Category: Italy


I’m feeling ROMEsick

Sigh.   It has been far too long since my last visit.

Rome, has a smell, that favourite comforting smell.  For some it is their grandma’s perfume, biscuits baking or fresh rain, but for me it is simply ROME.  As I wander the streets I feel a sense of comfort at being back in a place that makes me feel whole.

Over the past week I have loved being bombarded with photos live from clients in Rome on their travels.  I get a feeling that they too may also come home ROMEsick.  Just to make my symptoms worse, I have attended three product launches in the past week all showing short videos of Rome highlighting the amazing new itineraries available in 2016.  I just want to jump out of  my seat and into the images just like Mary Poppins, and it has sadly left me feeling ROMEsick.  Very ROMEsick.

Why do I love Rome so much, I love watching the daily passeggiata that Italians take in the evenings.  I love heading in a general direction and finding exquisite streets and alleys to wander along, I love the food, I love the gelato, I love listening to Italians speak Italian, I love being in a living museum, I love Roma!

I think it may be time to take my medicine and book a plane ticket for 2016…..  I am so glad there is a cure!

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

St Peters Basilica

St Peters Basilica

Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Villa Borghese (Gardens) in Rome

Whilst I love San Francisco, the city that has really captured by heart is Rome.  No matter how long I spend there, it is just never long enough.   Rome is most often my first point of call on arriving in Europe.  Whilst the saying “All roads lead to Rome” I take the stand that all roads lead from Rome.   It is the perfect place to get reacquainted with Italian life before venturing further afield to explore the hidden treasures of Italy.

On my first afternoon in Rome a Gelato alla stracciatella (Chocolate Chip) from Il Gelato di San Crispino blows away the cobwebs and makes me feel at home.  Nothing beats heading to Villa Borghese and the Pincio Gardens to soak up some sun and stretch the legs.  Whether enjoying a boat ride on the lake, hiring a bike, or lying on the grass with a good book, people watching is a great way to sample the Roman way of life from this central oasis in the heart of Rome. The acres of parklands, bike paths, grassy meadows, fountains, monuments and shady trees are also home to a zoo, puppet theatre and Art Gallery.  I love the Villa Borghese especially on a Sunday afternoon watching local children play soccer, teens hang out with friends and families celebrate birthdays and anniversaries together in this unique green space in the heart of ancient Rome.

As travel weary eyes droop and sleep beckons, I head back to my hotel stopping for pizza at Fior Fiore located at Via delle Croce, 17/18 near the Spanish Steps.  Fior Fiore offer sit down or takeaway dining, and finishing the day with a slice or two of their pizza reminds me that I am back happily in Italy.   Enjoy a drink at the bar whilst waiting for your pizza before letting your head hit the pillow.  Tomorrow, the city awaits…

La Dolce Vita

There is no better feeling than pulling out a suitcase and packing your bags to go and explore new places, new cultures and new experiences.  I for one am never happy unless I am planning our next holiday, or a holiday for someone else.  In fact, I think a lot of my fun comes from the planning itself.  The holiday is just a reward for all the hard work.  Now don’t think I have every minute of every day scheduled, no, no, no.  I love to work out each day as I go along but I think the key is to be educated on the possibilities.  My favourite book to read is a travel guide, and the travel section is the first part I pull from a weekend newspaper, I am known to spend hours on end on the web learning more about each corner of the globe.

My Personal Travel Planner on the Road will share with you the cities of Europe and North America and the beautiful countryside in between.  I will share with you the tricks of the trade in visiting Disney parks from Disneyland, Disneyworld to Disneyland Paris.  I will also share tips on travelling as a family and the secrets to making a holiday a success.  I hope you enjoy the road trip with me.