There is a very good reason I’ve not posted for the past few weeks, but rest assured I have still been drinking wine and eating olives. But this time, I’ve been doing it in the country that is famed for them; that’s right, we’ve just spent two glorious weeks in Italy to celebrate our honeymoon.
We covered a lot of ground in Italy, starting off in Rome, where we spent 72 hours in Italy’s glorious capital. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel De Russie, on the cusp of the Piazza del Popolo. It was beautiful and everything a honeymoon hotel should be. The food was great, the staff were exceptional and our room was to die for. But what topped all of this was the stunning courtyard that the hotel has. Secluded and quiet, yet atmospheric, sipping a glass of Prosecco here was about as close to heaven as you could get.
This was our first trip to Rome and so naturally, we hit up all of the tourist spots. The Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Vatican City and the stand out site for me, the Colosseum, which is so, so much more impressive than I thought it would be.
The food we had in Rome was exceptional. We stuck to the traditional dishes, and my favourite was a local speciality of Pici Cacio Pepe, which is hand-rolled pasta served with cheese and lots of black pepper. It was truly delicious.
And of course, we ate gelato … by the bucket load. However obscure the flavour we tried it. My favourite in the end was Baci, inspired by a kind of Italian sweet made from dark chocolate and hazelnuts.
So yes, you can do Rome in 72 hours. You might have to line some things up back-to-back, but most of the major tourist attractions are close together. And the reward at the end of the day? As much ice cream and Prosecco as you can stomach. Buon Viaggio!