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    Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    10 THINGS I LEARNT IN ROME

    If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen that I spent last week in Rome with Tom. I'm planning to do some detailed posts about our trip but for now I just wanted to share the 10 things which I learnt when in Rome...

    1. ROMAN CHURCHES ARE BEAUTIFUL
    More specifically the ceilings. Everyone knows about the beauty of Michaelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel but walk into any church in Rome, take a look sky-ward and you'll be blown away by the level of detail - it's all gold, baroque and beautiful.

    2. YOU WON'T EAT BAD FOOD IN ROME
    I really mean it. A plate of pasta in even the most touristy of spots is better than anything I have had elsewhere. You just can't eat badly in Rome because the Italians don't know how to cook bad food. The mozzarella, the pasta, the pizza, the prosciutto - the food really was the highlight of our trip and I only wish I could have brought suitcases of the stuff back with me.
    3. I WANT TO BE REINCARNATED AS A ROMAN CAT
    You know when you see stray cats on holiday and they're a bit mangy...yeah cats in Rome aren't like that. The cats in Rome are all glossy and parade around the ruins like they own them - to the point where they pretty much do. There's an old temple site, Torre Argentina - the spot where Julius Caesar was killed, which has since been turned into a sanctuary where you can walk down and stroke the cats which haunt the ruins. Living the feline dream
    4SELFIE STICKS ARE THE DEVIL
    I've never seen so many bloody selfie sticks in my life, nor have I ever wanted to hit someone with a selfie stick so much as I did in Rome. No I don't want to buy a selfie stick. No I don't want your selfie stick ruining my view. Trying to hide your arm from the picture was always half the fun anyway?

    5. THE ROMANS KNOW HOW TO BUILD
    The Colosseum. The Vatican. The Pantheon. Palatine Hill. I could go on and on about the beautiful buildings in Rome but the most majestic of all is the Wedding cake. Built as a monument to Victor Emmanuel, Italy's first king, it's the most outrageous building I've seen - bright white, 450ft wide by 230ft high and complete with pillars, fountains, steps, statues...oh and an eternal flame.

    6. APEROL SPRITZ IS THE BEST DRINK...EVER
    Prosecco + Aperol + Soda - need I say more?
    7. THE ITALIANS KNOW HOW TO PRESERVE THINGS
    Walking around Rome is like stepping into a history book. The whole city is built on ruins from thousands of years ago and the government has done a brilliant job at preserving it's history. The saddest thing that struck me when I was there though, was how unlikely it would be for the same to happen in the UK - we'd definitely have built high-rise flats over the site of the Colosseum by now...

    8. ALL THE PUBLIC TAPS MAKE ME UNEASY
    There's over 2,500 public water fountains across Rome which have been there since ancient times. On the plus side, it's a brilliant for when you're walking around all day in the heat and need a drink but I couldn't help but feel like it was a huge waste of water. The water is constantly flowing and it felt a bit like a big two fingers up to world drought to me...

    9. PERONI ISN'T PERONI AS WE KNOW IT
    So Peroni in the UK is actually called Nastro Azzuro in Italy. Peroni in Italy comes in a different red labelled bottle and is a premium larger but there's also Peroni Rosa which is a red beer but that's a reserve and comes in a fancy bottle...you following? It's all very complex.
    10. ROME IS MY FAVOURITE EUROPEAN CITY
    Yeah I said it. The gauntlet has been thrown down by Rome and I'm naming it as my favourite place I've ever visited. Everything was wonderful from the food, to the sights, to the wine and obviously the company.

    I can't recommend Rome highly enough for a weekend - whether it's with your boyfriend, your friends, your mum, your nan or your dog. Just go. I've got more Rome content coming soon so make sure you check back in to find out more about just why I loved it so much!

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