Rome Travel Diary

Hi everyone! If you didn't already know, I was away for two weeks traveling to Rome, Venice, and London. It was such an amazing trip and I wish it could have lasted longer. When we first arrived in Rome I was so mesmerized by everything--it seemed like there was history everywhere you went. Before I get into everything, I just want to give a very special thank you to my aunt and uncle. This trip was a graduation present from them and I couldn't be any more thankful for the opportunity. I mean clearly my family is the best. So now let me tell you more about my experience and Rome in general. 

We stayed in an Airbnb for the duration of our trip and with there being a total of four people, I think it was the most convenient option. Our hosts were by far amazing. The wife met us upon arrival to point out a few places along the area we were staying and showed us around the apartment to ensure we knew where everything was. They even made a reservation for us at a nice restaurant the night we arrived which was very thoughtful! The apartment building was beautiful and located in a quiet area. 

If you're willing to walk, you won't have to worry about taking a taxi anywhere. The Coliseum was a 10-15 minute walk and the Trevi Fountain took about 30 minutes to walk to. We were also located near markets, which was convenient as we had a kitchen accessible, and yummy pizzerias.

There is so much to see in Rome! The first two places we ventured too were the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Both places are huge tourist attractions, so they were very busy when we went. I wish I had looked more into Rome travel guides from fashion bloggers because they seemed to know the perfect time to go to beat the crowd and get some awesome blog pics. Either way though, it's a beautiful sight to see in Rome.

The Coliseum / What an awesome experience this was! We passed the Coliseum many times, but actually toured it one day. You learn so many interesting facts while on this tour and the location the tour guide leaves you at is breathtaking! You get the prettiest view of Rome.
A few things to note before touring: It's over three hours and you're walking the entire time, so if that's not you're think I don't recommend this!

The Vatican / This is another tour we took that I really enjoyed and it was beautiful. As The Vatican was a beautiful place to see, I didn't enjoy the tour in general. The entire tour I couldn't understand a thing our tour guide was saying so I didn't really get to learn much and it was VERY crowded. Although my tour experience wasn't all the best, I'm still really glad I took the opportunity. Who knows if I'll ever get to go back to Rome, but at least I can say I got to see a lot of the history.

Ristoro della Salute / Yum, yum, and YUM! This was my favorite place to eat in Rome. I got spaghetti and meatballs (basic, I know) and let me tell you, it was the best spaghetti and meatballs I have ever eaten. The restaurant is also right across from the Coliseum, so you can enjoy a nice view while eating dinner. For dessert, I also highly recommend the berries with ice cream.. delicious!!

There was this delicious pizzeria we ate at close to the apartment and I so wish I remembered the name. In all honesty you can stop at just about any pizzeria in Rome and be satisfied and I personally don't even like pizza that much. One thing to take note of is pizza is eaten with a knife and fork over there. 

Lastly, the gelato. Gelato is everywhere and god bless for that. I'm 100% sure we had gelato every day we were in Rome and I'm not ashamed to admit it. It's literally the best thing in the world.

A tip when eating out: Unlike America, you're not rushed to leave the restaurants when you're eating out in Europe. It's typical to take your time eating and after dinner sitting there and talking with whoever you're with. Unless you ask, your server won't bring you your check, so don't mistake it disrespect. 

I could literally post every single picture I took in Rome and write a book about everything, but I wanted to keep it to a minimum and share what I thought would be helpful tips for traveling to Rome. Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading! Xo

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