Italy Part 2: When In Rome

Hotel

We stayed at the Hotel Bernini Bristol, a 5-star hotel (very affordable!) in a central location close to popular site-seeing spots like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The view from our hotel window was spectacular. It looked out on to this center and fountain.

The hotel décor was so gorgeous we had to do an impromptu photoshoot right in the hotel lobby.

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Where to eat

Guida ballerino!

Guida ballerino! is a Michelin-star restaurant on the rooftop of Hotel Bernini. It’s one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. Definitely try the Squid Ink Tempura Scallops in coconut cream sauce and the lemon dessert with pastries.

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Ginger

Ginger serves super healthy foods and everything is made fresh with organic ingredients. Definitely try the meat plate. So. Freaking. Good.

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Ladurée

Who doesn’t love macarons?

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L’ Archetto

L’ Archetto is tucked away on a quiet street a few blocks away from the Trevi Fountain. I knew it was a legit Italian restaurant because nothing on the menu was in English. I ordered a seafood pasta and my friend ordered a pizza with prosciutto.

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What to do

Trevi Fountain

Legend says that if you have your back to the fountain and throw a coin over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome.  Another legend says that if a couple drinks from the “fountain of lovers” (to the left of the Trevi Fountain) they will be faithful to each other forever.

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Spanish Steps

Unfortunately it was closed for renovations, but it’s still gorgeous! It’s also close to a shopping area where I was able to stock up on authentic Italian pasta and truffle oil.

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Vatican Museum

I suggest you buy the tickets ahead of time online so you aren’t waiting in the long ass line. Yes, it’s that long of a line!

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Okay, so you’re not supposed to take pics of the Sistine Chapel but I just had to sneak a photo. 🙂
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My absolute favorite photo that I took in Italy. This is the exit staircase in the Vatican.

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Drink from the water fountain

Now, I would never drink from any water fountain back in the US. We saw a Roman drink from the fountain so we decided to try it ourselves. When in Rome, right? The water fountains all over Rome are safe to drink from and surprisingly very tasty. The water comes from the mountains outside of the city.

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Miscellaneous pics of Rome

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I had such a great time in Italy, but I was a little sad that I didn’t get to the see the Colosseum or the Pantheon. We were in Rome for such a short amount of time and couldn’t fit everything into our schedule. I did make my wish at the Trevi Fountain, so hopefully the legend is true and I’ll be able return to Rome some day.

See previous post Italy Part 1: Milan.

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