Saturday, 3 February 2018

Travel // 21st Birthday in Rome

On December 17th 2017 myself, my mum and dad, and boyfriend Josh all jetted off to Rome in celebration of my 21st birthday. I love all things Italy (especially the food!) and I had never been to Rome before so I couldn't think of a better destination to spend my birthday. If you are planning a trip to Rome read on, as I have some Italy inspiration and restaurant/touristy recommendations!

As soon as we landed in Italy and dropped our bags at the hotel there was only one thing left to do... PIZZA!

Palm Trees = Instant Tropical Vibes
On the first day we walked from our hotel (The Pantheon Hotel - highly recommend), I realised that Rome is basically a huge museum, with ruins and history at every corner.

Day 1 - The Colosseum, Spanish Steps and a lot of walking

Me and mum
Scarf - Primark
Jacket - Zara
Sunglasses - ASOS
Liquid Lipstick - Primark 'It Girl'

Me and my boyfriend, Josh 

The colosseum was beautiful and the architecture was outstanding. It was so crazy to imagine all the events that happened in that building 2000 years ago. I think the colosseum is a must for anyone visiting Rome.

Hat - Topshop
Shoes - H&M
After a long walk, getting slightly lost and a 45 minute browse round Sephora we ended up at the Spanish steps. Of course I wanted to buy an ice cream and re-enact the famous Audrey Hepburn scene in Roman Holiday (but I had my hands full of Sephora bags - whoops...)

Audrey Hepburn in 'Roman Holiday' - highly recommend giving it a watch if you haven't already.
Me and Josh
Next stop was lunch, I had classic spinach and ricotta ravioli in a tomato and mascarpone sauce... it was amazing... cue food coma.

Pretty little street
Bag - Zara
Day 2 - My Birthday and Vatican City
The next day was my birthday!! So we headed to Vatican City to have a private tour around the Vatican.
Top Tip: I HIGHLY recommend booking to have a private tour around the Vatican - otherwise you will be queueing for ages and the queue to get in was huuuge. Also our private tour guide was very knowledgable and we learnt a crazy amount.
Unfortunately photography is not permitted in the Sistine Chapel so I don't have any pictures of Micheal Angelo's stunning ceiling, not that pictures would have done it justice.

The Vatican

View over beautiful Roma from a window in the Vatican
On the night of my birthday we went out for a lovely meal at a little restaurant called 'That's Amore' (very close to Trevi Fountain). The food was delicious so I definitely recommend a visit if you go to Rome.
Eyeshadow - Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Lipstick - Rimmel London 107

Gnocchi and Carbonara -  5/5 YUM
Millefoglie for dessert - devoured the WHOLE thing in about 2 minutes
After dinner we headed to Trevi Fountain to walk off our food comas.

Day 3 - Our last day

Our final day in Rome was a chilled one which we spent having a wander around cute little gift shops and eating ice cream.
We found the most amazing ice cream parlour called 'Della Palma', serving over 150 different flavours! I don't think you can really tell from the photo but the ice creams were MASSIVE (mine was a small) so you really get your moneys worth.
Creme caramel, lemon tart and Kinder Bueno flavour ice cream
 We also had a look inside the Pantheon as it was practically next to our hotel.
The Pantheon
 We had another fantastic dinner at a restaurant just off one of the many squares - all the squares are lined with lovely little restaurants and give you the option to dine alfresco thanks to big flame heaters.
Prawn, tomato and courgette linguini
I am already itching to get back to Rome. It was a beautiful city, offering history, art, culture and amazing food at every corner.

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