When in Rome…

A few weeks ago, I went to Rome, Italy for a reporting trip. I found beauty, history and even gluten-free pizza in the eternal city.

I want to dedicate the next few posts to profile the sights, sounds and style of my Grand Tour of Italy. Going through photos has made me nostalgic, and only more excited to take on Italy round two this weekend. I’ll try to keep the tourist photos to a minimum.

I arrived April 29, a day before Queen’s Day in the Netherlands. I didn’t even wait 24 hours after landing before I visited the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

I’ve always seen pictures of these relics of a mighty past, but I have a completely different impression of Rome after spending a few days and walking through ruins and experiencing different parts of the city.

I still love the Monti district the most, with its boho-chic fashion districts, amazing bakeries, and breathtaking vistas of Roman landmarks. The district ended up becoming the focus of my reporting efforts, so stay tuned for an article on Roman fashion in the Monti district…

I’m wearing a striped jersey dress from H&M, a crochet satchel bag from six, and Gisele Bundchen sandals. To avoid looking like a tourist in Birkenstocks, these strappy flip flops are my go-to when the weather’s hot and I need to walk around all day.

My favourite part about my outfit are the accessories. This cute crochet bag ups the ante of a simple jersey dress. The antique look of the lace also compliments the historical sights I saw that day too.

At the beginning of my exchange, I never would have thought that I’d make it to Rome. It’s amazing how small Europe is, yet there’s so much history and other worlds to discover.

… and so much ice cream to discover too. My favourite in Italy? Pistacchio McFlurries. Yes, they do exist. I can’t wait to have another one and maybe try the Baci flavour this weekend! Once you get over the unappealing aesthetic of the ice cream, pure nutty bliss envelops your tastebuds.

Standing there feels like ages ago. An eternity.