Travel Diary: Rome, Italy

This time last year I travelled to Rome for a few days and it remains to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life. During these difficult times, I find it extremely helpful to look back on past times that puts a smile on our face and for me it is travelling. I also hope you will find this useful when planning for your future holidays!

1. Lido di Ostia

During our time in Rome, we wanted to stay somewhere near the coastline and a little bit away from the city. Then we came across Ostia where it has a long promenade right by the beach and many accommodation options on Airbnb so we decided to immediately make our booking there.

June is probably the peak time for tourists in Rome so it was really nice to be able to spend our nights away from all the hustle and bustle in the city centre and to have a couple of sunbathing days right by the ocean. It might be a good thing to consider if you want to check out more than one location in Rome as the metro lines there are super handy and easy to follow.

2. Villa Borghese Garden

The next couple of days we travelled to the heart of Rome for some incredible site-seeing. The Villa Borghese gardens truly made my experience there because the immense amount of greenery, sunshine, plus the live jazz band created a relaxing and movie-like atmosphere – a stark contrast from the massive flow of people outside! I highly recommend this beautiful spot for a little break from all the walking and perhaps having lunch there too! There are also some turtles, ducks, and geese to keep you company!

3. Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps)

Since August last year I believe Rome has clamped down on people sitting on the Spanish Steps where anyone caught doing so by a police officer could get a warning and a potential fine of 400 euros. Nevertheless, this is a must-see spot as the architecture and view from above is absolutely stunning! If you want to take some nice photos, I’d suggest to maybe go later on at night to avoid the bigger crowds.

4. Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

The great thing about these popular locations in Rome is that they are walking distance from each other especially the steps and the fountain and whilst on your walk there are many things to see and shop around. I am always at awe at how beautiful the buildings are there.

5. Colosseo (Colosseum)

When planning your trip to Rome, I highly recommend you to buy your entry tickets to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum beforehand because it will save you SO much time from having to stand in the queue waiting to buy one on-site. We purchased ours online but please be aware of potential scams (which can be very common for touristy locations)! So I’d double-check reviews about the websites before purchasing.

6. Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)

I know I mentioned the Villa Borghese garden was one of my fave locations in Rome but the Vatican Museum is also up there on the list. There is so much to take in as every inch of the walls, ceiling, and floor is covered with incredibly detailed and beautiful paintings. If I can pick anywhere to travel to again, it would be here!

7. Largo di Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Travelling is fun when you manage to cover all the places on your itinerary but the excitement gets even better when you find unexpected hidden-gems like this one! This cat sanctuary is known as a no-kill shelter based in the ancient ruins with over 350 cats. I was so shocked and yet pleasantly surprised when we walked by this place and saw it was filled with adorable cats lying about everywhere. There is a viewing platform for cat-lovers to watch the felines taking their afternoon naps and it seems like there will be walkways installed for visitors to tour the ruins for the first time in 2021!

8. Antico Forno Roscioli

I shall finish this blogpost strong with my top food/bakery recommendation in Rome and that is Antico Forno Roscioli! We had planned visit this place after watching Munchies’s YouTube video and I have got to say I have been missing the taste of their pizzas since the day we departed. As you can see in the picture, unlike the round pizza I am used to having in the UK, their pizza is super long, rectangle-shaped, and cut to order. The price depends on the weight of the slices and honestly it is worth every penny. Its super thin and crunchy base works perfectly with the toppings as it is packed full of flavour. The Pizza Rossa (literal translation is pizza red) is a must-try alongside with a bottle of Menabrea (but the potato and mushroom one is also phenomenal)! Next time when I visit Rome I will definitely come to this place again! Go check out their Instagram page here!

I’m really enjoying writing these travel blogs as not only do I get to relive and reflect on these amazing moments, I hope it also helps in a way where it can inform you a little bit more about the beautiful city of Rome.

Like and comment to let me know your thoughts and if you have any future travel and holiday plans!

Just a little reminder, take care of yourselves, and stay safe! 🙂

KM x

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