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A Weekend in Rome

November 17, 2016
Rome

So we’ve been back for two weeks and I’ve yet to write anything about Rome. The reason is that I’ve been sick and busy with other things, but now I finally have the time to write a little bit about the Italian capital. First things first: I absolutely loved Rome. I fell completely in love with it and can’t wait to go back. In my opinion, Rome has everything that a big city should have: history, culture, friendly people, nice bars, excellent food, great shopping… I could go on forever, but in short: I love Rome!

We started off with a delayed flight from Copenhagen. When we finally got to board the plane,  I was tired as hell and just wanted to read a book in peace and quiet. However, a group of really annoying Swedes, who boarded the plane very drunk and continued the bender on board, thought otherwise. Sigh! We arrived late in Rome, but luckily I had arranged for a private driver to come and pick us up at the airport. Tired and excited to see more of Rome, we went to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. We stayed just within the walls in a small hotel/B&B called Augustana House, which I definitely recommend due to its proximity to both the center of Rome and the Vatican.

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The next day we had a lovely pizza, saw the Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, and the Pantheon. Of course, we also enjoyed the sunny weather. It was 22 degrees Celsius, as opposed to Denmark’s 6-7 degrees C at the time. It was heaven for two people already sick of the gray, rainy, Copenhagen fall. We enjoyed walking around in our spring jackets and sunglasses even though it was late October. Oh, how I needed that sun! Visiting Rome in fall was a very good idea. During the summer months, I hear it is absolutely packed with tourists and extremely hot – not my favorite combination. When I do go back, it will definitely be in fall or very early spring. Anyhow, we visited the Vatican on Saturday and the Colosseum on Sunday, before we flew back Monday morning.

I’ll write more and show some more pictures in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Travel

Off to Rome

October 26, 2016

Scandinavia is beautiful in fall, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s dark and it’s cold. It’s been 3 months at home in Copenhagen and I need my travel fix badly. We have a trip planned for January, but I couldn’t wait that long, so Jacob and I decided to go somewhere. A fall getaway. And what better place to go in fall than Rome? It’s still around 20 degrees Celsius down there, which is basically considered Danish summer. So Thursday evening, we’re off! We’re staying until Monday and we plan to eat, eat, eat, drink, and perhaps see some historical monuments in between. I can’t wait!
Rome Italy

Of course, I will keep you updated on my travels through my social media (I am called liveandletsgo on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc – so am easy to find 🙂 )

If you have any suggestions on blog posts I should read before going, or any tips on where to eat (vegan/vegetarian) and drink – let me know in the comments!

Photos by Moyan Brenn, CC license through Flickr. 

Places I've Been

Flashback Friday: Beautiful Bellagio

September 4, 2015

Italy has got to be one of my favorite destinations, mainly due to two reasons: 1, it’s absolutely beautiful and 2, it’s vegetarian foodie heaven (I’m including the wine here). I’ve been in Milan quite a few times now, but last year, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a trip to Bellagio, only two hours north of Milan. Okay, I decided it and he got it as a birthday gift, but you get the drift. We rented a car at the airport (from Gold Car, I won’t make that mistake again!), a tiny and fresh little Fiat 500 with a sunroof, and headed for Bellagio. We couldn’t really decide in which one of the little villages by Lake Como we wanted to stay in, but somehow decided to go for Bellagio. To say we weren’t dissappointed would be an understatement.

Our little car wound its way up the narrow roads, with absolutely awe-inducing views of the beautiful lake Como and the mountains in the background, which still had some snow on the top. The houses were gorgeous – many (wealthy) Italians own summer residences here, and it isn’t hard to see why. Finally, we arrived in Bellagio and found the little bed and breakfast we were staying at. It was run by a really friendly and sweet Italian family, and there was a dog I could pet so naturally I was over the moon. The weather was absolutely perfect – sunny and just hot enough to wear something sleeveless, but with a soft breeze that made sure you never got sweaty as you walked around the cobbled streets.

 

Bellagio, Lake Como

In Bellagio…

 

Bellagio, Lake Como

Bellagio from the boat

One of the days we took the boat out to Villa del Balbianello close to the city of Lenno. We took the boat to Lenno and walked up to the Villa, which was such an amazing place. To think somebody has actually lived here!

 

Bellagio, Lake Como

Recognize this?

If you call yourself a Star Wars fan, you probably recognize the scene above. Villa del Balbianello is used as the setting for Naboo, where  Padme and Anakin got married.

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villa del balbianello lake como

Loggia / Villa del Balbianello

Loggia, shown above was part of the James Bond movie Casino Royale, and was used as the hospital where Mr. Bond was recuperating.

If you’re a big fan, you can even take one of the Star War tours that will show you where all the scenes were shot here.

 

Lake Como

Lonno – steps down to the lake

Lake Como

i Giardini di villa Melzi

lake como

View over the mountains from Bellagio

Bellagio, Lake Como

bellagio truffle pasta

And this… this is the best damn truffle pasta I have ever had. At Hotel Metropol Bellagio.