I took a little trip to Rome last week and I was in heaven! The architecture was gorgeous and the food was ahhh-mazing! Rome is a beautiful historic city, there is culture all around and there is so much to see. We did as much as we could in four days, from dining in the Piazza Navona to partying all night to touring the coliseum and the old Roman forum.
We stayed at the H10 Roma Citta in Travstevere, and we were so grateful to have a pool! The heat was immense and it was heavenly to be able to take a dip and cool off when the sun was at it’s peak. Public transport was a little unreliable, and a strike one day meant we had to walk back home as far as we could, it was a blessing in disguise though as we stumbled across a little pizzeria that seemed entirely tourist free. It wasn’t the prettiest but it was the real deal, you could order pizza by slice and other little bits like arancini. Prices were astonishing (i.e a cappuccino cost a euro, an espresso for mere cents, pizza was just a couple of euros), the pizza was also very fresh, we stopped for a couple of hours and the food was replenished multiple times during this period.
I would recommend getting a tour guide or audio guide where you can, also try and skip the queue if you’re going to a hotspot like the Vatican Museum. A true blessing was the many fresh water fountains scattered around the city, you can refill your water bottle with cold water instead of constantly buying more.
These were the highlights for me:
Dinner and a show at Campo de Fiori
There are so many restaurants here, and the view is breathtakingly beautiful at sunset, just as we were finishing dinner, a troupe of Brazilian street-performers arrived- the perfect after dinner treat!
We ate: The famous and original Napoli Pizza, and a lasagna
We drank: Prosecco to start and then a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
We followed this with a walk to the Argentinian area and a stop for gelato, I had mango and it was amazing, so flavour-rich compared to ice-cream!
There was a film set organised at the Piazza Navona, and it’s not hard to see why, all of Rome is pretty much camera-ready. The square was beautiful and the restaurant reasonably priced.
We ate: Spaghetti with Seafood and Spaghetti Bolognese
We drank: a Mei Tai and a lemonade
The Vatican Museum
Look at it. Just look at the frickin ceiling.
The Shari Vari Playhouse
So good we came here twice, lots of young students and travellers from all over the world, very friendly staff and fairly priced drinks.
We got here early while people were still eating, and shared a bottle of wine, and then VOILA! -After midnight, the venue underwent its nightly transformation into a nightclub, we switched to cocktails and danced till the early hours. The music was great, lots of charts R’N’B and hip-hop, perfect to dance to all night.
The lovely locals we met, so friendly, I’ve toured Europe and never felt safer than in Rome
- the heat! Try and stay indoors 1-4pm, or at least cover-up if you do venture out, it reached 38 degrees Celsius while we were there!
- Pick-pockets- like in any major city, theft is rife and it’s usually the unsuspecting tourists that get targeted
Hope you enjoyed my little review, stay tuned for more x