Monday, July 30, 2018

43 Hours in Rome




I know right, 43 hours? Bit of a short trip but easily was one of my favourite city breaks I've done. I've not been to Rome since I went as a kid AGES ago and when my flatmate and I were looking for a quick Summer break away Rome was first on the list. We didn't particularly want to take loads of days off work so literally took the afternoon off and flew in the evening. You'd think 43 hours isn't a lot of time to see much, but with a schedule like ours, we definitely crammed in so much culture, pizza and pasta, so here's what we saw and did, in Rome, in 43 hours!

Friday

10pm | We didn’t actually arrive in Rome until quite late in the evening but naturally we weren’t going to miss an opportunity to grab dinner (and plus everyone eats at like 10/11pm on holiday and in Europe anyways). We had our first meal at Il Chianti Vineria where I had the most incredible beef ragu thick noodle spaghetti and glass of Pinot. We rolled ourselves to bed as we knew we had an early wake up the next day

Saturday


8.30am | We booked the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel for a rise and shine visit as we knew it would just get busier throughout the day. What I have to flag is you HAVE to book your tickets otherwise you will be waiting hours in the scorching heat outside. Tickets here (Make sure to carry ID with you as they will ask for it when you pick up any tickets!) 

9.30am | We didn’t realise our tickets didn’t include St Peter's Basilica but I had been before when I was younger so definitely book this separately. We exited out to St. Peter's Square and walked back to the city. 

11.00am | We then went to the Piazza Navona where we had amazing gelato from Grom (yes we had ice cream at 11, no judgements please). 

12.30pm |
We then headed to the Pantheon which was incredible as the square in front have musicians and the building is incredible, it’s so amazing that there are buildings still standing that are from 100AD. 

1.00pm | After a full morning of sightseeing we headed for lunch at  Ristorante Da Deigo (a tad average pizza so maybe try somewhere else!) which was on our way back to the hotel 

3.30pm | After a quick rest (and a pickup of my Polaroid camera) we headed back out 

3.40pm | We also booked to see the Colosseum because, when in Rome! I forgot how overwhelming and structurally fascinating it is and it was seriously breathtaking. Highly recommend buying tickets here and also paying the extra couple of euros to skip the queue (we literally didn’t wait at all). 

4.30pm |
The Colosseum ticket also gets you into the Roman Forum which is directly opposite and definitely worth a visit which is where we spent the rest of the afternoon 

5.30pm | Now our legs were giving way but there was one last thing I wanted to do which was to go to the Bocca della Verità (Mouth Of Truth). I was absolutely terrified of this as a kid and was convinced my hand would get chopped off, so naturally had to do a little bit of reenaction for my parents 

7.00pm | We finally headed back to our hotel and freshened up as we were heading out to a part of Rome loads of people had recommended was great for drinks and dinner

9.30pm | We walked to the area of  Trastevere which was about a 25 min walk from our hotel. We had dinner at the most amazing little restaurant called Nannarella  - seriously reccomend it for fabulous service and pasta! We were super tired but apparently this area is the best for bars. 


Sunday

10:30am | 35,000 steps clocked from yesterday we thought we deserved a bit of a lie in and more of a relaxing strolling around the city day so we headed to the Piazza Venezia where yes, Emily and I had a photo shoot and a wander inside the Museo Sacrario delle Bandiere delle Forze Armate.

11.30am | Our last visit was to the Spanish Steps  which was definitely worth the climb! The square surrounding it is bustling and you can get a gorgeous view of the area right outside the church at the top.

12.30pm | We were leaving Rome at 2pm so naturally we had to get one last meal in which we had at Restaurant Very Good where we had a really nice Gnocchi and bruschetta. After lunch we rolled ourselves back to the hotel to pack and check-out.

So there we have it, our 43 hours in Rome! With the weather looking very dreary outside now, I wish I could hop on a flight and take myself back there! I would love to know your favourite European cities to visit as I'm already planning next year's adventures!


Piazza Navona

Trevi Fountain 
Trevi Fountain 
Restaurant Very Good 
Trevi Fountain 

 Piazza Venezia 

 Piazza Venezia 

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22 comments

  1. You truly did cram in lots of things didn't you?! Fair play to you girls, you didn't mess around. The photos are gorgeous and you were spoilt with the weather it looks like! Rome is definitely on my list of places that I would love to visit x
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know we were so spoilt, the weather was gorgeous and we just had the best time (even though our feet were exhausted by the end of it!) Thank you for reading :) xx

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  2. Rome looks so stunning! I can’t get over the architecture 💕

    Arianna | Southernbf.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it just beautiful! Every little street you turned into there was always a bit of architecture or culture that was just beautiful! xx

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  3. I'd absolutely love to visit Rome at some point, seems like an amazing city with a lot of beautiful architecture and good food!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Oh you definitely need to! I would go back tomorrow in a heart beat and do it all over again! x

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  4. Looks like you had such an amazing time! And I ADORE that stripey dress

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    Ellie xx

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    1. Thank you! It's from newlook and was such an easy wear in the heat! xx

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  5. These photos are gorgeous, love your white striped dress so much!! Rome sounds incredible, I think you’ve planned it perfectly, just enough time to visit everywhere, glad you had a great trip! xx

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    1. Thank you!! It's from Newlook and literally have been wearing it non stop! I would have definitely done another full day there (mostly to get more food in!) I would definitely go back! xx

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  6. Rome looks stunning! It's a perfect example of classical beautiful things, starting from the architecture, finishing with food! Can't wait to be there someday <3

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    1. Totally agree! And yes definitely put it on your list, I think it's one of the few european cities that has literally everything you need! xx

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  7. Some great shots in here, love that last, colourful outfit!
    I can't believe how much you crammed into 43 hours, haha, but it sounds like you had a lot of fun and dound some amazing places to eat. I only ever visited once, on a school trip, I believe we were there for 5 days/4 nights so we had a bit more playing time ;-) It's a gorgeous city!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    1. Thank you! Top is urban outfitters and shorts Vero Moda! Oh definitely go back because I just feel like you could forever visit it and never be bored, there are still loads of museums and other bits we didn't get to do in the short time frame! xx

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  8. I had about the same amount of time in Rome as well! I enjoyed the coliseum as well in fact it was my fav bit, I deffo think doing the tour was worth it and learning about the history in detail. Only downside of Rome was having to pay 14 euros for gelato at one store near the Spanish steps, i mean the gelato was lovey but not €14 delicious xx

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    1. Isn't it just fascinating! I agree if we had more time we should have done the tour, although I did do the tour when I was younger. OH my god 14 euros?! Thankfully we stayed away from that gelateria! xx

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  9. Rome is on my top 5 list of places I want to visit, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Oh you definitely need to! It's been one of my all time favourites! xx

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  10. I absolutely love Rome, it is one of my favourite places on the planet!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  11. Gorgeous photos - you crammed in so much! Rome is one of my favourite cities and it's been far too long :)


    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  12. Ah it sounds like you had the best time and you crammed loads in!! Love the photos and I really want to visit Rome one day, very soon xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  13. SUCH a good trip... when are we going back? X

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