Today I’m sharing all about my recent stay in Rome. It was so wonderful to travel with a friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile (T, I already miss you!). We had a fabulous Roman adventure together and I can’t wait to take J to this beautiful city. Rome oozed romance with every step … the soft pastels of the painted buildings and the muted grey/green of the Tibere river seemed to melt together in harmony. And the food … After enjoying the freshest bruschetta, the most amazing pastas and the divine array of scrumptious gelato (I adored the Coco), I honestly didn’t want to leave and everyone was so friendly and accommodating – I can’t imagine a better place for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or not.
We enjoyed several heavenly scoops of gelato every single day we were in town. It was too good not to!
We came across a Christmas-themed market/festival in the Piazza Navona. As the sun slipped away, the sky looked amazing against the bright lights of the carousel. The colors of the buildings never ceased to amaze me, either … each looked like a chipping fresco … colors that could only come to be by the graceful aging of time.
Our first evening in the city, we walked from our hotel down to the Colosseum. It was hauntingly beautiful with a full moon in the background.
One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Rome were the cool, bonsai-like trees everywhere. I couldn’t figure out what type of tree they were but after a little research, I found that they are simple pine trees that were heavily pruned to achieve their current look.
The Trevi fountain was glorious.
We visited St. Peters’ Square and the Vatican Museum …
On Christmas Eve, we returned to St. Peter’s square and waited for a few hours in a very long line …
… so we could gain entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica for midnight mass with the Pope. I couldn’t believe how close we were to Pope Benedict! When we left the basilica, seeing the crowd in the square was incredible:
We were able to re-visit the Colosseum during the day and went inside.
— If you live somewhere that gets chilly in the winter, plan a winter escape to Rome. We left snow and ice behind for sunshine and 50-60 degree temps. I relished every moment and made sure to rub it in when I got home!
— If it’s raining and you just want to stay dry or warm up, head to the Roma Termini (train terminal). My friend and I waited out the rain for a bit inside and enjoyed shopping. We found some gorgeous scarves and enjoyed some of the best and least-expensive gelato at one of the quickie-stops inside.
— Get a stack of movies that were filmed in Rome and watch them with your honey either before you go or after you return. It’s always fun to recognize places you’ve been! I recommend Roman Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley but there are many more. Make it a corny themed night by lighting drippy candles, making pasta and sharing Tiramisu together.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.