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Rome Part II

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Another day in the eternal city…

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Il dolce di fare niente is far too tempting – the second day commences with a long sleep in and a fruit platter at Mirabella, rooftop restaurant belonging to the Splendide Royal Hotel, whilst writing to share another experience with you. This is followed by a long walk, visiting several both opulent, famous and hidden piazzas of Rome.

Despite my cultural interests, especially in architecture and art, the most known Piazza Barberini and Quattro Fontane located at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome (an ensemble of four Late Renaissance fountains) are not as impressive and grandiose as expected. Furthermore, I would dare to say that locations such as Piazza Bocca della Verità situated between Via Luigi Petroselli and Via della Greca and Piazza di Monte Citorio close to Via del Corso are far more complex featuring a more personalised and detailed architectural design.

AT A GLANCE

Best time to visit – I would definitely recommend visiting during spring or early summer.

Currency – Euros.

How to get there – If you are travelling from the UK British Airways has an array of options, from anywhere else visit visit www.skyscanner.com

Highlights – Dinner at Marco G and a visit at Palazzo Barberini.

Shopping – Via dei Condotti

Top Fact – Piazza Navona was developed on the Stadium of Domitian’s premises, created in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The romans used to go there regularly to watch the games.

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Piazza Navona on the other hand never ceases to amaze me. Host of three of the most mesmerising fountains in Italy – Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune, Piazza Navona is one of the main Baroque Roman architectural and artistic representative developments. And when you think it can’t get better, they decide to add a Gelateria GROM in the very corner, located at Via della Maddalena, 30a, 00186 Roma, Italy. Now that’s a proper end to my roman squares visits.

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Lunch

After a traditional italian feast the evening prior I decide to book lunch at Aroma,  a magical 5 stars rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views of the Colosseum and the Emperor Nero’s Gardens, located at alazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma, Italy. Step away from the crowded paths surrounding the Flavian Amphitheatre and have a seat at Aroma to get the best view you could have ever imagined. In contrast with the baroque grandeur spread throughout all the sights visited earlier, this restaurant offers a laid back ambience featuring an effortlessly chic and modern design. Bear in mind that a smart casual dress code is recommended, especially for dinner. Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio is sure to take you through an exploratory journey of your own taste buds capturing all senses by using the freshest organic ingredients. Asparagus and ricotta cheese flan with poached quail’s eggs and black truffle is a MUST!

La Pergola is another luxurious lunch or dinner option, a 3 Michelin starred rooftop restaurant with panoramic view of the eternal city. Make sure to book at least 1 month in advance!

Art

On my way back to the hotel I stop by Galleria Borghese located within Villa Borghese Gardens. Including 20 rooms across 2 floors, the gallery hosts a highly impressive Borghese collection of paintings, antiquities and mostly sculptures. If your cultural affinities incline towards sculptural masterpieces, than a visit to Villa Borghese is imperative.

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Dinner

Dinner on Saturday at Marco G every time I visit Rome has become a ritual and no wonder! Located at Via Garibaldi, 56, this is by far my favourite restaurant in Rome due to its sensational traditional dishes made out of 100% homemade organic ingredients, exceptional service, the Speedy Gonzalez like serving and cosy ambience. The homemade tiramisu is to die for!

Final Day

The final day in Rome brings with it a sensational lunch at the best pizzeria in Rome, Pizzeria Emma located at Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186 Roma, Italy. Words cannot describe the overwhelming feeling of pure happiness that my taste buds are currently experiencing. If you love pizza, you are set for an unforgettable ride!

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More Art

Just before my cab ride to the airport I feel the urge for another artistic intake and so I stop by at the Palazzo Barberini, situated at Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00186 Roma, Italy. This splendid grandeur houses the largest and one of the most important collection of antique paintings including Raphael’s portrait La fornarina and Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes. What’s more, the architecture constitutes a masterpiece in itself, encompassing details borrowed from the northern neighbours, Venice. The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power filling the large ceiling of the grand salon oughts to be mentioned as a striking piece of art, a fresco painted by Pietro da Cortona. The painting process commenced in 1633 and was brought to competition in 1639.

If you have never been to Rome, clear up one of your weekends and make sure you visit the eternal city this summer. And remember, any questions, pop them via the contact form available on the contact page or comment below. Ciao!

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Lifestyle

5 things I can’t travel without

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5 Things I Can’t Travel Without

I might adventure into a 2-days road trip, choose a get-away of the nautical type, spend a week at a luxurious resort or go for an exploratory trip in the middle of nowhere. Regardless of what travel sets my imagination alight, there are 5 things that help me meet my technological needs as traveller and keep me connected to be able to share and inspire people all around the globe at anytime. This goes out to all type of travellers, may it be leisure or business.

Pro Travel 4-Port USB Adaptor, LIFETRONS €49.00

Rather than packing a different adaptor plus charger for each country (of course, IF I remember to always pack one), I switched to a worldwide applicable option. This 4-Port USB adaptor provides 35W power and can charge 4 devices at the same time. What’s more it can be used in over 150 countries thanks to the interchangeable AC plugs included. Available to buy here.

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2. Juice Pack Air, MOPHIE €115.00

Speaking of keeping my phone alive, there’s nothing better than a Mophie Battery Case for an incurable nomad. Forget about all the wire power stations, they always run out when least expected and are difficult to carry around. The new juice pack air is unexpectedly light-weighted and far more protective than any other cases I had before. Available for purchase here.

3. QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, BOSE from €200.00

You will only be capable of truly understanding their slogan once you’ve tried them on – Headphones ON. World OFF.

When I am both on work or relaxation mode I block any distractions with the noise cancelling headphones from Bose. They don’t even require you to play your music, as long as you have them switched on you can kick back, relax and transcend into your own peaceful world. Highly important details are (1) the ear cushions that fit perfectly. Don’t be surprised if you end up walking into a meeting with your headphones on, as their presence on top of your head is barely noticeable. And (2) surprisingly not even mentioned in the product description, the airplane adaptor provided within the case allows you to get rid of the unpleasant on-flight headphones. Buy them from in airports or from here.

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4. Nikon D5300

The world is full of unique destinations, powerful landscapes and picturesque views. They ought to be remembered and furthermore shared so we can inspire and leverage the travel community.

User friendly yet professional, encompassing endless features yet compact, the D5300 Nikon camera is perfect for both professionals and not so experienced photographers. Imperative to mention the built in Wi-Fi, which means that you can download the pictures straight into your phone through the Nikon app. Available here.

5. MacBook Air 11’’, APPLE from €950.00

By far the best performing and most light-weighted laptop I have ever carried around with me. My bottomless pipeline is always overflowing with thoughts and ideas. Being able to write everything down or conduct research on my next projects wherever I am is essential. No more post-its! Available in Apple stores and online here.

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Share below your can’t-travel-without top 5 list and inspire the travel community!