A weekend in Rome - Day2

Monday, 31 October 2016

My last Rome blog was all about the sights we saw... this one is mostly about the food we ate!

We spent so much time walking on the Saturday morning, seeing the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon etc etc .... that we had worked up an appetite by lunchtime!

My cousin had previously done a food tour of Rome so she told us the best places to go! 
And now I'm going to tell you!

Our first stop was Da Enzo Al 29, Via dei Vascellari 29 (Trastevere)

This is a little family run Italian. We went for a light lunch and prosecco

When we arrived we were told there would be a half hour wait, but an Italian chap walked past us and stopped us to say make sure you wait its worth it!

So we did!

Bread and a nibbly light lunch! Delish!

We then walked up to Parco del Gianicolo to relax in the park

Only to sit in an ants nest... ideal!

After a bit of a relax in the sun we walked all the way back to old Italy

We walked EVERYWHERE in Rome, no buses no metros...just very sore legs!

We'd earnt some Gelato!

The rule with Gelato is don't eat the Gelato that is piled up in shiny mounds that looks like a work of art. It isn't proper Gelato and has some other ingredient in it.

You want the proper stuff which is in metal containers.

Apparently the best Gelato place (which we didn't make it to) is Fatamorgana, Via Roma Libera, 11. Its also in Trastevere

After our Gelato we headed home to chill for a bit before heading out for dinner.

You MUST go to this place...

Enoteca Ferrara, Piazza Trilussa, 41

Its famous for its pasta

I couldn't leave any of this!

Pretty sure I even used bread to wipe the bowl.

Carbs don't count in Italy

After dinner we went for some drinks.

But turned down the Frozen Christian Passion!

I know this is lame but I was just so exhausted from all the walking that we went home pretty early!

The next morning we went to go and see the Vatican

I didn't realise this..but on Sundays the Pope blesses his congregation...

So we were blessed!

St. Peter's Basilica is pretty beautiful!

But there were so many people and it was hard to work out where to go after the Pope's blessing...

So instead of going inside we found prosecco

I love how you get a wine glass size rather than a champagne flute :)

With our free afternoon we did what any normal person does...

Google where a cat sanctuary is...

"Welcome - you may enter"

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is home to about 150 cats who live in the Roman Ruins

Look how cute they are!

This place smelt like cat wee SO bad though

And this one bit me!

But apart from that it's definitely worth a visit if you're a cat fan!

Can you spot the cat?

For our final meal we found a random restaurant through a back ally

And ate some more delicious carbs!

And maybe drunk a bit too much wine considering we had a flight to catch!

Either way we made it home late on Sunday evening 

I really should visit Europe more often for weekends away, its so easy to go Friday night to Sunday night and Katie and I fitted so much in!

Thank you so much to my bestie for replacing a boy and helping me tick my third wonder of the world off my list!

Only four to go!

A weekend in Rome - Day1

Friday, 28 October 2016

Everyone always takes the P and says I go on holiday all the time.

It might be a fair comment...but if you can why not!?

Plus I'm always really clever with my holiday allowance, travelling over weekends and bank holidays etc so I seem to fit more in than the average person.

I haven't really seen much of Europe bearing in mind it is so close to us, and one of my aims is to see all the Wonders of the World:

The Great Wall Of China
Petra, Jordan
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
Taj Mahal, India
The Colosseum, Rome
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Machu Picchu, Peru

My boyfriend and I had already both seen Christ the Redeemer and the Taj Mahal so for his birthday I planned a surprise trip to Rome to tick off our third Wonder.

Sometimes things don't work out to plan...

Which is what best friends are for!

This is how long I've known Katie:

We flew at about 5pm on a Friday night from Gatwick and by the time we got to our AirBnB in Rome we were starving.

This is where we stayed and it was really nice in an amazing location

The only problem with the location was it was in old Rome...the bit of Rome where tourists go in the day and therefore the restaurants close early

We wandered around enjoying seeing the ruins by night

And finally managed to find somewhere still serving food

Fair to say I did not finish all of this pasta...but the wine was finished!

I'm not sure of the name of the place and I don't think I'd recommend it but for someone starving late at night it was ideal!!

The next morning we woke up super early and ticked off my Wonder of the World

Who needs a man to complete the Wonders with me when I can do them with my friends!

It was pretty beautiful this early in the morning, and although the weather forecast predicted thunder storms all weekend the sun shone!

One tip is definitely book your tickets in advance and go early. We didn't have to queue at all

And it meant we got to basically have the Colosseum all to ourselves!

By the time we left (about an hour later) all of these railings were full of people and there was no way you could have a photo alone or enjoy the Colosseum properly

I tried to look a bit Roman... I love a theme

Upstairs there is a museum which tells you all about the Colosseum

Here's a fact for you, the entire floor of the Colosseum used to be covered in wood and the tunnels you can see underneath were so other gladiators or animals could be lifted up through trap doors

AND sometimes they used to flood the floor of the Colosseum to create "mock sea battles" how cool is that!

Once the Colosseum got super busy we explored and tried to find breakfast

We got lost a few times... but that's how you explore a city!

And see odd things like this... I get the locks but why the plastic bag pieces?

We eventually found some breakfast, but it wasn't particularly Roman!

More French...

Our next stop was the Trevi fountain...

But again we got lost:

This is not the Trevi founation...

Nor is this...

This is!

It just remind me of the Lizzie McGuire Movie!

Sing to me Paolo!

It was very impressive...but very crowded!

We then went off to find the Spanish Steps

Unfortunately this was as close as we could get!

Maybe Paolo and Isabella were performing there later or something...

Our next stop was the Pantheon

The largest unreinforced dome in the world I'll have you know!

The Lonely Planet guide book I bought for this trip was so good by the way! Even if I couldn't follow the map properly!

I blame me not the book!

This blog is going to be super long if I don't cut it off here...so stay tuned to find out what else we got up to in Rome in my next blog!

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