Italy is one of those places that I’ve always been desperate to visit. The food alone is a good enough reason to go, but the photos of all the different ‘must see’ places that constantly pop up on Instagram made me determined to go there – even if it was just for a few days. We love city breaks and I spend half my life Googling good travel deals, so when I found a cheap trip to Rome with British Airways I impulse booked before I had a chance to talk myself out of it.
There are tons of things to do in the cultural and historic city of Rome, most of which I’ll be blogging about over the next couple of months, but everyone knows that a city break can be exhausting, and sometimes you just need a day to give your feet (and your bank account) a break. We were in Rome for four full days and this was actually our last day in Rome (I’m working completely backwards with my photos!). After three days of non-stop walking and queuing for various attractions, spending a chilled afternoon just wandering around and finding places by accident was perfect.
We didn’t have more than a few hours to spare and all we wanted to do was snap a few final photos, cram more of the to-die-for food into our already carb-loaded bodies and soak up the last of the Italian sun – which by the way was stupidly hot. Luckily there were buses which ran from right outside our hotel, which was about an hour or so walk from the center of Rome. We did the walk on day one, but by day four we were over it, so we got the bus into Paola which is just by the River Tiber and wandered up to one of our favourite spots in Rome – Piazza Navona. There are Piazzas everywhere, but Piazza Navona felt like the heart of Rome with heaps of restaurants and cafes and a bustling atmosphere around the trio of fountains.
Every day in Rome we ate lunch on the cheap to save money for a blow-out dinner, but as it was our last day we decided to splash out and go big at lunch instead. When in Rome, right? We ate at Insalata Ricca, which was a cute little restaurant just outside the Piazza. For starters we got bruschetta with mozzarella and balsamic. Oh my god. Amazing. I don’t even like tomatoes, but tomatoes in Italy are something else! For mains we both ordered pizza, obvs, plus a Limoncello to finish because I really felt like pushing the boat out. I was ready to burst but a meal in Rome isn’t complete without gelato, is it? Pistachio and Nutella gelato is a game changer. Is it any wonder I came back feeling about a stone heavier?
Before we went to Rome so many people told me that “there’s something to see on every corner”, and they were absolutely right. Rome is such a beautiful city and I feel so luck to have been able to go. If you’re looking for a chilled day in Rome, head to Piazza Navona and spend some time exploring the area. You’ll never run out of things to explore and take photos of! Soon I’ll be posting photos of some of Rome’s biggest attractions, so keep your eyes peeled here on my blog or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on new posts.