklin Bridge
- Walking tour in the old city. The walking tour was for me the best part. The streets full of old shops are gorgeous. One of my favorite was Elfreth’s Alley, an hidden gem that I didn’t know about and we found out by chance.
- University of Pennsylvania. I have never been in an American college campus, so I tool the chance. Campus in America are like tiny city. Lots of students gather in the gardens outside the school buildings and the architecture is really particular. A tour is really worth it.
Things that I’d like to visit in the future
- Philadelphia zoo
- Magic Gardens
- Franklin’s Museum
Where I slept
Chamounix Mansion for 23$ for one night. I don’t recommend it. I’ve heard that there are better places, like The Philadelphia House. Rooms were too big, blankets full of hair and you have the shared bathroom. Showers were not clean and the included breakfast is a fake. You have to prepare your own breakfast and the kitchenware are burned and old, also there is nothing in the fridge that you can cook.
Where I ate the traditional dish (the philadelphia cheesesteak)
Both diners are pretty fare from downtown, but you must go. We chose Pat’s King of steaks, but you can also go to Geno’s Steaks
The city has it’s own charm. the historical parts of the city perfectly melt with the modern skyscraper. In two days i’ve visited a lot of places and I definitely recommend to visit it because now it is in my heart.