WHEN IN ROME – PART ONE

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I appreciate it must not seem that long since I was telling you all about our trip to Barcelona but I am back with another travel post, but this time all about Rome! Again, it’s been split into two parts due to me not wanting a post you’ll have to scroll for days through.

Matt has wanted to go to Italy for quite a while, even going so far as attempting to teach himself some of the language. I’ve always heard great things and knew it was always going to be somewhere I would like to visit. So when we found we had the time and funds to go to Italy, the one struggle we had was exactly whereabouts. We darted between Florence, Venice, and Rome, each holding beautiful and distinguishing features that tempted us. We settled on Rome, simply because we knew exactly what it had to offer and everything slotted into place smoothly, the flights were perfect and the hotel looked divine.

SUITE SISTINA

A hotel that is central is always key for us, we want to be within easy reach of everything. Often, this can mean rooms can be expensive but this wasn’t the case with Suite Sistina. A boutique hotel located within five minutes walk of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a hotel. It is clearly a hotel meant for couples, with romance a prominent theme, purple mood lighting setting a passionate scene. The beds are large, plush and round. Don’t ask me why, but I have always wanted to sleep on a round bed and I finally got my chance. We lined half of the bed with pillows and I have never felt so cosy, starfishing to my heart’s content, cocooned by the softest duvet. An iPad sat next to the bed, ready and waiting for you to play whatever music you would like. You actually receive an email a few days before your trip, inquiring what type of music you would like playing when you get into your room as well as your optimal room temperature. We went with jazz and 18 degrees FYI!

The amenities really help make the room, there is a minibar stocked with branded drinks including alcohol, fizzy and water as well as snacks should you get peckish. This is free of charge and replenished daily. You also have your very own coffee machine complete with pods, should you want to recline with a latte. An obvious highlight of the room was the in-room jacuzzi. The perfect size for two, you are left bubble bath and salts and honestly, there was nothing lovelier than sinking amongst the fragrant bubbles with a glass of something cold while music serenaded you softly and the jets gently massaged your skin. I’m definitely more of a shower person but in Rome, I was in that jacuzzi every day.

A surprising but very welcome treat included in the price of the room was breakfast. And it wasn’t just any breakfast, oh no! Every morning we were left a menu on our door where we could select however much or little that we wanted the next day as well as the time we wanted it. The next morning, breakfast was then wheeled into our room and set out onto our table for us to feast upon. I was seriously impressed, I’ve never heard of such a service where you don’t have to pay extra for. Even my mother asked: “Are you sure you don’t have to pay for it?” A hearty breakfast is the best start to any day and especially when you are packing in a lot of sightseeing. We indulged in croissants dipped in Nutella (naturally in Italy, Nutella is everywhere!), eggs, bacon, toast, cappuccino and so much more. It was really nice to be able to eat in the privacy of our room too, discussing our plans for the day.

THE VATICAN CITY
Our first trip was to the Vatican City and of course, the Vatican itself. To explain, the Vatican is essentially the palace in the city that is the official residence of the Pope. I find it fascinating that it’s actually considered a country in itself, which runs independently from Rome. An incredible amount of people visit the Vatican museums and it amazed me that there was a long waiting line for two hours of people who hadn’t prebooked tickets. Thankfully we had and it really didn’t take us too long to get into the entrance building. There is quite a rigorous process to actually get in. Somewhat like an airport, there are scanners which you walk through and where you have your bags scanned swell as a check in desk for any items such as backpacks. We were asked to leave our umbrella, which could be seen to potentially damage the art. Naturally, you are to dress respectably, so no bare shoulders or shorts for men or women.
The museums are enormous. I think there are about two dozen different collections but they really are truly beautiful with such a great amount of detail, you don’t really know where to look as it’s everywhere. I was fascinated by the beautiful ceilings, I’ve tried to capture them for you below but I’m not sure a photo could ever do enough justice.

We were both really looking forward to the Sistine Chapel. While it’s a shame you cannot take photos, I completely understand why that is the case.

Being in the area, we couldn’t leave without heading to St Peter’s Square, the entry to St Peter’s Basilica, which I believe is the world’s largest church. St Peter was considered the first Pope is buried at the church, hence the name. It really is a gorgeous building, a theme I imagine continues inside too.

Carlo Fontana’s fountain


I’m going to wrap it up there today before this post gets too long. The second and final part of our trip to Rome will be up next Sunday where I tell you about our visit to the Colosseum as well as the Trevi Fountain and my top tips if you too fancy visiting Rome!

Emily x

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  • Oh my god. Travel isn't really my thing just now however the hotel sounds dreamy. Legit went away searching google to see if it was a one off or if there were any elsewhere!

    The pictures do look beautiful. My boyfriend has been to Rome before and speaks very highly of it, I think it's somewhere I will definitely visit in the future at some point. 🙂 xxx

    Moany Mouse | Scottish Lifestyle Blog

  • Your suite is litterally amazing!!
    Love Emina

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  • Omg your hotel room is like movie set :0 gorgeous!
    I really want to visit Rome one day too..

