If you follow me on my personal Instagram account then you may have noticed I’ve spent the last few days celebrating my 24th in Rome!
Italy is one of my favourite European destinations: the delicious food, the beautiful buildings & of course, the home of the greatest fashion houses in the world.
I wanted to share a little diary of what we got up to, our recommendations and somewhere to upload some of the 495,000 photos I’ve taken!
We stayed at Mamas home located in a little market square – Piazza Campo de’ Fiori. I booked it way in advance and probably spent an excessive amount of time on trip advisor trying to find a reasonably priced but also ‘cool’ & modern styled room! I absolutely loved the interior in Mamas Home – described as a mix of traditional and new, with vaulted rooms of stone & plaster, and steel and antique decor. The bathroom was supplied with Maison Margeila textiles & Malin & Goetz toiletries. We picked the junior suite which included a beautiful bath & was slightly larger than the other rooms. We had a lovely view & the room wasn’t too noisy considering the surrounding bars & restaurants below. We were greeted with a bottle of red, & the staff were really helpful in recommending places to eat & arranging our airport transfer. We were just a 20 minute walk from all the major attractions, so the location of Mamas home is pretty ideal. All in all I’d 100% stay here again & will recommend it to anyone else looking to visit Rome!
Italy is the capital of luxury! Gucci,Valentino, Versace..
You can find all the high end stores surrounding the Spanish steps. Gucci is a must, the store is so beautiful! I was finally able to get my hands on the plain black prince town loafers, I’ve wanted these for well over a year and I’m glad I got them for my birthday in Rome so now they’re extra extra special!
They had a few other items I haven’t seen online yet – some black beetle beaded Princetown loafers and some studded bee sandals! Sadly I forgot to take pictures, so I guess you’ll just have to go there!!
There were lots of little boutique stores around the Piazza campo de Fiori/Pantheon area – we particularly liked Degli Effetti which stocked brands like commes des garçons play.
We also found a designer tk maxx style store called La Rinascente. I found some 3.1 Philip Lim trousers I’ve wanted for ages for only 90 euros, and they also stocked Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Carharrt… Definitely worth a little rummage!
Obviously no trip outside the UK is complete without stepping into the holy grail.. A.K.A Sephora! I managed to refrain from buying any new lipsticks & just got a couple of face masks – including a 24k gold pumpkin face sheet!
WARNING: HEAVY ON THE CHEESE!
I’m pescatarian so I’ve basically been carb-loading the last few days. Gelato is obviously a must in Italy, as is visiting a proper Italian bakery with all the lovely cakes, biscuits and baguettes!
We had some Pizza & Wine on my birthday evening at a lovely little place just round the corner from our hotel called Griglieria da fortunata, obviously I had to pick the four cheeses! I’m wearing my J.H Zane checkered top, and Tom is looking handsome as per!
The following evening we went to Lucifero, as recommended by the hotel owner. This place is famous for fondue, you can order beef & cheese for the table and then cook it yourself on a little stove! I had to go for the spaghetti though, (when in Rome)!, and I’m glad I did because this was the nicest plate of spaghetti I’ve ever had. I think the correct name is Tortolline? My food photography isn’t the best, and I didn’t capture the plate of cheese with various sweet honeys I had to start, but trust me – this was so so SO good! The staff were really friendly, the atmosphere was great & there’s a gigantic wine selection to accompany the carbs!
I HAVE to share photos from the Vatican museum – every ceiling is literally breathtaking. The details of the building are so intricate, it’s definitley worth the long queues to get inside! We went for the option of the museum & Sistine chapel tickets, sadly we missed out on St. Peter’s basilica due to the length of the queues! I can imagine it’s just as impressive inside & if I’m fortunate enough to come back to Rome then this will be on the list!
Of course the Collesium is also a must. It took us around an hour to explore inside, it was actually smaller than I’d imagined but also epic at the same time. Me and Tom wanted to learn more about the fighting and events taken place inside the arena, so maybe the guided tour would’ve been a little more informative.
Main tourist attractions aside my favourite thing about the city of Rome was just walking around, admiring all the gorgeous buildings and cute little alleys.