My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow on My Roman Holiday + To Do’s
Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow talks about My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow on My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

I can’t believe Rome just happened!

Funny thing is (as you may have seen on my IG Stories) I’ve recently been planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, but then this amazing opportunity popped up where I was able to go to Italy sooner. So naturally, I had to!

Destination: romantic, historic and delicious.

From the city’s golden age as capital of the world to mesmerizing artistic heritage (like Michelangelo) to the alfresco setting, fine dining and many movie appearances – it’s no wonder the city is a priceless treasure to all. Including myself!

The moment we landed I felt the city’s upbeat tempo and hum of activity throughout. The colorful muted streets lined with spring florals in crisp cool weather was a lovely touch, too. And, did I mention top designer brands lined up on one street leading up to the Spanish Steps? All in all, every corner was a photographic moment immersed in steep history. *Sigh, there really is something about traveling to a foreign place; it’s as if something deep within awakens, you feel like your soul is alive and you fall a little bit in love again.

Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow talks about My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

I definitely felt that here and had to share my discoveries and favorite to do’s with you! Because let’s be real, if you haven’t been yet…you must add Rome to the list.

Where to stay?

For my first experience ever in the city (and country!), Le Méridien Visconti Rome caught my eye. Picture a very chic hotel with a stylish backdrop to explore the city. A majority of the famous sites are also within walking distance (i.e. Spanish Steps and the Vatican). I think I love the modern taste juxtaposed with the rich past –  it creates a stylistic continuity in my opinion. Plus, the rooftop terrace provides a wonderful panoramic view of the entire city! Oh and as a special treat (currently still running), I booked the suite to ensure an exclusive limited edition LM (avec amour) or Garance Doré Rouge Lipstick by La Bouche Rouge. If you know me, you know I’m all about the classic red lipstick, especially during the season of romance in one of the most romantic cities in the world! 

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow reveals My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow reveals My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Transportation

While Uber works in Rome, it’s really difficult to use because some of the streets are really narrow. Same with taxi cabs. Fortunately with all the delicious Roman food you will eat, walking will feel great – so just walk it out! It’s a great way to explore the city.

Local tip: Don’t wear sandals in Rome during spring and fall seasons. Romans think its strange, according to my local friend. Flip flops are meant for the pool; tennis shoes are better suited for the streets.

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s


Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Shopping

Via Condotti has tons of options from top designers (Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo) to fast-fashion favorites like Zara. Monti, my favorite neighborhood in Rome, also had cute shops but mainly smaller boutiques and vintage. If you spend over 154 euros, you do get back about 22% because of the VAT refund tax so visiting Rome might be the perfect time to buy Chanel and Gucci because they are cheaper than in the US (and frankly, never go on sale unless you buy secondhand). Just be sure to hold onto the receipt and take it with you to the airport where they will reimburse you! Confused? Don’t worry. Almost every store clerk knows how this process works.

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow reveals My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Weather

This one is a “given” but smart me, I did not check the weather before going to Rome and packed too many dresses…not enough sweaters. During the spring and fall months, be sure to bring sweater to dinner. This will especially come in handy when you grab gelato on your way back home!

Where to eat?

Disclaimer: always make a reservation in advance.

Italians are super picky about it, I’m thankful the hotel was able to set up all our reservations for us! One of my favorites was this hole in the wall, incredibly authentic Roman cuisine: Renato e Luisa. I am dreaming of the truffle carbonara right now – one of the best I’ve ever had! If you find yourself near the Trevi Fountain and want to grab dinner, you must go to Al Moro, a very cozy, family owned restaurant; it’s quiet with fantastic food – try their signature Del Moro pasta and the artichoke appetizer. Here are a few others recommended to me by a local: Pianostrada, Flavio al Velavevodetto ai Qhiriti and Madeleine for breakfast (heard it was adorable in the mornings). Last but never least, you must have gelato! It’s mandatory…at least for me it was every night. We walked a total of 23 miles when we were there…so hey, you burn it off!

Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Beautiful locations

We went to the Spanish Steps right when the sun was rising (to avoid the crowds) and wow it was so beautiful and quiet. Took me right back to the scene with Audrey Hepburn! Then, the Trevi Fountain was a must as we had to make a wish! Also, you will want to get there around sunrise to avoid the crowds and watch your pockets. Afterwards, adventure into Monti neighborhood…anywhere here is stunning. I was captivated by every corner, step, flower and shop!

Other notable spots include: parts of the Trastevere neighborhood (There’s a lot of graffiti however some parts of the neighborhood, like the local churches, are beautiful in the morning.) I also loved Via Margutta, the Jewish Ghetto and all the beautiful Piazzas in each neighborhood!

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Stephanie Hill talks about My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Tour Guide

I’ve been told by friends that having a personal tour guide makes all the difference because you can skip the lines and see the best moments at places like the Vatican and Colosseum. We actually had a wonderful tour on a Vespa with locals (booked through the hotel), which was super knowledgable and fun. Speak to your hotel about this or check sites like Airbnb Experiences for options. 

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow talks My Roman Holiday + To Do’s

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill shares My Roman Holiday + To Do’s on The Style Bungalow

Misc.

If you are in need of a local photographer while you’re in the city, I suggest contacting Nicolee Drake from Cucina Digitale (she took most of my photos in Rome). We just finished working with her on the trip and she was wonderful!

There you have it! A list of my to do’s and tips from my personal experience in Rome. I cannot wait to go back already! T-minus a FEW weeks! 

Xo, Stephanie

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