Rome! Or Roma as the locals call it, is located in the center of ancient ruins and amazing history. There’s uneven pavements, roundabouts, graffiti on the buildings, a very much city feel with mom and pop shops and one huge exception; their business hours. Living in America has spoiled us to waking up and finding coffee shops and stores open everywhere but not in Rome. They seem to march to the beat of their own drum with their own hours; most places were open around 8am-ish, closed early afternoon and reopened later in the evening for dinner. I survived by eating snacks in-between the afternoon break and dinner times. Lol 🙂
Our first Airbnb was by the seaside, it was so cute and I wish we had spent more time enjoying it. The 2nd Airbnb was in the city which was a ways removed from the little seaside, but within walking distance to everything we wanted to see. Yet, one thing to take into account when traveling to any new country is their holidays and weather; we prefer the cooler months as winters in San Diego are non-existing. 🙂 This did come with a price of not having too many food or restaurant options open on the seaside because of the Italian vacations, but we did luck out in the city.
I will admit that one of the most nerve-racking thing for me was going through the roundabouts. There’s no lights or signs that tell you when to go or stop, it’s like the drivers have developed their own code and I couldn’t quite figure it out, so I kept my eyes closed. 😀
In the city we found so many places to eat and explored many areas but our favorite was the Trastevere area. There’s tons of bars and restaurants; a few of the higher-end ones (if that’s your thing) require reservations so if you’re looking to go to one make sure to call way in advance.
We also visited the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. We had the most amazing tour guide; he made it so much fun and interesting, we laughed our faces off. Being able to see the ruins up front and close makes it so real.
Another place we stopped by was the Pantheon, an old temple that was turned into a church.
Last but not least was the Trevi Fountain, it was the most magical monument by far. I’ve dreamed about visiting for years, especially after the Lizzie McGuire movie…‘this is what dreams are made of,’ Haha! 😉 It was magnificent, so surreal and magical at the same time; it just pulls you in like an enchantress.
Here’s a few of the things what we had to eat:
- Shrimp Risotto with Zucchini Sauce
- Potato Croquette with Cheese and Parsley
- Almond Pudding with Dark Chocolate
- Maxi Sandwich, Roast Beef, Salad, Pecorino Cheese and Lime
- Of course we had to enjoy a few drinks
Rome, was one of my dream cities to visit and I hope you enjoyed reading about my travels.