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*see my 2017 Rome Travel Guide here*

This was my second visit to Rome so I already knew the major things to see but this gave me the opportunity to try restaurants i missed the first time around and enjoy knowing sort of where I was going. So this is going to be similar to my last guide but with some updated information and different food!

What to Do

The Coliseum

The first time I went to Rome we weren't sure of our plans so we didn't pre-buy tickets. This time, however, I knew that the Coliseum was the main thing we were doing in Rome. I originally wanted us to do the Underground and Panoramic tour but we hadn't finalized our dates early enough and they all sold out. It's very competitive! (although the upper levels are closed right now so it would have just been underground) A couple weeks before the trip they released more regular tickets so we grabbed the first time slot of 8:35am.

I highly recommend getting this first time slot and arriving early (before 8) so you can be in the front of the line. When we got in we were pretty much the only people for the first 10 minutes. We were literally the first to walk in and then when we made it to one of the main photo spots a few other couples came in. It was magical to see it without all the crowds.  For help with buying tickets I recommend this TripAdviser thread, they are very helpful at telling you when tickets will be released and how it all works.

Palatine Hill / Roman Forum

You can gain access to these with a ticket from the Coliseum, its 14 Euros for all three if you pre-buy online. It's one of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. We did this right after our Coliseum visit in the morning so it wasn't TOO hot yet, but you will want some water. Once you come down from the Palatine Hill you will find the Roman Forum.

Trevi Fountain

One of the most crowded photo spots in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. It is constantly full of people (except in the wee hours of the morning) so getting your shot will be a bit difficult. The legend goes, if you toss a coin in the fountain you're sure to return to Rome some day.

Piazza Di Spagna / Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are another huge tourist area. Last time I went they still allowed people to sit on the steps, which was a bit annoying for people who actually needed to use them. Now they have people stationed there making sure no one is sitting. After checking this out you can do some designer shopping in the surrounding streets! I checked Gucci to see if they had the bag I want and went into Prada and some other stores as well.

Piazza Navona

This is a great place to sit and relax. Christian and I spent a couple hours resting our feet here while we waited for it to be dinner time. There are 3 gorgeous fountains, that have been featured in numerous movies, as well as lots of people watching. Just watch out for all the people peddling selfie sticks and other touristy garbage.

Where to Eat

Tempio di Mecenate

This was one of Christian's favorite meals of the trip and we just happened to go to this restaurant because it was close to our airbnb after our long day at Pompeii. He had the Cacio e Pepe and I had Fettucini al Ragu. Both were super delicious even if the old man we had as a waiter was cranky, ha ha. I wish I had a better picture of Christian's pasta but we were sooo hungry!

Sapori e Delizie

This was one of my favorites, the pizza was so good! We got the Calabrese pizza that came with red onion, sausage, and 'nduja spicy sausage. AMAZINGGGG. We also had the place almost all to ourselves because we went in between lunchtime and dinner time.

Trattoria Pizzeria Vecchia Roma

Another day, another 2 pasta dishes! At this restaurant, that our airbnb host recommended, I got the pesto and Christian tried carbonara.  If you want to eat here for dinner you should make a reservation, it is very popular. We went right when they opened for lunch so it wasn't crowded yet. The food was tasty and we enjoyed the decor.

Emma Pizzeria

This place was recommended by numerous people so we made sure to head there. If you want to sit outside, make a reservation, otherwise you'll be taken inside. We arrived a few minutes before they opened at 7pm and were told we had until 8:30 to finish eating. That's how popular they are. We must have chosen the wrong food because we didn't think it was worth the hype. We started with the Focaccia which was tasty but not at all like actual focaccia, it was just pizza dough with oil and rosemary. We also shared the Chorizo pizza which was good but not amazing.

Trattoria Morgana

Another good, but not amazing, spot was Trattoria Morgana, also by our airbnb. I really enjoyed my chicken with green olives (forgot the wording on the menu) but Christian wasn't too big a fan of his lasagna.

