11 years since I was last in Europe! Living in London, footloose and fancy free!
The minute I stepped off the plane, the excitement came flooding back! The freedom, language barrier, warm weather, good food and company!
My bro and I squeezed out as much as we could in the short time we were in Rome (him more than me, arriving home at 7am after a night out)!
We arrived at lunchtime and headed straight for the hotel (I like to have a driver waiting as after a 24 hour flight….ain’t no one got time to fart arse around with taxis)!!! My Aunty recommended a cracker of a hotel right at the doorstep of the Trevi fountain (the rooftop bar is awesome and breakfast is served on the terrace looking right at the Trevi)! Hotel is called Relais Di Fontana Trevi.
We checked in and headed straight out to a little lunch spot I had researched on the Luxe Guide (hot tip…download a Luxe guide to any major city you travel to, recommendations are always spot on)!
We walked towards the Spanish Steps to Ginger Sapori e salute – white, modern, cool crowd and an abundance of fresh fruit on counter tops…they even had organic soy cappuccinos which I did not expect to find in Italy!! We had a delicious meal and wondered the streets, leading up to the gorgeous via Condotti and all the designer stores (make sure you have a coffee at Cafe Grecco / old school Italian landmark since 1760). Another cute cafe near Spanish steps is Gina Eat Drink!
We wondered back to freshen up and meet family for drinks at Salotto 42….right in front of the Pantheon! You see we tick off the tourist attractions around food and drink!! A few G&Ts later (man they pour a stiff drink)!! And off to dinner at another Luxe find (Macceroni)…cute ex butcher shop, now vibrant little restaurant. We wandered the streets home, getting lost and finding Gelato of course! And a little nightcap at our rooftop bar and watching the chaos that surrounds the Trevi fountain below!
There you have it! After bro continued with a mate til all hours, I packed it in and took the opportunity to wake early and wander the streets, drink many coffees whilst pinching myself at the beauty of the city!!
The Colosseum is of course also a must see and many more magnificent creations…however as I had been to Rome before, this was just a relaxed entree to the main course that was coming….Panarea…TBC!