Ah, Roma! One of my favorite places in the world. It holds so many childhood memories and being back there even just for a weekend was enough to evoke nostalgia. I got to spend time with friends I’ve known for almost 20 years (wowza, I’m getting old) and wandered the old streets where we used to get into lots of mischief.
I went with BFF Emma, who was an Italy-virgin. We were trying to decide where we should go to as we wanted a weekend away from BCN. One of her check-it-of-your-list-before-you-die destinations is Rome and we thought it would be a perfect place to spend some quality time, being cultural and all! Of course, it’s July and its hot as hell. With temperatures over 35 C and humidity that would make anyone’s hair frizz, we put on our big girl pants and sweat our way through the cobblestone streets of Roma.
We landed on a Thursday night and as we got into the taxi from Fiumicino airport, we were giggling of excitement. Our driver was a hot-head and yelling about the other drivers around him. Shortly after leaving the airport he told us he was feeling very sick and had to drop us off with another driver. In a dark corner on some random street close to the airport, we switched cab drivers and were a little confused to say the least. Emma turned to me and said “this is going to make for a very interesting weekend” with that kind of a start, she wasn’t wrong.
We saw all of my favorite sites; Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Piazza Venezia, Vatican City, wandered the narrow streets of Trastevere, the Pantheon, and even a short trip up Via Cassia, passed my old school where I attended elementary, middle and high school. As far as popping by my old house and seeing the old stomping grounds where I spent seven years growing and learning.
Ceiling of Pantheon
We ate amazing food, stayed out late (!!) watching the Italian life, went dancing, and just had a fabulous time.
Dinner with my girls! Emma, Katica and Silvia
Where We Stayed: Dulcis In Pantheon. This small boutique-style hotel is located right around the corner from Pantheon and Piazza Navona. In terms of location, it couldn’t have been more perfect. We were in walking distance from everything. Those late nights we would come home, we’d pop in to our new Iranian friend on the corner and get a slice of pizza before bed. (healthy I know..) The staff of the hotel were super sweet, the rooms were nice and clean. I would definitely stay here again on future trips to Roma.
The Courtyard (and unfortunately, the only picture I have of hotel grounds)
Where We Ate: To me the food in Rome is just beautiful. I am a little tired of the bland spanish food. No offense my fellow spaniards, but the italians do it right. It’s also what I have been used to, so getting a proper tomato sauce on my pasta was a very happy moment. There wasn’t one specific restaurant that really stood out, we enjoyed ourselves each place we went. However, next time I will put in some more research and check out the recommended hot spots!
Highlight of the Trip: hanging out with good girlfriends, walking around soaking up the history and culture, eating pasta without feeling a sliver of guilt, and getting upgraded on a Ryanair flight (hilarious) –> let me just explain, I never get upgraded! I have to pay for that ish. I’m hoping Ryanair is just the first step! #StartedFromTheBottom
Church on Via Della Scrofa where we stayed
What’s your favorite spot in Rome?