Venchi Gelato

This was Christian's favorite gelato of the trip. It was quite tasty. I stuck with my tried and true combo of chocolate and strawberry every time we had gelato. What can I say, I know what I like!

Fatamorgana Gelato

This was nearby our airbnb and was sooo tasty! We had it on our first night in Rome. Delicious and the cheapest gelato we had on the trip.


There are GROMs everywhere in Italy, and even a few in New York, but even though it's a chain it's amazingggg! I love the Cioccolato Extranoir. Dark chocolate with chips...YUM.

Day Trip to Pompeii

Christian is big into ruins so I knew he had to see Pompeii. We made a day trip from Rome by taking a 7:40am train to Naples followed by a metro ride to Pompeii. The journey should only take a couple hours in total but we had major metro delays that caused it to take at least another hour. There are a few major things to see at Pompeii and you may want to do a tour but we opted to wander for ourselves. I made sure we saw the House of the Tragic Poet, House of the Faun, and the other famous spots before we headed back to Rome.

On our last night in Rome we made sure to take another walk past the Coliseum. So far on the trip we had seen it at sunset, early in the morning and then we finished off with it lit up at night. Such a great way to say goodbye to Rome!

We also found a pretty blue door during the day and took some photos. I wasn't planning on doing an outfit post with this look since I have worn it so many times but I like the pictures. Enjoy!

Sweater Tank: Made by Grandma, Shorts: Banana Republic (shop more green shorts), Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals 'Alethea' (shop Ancient Greek Sandals),  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Natural Selection Mini Messenger Bag' (shop more Marc Jacobs bags), Sunglasses: Chanel

On our second day we took a day trip to Pompeii. It was quite the journey getting there. Our train from Rome to Naples was fine, but then it was time to take the metro to Pompeii. There was supposed to be a train 10 minutes after we arrived but we stood on a hot, full platform for an HOUR before the right train came. It was insanity. That meant we got a bit of a later start than we wanted (we got up at 6:30am hoping to get to Pompeii a little after 9 but that didn't happen.)

We still made it to all the places we wanted to see and made it to our train back to Rome a couple hours before it was set to leave. Then THAT train was delayed by an hour so we got back to Rome quite late and had dinner around 11pm. But when in Rome, right? Funnily enough, this was one of Christian's favorite meals and we just happened upon the spot since it was close to our airbnb. I'll share where we ate in the guide next week!

Top: Mexx (shop printed tops), Shorts: Banana Republic (Clinton Crossing), Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals 'Alethea' (shop Ancient Greek Sandals),  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Natural Selection Mini Messenger Bag' (shop more Marc Jacobs bags), Sunglasses: Chanel

Starting my honeymoon posts a couple days later than planned because the photographer (aka my husband, haha) has had a rough back to work week and hasn't had time to edit photos. We're starting at the beginning of the trip - ROME!

I wore this on our first full day in The Eternal City where we walked a whopping 11.7 miles. I don't think our feet ever fully recovered. We started early in the morning at the Colosseum where we were pretty much alone for the first 10 minutes, which was amazing! Then we saw most of the other big sites of the city (we're overachievers) throughout the day. I'll be going more into our itinerary in a travel guide after the outfit photos!

This romper is always perfect for hot weather, I'm covered up but it's still nice and breezy thanks to the cutout in the back.  My blue Marc Jacobs bag is the perfect travel purse because it's not too big yet it can fit everything I need (including a water bottle! except that does stick out a bit.) It got quite the workout on this trip so it will get a much needed break for a while.

Also, as a side note, this is the first post at the start of a partnership with Shopbop! I'll be receiving gift cards in exchange for including them in posts from time to time. Super excited as I've been a Shopbop fan for years - bought one of my first real designer purses (my purple Marc Jacobs) there!

Romper: Greylin via Gilt (shop rompers), Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals 'Athena' (shop Ancient Greek Sandals),  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Natural Selection Mini Messenger Bag' (shop more Marc Jacobs bags), Sunglasses: Chanel

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