For the longest, I have been trying to find the best time to write a post about one of my favorite European cities. This post was inspired by the love, excitement and passion that I witnessed between my Bestie Ryan Whitney and her husband Terrance during their wedding celebration. Rome, Italy is a city filled with history, a spirit of love, passion, excitement and wonder.
It’s said to have been founded 2,700 years ago, the Eternal City continues to woo people from around the world. Make a wish for everlasting love beside any of Rome’s more than 2,000 exquisite fountains and you are destined to return to this ancient city. I have traveled to Rome twice thus far, however it wasn’t until my last visit in 2013, when I fell in love with it.
I have always loved history, so exploring the historic city was like throwing a kid in a candy store. Walking through the Colosseum where the Roman gladiators fought to the DEATH, climbing all 551 steps to the top of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, making a wish at the Trevi Fountain or just marveling at the Roman Forum, the excavated ruins and heart of the Roman empire had me in awe! There are soooo many sites to see, you need at least seven days to get to most of them. Being there, in Rome, albeit a bustling city; you can still experience its simplicity and beauty.
I have found that the Italian culture looks highly upon the concept of “slowing down”. For example, eating a meal could literally take hours! Italians are known to take their time while eating to enjoy quality time with family and friends. And why not, the food is so good you want to enjoy every single bite. My favorite restaurant was located in this random piazza that we stumbled upon, the Baccanale at Campo De’Fiori Roma, and they served the best Capri Salad in all of Rome. The best cheesecake I have ever had can be found at this little café, just at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, Angelina Colazione.
This city, standing on seven hills by the Tiber River is a treasure-trove of monuments among some of the most beautiful squares and classical architecture in the world. But the beauty of Rome doesn’t just lay with its landmarks, but also its picturesque streets. The Trastevere district, filled with charming lanes, faded palazzi, and lovely homes decorated with flower boxes. My hotel accommodations were a testament to this fact.
Hotel San Anselmo, an elegant charming boutique hotel that evokes the quiet of the neighborhood Aventino in Rome, has a charming romantic atmosphere. Stepping out of the hotel and walking through the peaceful roads of the hill, passing by Benedictine Monastery, the famous public square of the Knights of Malta is reached, where Saint Peter’s Dome can be admired through the famous keyhole of the Grand Priory of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Then you move through the striking Garden of Oranges, to finally descend towards the Tevere, to gaze at the sunset. And that sunset was gorgeous! You too will fall in love with the streets of Rome.
Enjoy the Journey,