Bella Italia Pt 3. Food Glorious Food

When in Rome do as the Romans do, that was our motto, or at least something like that, we wanted to endure everything Romans endure in the capital, coming from a small place like Gibraltar we ventured out through the city and I mean ventured, we walked the whole darn city.  I was about to undertake a strict diet when I got back home, so this was my “eating like a dog” weekend.  We tried the best Italian restaurants with all costs included, this will save you a ton of money, do not attempt the tacky restaurants offering the typical 3 course menu, you will end up paying service charges galore... try these restaurants, they will literally make you fall in love with Rome

Restaurant La Montecarlo, located at Vicolo Savelli street, this locally run restaurant offers the best Italian dishes in town along with the biggest pizzas I have been served in ages. Thinly crusted but with the essential flavours needed to make it a Mama Mia moment... we sat down in awe as we noticed the wall was full of famous icons such as Valentino Rossi and renowned celebrities from around the globe.  Try the Calzone it is to die for... my partner loved it.

One evening we visited the Spanish steps, if you are visiting in the cooler months I suggest you visit during the night time, less crowds of groups and an even better nightlife, as you go down the steps onto your left carry on walking for 2 minutes, take a left and you will Ristorante Alla Rampa... a wide array of fresh sea food and the best of Italian gastronomy awaits you, if you enjoy red wine, choose the only one in the wine menu, it is simply wonderful to compliment your carne ala Genoese...

You just never feel complete without a set of sweet treats, for this same reason one day we had travelled far into the depths of Rome when a surprise blanket of rain started falling upon us. We searched the tiny streets and then found this quaint little delicatessen where we ran for safety.  We were surprised to see how we were served the best savouries, especially white chocolate canolies which were to die for.  If you're ever lost or running away from the rain in Rome, simply enter one of the cafeterias and ask for canolies, you certainly wont be dissapointed.
If I were to describe Rome in two words I would put it as "simply amazing" everything to it is wonderful, from its cusine to its history to its sites of interest.  Rome will always be Rome and all roads will lead to it, however, if you ever decide to visit please don't just do it for a day, there is much more than you can imagine throughout its entire city. 
Safe travels!
The Travelling Postcard

Bella Italia Pt.2 Discover the Attractions

We thought it was time to visit some of the most notable features of the city... The fountain of Trevi, the Coliseum and the Roman Gardens...oh I almost forgot the art museum based in plaza Navona, a little trick for young adults is to ask for the student ticket, just let the gentleman behind the desk know that you are a student, he receives you with open arms!

Well back to the Coliseum... worth every penny, if you are interested in heritage and the Roman legacy visit this fantastic landmark, although you might have to queue up in line the price is not over exaggerated, for under 25 years of age, we paid 12.50 Euros each and the ticket was valid for two days.. the ambience of the place along with its backdrop makes the coliseum one of the greatest places I have ever visited.

The Trevi fountain was next in our agenda, although a myth if you throw a Euro coin along with a pinch of salt over your right shoulder, luck will prevail you... so ahead we went and tried it... full as it always is the main feature being the fountain sits awkwardly in the backdrop as it is surrounded by buildings... this makes it ever more impacting... beware of the what I call them the “scamsters”, the gentlemen who try and sell you literally everything might try and trick you into buying a quality product when in actual fact they are broken items,  only want to assure you of this, because we experienced it firsthand.

One evening we visited the Spanish steps, if you are visiting in the cooler months I suggest you visit during the night time, less crowds of groups and an even better nightlife, with street sellers and people sitting on the steps enjoying a relaxing night out.

If you have time in Rome, our favourite activity was just to meander through the quiet cobbled streets of the city without a map, truly feeling like a Roman and completely taking in its breath taking culture. Walking through a city like this makes sightseeing that much more exciting and adventurous as you end up discovering the little gems of Rome not listed on any top 10 place to see or thing to do. We actually stumbled across a lovely town market doing this located just behind the Forum Romanum.

Our Top 10 Places not to miss :

1.     Coliseum

2.     Trevi Fountain

3.     Spanish Steps

4.     Forum Romano

5.     Palentine Hill

6.     Piazza Navono

7.     Vatican City

8.     St Peter’s Basilica

9.     Pantheon

10.  Piazza di Spagna

Safe travels!

The Travelling Postcard

La Bella Italia Pt 1. Location, Location, Location

A few weeks back both my partner and I decided to go and travel to the best destiantions in western Europe.... Our experience unique and exciting, may I say Europe offers much more than anyone can imagine.  The common notion of a European tends to be " hmm lets travel to the new world" I guess they are right when you think about it.  Travellers from the new world, wait... let me make this clear, when I use the term new world I am talking about Nothern and Southern America... I bet you all knew anyway.... well where was I... yes, I guess travllers from America may think the same as a European only that they want to discover Europe.  For these far away readers I salute you all the way from Gibraltar, Greetings.

Nevertheless, back to the story... We travelled to Italy first in the last week of January.  Our experience was one not from a tourist but from a local.  We had researeched thoroughly into Roma or Rome and what we experienced was simply wonderful, from the gastronomy to the most important attractions, Rome offered everything a young travller is looking for.  We decded to stay in Eur, a district in the south of Rome where if I may say has nothing to offer apart from a fantastic congeress hall offering the best in concert shows, a little more about that later on for all you David Guetta enthusiasts.

We decided to stay in EUR as we had booked tickets to see David Guetta in concert, due to its proximity we stayed in a nearby hotel. First impressions were appaling and lets just leave it at that as the hotel room was worse than a shoebox, with no computer to use in the lobby to check for alternative places.  The next day we grabbed our belongings and moved into the centre.  If you ever travel to Rome do not stay near or close to the Trevi fountain or the Vatican, it can result costly and for a much reduced price with equivilant service or more, stay around 15 minutes away from the centre, after all you are just 5 minutes away in Metro, must I commend the service, always efficient and cost effective, 2,60 Euros for three hours.

Finally, we stayed at the Metropolis Hotel on Via delle Milizie, the best thing we did was move! Beautiful, classy and elegant. Not fully in the city centre, but close to the Metro Stations and a lovely 10 minute walk from the Vatican City. Staff were professional and very helpful.

For reviews on the hotel, click here and see what people have said about Hotel Metropolis!  

The Beautiful Vatican City

Hotel Metropolis, Roma
Check out our Bella Italia Pt 2. Discover the Attractions coming to you soon!
Safe travels!
The Travelling Postcard