Travelling is something I really want to do more of, one of my goals in life is to visit a new country every year. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to accomplish this goal in 2016 – our wedding took out a large chunk of the year for me and I didn’t want to spend too much money in the run up to the wedding. However I am definitely going to make up for it this year but visiting atleast two countries, a goal I kicked off by visiting Rome, Italy earlier this year.
I haven’t really ever explored a city or country before. I have been fortunate to visit a fair few countries with my family, and there was that one time in Portugal with one of my best friends, but I’ve never really had an itinerary or a check list of things I must do or see during my break. With the family we just see where the day takes us and when I was in Portugal I literally just relaxed for the entire duration. However this time I was prepared and was armed with an itinerary that literally had our whereabouts in hourly breakdowns.
We arrived in Rome, at the Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci airport around 3.20PM, meaning we had a lot of time to explore the city on the day of our arrival. It took about 40 minutes to get to our hotel, we were feeling lazy and opted not to get the train, we got a private taxi for €50 to the hotel which was a lot more convenient for us. After we relaxed and settled into the hotel, we decided to go exploring. I had been told by many people that I need to see some of the sites at night time, so that is exactly what we decided to go out and do. We visited the Colosseum, and saw it all lit up from within, beautiful as well as imposing. We didn’t stay there too long as we knew we would be back the next day, so we then went off to see Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). This was jaw dropping gorgeous, a huge beautiful fountain surrounded by ornate sculptures of the Roman gods. We sat in front of it for a while, just soaking in the atmosphere.
We then went for our first Italian dinner, in a little restaurant near Fontana di Trevi. One thing I had purposely not researched was places to eat. I just wanted to stumble into places that seemed inviting. We dined on bruscetta and pizza and chips/fries. I also had my first fresh made bread with Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was the best olive oil I had ever tasted, I didn’t realise my palate could pick up the difference! Pizza was also the best pizza I had ever had. The bruscetta was a bit too simple for me.
We wound down the evening by talking a walk in Spagna, near the Spanish Steps. This is the shopping area of Rome, with so many designer shops everywhere you look. It had gotten quite late so all the shops were closed but I had all of the Spanish Steps to myself, and again it was just nice to soak in the atmosphere. Once the temperature had dropped a little too low for my liking, we made our way to our home for the next few days. On the note of temperature, do forgive my choice of clothing in this trip! It was quite cold and we had a lot of walking to do so I had to put comfort over fashion.
We stayed in Rome for 3 night, 4 full days. We explored so much, I’ll try and cram as much as I can into the next post. I haven’t really shared any holiday blogs before, so I hope this hasn’t been too different for here. I think 2016 started taking this blog in a new direction, a direction where I share more of my life and personality with you all. Make sure you subscribe on Bloglovin (here) to keep up to date with all my latest posts, and do let know what you think of these ones where you see more of my life.
Speak soon, Tanzina x