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 :)
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.
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.