Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ciao Italia

Location: Palazzo Barberini
Shop this look: Maison Scotch hat // H&M tissue turtleneck (similar here
Forever 21 plaid skirt (similar here) // Tory Burch purse // J. Crew scarf

Last weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Rome. I have always wanted to go to Italy, as I am a big fan of pizza, pasta and gelato. And it did not disappoint. But what wowed me even more than the food was just how old everything was in Rome. It was surreal strolling past all of the ancient architecture like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. I loved this trip because we didn't have any plans. We walked into cafes and restaurants that we thought looked good, wandered into a "secret garden" that was actually the ancient estate of a famous Roman architect (pictured above), and even had an impromptu picnic in a park. Back home, I plan every second of every day, but I have realized that I can't do this while I'm abroad. Since I am traveling to such unfamiliar places, I don't know what is going to be around the corner — or even what I will eat for lunch! But I am so thankful for this experience because I feel like it is making me more open-minded and adventurous. I love being exposed to all of these different cultures and I can't wait for even more trips like this one.

Here are some highlights from my trip to Rome:

 Our first stop was the gorgeous Trevi Fountain. Only thing missing was Lizzie McGuire, of course!

Bucatini all'amatriciana: This was the first pasta I tasted in Italy! My friend Charlotte, who is studying in Rome, recommended that I try it because it is a Roman specialty, and I am so glad that I did! The spicy sauce consists of guanciale (a type of cured salami that reminds me of bacon), cheese, tomato and red pepper flakes. I am definitely going to try to make it myself but I know there's no way  it will match up to this authentic Italian meal.

We found many stands with vibrant, fresh flowers on the streets.

First gelato experience in Rome at the famous Giolitti (clearly I am very happy here)! The best part is the cream they put on top!

For lunch on the first day, we went to a local deli and bought fresh salami, formaggio cheese and homemade pesto for a picnic in a park! This was one of my most favorite (and delicious) memories of the trip.

Very sugary start to the day

Really no caption needed...

Spaghetti all'amatriciana (round two...the sauce is that good) and spaghetti carbonara

I enjoyed the prettiest cappuccino at a cafe near the Colosseum.

Overlooking the Roman Forum

This was by far the best view of the city! 

Last meal in Roma :(

Yes I had gelato twice a day for three days regrets at all!

Stay tuned for more posts of outfits and my travels!

xo, Annabeth

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to have any complaints about this place. It's easy to get a drink at event venues Chicago since they actually keep enough bartenders working at once, and you'll almost always find a place to sit. I love the vibe, the area, the people and the food at this place.