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From Rome With Love

travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, then you'll know I recently spent a long weekend in Rome, to celebrate my Birthday. The whole trip was a surprise from the Mr (yes he gets triple husband points for this one). I've always wanted to visit Italy, Rome in particular; the architecture, food the whole vibe just looked breath taking and I knew I was going to love Rome before I'd even got there. 
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
Lee told me the day before that I needed to pack my bags as we were going to Rome for my Birthday. At first I thought he was joking, he completely took me by surprise. Once I picked my jaw off the floor and said thank you a million times, I was literally a blur grabbing clothing and toiletries faster than you can say Easy Jet. I had to spend the following day at work which was painful, seriously a day of clock watching is not productive. As soon as it struck 5pm I was out of there bat out of hell style. Our flight was in the early hours so I had a little nap before we drove to the airport. To say I was excited at this stage would be an understatement. 
Arriving in Rome and being driven to our hotel was like a dream. I sat in the back seat drinking in all the stylish ladies and gents sipping their coffee's and admiring the stunning historical buildings. Our hotel Le Griffe was in an amazing location it was around a 20 min walk from the main sites.  
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
Day 1 we decide to explore the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, we headed out late so only made it to The Spanish Steps, we later found out that Trevi was closed for refurbishments. You could see St Peters in the distance beautifully lit up. After a long stroll (and cheeky stop by Sephora) we found our dinner destination, a little taverna recommended by the lovely door man Joseph, from our hotel.  We rate our bellies full on pasta and gnocchi and waddled back to our room.
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made

The following day was super exciting as we visited The Colosseum, The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. I was a little  worried that the day was going to be a total tourist trap. To be fair there were lots of people around but it didn't bother us. It was incredible to explore such a historical site and imagine people walking along the same path thousands of years ago. 
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
That night we headed out to do some more exploring, we were going to see what Trevi Fountain had to offer, but as I mentioned we realised it was closed for refurbishments. However we did find the most beautiful sun set (a bloggers dream-brilliant light) We were so preoccupied with watching the sun go down we didn't really take many pictures. The blogger in me finally kicked in and I managed to get a few snaps. The rest of the night was much like the one before, we wondered got lost along side streets and ate to much food - perfect. 
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
travel, rome, italy, lifestyle, blog, what renee made
Our third day was meant to be all about The Vatican (it was also my Birthday) we planned to spend the whole day exploring st Peters and The Vatican Museum. However once we arrived we were actually pretty content to just wonder around the main square. After the Vatican we hopped on the Metro over to The Pantheon we made it there just in time as they were about to begin mass, I was surprised to discover that The Pantheon is actually a fully functioning church. That evening we ventured into the old town. I didn't actually take any pictures or vlog that evening  as we just wanted to enjoy the moment. The old town was beautiful lots of lanes with street entertainers, cute places to eat and interesting shops. Along the river front there was also a summer festival-it reminded me a little of the South Bank in London.

I loved our time in Rome it's sparked a new found love for gnocchi and desire to experience more of Italy has to offer. 

I also put together a vlog of our amazing weekend I hope you enjoy. 

4 comments:

  1. Rome is somewhere I've always wanted to visit, looks amazing. It's on my list fir next year
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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    1. Aww you're gona love it if you can definitely go!

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  2. What a lovely hubby you have! Looks like you had a fab time! I love Rome, it really surprised me - never realized how pretty it was! Would definitely go back.

    Cat from Outside Beauty Inside Health

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    1. I know he's a keeper so thoughtful of him to plan it all. As you can tell I love rome too, I know right- how beautiful is it! I wasn't prepared for the awesomeness lol.

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