Rome Travel Diary – Part 3

Hey there,

Found some time this weekend to put together the final segment of my Rome travel diary. Enjoy!

We woke up the next day to some glorious sunshine. After the last few days of rain, rain, and a little more rain – we were ready to cover some real ground!

River Tiber, Rome, Italy

How blue is this sky?!

We hopped on the train and headed into town.

Metro, Rome, ItalyWooden Window Shutters, Rome, ItalyVicolo dei Serpenti, Rome, ItalyVia Urbana In Rome, ItalyVia Urbana Corner, Rome, Italy

First stop, Er Baretto cafe for breakfast.

Arte del caffe - Er Baretto, Rome, ItalyCounter, Er Baretto, Rome, Italy

The menu boasted proper hot chocolate, and so I just had to sample.

Hot Chocolate, Er Baretto, Rome, Italy

It was quite good, although, sadly, not dark enough for me. I couldn’t help but compare to a hot chocolate I’d sampled in Venice which really blew my socks off a few years back, to which, this didn’t really compare.

Coffee, Er Baretto, Rome, Italy

Mr Man’s latte and double chocolate muffin – both of which he really enjoyed.

After that, we just walked. A lot, exploring the maze of narrow streets of Monti, filled with cute pastel buildings with wooden window shutters.

Via Urbana, Rome, ItalyVia Dei Serpenti, Rome, Italy

^ colosseum peaking out at the end of this road!

Via Panisperna, Rome, Italy

I adore how cute these streets are!

Via del Boschetto, Rome, ItalyStreets Of Cavour, Rome, ItalyStreets Of Rome, ItalySalita Dei Borgia, Rome, Italy

^ we passed these stairs on our first day too.

Via Dei Ciancaleoni In Rome, ItalyVia Cimarra, Roma, Italy (2)Via Cimarra, Roma, ItalyLooking Up, Pink House, Rome, Italy

^ pink house!

Via Cimarra, Rome, ItalyPretty Streets Of Rome, Italy

We stopped at a random little place, Pizzeria Leonina, for a round of brunch before walking onwards:

Pizzas, Pizzeria Leonina, Rome, Italy

Because pizza is totally an acceptable brunch in Rome.

Cheese and Tomato Pizza, Pizzeria Leonina, Rome, Italy

Delicious, although, the tomato sauce was nowhere near as good as at I Suppli (covered in my last post).

Little Yellow Car On The Streets Of Rome, Italy

^ Is this bright yellow car, not the cutest thing, EVER!??

Ivy Covered Buildings, Rome, ItalyIvy Covered House, Rome, Italy

^Bet this looks amazing in the summer!

Flower Shop, Rome, ItalyCorner Of Via Degli Zingari, Rome, ItalyCavour, Rome, ItalyGraffiti, Rome, Italy

^Probably the nicest bit of graffiti we saw in Rome, pretty sure it’s a stencil job too…

Before long it was time to head to the Colosseum, where we had our tickets and underground tour prebooked. Definitely recommend doing this in advance.

Via Cavour, Rome, ItalyVia Di S Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

En route we passed Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy (2)Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

Cobbled stones outside…

Cobbled Pavements, Rome, Italy

In all it’s glory:

Colosseum, Parco Del Colle Oppio, Rome, ItalyColosseum From Parco Del Colle Oppio, Rome, ItalyColosseum From The Park, Rome, Italy

Bit cheesy, but seeing the colosseum in real life was definitely a dream come true for me.

Up Close To The Colosseum, Rome, ItalyLooking Up At The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Looking up.

We’d pre-booked our official tour online as opposed to the ones that a million random people offered us when we were outside, and I can’t recommend it enough. Hearing all about the history and being able to ask questions really helped bring the experience to life, not to mention the ability to visit the underground / third tier which aren’t accessible with the standard tickets.

Entrance, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ Loads of restoration works happening throughout.

Tour, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyGuided Tour, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyReconstructed Trap Door, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ reconstructed lifts which used to lift animals into the arena.

Stadium Seating, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ reconstructed seating area. There was quite a smooth process to get the 40,000 – 70,000 spectators into their seats with dedicated steps, tunnels and passageways which were accessed in an orderly fashion from the 80 entrance arches. Tickets would indicate not only which of the numbered entrances to use but also where to sit. Tickets were free but people were seated by their social rank and gender – senators (marble seats) through to lower class women (wooden seats).

