Thursday, 9 April 2015

Rome: Food, Sights & What You NEED To Do

As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to do something a bit more detailed about my trip to rome - A. because I want to include more lifestyle on my blog and travel is an important part of my life, B. it may help some of you who have a trip planned soon and C. it could inspire you to pay this beautiful place a visit. Now, onto the good stuff..

- Food: People often visit Italy purely to enjoy the food, wine and all things traditional when it comes to cuisine. However, the system when you go to a restaurant is far from the norm with regards to what I'm used to in the U.K. Pastas and Pizzas are considered starters which are then usually followed by a meat or fish main followed by desert and then coffee. It's not a system for the faint hearted as you can tell but I was in my absolute element. It's completely indulgent (and totally delicious) but it takes some getting used to. It's also worth noting that all food comes pre-seasoned and sweetened so if you have dietary requirements or don't like salt/ sugar - mention it beforehand. We had an extremely helpful concierge at our hotel and he told us all the 'tourist' places to avoid and all the best authentic food that are popular amongst the locals which led to me trying some of the most amazing food I've had in my life. We found that 9 times out of 10 the smaller, family run restaurants are the ones to dine at   rather than the very 'modern' layouts which were popular amongst visitors. You can also expect to find patisseries, coffee shops and Gelaterias on almost every street corner so if you're like me and have a sweet tooth - your willpower will be pushed to it's limit.

- Sights: Rome has a lot to offer  even being out all day everyday, I could never get bored of the things that I was experiencing. If you're an art fanatic there are so many galleries and museums you can go to but my absolute favourites were The Vatican Museums and The Borghese Gallery. My inner art geek was knocked for six and even if you aren't that into it - I would still highly, highly recommend checking them out. Personally, I couldn't go to Rome and not visit the churches and cathedrals, Basilica di San Giovanni, The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and The Pantheon were among my favourites and are world renowned for being some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. I did my research as to where were the best places to go and no amount of pictures can do justice to how unbelievable these places are. Aside from that, a visit to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colloseum and all the others I'm sure you're already aware of are a must too.

On other side notes, I would encourage you to go to an ice cream parlour called 'Grom' which is tucked away in a side street not far from the Spanish Steps. We were told this is the best gelato in not just Italy, but the world - and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. Finally, if you do decide to visit holy places, it's important to ensure that your arms and legs are covered. It's a place of worship and is deemed disrespectful if you're not dressed appropriately.

I couldn't have asked for a more unbelievable time away and I have absolutely no doubt that I will be returning to not just Italy, but Rome again very soon! 

- Rupinder xo 

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