Ahhh Italy. My goodness, I love this country. We spent three weeks travelling throughout Italy on our recent honeymoon. Three of those nights were spent in Rome, blissfully so, before heading to Sicily.
Ben and I have been lucky enough to spend quite a few weeks in Italy on past trips, exploring many regions, from Cinque Terre and San Gimignano to all throughout Sicily. And back in 2003, my mum and I spent Christmas in Reggio Emilia – a time I will always, always cherish. In fact, I cherish any part of my being that connects with the values of this country and its people…a passion for family, food, life and love – it’s such a beautiful culture. It’s how I like to live.
On this visit to Rome, a dearly beloved city of ours, Ben and I stayed in Trastevere. It was the best decision we could have made. This area is becoming more and more touristy, but thankfully still retains that grungy feel, which is very much unique to the area. Plus it’s close to Testaccio, my other favourite corner in Rome (namely for all the delicious eats you can find, and its distinctly un-touristy feel). But that’s for another post…
For now, let’s explore Trastevere.
I just loved getting lost in Trastevere, in all it’s winding, cobbled glory.
We stayed at Donna Camilla Savelli
, a beautifully restored 16th Century Monastery. This hotel is stunning and the location fantastic. Booking via hotels.com
allowed us to snag cheaper rates, too. It was all perfect.
Pre dinner cocktails with this smiley fellow. Always smiling.
A White Lady
(gin. love) and The Godfather
(amaretto. love). All for a tidy 6 euro. Who said Europe wasn’t affordable?
Trastevere bars are some of the best in the city. If you’re after great beer, visit this gem (link
). Or just wander and see where you end up. That’s how we like to roll…
As much as Trastevere is known for its night life, the mornings here were my favourite…
…Ben and I would wake and go for a run up to Gianicolo Hill to revel in the spectualur views of the city.
True beauty. This city…
After our morning run (gotta keep those appetites up) we’d go for an espresso in the square. This was an activity I dearly loved. Sitting, drinking and dreaming…we would wonder what was happening behind the old and mostly closed blue, grey and white shutters. We would create lives for people we didn’t know. And we’d ponder which apartment would be ours.
In another life…