Roman Holiday: Highlights from Our Trip to Rome

Roman Holiday: Highlights from Our Trip to Rome

Cuski and I just had an amazing Italian dinner (at Di Beppe in Gastown) and I realized that I haven’t showcased my photos from Rome yet. Now’s as good a time as any to reminisce about this beautiful city and which things stood out to me on our trip there.

Food

Sorry France, the best food we’ve ever had on a trip was in Rome. Fresh local ingredients, homemade pasta, pizza with the softest dough, perfectly paired wines, refreshing gelato… what more could we ask for? We stay away from fast food and as many tourist spots as we can. Bonci was probably the most well-known place we went to, but it was worth it (the pizza tastes better than it looks). Stretch Pizza in Gastown is the closest to Bonci’s pizza that we’ve come across locally. Pasta was our go-to meal including a Roman favourite: cacio e pepe. We also love the prominence of anchovies in their cuisine. It’s not everyone’s favourite but you should give fresh anchovies a try. It’s such a big difference.

Pizza from Bonci

anchovy pasta

More pasta

Coffee

Coffee culture is very important to Italians and I wanted to appreciate it like a local. This meant that I had to learn how to drink espresso (without sugar). I was also mindful about the 11 AM rule: no coffee with milk after 11 AM. Also, do not order a latte… you’ll end up with a glass of milk! No matter where we went, even at a random stand in the middle of a park, the coffee didn’t disappoint. I loved the cafes where you order your coffee, consume it at the bar and just leave. A quick little pick-me-up before you get on with your day. After being spoiled with consistently good coffee, I have stopped drinking the crap we get at work and I have cut down my sugar intake.

Rome is Like an Outdoor Museum

Walking around Rome is like walking around an outdoor museum. There are ruins EVERYWHERE and there’s always something to learn about at every corner. If you’re strapped for time, these sites (like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and St. Peter’s Basilica) can be admired from the outside. I do recommend you go in and check them out firsthand but not everyone will have a good chunk of time in the city.

Colosseum

Roman Forum

St. Peter’s Basilica

Piazza Venezia

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps

Inside the Pantheon

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

Being a cat person, I loved that there is a cat sanctuary in the middle of the city. Many cats reside in these ruins and volunteers arrive to take care of them from time to time. Again, it’s in a public space and people can just observe the cats for free.

Cats live here

Torre Argentina

Water Fountains

Whenever you see water fountains around Rome, they are safe to drink. It gets quite hot here and these fountains are a godsend. I’ve used them multiple times. They also look pretty nice.

Water Fountain

Umbrella Trees

These umbrella-like trees are called Stone Pine. You can find them everywhere in Rome and I love them because they’re unique and also provide a nice canopy from the sun. They also look pretty nice in photos.

These trees grow quite tall, as you can see.

Rome is Such a Photogenic City

It doesn’t matter where you look… from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, on the ground where some of the original cobblestones are, or down a random alley… beauty is everywhere in this city.

Not Rome, but…

Take some time and spend a day in Pompeii. Explore the ruins of this vast city and learn about the unfortunate disaster and how the city was unearthed. You won’t believe it but they are still digging up more artifacts and sites. We spent the entire afternoon walking around and felt like it wasn’t enough time. It was all so fascinating. It’s definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Walking down a street in Pompeii

Well preserved ruins

Mt. Vesuvius

Thanks for sharing in my journey. Have you ever been to Rome, or want to visit Rome? Tell me in the comments below what your highlights were or what you’d most like to experience while there.