Roma! What better place on earth to dream than Rome? Where do I even start? There I am, on yet another square, having my third cappuccino as the sun shines upon a vision of ancient ruins, baroque sculpture and the drama of suited Romans on their Vespas whizzing by. I just came back from an amazing trip to Rome and saw some unbelievable art, ate the most exquisite food and was living La Dolce Vita…
The magic of this city hit me the moment I got my first glimpse of the Colosseum. The Italian culture has always been one of my favorites and I have always considered myself a true Italophile. But on my recent spring 2018 trip to Italy, I fell deeply in love with the eternal city which truly makes you a spectator of history and art. Rome teaches you to appreciate true beauty.
Although I have traveled around Italy several times, Rome is a true beauty, and I wish I had 6 months to fully explore it! Watch my full Rome Vlog (above) for all of my favorite highlights- from the Piazza Navona to the Spanish Steps to the best Gelato! And below here are some of my recommendations :
What to do…
Be spontaneous and lose yourself in the streets of Rome. The centro storico, the historic center of the city, is literally an open museum. The Trevi Fountain late at night can take your breath away, and so can a stroll across the Ponte Sant’Angelo 1 hour before sunset. Watch the sunset at Gianicolo Hill, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè I am a huge coffee lover, and Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a truly classic spot where locals and tourists alike enjoy magnificent espresso in Rome. Its very close to the Pantheon and perfect for a quick coffee break between all the sightseeing!
Enjoy the stunning Piazza del Popolo. Jay and I came here twice and just sat and enjoyed each others company surrounded by the beauty of the square. Well to be honest I did run off and do a photoshoot on one occasion, but of course I was inspired so I had to take some shots! Located inside the northern gate of the city, which was once called Porta Flaminia. The square is situated at the beginning of Via Flaminia and was the main entrance to the city during the Roman Empire. One of the churches in the square, Santa Maria del Popolo, features two magnificent canvases by Caravaggio and is a must see for art lovers.
Exploring the Borghese Gardens and Villa was sooooooo beautitful!!! High above the hustle and bustle of the city these gardens are a stunning oasis willed with art and history. Casina Valadier is the best place for lunch in the Borghese gardens and has an amazing view!
Gelateria I Caruso…mmmm – each flavor is a true explosion of taste and the gelato was so fresh and creamy it melted in our mouths. I adored the pistachio the most!
What lessons will I be taking back to California?
Enjoyment. Italians have one mission by which they seem to live, which is enjoying. They don’t over-exercise, or overeat, or over diet, or overly stress out. They don’t focus on perfection, but instead focus on engaging in good conversations with people they care about over high quality food.