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Sunday, 6 September 2015

When in Rome

I recently began my mini Italian adventure in Rome. I had never been to Rome before, and to be honest it was nothing like I had expected: neither for better or worse, it simply was just not how I had imagined. I found it hard to distinguish between different boroughs; this was due to the whole of Rome being drenched in culture and the beautifully developed, Greek inspired, architecture that is found everywhere, no matter what area you’re in. Every building is picturesque. Every public building looks like a grand museum or embassy, and standard apartment blocks are rustic terrace houses that have stood the test of time, yet by no means look like they have been restored or refurbished in any way. It was almost like stepping back in time. This beautifully kept ancient city feels as if it hasn’t been touched by the ugly that (sometimes) comes with modernity…

However, Rome is unfortunately spoilt by tourism. The ancient city is over-run by ‘selfie stick’ users, ‘selfie stick’ seller’s and general cliché tourists and pestering ‘looky looky’ men… Of course, this is wholly inevitable due to it being the capital city and thriving with history and culture. Sadly though, what really bugged me was the food. Being a foodie; someone who plans their day around food during normal day to day routine (let alone what I'm like on holiday!!), I was so excited to over indulge on carbs and ice cream. This was going to be overly excessive eating to the maximum. We had planned the restaurants we wanted to visit way in advance of our trip. I had deprived myself of Italian food prior to the trip all ready for a giant binge on carbonara and pizza. Straight off the plane, without a reservation we hit up Pizzeria “La Pratolina” and they managed to squeeze us in, as they were fully booked on a Monday! Being terrible at languages and not knowing a large selection of the meat toppings, we decided to share a Margherita (as it’s always a strong indication of a good pizza) and shared the recommended flat bread by our lovely waitress. As for the wine, at €9 a bottle I didn’t expect much… however despite its price, it was one of the most enjoyable red’s I have ever had. The staff, food, wine was all perfect and started the trip off on a really positive food note…

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Sadly our foodie experience in Rome did go down hill… We planned to try Rome’s best Carbonara at the trattoria (traditional Roman cuisine) "Da Danilo" and "Vino e camino" for some specialty artichoke… Much to our disappointment the majority of the restaurants favoured by locals were closed due to them being family run businesses and they had left for big family holidays. So with a bit of help from trip advisor and an eye for food we tried our luck at stumbling across gems, and despite having an incredible fillet steak and some varying Carbonara’s we sadly also experienced some frozen pizza and some extremely over priced establishments trying to make a quick buck of off ignorant tourists… Rome is full of touristy traps or ‘trattoria’s’ that are probably equal to a lot of Italian chains found in the UK... which was disappointing to say the least, and none of these restaurants were really worth note. However it would be unfair to say I didn’t eat good food; I was just underwhelmed on occasion and disappointed that the restaurants we had previous researched had been closed. However, saying this just makes me want to return to the beautiful city to try some of these well-reviewed restaurants. On a side note, the room that we stayed in, in a converted apartment was fantastic, and I cannot recommend it more… An old apartment block hosting a traditional rustic communal stair case and a lift that looked like it should have been in the Grand Budapest. Also hosted our lovely modern apartment: "St. Peter's Key'swhilst still retaining its traditional character, and based right next to the Valtican City, this modern renovated apartment is basically, perfect. I should also add, the best ice cream I ate in Rome conveniently came from a lovely Gelataria pretty much next door… I guiltily admit we actually went there more or less twice a day, so although I’d like to say I’m not a creature of habit, I was too scared to be disappointed and try other gelatarias. At "Caffè Portofino" a boy who was just like ‘O’ almost always served us (I do apologise for all the Grand Budapest Hotel references, it is a firm favourite of mine at the moment… Should have probably travelled Budapest) None the less, O served the best ice cream: Crema, Kinder, Bicolleta, Banana, and Cheesecake, just a few to take note of and most definitely try.

Along with trying the brilliant pizzeria I have mentioned, I would absolutely recommend checking out Rome's equivalent to Shoreditch; the hip neighbourhood of Monti. I would suggest visiting all of the tourist attractions (despite the long & daunting cues) and most definitely checking out the Maxxi Museum which was urban contemporary heaven (Eames chairs galore) that was a complete and drastic contrast from all of the traditional architecture which otherwise seems inescapable.

I hope you all enjoy the photos I took throughout my trip in Rome. It was really hard to pick my favourite shots but these are a select few that I wanted to share.

Rome is a lovely place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a full-on busy city break. Do feel free to ask me any questions regarding my trip, I will help in anyway I can!

Photo's by Jude J Taylor


  1. Really beautiful.
    Love the ornaments, buildings, and your photographs.

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  2. Rome is a must see but it's not my favorite Italian city. As you mentioned it's very touristy! :]

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