Dec. 5, 2012
We arrive at FCO airport in Roma at 7:00am and head straight for the exit to look for our driver holding a sign with our last names. The flight was long and we’re tired. I stayed up until about 1:00am finishing packing for Ant & I, printing our tickets, sending out emails & writing the Artisan Cafe employee manual for our moms. We left at 4:00am to head to the airport so I only got about 3 hours of sleep! As soon as we touched base in Italy I was ready to go to the hotel to relax.
After sitting in morning rush hour traffic for 45 minutes we finally get to Hotel Delle Nazioni in the center of Rome! We took a nap that lasted 4 hours (oops! Unplanned!) then finally set out to explore the city at night. The Trevi Fountain was our first sight and was located less than a minute from our hotel. My most anticipated attraction was the Trevi and it didn’t disappoint! So beautiful & grand. I saw the fountain at least 3+ times everyday and was still amazed by it every time.
After checking out the Trevi Fountain, we were in search of a cafe with wi-fi. We ended up along Via Veneto where we ordered our first italian coffee at a cafe. We made a mistake and got a latte (only get cappuccinos!). Sadly, I think the place was a tourist trap because we paid almost around 5-6 euros (~$8 usd) for the most watered down latte I’ve ever had. After our disappointing cafe experience we headed back toward the hotel and ended up at the Spanish Steps. The view from the top in December is gorgeous! All of the christmas lights & decor are lit up so the street is bright & busy.
It was around 6:00pm now so we were ready for dinner. We headed back to the hotel to get directions to a restaurant I found on tripadvisor called L’Archetto. I’m so happy I did my research and steered away from the tourist trap restaurants. This place was hidden in some alley ways a couple blocks away from the Trevi Fountain. Our first meal of our entire trip was memorable and we still talk about it months after! We ordered a pasta (Spaghetti Carbonara) & pizza (prosciutto e funghi) and both were fantastic. We would later come back to this restaurant a couple of more times before heading back to Seattle. More updates about that later! 🙂
After one of the best meals we’ve both ever had we headed back to the hotel. It was easy finding our way there but finding the way back we had trouble! We walked in circles and ended up at the Pantheon. Excited to see it before we had planned, we took pics at night and explored Piazza della Rotonda where the Pantheon is located.
We finally make it back to our hotel around 10:00pm and get ready for bed. Tomorrow we are headed to Florence.
***Travel Tips To Remember***
❤ Make Anthony pack days in advance
❤ Only order cappuccinos
❤ Research restaurants prior to trip and get addresses! Limited wifi
❤ Avoid restaurants with hostesses outside trying to lure you in
❤ Pack lots of disposable hand warmers when traveling in Dec
❤ Don’t take a nap after getting to the hotel from the airport