Before I even touched down in Rome, I already knew I was going to love the city. Scratch that, I was already in love with the city- Italy is home to all the things I love the most; food, fashion and fabulous architecture. But of course, Rome didn’t disappoint and upon my first day in the city and my first Pappardelle lunch, I just knew this was a place I was destined to see.
I travelled through the night on 0 hours of sleep, (was too excited) and arrived in Rome in the morning. I spent very little time settling into The Grand Hotel Ritz, (I’ll explain the hotel situation in a later post) before spending the entire day discovering the cities most beautiful spots. Whilst this meant I could get a head start on my extensive Rome to-do list, it also meant I was extremely sleep-deprived and found myself crawling into bed by 8:30pm.
I first came across The Spanish Steps in the heart of the city, and I will admit I had to do a quick google search of the history surrounding the monumental stairway as I descended it (not a great idea as they’re very steep and slippery!) The Trinità dei Monti church stands at the very top of the grand staircase, whilst the bottom opens up to what I believe to be the Rome equivalent of Oxford street (only much more stylish). I can hand on my heart say I didn’t, and still haven’t, seen a single person in Rome who doesn’t have a great sense of style- which is exactly what I was hoping for, so no disappointments in that department.
I accidentally stumbled upon the Plaza hotel, and couldn’t resist stopping by to check out the six star worthy interior design. The bad news- I loved it and didn’t want to leave. The plaza hotel was breathtaking- almost like a palace, with a grand staircase, marble lion sculpture and mesmerising ceiling art that I unapologetically admired for a good ten minutes. Located in the centre, surrounded by luxury stores and restaurants, the Plaza hotel seems to be the perfect spot to stay in if you’re looking for a comfortable, and almost regal experience inside to contrast your bustling day out in the city.
Whilst I didn’t do any shopping during my first day, I managed to find a warm, cosy restaurant to have fresh pasta for lunch, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. I’ll be honest, despite the fact that I’m literally in the country of carbs, I definitely felt as though I would be let down by my first pasta meal considering 1. It’s my favourite food and 2. My expectations were almost too high- but boy was I wrong. I was lured into the restaurant Osteria Della Vite under the claims that they had twenty-two pasta dishes on the menu, and I ordered the Pappardelle Ai Funghi Porchini, (that’s Pappardelle with Porchini Mushrooms for us non-Italian folks) which was crazy-delicious! Special mention to the Vine Caraffa Vino Rosso, which was the first glass of red that I’ve had on my trip (the first thing my taxi driver recommended was a glass of red wine and pasta, so of course I had to follow his guidance).
In Rome, every street looks like a postcard and there’s something fascinating around every corner- whether that be a Christmas lighting display, monument or historical ruins. After only spending a short 24 hours in the city, it certainly has lived up to its sparkling reputation. In true tourist fashion, I’ve said ciao, boungiorno and grazie about a million times, and have put my life on the line by standing in the road to get the perfect pictures.
Unfortunately, I’ve left myself in a frenzied panic over not having enough time to get everything I wanted to do in Rome done, in only four days- which only means I’ll have to plan another trip here in the near future. If all goes to plan, I’ll get to show you pictures of the stunning colosseum tomorrow… fingers crossed!