    Ilona
    http://www.artthisisart.com

  • Italy looks so enchanting. it was on my bucket list forever. We were even supposed to be having our vow renewal in Italy, but it ended up falling through.
    After reading this post, I am yearning for it even more now!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Such a beautifully stunning place, this is right at the very top of my travel wish list x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  • Wow, those museum ceilings are incredibly beautiful! I wish someday I could go to Rome. And btw, I think you did them justice with your photos! 🙂 Good job!

    Melissa the Mermaid ♥

  • Wow, your trip looks so gorgeous and your hotel luxurious! I always make sure my hotels are within walking distance from wherever I want to be. So jealous you got to go to the Vatican City too. Everything is so elegant and beautiful. You captured it all really well. It seems really rainy in Italy this time of year! Glad you had fun!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • Wow! wow! wow! this place is super cute. The foods are so yummy.

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  • Love, everything looks so so good!

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  • That bed wow! looks like such an impressive place, Rome is on my 'to visit' list! x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

  • Looks like an amazing place 🙂 I NEED that bed haha

    Great blog post!!

    http://www.londonstylegirl.com

  • Rome looks gorgeous, need to visit!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • The hotel is so cool and Rome is beautiful, I haven't visited it in what seems like forever, need to schedule a weekend trip soon.

    xo
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  • Wow the hotel room looks maddddd! Love it hun and I love your header is soooooo cute!!! I loveeee jolie candle! Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day!
    Dominica from http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

  • So amazing!! Rome is someplace I would love to see. And that hotel!! I don't think I would ever leave!!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • You guys like to travel a lot. Love it!! What a way to enjoy life. Ha! Sounds like a great trip. The hotels sounds promising, – everything look good. Great shots here, Emily. 🙂

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  • Looks like an amazing place and Rome is beautiful!

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  • so delicious fruits
    have an happy day
    kiss —> tr3ndygirl fashion & beauty blogger <—

  • I'm so glad you guys found a hotel in the center of everything you wanted to do! And at a great price! That is awesome! That breakfast is absolutely amazing! What a wonderful amenity! Who would've thought? The room itself was spectacular. Vatican city is so beautiful. Just to look at the paintings would make my heart flutter.
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  • This hotel sound completely amazing. A Jacuzzi and a free of charge minibar replenished daily among others. It really looks like a place where you would want to spend your honeymoon.
    Your pictures of the museum are really great. That's a place I really want to visit.
    Glad you enjoyed your time Emily!
    Have a lovely week 🙂
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  • I know this post is about your trip to Rome and the Vatican but oh wow, it's the hotel that really capture my interest and judging from the comments, everyone else too! What a lovely place and with breakfast?! Count me in!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I actually thought about a post primarily about the hotel but thought it'd be too much! It really was incredible though! x

  • That bed is sooo cute, I have never seen a bed like this in real life! If I travel in Rome some day, I would love to stay at a hotel like this! Taking notes asap 🙂

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  • That hotel room looks all sorts of amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

  • Looks like you had an amazing trip and I love seeing these images of Rome, it's one of my top 3 favourite places in the world 🙂

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  • Your hotel room looks very luxurious! ♥ I love the fact that you can get into that jacuzzi for the rest of your stay. It must have been really relaxing for you! How I wish I could visit Rome too, one day. 🙂 Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
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  • Wow, this post is just wow, the photography is stunning and can we just appreciate that spoon!Have a lovely week 🙂

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  • I'm also keen on finding central hotels when visiting cities, it puts you in the best position for discovering all the city has to offer! I'm a total sucker for room service breakfast (absolutely hate going downstairs for it!) and the one you enjoyed at this hotel looks delicious Emily 🙂 What a gorgeous trip!

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    x

  • What a beautiful and luxurious hotel! Your breakfast looks so delicious too! 🙂 I've never been to Rome, I'd like to visit one day 🙂

    Hope you're having a great week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • WOW that hotel room is amazing! Having a hotel that serves breakfast is great, I find that when I look for a place to stay I am definitely swayed on whether they have a free breakfast in the morning. I'm going to have to keep this place in mind if I ever travel to Italy because it sounds amazing.
    Seeing all the historic sites would be great too!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  • Wow! That hotel room looks awesome. Love the round bed. And the breakfast is such a great deal!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • Kay

    Looks like you had a wonderful time in Rome, I'm so happy for you! 🙂 Honestly, Rome is one of my favourite places in the world ever. Was fun re-visiting my own trip by just looking at your photos! St Peter's square was my fav place, and the basilica is absolutely breath-taking! The hotel room looks totally fab, also. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, lovely! x

    Kay
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  • I went to Rome in August and I loved it so much, definitely one of my favourite places I've been to. I wish I'd stayed in your hotel though it looks so nice!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • I've wanted to visit Rome for years, it always looks so beautiful, your hotel room is the stuff of dreams!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  • I LOVE Rome so much (never got to go to the Vatican City but it's on the list ;)!!! The hotel room is absolutely gorgeous and hunnie, when I read that you've always wanted to sleep on a round bed for no particular reason, I was like: "Yes! Same here" lol. I'm so glad you got to tick that off your imaginary (or existing) bucket list or must-do's 😀
    xox Nadia
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  • Those pictures look gorgeous, I'd love to visit Rome!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/