Rome Travel Guide: 9 tips for visiting Rome

Keep an eye on your stuff. As in many cities, pick-pocketing is rife in Rome, especially during the peak holiday season. Keep your handbag zipped up securely and close in front of you when you’re on the Metro or near busy tourist sites (especially when taking selfies – I saw so many people with open bags hanging off their shoulder while they were busy perfecting their pout. Don’t do it!).

Watch out on the roads (and the pavements, for that matter). You’ve probably already heard that driving in Rome is a bit on the crazy side – I had, but nothing prepared me for just how crazy it was. You basically have to walk into the road and hope for the best at pedestrian crossings or the cars will just keep on driving. And don’t think you’re safe strolling along Rome’s many quaint cobbled side streets – scooters and motorbikes speed around them like they’re on a race track. It’s all part of the holiday fun, though – just keep your eyes peeled while you’re eating your gelato. Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: 9 tips for visiting Rome”

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Rome Travel Guide: Photo Diary

St PetersChances are you’re already pretty familiar with Rome’s landmarks, so I won’t bore you with how amazing the Colosseum is, or how you really must go and see the Roman Forum and the Pantheon (although you really, really should – they’re famous for a reason, you know). Instead, I’ve put together this mini photo diary of my favourite snaps from my week in the Eternal City. I went, I saw, I ate gelato… Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: Photo Diary”

Rome Travel Guide: Where to Stay

When it comes to travel accommodation, I’m not usually the fussy type – as long as a place is clean, affordable and relatively close to everything I want to see, I’m happy. But my recent stay at a lovely little place in Rome has had me rethinking my criteria – it turns out that staying somewhere nice is pretty, well, nice. Shocking, I know.

I’ve always preferred city breaks to beach holidays, and often this means accommodation can be rather pricey, even for the most basic of hotels or apartment rentals. One thing this month’s Rome trip has taught me, however, is that visiting cities out of season is the way to go. Although it may not be appealing to sun-seekers, travelling outside of the tourist months has many benefits (hello, no queues!), one of which being that accommodation at the nicer end of the scale is so much cheaper. Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: Where to Stay”

Spa Day & Tapas at Bristol Lido

 

Swimmers do leisurely lengths while sunbathers relax on the waterside sipping Prosecco, nibbling tapas and basking in the sunshine; this might sound like a lazy afternoon on a Spanish summer holiday, but it is actually the scene that greeted us when we arrived at the Lido, the renovated Victorian swimming baths tucked away on an unassuming street in the exclusive suburb of Clifton.

We were lucky enough to visit on a gloriously sunny day – I can imagine taking a dip in the outdoor pool isn’t quite so idyllic in the depths of winter, even if it is heated – and took advantage of their Swim, Tapas & Wine package, which included full use of the spa facilities from noon until 3pm, followed by a sumptuous lunch of three tapas dishes and a glass of wine each. Continue reading “Spa Day & Tapas at Bristol Lido”

A Day in London Town

Despite a rather disastrous attempt to visit Madame Tussauds (three-hour queue? I don’t think so!) we had a thankfully successful day out in London this Bank Holiday weekend. We took a stroll around Covent Garden (loved the cute Moomin shop!) before seeing some kooky modern art at the Tate (including a cloth-covered sewing machine – no I’m not sure why either) and finishing the day with a look around the fab Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.

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