The end of that sentence is obviously; eat ALL the food. Which we did. A week or so ago we jetted off to the Eternal City for three nights to celebrate the annual reminder of my descent into old age.
I hadn't been to Rome before (having only previously visited Venice and Florence), whereas himself had been three times so we had a good mixture of inexperience and tourist guide-like knowledge to get us through. We arrived quite early and after a bit of kerfuffling with our taxi driver (who had originally agreed to the standard airport fare, then changed her mind on arrival to charge us €15 extra because "it's Sunday" and "you have two bags" sigh. Apparently this is quite common- be warned) we quickly settled into our lovely Airbnb home.
Our street, our front door, the lovely gift left for us from the owners (if anyone wants the link for where we stayed, let me know!)
The owner had left us wine and fruit to welcome us, along with their bicycles to use around the city and lots of books to read, if we could eh, read Italian, which we sadly could not.
The apartment itself was gorgeous- built in the 17th Century with all mod cons and pretty much right off of the Piazza Navona so we were close to restaurants, tourist spots and most importantly, several local gelaterias *priorities*.
Piazza Navona has three beautiful fountains plus lots of activity from street performers and artists selling their work.
We then went on a quick walk to explore the city and took in the Pantheon, a stunning 2000 year old temple with an open dome, allowing you to gaze up at the sky:
Next, we tried to visit the Trevi fountain, which was unfortunately under construction so instead we got cool drinks (it was a good 30 degrees), sat down on nearby steps and arsed around taking terrible selfies for a while:
So much attractive face squishing.
It was then on to the Spanish steps, which is the place to be apparently and provides a great view from the top:
While we were there we walked through the Via Condotti, Rome's designer shopping street. Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Dior, Armani, Hermes…sigh. I was, however more than content with a small splurge in Kiko (thanks to himself!) and a look around Sephora:
Lots more walking..
Back to the Piazza as the sun was setting..
That, my friends is the end of day one. I'm breaking them up because there's just way too much lovely stuff to cover all in one measly post!
Have you been to Rome?
Did you love it too? Are you off anywhere amazing soon?