Underground Arches, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ look at these arches, made by wedging together stones, that even after all these years have remained in tact.

Running Water, Underground, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ running water! Did you know that from time to time, they’d fill the arena with water, and have games / battles on boats?! How mental is that! Check out the video below for the then and now:

Reconstructed lift from downstairs. If you want to see it in action click here.

Reconstructed Lift, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Looking down from the third ring:

Looking Down From The Third Ring, Colosseum, Rome, Italy.JPGView From The Third Floor, Inside The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Can’t tell you how grateful I was that it was a beautiful day too!

Looking Down From The Third Floor, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

And the other side, a view of Palatine Hill:

Palatine Hill View From The Colosseum, Rome, ItalyPalatine Hill From The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

At the end of the tour we explored a little further:

Images Of The Colosseum, Rome, ItalyStairs, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyInside The Colosseum, Rome, Italy (2)Inside The Colosseum, Rome, ItalyFloor, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyColumn Decoration, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyFallen Columns, Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ there were random fallen pillars everywhere. Makes you really want to see it in its former glory! Also, those holes you see in the brickwork are where the previous white stone covering (travertine) was hoisted…

Side View, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyLooking Out, Colosseum, Rome, ItalyColosseum, Rome, Italy

Next stop, lunch. We walked a few blocks away, in order to avoid over priced tourist traps and ended up at a little place called La Follia.

Display, La Follia, Rome, Italy

Lovely selection of pizzas:

Pizza Selection, La Follia, Rome, Italy

With the crustiest of bases, personally I prefer the Naples style pizzas:

Thin, Crusty Pizza Bases, La Follia, Rome, Italy

We headed back for an afternoon exploring Palatine Hill / Roman Forum.

Bricks Close Up, Walls Opposite The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

^ Some random wall en route. I love taking close up pictures of walls and floors. Is that weird?

After the amazing morning learning about the colosseum, in hindsight, it would have been good to have booked a tour of palatine hill too. It was still interesting to explore, but the lack of signs and descriptions of the ruins means that it was difficult to appreciate what we were looking at.

Oval Pool, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

^ Oval pool, which is likely to have been used to farm fish.


Looking Down, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyLooking Down At Ruins, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyHistory, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyHidden Steps, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

Secret steps. It’s a shame that so much of it is off limits.

Cisterns, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

^ Cisterns for the storage of water.

Brickwork, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

The holes in the walls reminded me of the colosseum. I think they were probably also covered in nicer stone.

Seagulls At A Pond In Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyStadium Of Domitian, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyStairs In The Farnese Gardens, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

There’s also a little museum which is worth checking out.

Model Huts, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

^ huts

Statues, Museum, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyStone Samples, Palatine Museum, Rome, Italy

^ samples of the various types of decorative stones used.

Stairs, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalySteps To Barred Windows, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyStone Steps, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

^ My obsession with taking pics of stairs again.

Stonework, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyTemple, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyThe Arch Of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyPalatine Hill, Rome, ItalyRuins, Palatine Hill, Rome, ItalyView Of The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

^ Great view of the colosseum again!

Graffiti On The Train, Metro, Rome, Italy

In need of a break, after a long day, we headed back to the flat for a quick pit stop, where we were lucky enough to catch the sun setting from our roof terrace.

Sunset Over River Tiber, Rome, Italy

So beautiful.

Sun Setting Over River Tiber In Rome, ItalyFish Eye Sunset Over River Tiber, Rome, Italy

^ playing around with my new fish eye extension thing for my lens. I really don’t know how to use this thing, ha! Someone teach me!

We headed out not long after, in search of some dinner. We stumbled upon this cute little place (trattoria papa re) and headed in:

Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, ItalyDecor, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, ItalyCandle, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, ItalyGlasses, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, Italy

Lovely homely feel to the place and the waitresses were helpful and  attentive.

We got a starter to share – bruschetta bianca.

Bruschetta Bianca, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, Italy

This may just look like a simple slice of bread, but I assure you it’s not worth turning your nose up at. Crusty bread, with a hint of garlic, drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkling of pepper. It was so good we ended up ordering a second plate!

