ROME TRAVEL GUIDE
we arrived in rome and dragged our bags through the cobblestone alleys to meet our host at the airbnb apartment we rented in via dei banchi nuovi (you can rent it here). it was quite the change of scenery from stockholm, where i had just been! i love how cheap the flights are through europe. just $80 and we were somewhere completely different.
follow the map that asia and i made for some of our favorite rome activities…
there was a bottle of wine waiting for us there and we just took in the crazy views from our terrace. our host was so nice and wrote out a big list of places to eat and drink and pointed out some of his favorite places to go in the area. victoria and i arrived first and waited for jen before we hit the town. the place was just a short walk away from piazza navona, which was full of great bars, gelato, restaurants and people watching. such a charming little spot.
a really good meal by our place was cul de sac. meatballs on mashed potatoes, cheese ravioli, tiramisu. a cozy little spot with friendly waiters, a bunch of locals, and a ridiculous wine selection.
we made a few meals in our apartment. mostly just meals in between larger meals (we ate far too much on this trip!) one of my favorite parts about renting an apartment is going to the grocery store and filling the fridge with snacks and drinks and having the option to cook. after traveling more than a week, sometimes it’s nice to not have to think about what restaurant is next and just stay home.
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so we made…well, jen made…this beautiful spread of food and cocktails for us for our late afternoon relaxing time in our pajamas. tomatoes with burrata and basil, prosciutto with olives and crackers, fresh fruit and a spritz for each of us. absolutely delicious!!
our apartment was only a couple minutes from campo de’ fiori, which is where we picked up fresh flowers for the apartment. on the weekends there are tons of fruit and veggie stands that go up, along with truffles, olive oils, fresh juices…it was fun just to wander around.
ditirambo was one of the places we had dinner in that area. it didn’t feel touristy and had a great vibe. the fried truffle potatoes were heavenly. pasta with clams, caprese…yum.
also in that piazza was forno pizza. apparently it’s a hot spot in town. i went because i heard they served rosemary potato pizza in the mornings. best breakfast ever…
something i will never forget is the beautiful colored buildings. the amount of times i made the girls stop so i could point out another pink building was pretty laughable.
and my favorite meal in rome (i love picking favorites) was maccheroni. also a short walk from our apartment. just remember with these popular places, it’s best to make a reservation beforehand. we got put in the basement because we didn’t. but the pasta was so good, we really didn’t care. plus, basements are cool too. cacio de pepe was definitely my pasta of choice in italy…which literally means cheese and pepper pasta. i’m not a huge tomato sauce fan, so i love all the olive oil based pastas. we had a lot of wine, some of the best carpaccio i’ve ever had, we shared a few pastas and ended the night with some sort of limoncello sorbet. it was quiteeee the meal!
one evening we had an interesting night at barnum cafe, where they make a mean martini. mismatched chairs and sofas, good music, free wifi and a good time.
the next day we explored the jewish ghetto…
the area felt so special and full of history. we ate an out of this world meal at la taverna del ghetto there. we just asked the waiter to bring us some of his favorites. hummus and falafel, fried fish and squash blossom (unreal!), roasted tomatoes, and large beers. we sat outside and just watched the people go by…
a few random photos from shopping, more pizza eating and wandering.
i picked up this lips sweater from a store right by our place. i saw it in the window and just had to. i wore it that night and had a bunch of guys making kiss faces at me. ha.
the wood beams were so special in all of the rooms of our apartment…with terraces on both sides , there was a lovely breeze.
we stopped by trevi fountain, to make that wish everyone talks about. but man was it crowded! there’s also tons of guys trying to sell you stuff, which kinda takes the magic out of it.
rome was fantastic! it felt a lot like barcelona to me for some reason. i will always remember this happy trip with two of my favorite people.
(this post was sponsored by airbnb, all opinions are my own. photos by designlovefest)