Spill it, Sundays #37- Travel Tips and Recap- Rome

It’s Sunday and I’d rather be…..


I don’t know why I opted to showcase travel recaps for the coming weeks- It’s giving me the travel bug! Oh well, I can vicariously live through the pictures and pretend I’m in Rome, eating gelato with my shaggy hair.

I travelled Europe pretty extensively at the end of 2009/start of 2010- It was a pretty mellow trip and albeit some bumps in the road, was a big learning curve. Let’s jump straight into it.

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Shopping Centre- Porta Di Roma- Why am I highlighting a shopping centre in one of the most historical cities? Trust me on this one- as beautiful as Churches and…churches are, they are start looking the same. The Porta Di Roma shopping centre is huge and has all these amazing stores- from Zara, H + M to Pull in Bear- You’ll find something and if anything, it’s a refreshing change from churches!

Spanish Steps- Okay, so I claimed not to highlight the typical things to do in Rome but damn….there is something seriously amazing about the Spanish steps. Many claim the best thing to do in a café in to people watch, but I say sit on these steps and people watch- it’s like a real life movie.


Trevi Fountain- I wouldn’t mind applying for the position of a fountain cleaner…well, the Trevi fountain specifically. The number of people who turn their backs and throw a coin or ten in there would seriously build up a small fortune every day. Just do me a favour and work on your aim- I threw a coin at the lady next to me instead of over my shoulder. #coordinated



Let’s just state the obvious.



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Hotel 1- Hotel Marsala– Location Location Location- The Marsala hotel was located a 2 minute walk away from the Termini Station (main station in Rome) and literally was walking distance to every single tourist site worth visiting- The staff were extremely friendly and did an epic job of cleaning rooms each day, a basic breakfast (pastries, fruit, juice and coffee). The rooms were tiny and there was barely any room but then again- you barely spend any time there!

Hotel 2- Holiday Inn Rome– So this was our ‘splurge’ hotel in an extremely expensive country- The rooms were pleasant, staff were friendly and it was close to a supermarket. That. Was. It. It was in the middle of nowhere and the only means of transport was a taxi or a shuttle bus to the city centre several times a day.


Toilets- I was shocked to realise at the end of my time in Italy, I had spent at least 20 Euros purely on using the bathroom- every single place charged, even some McDonalds. Always ensure you have coins on you or sweet talk a waitress to use one without paying.

Bread baskets and other table snacks- Rookie error right here. The first restaurant we visited placed a bread basket in front of us and we tucked into it with glee. However, when we got the bill, there was a cheeky 8 Euro charge for it- we thought it was complimentary! Lesson learnt- nothing is free in Rome. If you want the bread basket or pre poured wine, ask how much it is first- or leave with a lighter pocket.


And on that note….this post has made me want to reignite the gelato challenge. Pity it’s no longer down the road.

Have you ever been to Europe?

Would you consider gelato 3 times a day standard?

Are you coordinated?

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52 thoughts on “Spill it, Sundays #37- Travel Tips and Recap- Rome

  1. I’ve only been to France (14 years ago) but loved my trip!!! Not only did we have to pay for some bathrooms, some were just holes in the ground – not cool!!!!

  2. Those stairs would be awesome to do a Rome version of the “Rocky” by running up them and fist pumping at the top. I bet I would get hit on by a lot of RoMEN!

  3. Have you ever been complimented on your ‘do? ITS FREAKING FABULOUS. I can see you as a singer, haha!

    I want to linkup to spill it sundays sometime. What’s the theme for the upcoming 4 weeks?

  4. Yes. Been to Poland Croatia Italy and Greece

    Gelato 3x per day sounds ….minimal

    I have my days. Some I am more coordinated than others. For the most part I am not extremely coordinated 🙂

  5. Ohh Rome. I got mugged there! Actually, the Australian guy I was with got mugged there, while I was with him…umm yeah. Pretty scary! Rome is a beautiful city but I’ll stick to Venice and Bologna…

  6. I went to Italy when I was about 7 and Sicily when I was 11 so I don’t really remember it… I would love to go to Italy as an adult! There are so many places in Europe I still need to see, mainly in Spain and Germany. And then there are the hidden gems like Slovenia!

  7. I had the amazing opportunity to go to Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic with my orchestra (I play the violin). I am DYING to go back to Europe!!!!! But being a you 20 something’s teacher that has chosen to live in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in chicago…. I will have to wait a few years!

