Four Days in Rome

Hello! Buongiorno!

I wanted to share with you what we did on our recent child free holiday to Rome, Italy.

Before I get into the details of our city break to the Italian capital, I’m going to give you a little backstory.

My husband and I first went to Rome together in February 2006, we’d known each other only six weeks. It was most definitely a whirlwind romance and I suppose you could say it sealed the deal.

We’ve always wanted to go back and this Christmas, he bought me the trip away. He’d even organised my parents’ involvement (the girls would stay with them) and with a little help from my mum, had sorted everything.

It’s fair to say I was blown away and tears were shed on Christmas day, I couldn’t believe it, I’d had no idea.

Before I knew it the Easter holidays were upon us and it was time to go.

What follows is a little round-up of what we did. It probably goes without saying we did some of the touristy stuff, but we’d done a lot of it last time. My favourite is still the Pantheon though.

Side note- Rome’s peak tourism season starts at Easter and having been twice before “off season” I really noticed the crowds this time.

Also, last time I went was before I discovered I have Dairy and Egg allergies, so this time I was a little worried about being able to eat, after all, it’s all mozzarella and gelato, right?

Ginger Sapori e Salute

This place came up in my research pre-trip. There are two branches in central Rome, we ended up at the one near Piazza Navona. Ginger focuses on healthy food, using products that are in season. Many of the dishes on the menu are in fact raw and 80% of the dishes are plant-based. We stopped here for a light lunch and the salad I ordered came in the biggest bowl, it was more like a mixing bowl for baking!! Check them out.

ginger vegan food raw menu in Rome

Image via their website

Babington’s Tea Rooms

This one was a total spur of the moment stop off. Situated right next to the Spanish Steps and priced accordingly we decided to treat ourselves to a fancy half hour. It did feel very special and despite just having tea we were treated like royalty. More here.

Grezzo Raw Chocolate

Found this online as part of my research and boy was it worth seeking out. Everything is raw, which automatically means its vegan and therefore free from dairy and eggs. I had a three scoop pot of gelato, hazelnut, chocolate and strawberry and D had a two scoop pot and a smoothie. The lady serving in here was so lovely and helpfully spoke brilliant English. We ended up buying a selection of the handmade chocolates too to take back to the hotel with us. I’m not exaggerating here either but these were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I’ve just seen they do mail order so off to investigate if they’ll post to me. Find out more about Grezzo in Rome here.

Original Language film nights

It turned out that our hotel was a ten-minute walk from a cinema that shows films in their original language. The Italians are world renown (in a good way) for their dubbing so it’s fairly rare to be able to watch something that isn’t dubbed. We almost felt like locals spending an evening at the cinema. We saw Ready Player One, by the way, which is a lot of fun.

Details on cinemas showing films in their original language in Rome here.

Art & Exhibitions

If you’ve ever been to Rome you’ll know you are literally falling over sculptures, fountains, churches, ancient ruins and a whole manner of historical landmarks whichever way you turn. There are still strong links to the art world here and as it’s a capital city it gets many touring exhibitions too. We went to Complesso del Vittoriano to see an exhibition of Terry O’Neill’s photography.

There were some brilliant shots of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones and many other icons from the sixties and seventies. Whilst there we saw the artist Liu Bolin’s exhibition too. Known as the invisible man, he expertly blends into backgrounds. For these exhibitions visit here.

We also visited the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars which although sounded interesting in the guidebook it was actually rather morbid in real life. The crypt is completely decorated with skeletons. I’m still in two minds whether to recommend it to you or not, but here’s a bit more about it, if it’s sparked an interest.

Finally, the Keats Shelly House is on the opposite side of the Spanish Steps to Babington’s and it’s a small but perfectly formed museum where the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about all things Romanticism. It’s worth the small entrance fee, here’s the link.

Wandering the beautiful streets of Rome

This is an activity in its own league in Rome. Its’s just so photogenic!

So it turned out avoiding my allergens in Rome wasn’t that hard. I’ve now become hooked on good coffee again though…

My final thought is to make sure you walk everywhere, wearing comfortable shoes of course.

Have you been to Rome?

 

42 Comments

  1. April 18, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Ahh! I was in Rome in March and it was downpouring the ENTIRE time. I was pretty sad (and drenched). But I went to some lovely places regardless – including Babingtons!
    Glad you had a fab time!
    Debs @ tiger-mint.com

    • Susie
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      April 18, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Oh wow, it rained one afternoon whilst we were there but nothing like the rain in Manchester so it actually felt pleasant!

  2. April 18, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    I love Rome. I think if I had lived in Rome rather than Florence, I would never have come home! (Florence was just not enough of a city for me…she says, living on the outskirts of a village in rural Yorkshire now! Ha!) I could happily spend hours just wandering, it is so beautiful, and the food is truly spectacular, as long as you avoid the tourist traps of which there are very many indeed sadly. And of course, gelato. Nom. You’ve made me all nostalgic now, I need to go back! x

    • Susie
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      April 18, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Florence is next on my list! I’ll have to pick your brains about it at some point, I didn’t know you’d lived there!

      • April 18, 2018 / 8:13 pm

        Yep, 4 years!!! Did most of my PhD there. I really ought to write some more posts on it! I am sure they would be popular!

