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When In Rome…

I just got back from Rome and I already have major holiday blues! I travelled over bank holiday weekend with family, partly to celebrate my sisters 21st birthday. My parents love Rome and have been about 4 times, and my Dad especially has always wanted to go back with me and my sister.

I felt like I walked hundreds of miles in 4 days, but I saw so much! It’s such a beautiful city for many different reasons and the Italian way of life certainly sinks into every aspect. Coffee houses and wine bars on each corner, the smell of stone baked pizza and the promise of sunshine every morning. I almost feel more at home in Italy than I do in London.

The Pantheon was the first historical landmark I saw, its breathtaking…

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Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy

What surprised me a lot about the City, is that almost all of the landmarks (apart from the coliseum) are tucked away in little squares or corners that otherwise you would not know existed. One moment you are walking down a narrow street with a few shops and restaurants, and with the next step you are amidst buildings of so much grandeur and beauty. I think this is most true for the Trevi Fountain.

We decided to visit this on my sisters birthday, so she could make a wish in the fountain on that day…

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Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy

A beautifully carved mass of white marble, situated between tiny streets running off of an even tinier piazza. The water is perfectly turquoise and the atmosphere golden. (disclaimer: Up until you want to take a photo at the bottom, then you will have to be prepared to fight for your space!!).

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Equally as beautiful is Piazza Navona.

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Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy

We were really lucky because the day we visited the skies were crystal clear blue, not a cloud in sight. There are ice cream stands all along the edge and plenty of restaurants to add to the buzz. I don’t think I would have known about this place if I didn’t travel with my parents, I had actually not heard of it before. Well worth a visit!

My dad knows a lot of restaurants in Rome, so most nights we went to eat in those, but i genuinely don’t think it would be possible to make a poor choice. I guess the food has to be up to scratch because there is so much competition. Now you all know I enjoy my food, and especially my pasta, so when I go away this is always a part that I look forward to. Rome also does seafood really well, and I ate a lot of Sea bass out there, which was cooked deliciously. Some of the restaurants I recommend are below

Il Giardino Di Albino – Via Zucchelli, 29, 00187 Roma, Italy

Trattoria Tritone 1884 Di Antonio Camponeschi – Via dei Maroniti, 1, 00187 Roma, Italy

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(Excuse my slightly pink shoulder) But this is the Seabass and Zucchini pasta with Tomatos in Giardino di Albino!

Food to die for out here! And we also celebrated my sisters birthday this night, so my Dad organised a tiramisu cake and the whole restaurant sang Buon Compleanno to her, so many good memories…

The Flavours of Sicilia pt. 3

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On the left is the small beach we found whilst walking along the marina, it’s family owned but not really suitable for sunbathing or anything. I thought it was so cute with the little boats and it looks out upon the mountains which you can sort of see in the background (I feel like iphone never does your eyes justice scenery always comes out differently on the camera). They had just made homemade lemonade which attracts all the motor wasps but it was so good and you can sit here and watch the boats sail into Palermo Harbor.

 

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A beautiful gelateria along the seafront opposite the marina I spent so much time in here. I wanted to bring every single person I knew so I could get them to try a gelato brioche, oh my days they are amazing! Nearly every cafe/trattoria in Sicily is family owned so you get to know the owners well and they get you to try almost everything haha, and really you can’t say no. The first day I arrived I sat down and ordered a cafe freddo (ice coffee) from the waitor, but he wouldnt let me order it insisting he had something better for me. After a couple of minutes he comes out with a small cup full of what looked like beige slush and a spoon. ‘Provalo, Provalo’ (try it) he said, so a little bit hesitant I did and it tasted so good. Coffee granita Sicilian style is incredible. So he easily persuaded me to have one instead and then every time I came back he had one waiting for me. Sold.

 

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Left is Sicily’s secret beach reserved for Sicilian families and their friends, it’s not advertised and you can only find it if you know where it is pretty much. The water is so clear and kids just run about catching fish and hermit crabs, we seemed to gain so many little followers whenever we went into the water and ended up trying to keep about 7 kids on a lilo they thought it was the most hilarious thing ever. That was one of the best days of the trip, you can’t see from the picture but the backdrop looks like you are in the dip of a canyon and all its walls are surrounding you and all you can see apart from houses along the front is the sea and waves. Reggeaton music is so popular so that’s all you hear playing which let me tell you is not hard to listen to especially on a beach :D
Mondello beach is the tourist beach of Palermo and they actually hold work outs there in the water and on sand. The girl who leads them just rocks up with a massive stereo, honestly I decided at that point that was my dream job !

The Flavours of Sicilia pt. 1
The Flavours of Sicilia pt. 2