Couples Getaways

So Rome-antic

BY Laura Lovejoy

Being a top girlfriend, I booked me and Clint a trip to Rome for his 30th birthday. Holidays are the best present to give to your significant other as they more or less have to take you with them, meaning that it’s pretty much a present for you as well. We only went for 3 nights but it was one of the best trips we’ve ever had together.

Rome is a huge tourist attraction and even though we went in the middle of winter, it was still very busy. We were pretty lucky with the weather but I bet it’s beautiful in Summer, although we were warned that with the sun comes quadruple the amount of tourists.

We stayed in the most beautiful hotel called Royal Court, the rooms were stunning and the service amazing. Most of the hotels we walked past looked a very high standard but I would strongly recommend the Royal court. Although, don’t be put off by the graffiti everywhere.

The Coliseum was, in fact, one of the only buildings that were graffiti free (slight exaggeration but you get the picture). It’s well worth a visit but there isn’t much to see on the inside. We paid €50 for a guided tour and to be honest, it was a bit shit. So we ditched the tour and wondered around ourselves before nipping off early and eating a pizza with a bottle of wine.

We were warned before going that Rome is really expensive but we found it super reasonable and ended up taking way more money that we needed.

We found the most amazing restaurant called Gallo Matto (the video doesn’t do it justice) with a man playing the piano. I’m not just talking romantic music, one minute you would be listening to the kind of music that you would expect to hear at a wedding and the next you would be listening to a quirky piano rendition of Abba’s Waterloo. Naturally, the pianist was eccentric but also extremely talented and gave the restaurant the most beautiful atmosphere.

The food was out of this world. But the service was even better and I would strongly recommend this place to anyone travelling to Rome. Just be warned that four bottles of wine and two glasses of prosecco will make you very drunk… Despite being the last people to stumble out, they still welcomed us back with open arms the next evening.

We didn’t do as much as I would have liked as Clint couldn’t walk too far because of a previous motorbike injury and I got really ill on the last day, I had such a bad sinus infection I thought my eardrums were going to explode on the plane journey home, but even still, apart from the graffiti, I couldn’t fault the place. It’s well worth a visit and our flights and hotel cost less that £400!

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