Thursday, June 5, 2014

Travel Recap - Rome, Italy



I know it's been a few weeks now since I've been back from Italy so apologies for the delay in sharing my Rome recap. You know how it is- life got in the way :)


After four wonderful days in Florence, we headed off to Rome. Much like in Florence, our days were structured so that we began with a quick breakfast, did several hours of sightseeing, took a load off at a yummy lunch, checked out some more sights, headed home for a nap, had some appetizers and wine and then headed out to dinner. The weather was much warmer in Rome though and we scored a great apartment with a patio, so we'd often hang out there in the afternoon- it was so lovely! Here are some snaps from the trip. 


One of the best decisions we made was to stay in Trastevere. One of the benefits of staying in Trastevere was all of the cute restaurants and shops around every corner. On the first day, we arrived earlier than expected so were able to enjoy a late lunch in our neighborhood. It was actually one of the few meals I didn't plan in advance but ended up being one of the best! It was great to be able to site outside in the sun and enjoy some wine. 

  






The next day, our first official day on Rome, we headed to the Vatican. We checked out the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. We weren't allowed to take any pics inside the Sistine Chapel but snapped tons of pics in the other spots. What a stunning display of art and religion.



After a long day of sightseeing, we headed to dinner to taste what one friend deemed "the best pasta in all of Rome." Let me tell you, we were not disappointed! We had two courses of pasta, TC had a huge steak and we topped it off with some tiramisu. We were not disappointed!



We spent the next day sightseeing around old Rome, so the Colosseum, Palantine Hill and the Roman Forum. IT WAS SO COOL. I actually think the Roman Forum was my favorite sight of the trip. It was incredible to see such history preserved. 












After a leisurely lunch at a great wine bar, we headed back out for some gelato and to see the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. What stunning works of art!

  


The next day, thanks to one of your suggestions, we headed to a COOKING CLASS!! We met up with the chef, Federico, at the market to pick out the ingredients and then stopped by local cheese and butcher shops on our way to the apartment. When we got there, everything was set up for us to start cooking. We made three types of pasta from beginning to end. It was such a fun experience and one I really recommend! When in Rome right? ;)















Our final day in Rome was deemed "Julia's shopping day." I did some major research on all of the best shopping and TC mapped out our whole day. While I wanted to skip most of the designer shops (because I can easily go here in SF), I did want to hit up the local Italian boutiques. I scored an awesome leather jacket and glitter sneakers



We hit up an incredible spot for lunch where the dishes just kept coming. This combo was divine. Naturally, we had to indulge in some Limencello to celebrate my new purchases.



And finally, on our last night in Rome, we headed back to one of our favorite pizza places. The weather was perfect so we sat outside. A bottle of wine and two pizzas later, we were two happy campers.






So it's safe to say we had the best time ever in Rome! The sights, the food- all incredible. Speaking of food, keep an eye out for my food recos post, coming soon.

Xo J

8 comments:

  1. Where did you get the leather jacket from?! It's incredible!

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  2. I could cry with jealousy. Did I spy Osteria de Memmo in there?

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  3. Looks like you had a great time! So much to see!
    ~Sophia
    http://plaidismyfavouritecolour.blogspot.com/

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  4. Gorgeous photos! They're inspiring wanderlust over here. Your layered turquoise necklace looks like it was the perfect accessory to go with different outfits. Where is it from?

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    1. You are too sweet! My necklace is from Julie Vos :)

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  5. Julia, what website or service did you use to book your apartment in Trastevere? I'm planning my trip to Rome/Positano now and could use all the pointers you could provide!

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  6. Could you share the names of the restaurants you loved (esp the best pasta ever and the great pizza one!) as well as some of the boutiques you researched? Traveling to Rome in August and would love some recommendations!

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