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.
I started my trip by strolling through the alleys of Trastevere.
I passed by the impressive Pantheon.
And soon arrived at the picturesque Piazza Navona.
I went further up to the famous Fontana di Trevi.
And up to the Spanish Steps.
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.
After the compulsory – but not less enjoyed – sightseeing, I left the tourist masses behind and made my way back to tranquil and idyllic Trastevere.
The next morning called for some flea market strolling and shopping at Porta Portese.
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.
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.
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.
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.