  8. Is it horrible that the first thing I thought of when you mentioned the Spanish Steps was the MET steps in GG? 😆 I’m feeling a serious itch to bust out the DVDs and watch a few seasons again. Maybe when the weather cools down and I can’t go outside anymore.

    On a more serious note, I’ve been to Europe a handful of times since that’s where all my family lives, but never to Rome — I’d love to go one day, though. And as long as they have peanut-free gelato, then I’d definitely consider eating it 3 times a day pretty standard.

  9. Gelato three times a day is perfectly acceptable. I’ve never been to Italy, but we went to Barcelona on our honeymoon and at gelato every.single.day. It was amazing. Now I want to go back to Spain…. at least I’m having sangria at our bbq this afternoon. h/t not the same.

  10. I spent a few weeks in Italy back in 2010 for a grad course and had the most amazing time! It really changed the way I thought about food and eating—not to mention how I cooked. And yes, I ate gelato basically every day. It was wonderful!

  11. It’s been 11 years since I went to Rome, and I don’t even think I had gelato there….what?
    You’re right about nothing being free. My family took a picture with a dude dressed like a gladiator in front of the Colosseum, and he later charged each of us a certain amount of euros. Also, my bro’s friend bought lobster for 8 euros……8 euros per ounce they later saw in the fine print.

  12. Holy hair Arman! You had so much of it back then or perhaps you just styled It differently. You could actually say the same thing about me too. I always had longer hair, at least chin length and in some cases longer.

    I learned my lesson about that damn bread basket in Europe. Or water. You need to ask for tap or else you’ll get charged and it’ll likely be fizzy water to boot.

  13. Great action shot of you on the steps!
    I have never been overseas and Italy is number one on my list of places to see. This post made me all the more wistful. Gelato three times a day? Easily, look at how dinky those little cups are!
    I am such a klutz a friend of mine once dubbed me “Grace.” I really try and thus blame it all on genetics.

  14. It looks like you are having such a great time. I used to live in England which I really enjoyed. I would live there again (preying Fueledbyfuel gets stationed there 😉

  15. Yep we’re totally twinning with the Rome recaps! 😉 I can’t believe I didn’t get to see the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain while I was there… oh well, I guess I just need to plan another trip lol. I’m so with you that gelato is THE thing to get in Rome, or anywhere in Italy really. And the whole paying for toilets and ridiculous service charges at every restaurant? I can definitely relate. I can’t even explain how strange and amazing it felt to get back to the U.S. and have the wonder that is the public bathroom 😉

  16. I’ve only been to Europe once and yes, visited Rome! I did a three-week tour of Italy and it was amazing. You forgot to add PIZZA to the list!!! I definitely had my fair share while I was there.

    Oh and I don’t think you ate enough gelato… 😉

  17. I’ve been to Europe once and I’ve been dying to go back since. I went to visit my sister who was studying abroad at the time and we travelled around France–it was AH-MAY-ZING! I wish we could have visited some of the other countries but we were limited on time–I need to go back. In France they also charge to use the bathroom. Gelato 3x/day is totally acceptable 🙂

  18. I’ve been to Rome a few times, actually. I think it’s my favorite city in Italy (I hate Florence, isn’t that weird?) Anyway, it reminds me of LA with ancient ruins. I took four years of Latin in high school so I love Rome for that reason, too. Plus it’s the place of my people, you know?

    If you’re in Italy and NOT eating gelato 3+ times a day, you’re doing it wrong.

  19. Gelato for breakfast lunch and dinner! When you can eat the best then splurge!
    I couldn’t believe it in Italy with regards to toilets, they charge everywhere! but then again I’d rather and them be clean!

    Considering I live in Europe I haven’t been too many places, just Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands!

  20. It’s funny you mention the bread basket thing. I’m going to Italy next month and I mentioned to one of my clients on the weekend how much I love free bread in Europe and he told me to prepare to pay! I can’t believe they charge for bread. They will have to take the basket away from me as there’s no way I can sit there and not pick at it! Such an animal lol

  21. Rome was surprisingly my least favourite city on my euro trip. We went through 3 hostels cause the first one was like a mental hospital and the second one definitely had bed bugs and we’re pretty sure that the third one was run by the mafia. We ended up leaving early to spend more time in Florence. Gotta give it to them though, the gelato legit made made horny.

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