      • Susie
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        April 18, 2018 / 8:20 pm

        Yes they really would! Off to have a look now x

  3. April 18, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing the lesser known side of Rome. I avoid dairy so I’ve always thought Italy would be a no-go but Ginger sounds SO good!

    • Susie
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      April 18, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      The research I did really helped, and it was easy to ask for a pizza without cheese so don’t let it stop you!

  4. April 18, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Oh wow, looks like you had the best time 🙂 I haven’t been to Rome yet but I’m saving this post in case we decide to go, specially to visit Grezzo Raw Chocolate!

    • Susie
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      April 18, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Oh my goodness, it was so good! Yes and do let me know if you go xx

    • Susie
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      April 19, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Ah thanks, Kirsty. Mine too!

  5. April 19, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Ah how romantic you lucky duck. I’ve never been to Rome so am bookmarking this. Greig and I took a holiday very early on in our relationship too, to Morocco. Everyone thought we were mad but it was and still is my favourite trip. One day we hope to go back, without kids! xxx

    • Susie
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      April 19, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      Oh you’d love Rome. And that Morocco trip sounds brilliant, you must go back soon!

  6. April 19, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Rome is one of my favourite places and holds lots of happy memories. As a fellow foodie, I adored simply wandering around the city and sampling the local offerings, away from the usual tourist traps. I’m not religious but the Vatican was a sight I’ll never forgot, absolutely beautiful. Looks like you had a wonderful break xx

    • Susie
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      April 20, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      Yeah, I’m the same! The Vatican is another world, isn’t it!

  7. freshdesignblog
    April 20, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Lucky you, it looks like you had a fantastic time!

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Ah we really did thanks so much!

  8. April 21, 2018 / 9:17 am

    This is a city that’s definitely on my wish list! I love your pics and I’m so happy you were able to find some great spots to eat and enjoy all the yummy food 🙂 Sounds like you had a wonderful time – what a sweet present from hubby! xxx

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Ah thanks so much lovely. I did feel very special!

  9. April 21, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Stunning photos- you’ve really captured the beauty of the city! I adore Rome and it looks like you had a fab time. What a lovely surprise from the hubby – he’s a keeper! 😉

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Oh that’s kind of you, thanks, Hollie! It is very photogenic, isn’t it!

  10. April 21, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    What a great trip and post – being lactose intolerant it’s making me dread going anywhere this year but you have inspired me. Researching beforehand is a good tip.

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Ah good luck, yeah the internet makes it much easier to be prepared x

  11. April 22, 2018 / 4:17 am

    What a lovely trip and so nice of your husband to surprise you like that. I’ve never been to Rome but it’s on my travel lust list. Even more so after reading this post.

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Stacey, you’d love it. Try and go off season though xx

  12. April 22, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I really dislike big cities, but I love Rome!! It’s such a beautiful city and there’s so much to see there! My favourite activity (in most cities) is to just walk around.

    • Susie
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      April 22, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      It feels about the same as Manchester is size to me, the centre anyway!

  13. April 22, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    SOMETIMES, it’s the little surprises like this that make life all the more exciting, interesting and our husbands get their brownie points for the entire year! Well done to him and glad you had such a fabulous time pretty lady! Love the breton top too!

    • Susie
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      April 24, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Haha! That is so true Jenny! Thanks for stopping by x

  14. April 23, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Oh, I loved reading this. All the heart eyes!! It’s one of my favourite cities in the world. There’s something so special about it … and not just the food. I’m quite lucky as half of my family is Italian so they meet us there and we get a bit more of a local tour. It’s just fantastic x

    • Susie
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      April 24, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Oh amazing!! I’d love that xx

  15. Donna Ford
    April 23, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Ah I love the story and the romance! Rome is a fab city, we were there on our 3rd wedding anniversary but dying to go back when the kids are older to show them all the amazing history. The Pantheon was probably my favourite building x

    • Susie
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      April 24, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Ah, great minds! Same with our kids x

  16. tombellord
    April 23, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Oh I am very envious. I have always wanted to visit Rome. So much design inspiration everywhere…..

    Love the photography here too….especially the Fiat Cinquecento! An absolute classic!

    • Susie
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      April 24, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much Tom!

  17. April 23, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Oh wow, what a lovely surprise from hubby. Amazing! Italy has been on my wish list for about 25 years now. Still never been! But your trip sounds so perfect. Lots of mooching, coffee and cake stops…. heavenly!

    • Susie
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      April 24, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Aw you must try and go!

  18. Suzanne
    May 16, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Awww, Rome….
    My partner & I went there for 2 nights when I was 7 months pregnant (enroute to an amazing rural wedding of italian friends) It was the most special time – and where he popped the question right in front of the Trevi Fountain! I was floating around in a love bubble for the rest of the day, and then had my lovely new ring on show at the wedding the next day!

    • Susie
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      May 19, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      What a blummin’ lovely story! And a great tale to tell the kids x

  19. May 30, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    It seems you had a great time! I remember once getting lost in the city and finding this little market where I tried the best panini sandwich ever. I never found it again. The magicof Rome!

    • Susie
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      June 11, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Love stories like that Juan! Thanks for popping by x