November 03, 2016

When in Rome...

I know the title is cliche but in all honesty, when else would I ever get to to use it!? Last week during my Fall Break my mom and I traveled to Roma, Italia!

Yes, this was the best birthday I have ever had. I turned 21 in London and got to explore the capital of Italy.

My mom and I arrived in Italy and took in everything the city had to offer. We visited every top attraction, ate every type of pizza and browsed through every designer shop.

St. Peter's Basilica
The world's largest church of Christianity is even more beautiful than you think it is. The Holy Door is cast in bronze and the mesmerizing dome was designed by none other than Michelangelo.

We went on a Sunday right after the service and only had to wait in line for 45 minutes (which is nothing compared to what the usual wait time is). Unfortunately, we were unable to visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum being that they close on Sunday but we still had a blast soaking in all the faith and artwork.

The Pantheon
I know you have heard about the Pantheon and seen it in numerous history books. It is the most well preserved Roman temples and is even in use today as a church!
My mom being super cute (per usual)

The Colosseum
The massive stone amphitheater took my breath away each and every single time we passed it. Its sheer massiveness is enough to stop you in your tracks and the history (which I won't get into) is just as mesmerizing. This was definitely my favorite attraction.
One of many selfies because A. My mom bought me a selfie stick and B. She is the absolute cutest

Food & Drink 
I know. This is what you all have been waiting for. First I'll start off by saying that even if you don't drink coffee, you MUST get a cup whilst in Italy. My mom is not a coffee drinker and she had two cups! Also, ham took on a whole new meaning in Italy. Prosciutto and mozzarella pizza is everything I have ever wanted. BUT beware, prosciutto crudo is uncooked and prosciutto cotto means it's cooked. In all honestly, everything we ate was wonderful and fresh. If you don't go to Italy for anything, go to eat.

General Observations
Some general things I noticed are that Italians smoke a lot. Around children, right outside store fronts and restaurants, etc. There is even a glass smoke room inside the airport with pipes leading directly outside. Something else that caught my eye was the amount of frills. Every teenage girl I saw was wearing some type of frill whether it was a frilly shirt, pants, skirt, handbag or shoes, there were frills everywhere. One last thing which is more of a tip really is to do your Italian designer shopping in Italy. I guess this may seem quite obvious but if you are visiting the country, you can claim the 22% tax you paid at the airport before you leave. 22%! For example, being the nosey person I am, I saw a receipt at the airport for €7,000 from Fendi which meant that the individual received €1,540 back!

Have you been to Rome? What are some of your favorite spots? Comment and let me know!

Stay Profashional, my loves!

xoxo
Clarice
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