Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Falling in Love with Rome...

The Trevi Fountain- currently under construction

The free part of the Vatican 

Vatican City 

Random Beautiful Street no. 287 

Cafe Ginger

Orange Juice at Cafe Ginger

Spaghetti at Cafe Ginger 

Cafe Giolitti

Pomegranate, Raspberry and Nutella Gelato

Laduree, Rome 

 Laduree Macarons

Some random old building called the Colosseum 

The Colosseum, obvs 

Roman Forum

Roman Forum 

City View from Roman Forum 

View of Roman Forum and Arc of Constantine from Colosseum

The Spanish Steps

Rome is a really exciting city to be in and one that I had been to once before when I was eight. As I walked throughout the narrow, cobbled streets bits of memory would come back to me or I would feel a vague sense of familiarity, and all of this just made it all the more exciting. 

It was hard to not fall in love with Rome's rich history and culture that makes up the foundations of this famous city. There seems to be an ancient statue or temple around every twisted corner or at the end of every street. It makes it difficult to know where to begin. 

We started with the Trevi fountain, currently under construction, but still impressive to behold and located in the middle of a beautiful network of narrow streets. Then it was on to the Vatican with its towering pillars, numerous statues and impressive fresco's, not to mention all the traditions that make the Vatican what it is. The next morning was spent walking around the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, imaging what it would've been like in its glory days and all the brutality that happened in the arena and all the discussions that were held in the Forum. 

I loved wandering through the streets around the Spanish Steps, looking at all the high end fashion stores, getting macarons from Laduree and eating traditional Italian spaghetti at Ginger Cafe. Then heading back towards the Trevi to get raspberry and pomegranate gelato from Giolitti, the oldest and best gelato parlour in Rome. 

The great thing about food in Rome is you don't have to go to the best, most expensive restaurant in the City to get amazing pasta, pizza or gelato. The more expensive places may serve a better meal, but the Italians have perfected their dishes and the ones you get at more affordable places are still pretty unbelievably delicious. 

Rome is a city to be enjoyed. Eat their food, absorb their culture, learn their history, laugh at their tiny cars and admire their beautiful buildings. It's hard to not fall in love with this city, so don't fight it. Just let it happen. 
Love, Rach 

Vatican City

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