As promised in yesterday’s post, today is the first of a few Fridays with a roundup of photos from our trip to Italy. We stayed in three cities during our trip (Rome, Siena, and Florence), so I’ll be doing one city per post! Please forgive all of the cappuccinos in these photos – I’m even hiding one from you in this next picture. All my outfit details are at the bottom of the post. Here is my Rome, Italy Travel Guide
(above) The Pantheon. We found ourselves walking through this piazza almost every day. We stayed near the Colosseum but discovered that the food and shopping were infinitely better near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Food (and especially cappuccinos) in the Pantheon piazza itself are definitely pricier, but the view is amazing and there are plenty of other options in the alleys and streets surrounding the piazza. When I visited Rome in high school with my family, we stayed at the Hotel Sole Al Pantheon – basically the point of view of the picture above. It was a great hotel!
Two Weeks in Italy: Rome Travel Guide, Florence Travel Guide, and Siena Travel Guide
What Area to Stay in Rome
We lived about two blocks from the Colosseum for a week, which was pretty spectacular in and of itself. The Colosseum is always a favorite of mine (along with the surrounding Roman Forum). One thing that my fiance insisted we do was to visit the Campidoglio (not pictured) – a staircase, piazza, and group of three buildings designed by Michelangelo. There wasn’t anything that man couldn’t do! I hadn’t visited it before, but it was well worth the stairs (a recurring theme in Italy!) – a secret in this Rome Travel Guide!
Isn’t this mall spectacular? It’s the Galleria Alberto Sordi. The shops are fun, but the design and decor is the truly amazing part. I’d hang out at this shopping center all the time if I lived close enough. And the coffee kiosk served Illy coffee! If only they had iced coffee for me…
The famous Trevi Fountain hidden away in Rome alleys. The fountain is beautiful and an absolute must-see, but be ready for tons and tons (and tons) of tourists. It comes on a bit unexpected as it’s tucked away in a bunch of buildings. Don’t forget to bring your change to make a wish!
Our apartment was on the other side of the Colosseum from the Roman Forum. Every time we saw the White Marble Monument, we thought we were almost home, but we still had over a mile to go. To say our legs got a workout during our stay in Rome is an understatement. We roamed around Rome like it was going out of style!
What to Do Around Rome
We stumbled on Giolitti after dinner one night and couldn’t resist going in. I don’t know that it’s a must visit for the sake of tasty gelato, but they have tons of flavors and a fun seating area! Typical of many gelato places, you have to pay before picking out your flavors. They also had a gorgeous bakery case and full bar! This is really what you look for in any Rome Travel Guide, right?
The Vatican is truly amazing. We didn’t go inside on this trip, but we’ve both visited before. Like the Trevi Fountain area, the Vatican is tourist central. Even the locals there speak to you in near-perfect English, telling you where to go (without being asked). This was probably my least favorite area of Rome that we visited. Besides the Vatican City itself, I didn’t think there was much to offer. We did find a tasty place for lunch, however, called Pizzeria Amalfi!
I decided that taking blog post pictures would be so much easier if I lived in Italy. Every street is so cute and adorable – no need to ever worry about finding a good background. I did a pretty good job of packing what I needed and not much more for this trip. Three things I’m so glad I had were my purse, white jeans, and these chic sneakers!
Usually restaurants served plain (read unsalted) bread with olive oil and vinegar upon request. It was amazing; we ate every crumb (after I salted the bread – don’t judge me!). One restaurant served pizza crust drizzled with olive oil and rosemary. We salt and peppered it (no surprise there)…and went to town! I tried a homemade spicy flatbread recipe that’s super simple and delicious!!
One of those expensive cappuccinos was at the Pantheon. But it was totally worth it.
We’ve been on the hunt for a fun canvas painting/print of a sidewalk cafe or cute alley to decorate our home. Striking out, we decided to make as many alley photos as we could on our trip to print one ourselves. What an even better piece of art – one with a story! I love the strand of Christmas tree and light bulbs in this particular alley!
Don’t act like you’re surprised. I didn’t walk into every market we passed, but I seriously slowed down and made it known that I was dreaming of it! I bought these prepackaged pastas (on the left). The seasonings are included in the package. Doesn’t this seem like a great idea for a hostess gift? I haven’t made ours yet, but when we’re done detoxing from all the carbs, it will definitely be happening!
Another alley shot…
Outfit One: Kenneth Cole Top, Ralph Lauren shorts, Seychelles sandals,
Eric Javits purse, Elizabeth & James sunnies
Outfit Two: Caslon Top, KUT from the Kloth Denim, Paul Green sneakers,
Eric Javits purse, Elizabeth & James sunnies
Outfit Three: KUT from the Kloth Top, Current/Elliott Denim(wearing a size smaller than normal),
Seychelles sandals, Eric Javits purse, Elizabeth & James sunnies