Cacio E Pepe, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, Italy

I went for the Roman classic – cacio e pepe. Perfectly al dente pasta with a rich cheese sauce. So good.

Penne Arrabiata,  Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, Italy

Mr Man went for the arrabbiata, again, perfectly done although, it could have done with a little moe spice. I’m a bit of a wimp and even I was left longing for a little more heat.

Verdura Ripassata, Trattoria Papa Re, Rome, Italy

We shared a side of verdura ripassata – chicory cooked and tossed in garlic and chilli. Mr Man decided it wasn’t really for him, so I did my best to polish off the lot.

After dinner, it was time for a walk, we strolled through the little street market in Trastevere. Such a nice, lively part of town in the evening with the lack of rain.

Walking Through Trastevere In The Evening, RomeEvening Market, Via Della Lungaretta, Rome, Italy

Mr Man got stopped somewhere down here and was offered some weed. He must have dodgy written all over his face or something. Maybe it’s just his ‘fro.

Evening Market, Piazza Di S Maria In Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Because obviously, when in Rome, one can never see the Colosseum enough times, we went to go check it out by nightfall. And what a beautiful sight it was. I don’t know anything about night photography so forgive me for not doing it justice.

Colosseum, Night, Rome, ItalyColosseum, Lit Up At Night, Rome, ItalyColosseum By Night, Rome, ItalyColosseum At Night, Rome, Italy

We walked, and walked and walked some more. Next stop the famous  Giolitti for some gelato.

Giolitti, Rome, ItalyGelato Cone, Giolitti, Rome, Italy

Mr Man went for pistachio and hazelnut once again. topped with whipped cream.

Gelato At Giolitti, Rome, Italy

I went for hazelnut, caramelised figs and cinnamon. Again, topped with whipped cream. DREAMY.

Finally, we went over to check out St Peter’s Basilica from Ponte Sisto bridge. So beautiful. And so peaceful in the evening.

Basilica Di San Pietro From Ponte Sisto Bridge At Night, Rome, Italy

The palace of justice, across the other side of the bridge.

Palace of Justice By Night, Rome, Italy

And with that, we headed on back to the flat to pack / sleep.

The next morning we dropped off our bags at Termini station and headed out to enjoy our morning. First, breakfast. I forgot to note down the cafe we ended up at. I really enjoyed my coffee with cream but everything else served was largely mediocre and overpriced.

Coffee With Cream & Latte, Breakfast, Rome, Italy

We did what we do best and walked.

Tunnel, Streets Of Rome, ItalyVia Dei Baullari, Rome, ItalyStreets Of Rome, ItalyChurch, Rome, ItalyBlue Skies In Cavour, Rome, Italy

Eventually, we reached our destination, Campo de’ Fiori market. There was definitely some price collusion going on, and not much room to haggle. So watch out!

Walking Through Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalySpices, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

Pretty cones of spices. Love the colours.

Sauces In Jars, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalyPrepacked Spices, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalyPasta, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

Pasta in all kinda of shapes, sizes and colours.

Olives, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalyOils And Vinegars, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

^ Honey and oils. Many of these were also available in a miniature size, perfect for budget airline restrictions!

Honey, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalyHerbs And Spices, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, ItalyDried Mushrooms, Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

Before long it was time to head back.

Walking, Rome, ItalyAltar of the Fatherland, Rome, Italy

^ Alter of the fatherland.

We grabbed some food to go, Mr Man opted for a meat and mushroom pizza sandwich and I went for a simple cheese and tomato sandwich. Delish!

Meat And Mushroom Pizza, Pizzeria Rosticceria, Rome, ItalyCheese & Tomato Sandwich, Rome, Italy

And with that, we grabbed our luggage and headed to the airport… Back to reality!

Here’s a few pics of my purchases, all obviously, food related!

Purchases From Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

We also grabbed these hazelnut meringue biscuits. They don’t look like much but seriously, these were so so good, if you buy one thing let it be these from Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti.

Hazelnut Meringue Biscuits, Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti, Rome, Italy

Have a great week,

– Kay

One thought on “Rome Travel Diary – Part 3

  1. Hi

    I work for the BBC Travel Show. We are looking to get a few shots of Gilotti, and came across your stills. If you were happy to give us permission to use these stills then we could credit ‘Kay’s Kitchen’?

    My email address is



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