The Travel Diaries: My 21st Present to Rome...

I still can't get my head around the fact that I was lucky enough to visit Rome in January.

Rome has been a high contender on my list of 'places to visit' for a long time now, and I couldn't believe it when I discovered that my boyfriend Charlie was treating me to a trip there for my 21st Birthday.

This post is going to be all about what we got up to and my favourite parts of Rome. I really fell in love with the city and it is definitely somewhere I would go back to! I already want to explore more parts of Italy too! Also, sorry that this blog post has taken so long, but I just HAD to publish it, despite the fact I went to Rome two months ago, as it was such an amazing trip!

Day 1: 

We flew from Stansted airport on 18th January 2018, and we had a nice flight time which was in the middle of the day! It wasn't a long flight but with travelling to the apartment we were staying in, we didn't end up arriving in the city until the evening time. We stayed in a stunning bed and breakfast, which only had two rooms! It was called SottosopraSannio, and I couldn't recommend it enough for anyone looking for an lovely place to stay which is situated closely to everything in the city.

We wanted to stay around the area we were staying in (San Giovanni) to go and get dinner on the first night. So we walked for a while, and eventually came across a beautiful place which looked different to what we imagined Roman restaurants would look like. This place was called Officine. Looking at the menu we were a little apprehensive to being with, as it was all in Italian, and there were no pizzas... I've never seen Charlie look more confused! We settled for different starters, but chose the same main!

Officine was definitely a step away from the touristy restaurants that serve all pizza and pasta, it was more like a place where the locals would eat! I wasn't sure what I wanted for starters and the waiter was so helpful and friendly towards us. I ended up with loads of parma ham and a massive ball of mozzarella which was literally the size of a tennis ball. It was soooo nice. We then had an amazing main course of steak, which was just unreal. The food was followed by loads of different cocktails. This was our first evening out and was such a great night!

Day 2:

Day two is where the real adventures of Rome were to begin! We were desperate to get out and see all of the sights! We headed straight for the Colosseum. It is so surreal to see something so famous and monumentous in person. We had lunch in a cafe directly opposite the Colosseum, which again felt completely surreal sitting there with the Colosseum just across the road! After this we had a day of exploring, going round on the tour bus and enjoying as much of Rome as possible.

We saw the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and so much of the beautiful city. This was truly the best day and I never wanted it to end! Buying tickets to go on the tour bus was definitely the best idea, as we saw so much of the city!

We also went to the Hard Rock Cafe for cocktails and a really lovely authentic Italian restaurant for dinner (one that actually served pizza's lol)! We then went to a lovely little bar called The Gin Corner for after dinner drinks.

Day 3:

The final day was another really amazing day that we managed to fill with so many things- again! As soon as we woke up we headed for the Vatican City. This is somewhere Charlie really wanted to go, because this is where the Pope lives, and he picked well because it was a beautiful place. The weather was amazing on this day and we were really lucky! We also saw many other sights such as the Castel Sant'Angelo.

As the evening creeped up on us, we decided that we wanted to go to the Orange Gardens. It took us ages to find, and we were really worried that it would be dark when we got there. But it wasn't dark at all and we actually got there when the sun was setting, so it was the perfect time. The Orange Garden (Savello Park) offers the most beautiful view of Rome, and the garden itself has a truly authentic Italian feel to it! This was one of my favourite moments in Rome, and I'd definitely recommend going there.

We went back to our apartment to get ready, and once we were ready we headed for the area near the Trevi Fountain to find a restaurant. At the restaurant we decided upon, Charlie had a mixed grill and I had such a lovely pasta. I really wish I was back in Italy eating pizza and pasta right now! After this we went to the Ice Bar in Rome and this was so much fun! I've only ever been to the Ice Bar in Winter Wonderland and the one in central London before, so it was fun to visit one in a different country. This was a perfect way to finish off our trip.

Thinking back to Rome makes my heart so happy, it was one of the best trips I've ever been on! I really could've written pages and pages about how fun this trip was! Thank you so much to my boyfriend Charlie for making this dream of mine become a reality!

Thank you for reading!

Holly xx


  1. I’ve been waiting for this post for so long! Your trip looked so lovely and I loved reading what you did each day! It’s so lovely to see how much of a nice time you had with Charlie ❤️What a thoughtful birthday present!

  2. Great post, definitely the best blogger around! No:1 right here! Rome was brilliant but even better I got to spend it with you xxx

  3. This is literally the same present I got for my 21st but I’m not going till May so this post was actually really helpful! I’m so excited to go to Rome, it looks amazing and beautiful

  4. This looks so great! Rome is also high on my bucket list and it makes me really want to go even more now! That was probably the best gift ever!!

  5. It looks like to you had a great time in Rome. Such an amazing 21st pressie! It is so beautiful there. I love your photos.

  6. Oh my gosh! Super jealous. This looks so amazing and a belated Happy Birthday to you. xx