Sunday, 22 September 2019

What We Did In Rome

What We Did In Rome Itshollieann
What We Did In Rome Itshollieann
It's been a whole month since we headed to Rome on the first leg of our honeymoon. It's a city we've both dreamed of visiting for years but we somehow never found the right time, until now. When we were planning our travel for the year we knew we had to add Rome to our list so at the end of August we spent three days in the ancient city. 

Where we stayed

We stayed at Tritone Top House in Municipio 1 and honestly couldn't recommend it enough. Not only was it in the perfect location for walking to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain but it was also tucked away on a little side street with just a couple of rooms, private terrace to sit and relax along with friendly, helpful owners. 

What we did

Even though we wanted to experience everything Rome had to offer, we also wanted a relaxing and slow break. Since we were right near the Trevi Fountain, we headed straight there on our first evening - I have to say, it was stunning. We battled the crowds around 7pm but headed back later, around 9pm for an almost uninterrupted view. On our second morning we took a stroll to the Spanish Steps before grabbing coffee and walked down them before admiring the view from the bottom. We decided against a tour of the Colosseum but made sure to head there to walk around the perimeter and the surrounding area - In all honesty, it was surreal. I completely underestimated the sheer magnitude and just how amazed I'd be, seeing it up close. It was so special and one of my favourite parts of our visit. We also accidentally stumbled upon the Pantheon on an afternoon walk and spent some time in the square, taking in the sights. I'd have loved to see Villa Borghese gardens but by the time I remembered, we were on our way to the airport. With regards to the Vatican, as much as it's historical and special to so many, it wasn't somewhere we were drawn to. We'd absolutely love to visit Rome again in future and do more but for us, this was perfect. 

Where we ate & drank

Within out first few hours, we'd tracked down pizza and wine at Sacro e Profano 11, a medieval church not too far from our hotel. I'd never tried pizza in Italy but as everyone told me, it was incredible. That evening, I had a delicious Caesar salad dining outside at Baccano and on our last day, we went back to sit street-side and drink wine with happy hour bites from the chef. Whenever we were near the Trevi Fountain, we made a gelato stop at Trevi Cafe where, if I could have eaten the whole tub of lemon, I would have.  

The next morning, we headed to Bar Frattina for coffee and sweet treats after vising the Spanish Steps - I could have sat there for hours people watching. On our way to the Colosseum later that day,  we stopped off at The Public House after massively underestimating the walk from our hotel. We sat outside, drinking wine and eating far too many home-cooked chips. We'd originially planned to eat near the Colosseum that evening but I'd filled myself up too much so on the way home, we actually headed back to Sacro e Profano 11 and got talking to the most lovely Australian couple which rounded off our evening perfectly. 

After visiting the Pantheon the next day, we sought out air-conditioning, pizza and cola at La locanda del tempio. The pizzas were huge and more than enough for one each but nonetheless, when in Rome. As I mentioned, we headed back to Baccano on our final evening for wine and nibbles from the chef before making another stop at a wine bar then picking up a McDonalds on the way back to the hotel. We really wanted to seek out a beautiful restaurant but we were so exhausted that we called it a night. 

Though Rome is a city with so much to see and do, we wanted this trip to be slow. Walking around the narrow streets was enough to keep us occupied so everything else was a bonus. I've also written about what to know before you go to Rome so be sure to give it a read if you're heading there.


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