I like most things to have substance and style, and it is no different when it comes to my travelling.
I ended up in Rome by default, as I was initially booked to attend a work conference but by the time the trip came I was no longer with the company, so what does one do? One, of course, makes the most of out the three days that one is there for; one also spontaneously gets a girlfriend to come and join one for the trip!
Rome is full of iconic historic sights to see and fantastic things to do. I like to compliment exploration with either food or pampering, so this is what I got up to when I was in Rome.
Trevi Fountain –
Trevi fountain was a huge surprise for me – you are walking at the back of houses and little side streets and then you turn around the corner and BAM, there it is, a huge fountain jumps right at ya! Quite bizarre actually, one would think…
Legend holds that in 19 BC thirsty Roman soldiers were guided by a young girl to a source of pure water thirteen kilometers from the city of Rome. The discovery of the source led Augustus to commission the construction of a twenty-two kilometer aqueduct leading into the city, which was named Aqua Virgo, or Virgin Waters, in honor of the legendary young girl. The aqueduct served the hot Baths of Agrippa, and Rome, for over four hundred years. – wiki
After taking some pictures and grabbing a cheeky melon gelato (which was my favourite flavour at the time) we headed down for brunch in a nearby Angelina a Trevi
Angelina a Trevi is a chic rustic restaurant which is modern yet delightfully classic at the same time. If you are looking for something that is a little nicer than your standard family-run old-school Italian restaurant, then this is the place for you. It has a beautiful vintage feel with aluminium chairs, tiles, oversized white china plates, pots of herbs, cactuses and plants and incredibly fresh Roman food. We sat next to a huge plant heart – how appropriate <3
After our leisurely lunch we decided to walk down to The Spanish Steps, as it is within walking distance.
The Spanish Steps were reallly crowded, like an anthill full of scurrying merchants trying to sell you everything (from sunglasses to water to tacky bracelets to somebody’s soul) and tourists – us included. We decided to not be one of the many and instead go wandering down the streets of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping in the world! The three streets leading into the Piazza del Popolo, where the Spanish Steps are, – Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, Via Ripetta — form a section of Rome called the Trident, the luxury centre of the city. The most sought out Italian designers showcasing their most exclusive items in their superstores, which are located exactly on those streets, are a definite argument towards a must visit.
To end our day, we went back to a local nearby pizza place by the Sheraton hotel we stayed at – just outside of Milan – to have the most amazing local pizza ever.
Italy has become one of my favourite European countries with the most amazing landscapes, world full of culture, fashion, vivacious people, delicious finger-licking-good food and incredible sunshine – my favourite sun spot in the world, in fact; and on the slightly separate, but still totally relevant note – Sheraton do the best slippers ever.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verd