“Winter in Rome” is an annual Blogger Retreat and an excellent project by Linda and Steve of The Beehive, Rome. Bloggers come together and visit Rome in Winter with The Beehive. There are different activities and experiences planned by several local operators throughout the 4 day event.
So when Linda offered me to visit Rome in Winter, I jumped to the opportunity! I mean how often do we really go to see Rome in Winter??! Not only is this a fun way of seeing the city sans the crowds (if you compare to the summer) but also a great chance to see the rest of Italy for cheap! This year The Beehive along with Personalized Italy have brought together a great list of Collaborators and Bloggers for the event.
If you are on any of the social media platforms – Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, follow along and enjoy my #WinterinRome with The Beehive from January 18 – January 22. Here are some shots from #WinterInRome. Stay tuned for more!
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I had a surreal lunch at Aroma Restaurant in Palazzo Manfredi, Rome. Surreal because this restaurant is right opposite the Colosseum!! What a spot for anyone looking to have a meal with a view!
Aroma Restaurant, Rome
Chef Giuseppe di Ioro and his team do an exceptional work of keeping the place at Michelin star standards. My amazing lunch started with wine from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia + fresh parmesan bread. Oh and I also had the best seat right in the middle of the restaurant with the light on the Colosseum (hence shade on my side).
The view of the Colosseum was so fantastic that I couldn’t take my eyes off it!
My host, Alessandro, made sure he wasn’t overbearing to me but at the same time around for my needs. He suggested me the wine and also ordered ricciola in melone sauce with fresh herbs for my first course.
I don’t call myself a food expert but definitely an enthusiast. So what was really good about that dish blended in white wine is hard to explain but it was perfectly exquisite and light! For the second course I ordered a buttery ravioli with olive oil and thyme in potato filling. This was simple seasonal food at it’s best! I enjoyed every bite with that view!
The chef kept sending me greetings from time to time such as a light plate of starters or a dessert of chocolate and raspberry!
Dessert at Aroma Restaurant
After spending 2 hours and being so content with my food, view and experience, I ordered a beetroot cake. It looked right out of an episode of MasterChef, such a great end to a fabulous meal.
I would highly recommend Aroma Restaurant to anyone looking for a meal with a view + a bit of quiet in all the rush of a big city like Rome. I spent around 3 hours there simply because the food was exceptional and fresh, the service relaxed and the views to die for! Aroma Restaurant isn’t as expensive as you are thinking. Check their menu for more!
Thank you to everyone especially Marianna for making my day so special! Grazie mille tanto!!
Via Labicana 125, Rome.
Disclaimer: I was a guest at Aroma Restaurant but all the views here are my own. Can’t wait to visit it again!
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Sharing a wonderful April afternoon in Rome with Bici & Baci Tours (it means bicycles and kisses) Bici & Baci is one of the oldest vespa rental companies in Rome that offer bike rentals, Fiat 500 tours and Ape rentals to see the best of the eternal city. Bici & Baci was a recommendation to me from Italy Translated and it made my short trip in the city worthwhile.
But why should you take a Vespa tour in Rome??
- It’s fun!
- It saves you from all the walking.
- It will channel your inner Audrey Hepburn spirit!
- It will show you Rome’s offbeat side.
- It will help you make more friends.
My Vespa Tour
Bici & Baci has different tours spread throughout the day and mine started at 2 p.m. with local guide and motorist-Alexander Palmacci. Along me was an American couple on their bright shiny vespa and together we zoomed to the Colosseum.
We got snippets of history from Alexander, who seemed to be very passionate about his city. In those few hours, I learnt a lot and even appreciated his driving in that crazy Roman traffic!
From Colosseum we made our way to the Baths of Caracalla which were founded around 212 A.D. The baths are now used in the summer by the Rome Opera company for summer events and festivals. I can’t imagine a better way to use and preserve the ancient ruins.
From the baths, our vespas motored to swanky Roman villas to go to the Aventine Hill from where the views of Rome are simply exceptional! Our next stop was the Circus Maximus-the largest stadium from ancient Rome that is used for many things such as a concert for Rolling Stones. A little later we had coffee at a local Bar in Testaccio and also saw an intriguing Pyramid jotting out of nowhere.
The Pyamid of Cestius is one of the most best preserved monuments of Rome and makes the city even more extraordinary than it already is. What a great vespa tour it was turning out to be!
We then went to the centre of Rome to see familiar sights of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi. Afterwards we moved to the other side of Rome i.e. crossing the Ponte Sant’Angelo and reached Trastevere.
Winding towards the crazy Roman streets, we crossed Fontana dell’Acqua Paola which I had seen in movies. Our last stop was the Gianicolo Hill. I may have missed many more spots in between the tour was phenomenal! This is Rome that no tourist would see all in a day! And it isn’t hurried, there is time for pictures and a chat too.
Since people usually make a 2-3 day trip of Rome, places like the Gianicolo Hill and Testaccio are definitely missed. But if you have a local with a vespa, what better can that be??
I was pleased when Alexander told me I knew a lot much about Italy. It was such a beautiful moment to be there again remembering my earlier travels and this time with my red vespa gleaming in the sunshine and the wind blowing on my face. I surely felt happier than ever.
Disclaimer: Bici & Baci were kind enough to host me for the vespa ride. However, all the opinions here are purely my own.
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Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr is an honest recollection of the author and his life in Rome for 4 seasons. The book is almost written like a diary, the author is noting his observations and sharing those whimsical points with us. If you haven’t visited Rome, you might not understand many things that Doerr points out. There are places where he has sugar coated his words just as all of us Italophiles do ( GUILTY!!), because that’s what Rome brings out!
This isn’t one of those books where a lone expat buys a house in Tuscany and writes about it. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed such books time and again but life isn’t that sweet and perfect (even in Italy) as it is portrayed in those books!
That being said, Four Seasons in Rome is not a travelogue on Rome. If you are looking at books based in Rome, you won’t learn much about the city as a first time visitor instead you will only get more confused. Instead go for S.P.Q.R. by Mary Beard.
But Rome, Caput Mundi/Capital of the World, is brought out in the best way by Doerr’s prose because it worked for me. I loved his style. He weaved words in a poetic way whether it is having a bowl of pasta, visiting a hill top town of Umbria or merely looking at the newly elected Pope.
Four Seasons in Rome
Four Seasons in Rome
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