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Roaming Rome – A Slow Winter Escape to the Eternal City

My first solo trip of the year has come to be one of those big places I haven’t managed to see before. 2 years ago Paris, last year Budapest and now it was about time to pay Rome a visit. You know I’m not a big fan of classical sightseeing but you can hardly go to Rome without passing by a whole repertoire of staggering architecture every 5 minutes. At the same time, staying in the artists’ quarter Trastevere right across the Tiber gave me all the opportunities to just roam around and soak all the buzzing city life in.

I’m normally not a person who changes her mind constantly but I struggled a bit with the choice of my hotel. In the end, I decided for the lovely Residenza Doria Pamphilj. The old building was situated in a small yard within the nooks of Trastevere, had an absolutely beautiful garden and modern, spacious rooms. As it was both in Trastevere and directly located at the Tiber close to the centre, it was the ideal basis for my rather short getaway.

Residenza Doria Pamphilj Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Residenza Doria Pamphilj Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Residenza Doria Pamphilj Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

I started my trip by strolling through the alleys of Trastevere.

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

I passed by the impressive Pantheon.

Pantheon Rome Janine Juna Grafe

Pantheon Rome Janine Juna Grafe

And soon arrived at the picturesque Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Piazza Navona Rome Janine Juna Grafe

Piazza Navona Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

I went further up to the famous Fontana di Trevi.

Fontana di Trevi Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Fontana di Trevi Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Fontana di Trevi Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

And up to the Spanish Steps.

Spanish Steps Rome Janine Juna Grafe

I was surprised how easily and comfortably you can walk Rome, so I decided to head to the Forum Romanum and the Colosseum that morning too.

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Pantheon Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Colosseum Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Colosseum Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

After the compulsory – but not less enjoyed – sightseeing, I left the tourist masses behind and made my way back to tranquil and idyllic Trastevere.

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Tastevere Rome Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

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The next morning called for some flea market strolling and shopping at Porta Portese.

Porta Portese Flea Market Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Porta Portese Flea Market Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

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I love buying vintage books on flea markets while travelling even if I don’t understand the language fully. It’s such a beautiful way to get to know a culture better and at the same time bring some great memories home.

Porta Portese Flea Market Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

After filling my backpack up with heavy books, I decided to climb up to the Orange Garden to enjoy the view over the city on that sunny day.

The Orange Garden Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

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In an authentic Sunday manner, I spent the next hours just walking along the river, soaking in the warming sunrays, stopping for an espresso and taking pictures.

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Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

And finally, when it was almost time to head back to the airport, I strolled through Trastevere one last time, enjoyed an amazing pasta dish and coffees in corner cafés with these priceless views of scooters and so many stylish people passing by.

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Pasta Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

Trastevere Rome © Janine Juna Grafe

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2 Comments

  1. Danke für die schönen Impressionen und fürs Vorfreude steigern. Ich bin Ende Februar für fünf Tage in Rom und freue mich nun noch mehr – besonders auf Trastevere!

    Viele Grüße,
    Sarah

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