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One Evening in Rome

If You Only Have 8 Hours To Spend in Rome…


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Last weekend, I went to Rome to meet up with my cousin Roanne. The last time I saw her was in 2016 in Manila when I was pregnant with Lucas. Actually, I was pregnant with Leon when we met up in 2014 in Washington, D.C. Come to think of it, it was the first time she saw me without a bun in the oven after four years!

This meet-up in Rome was very special because it was my first time to stay the night away from my husband and kids. I needed this break from my mom and wife duties so I was super grateful to Paolo for taking care of Leon and Lucas the whole time I was away. It felt very strange to be away from them but it also felt very nice to be able to have a girls’ night out for a change.


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When Roanne informed me that her flight was delayed and that I would have to wait for an extra two hours or so, I thought of contacting my co-Dolce Vita Blogger/ Instagram friend Abbie Stark. She offers personalized and in-depth services to people looking to have the best possible experience in Italy.  (Check out her blog at!) I texted her if she could bring me on a one-hour walking tour around the city center to check out the Roman landmarks. I was super excited when she said yes on such short notice!

One Day in #Rome: #Bellissimamma
Bellissimamma and Abigail of La Roma Vita Blog

A One Hour Walking Tour Around Rome

I met up with Abbie at the Roma Termini station. It was exciting to meet an Instagram friend in real life! She took me on a tour around the city center and I was surprised that we were able to cover all these landmarks in only one hour. She said it was the fastest tour she had ever done! Haha! Actually, I was also surprised that we were able to cover all these landmarks in such top speed and carry on a very interesting conversation about expat life and life in Rome.

Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum in Rome
The Roman Forum #Rome #Bellissimamma
The Roman Forum
The Trevi Fountain #Rome #Bellissimamma
The Trevi Fountain
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument #Rome #Bellissimamma
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

Roaming Around Rome With Roanne

It was great to finally see my cousin and to celebrate her birthday in Rome. It was already about six in the evening when she arrived at the train station. We wasted no time and took the bus to the city center. We went to the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain and took dozens of photos.

Colosseum at Night in #Rome
The Colosseum is a sight to behold even at night.


Making A Wish at the Trevi Fountain- #Rome
She made her birthday wish at the Trevi Fountain.

For Roanne’s birthday dinner, we ordered pizza Amatriciana, pasta carbonara, and lasagna. The server was surprised that we ordered “so much food”. I told him we were very hungry! For dessert, we had gelato at an Instagrammable gelateria.

Rome, #Italy #Bellissimamma
We had pizza, pasta, and Coca-Cola. ;p


Italian Gelato #Rome
We capped off the night with gelato!

At about 11:00, we rode the shuttle back to the Hilton where we stayed for the night. That evening we spent together in Rome will always be memorable. When you live abroad, it is not as easy to meet up in real life with friends and family. Roanne is one of my favorite cousins and I love and admire her so much, not only for her sense of style but also for her positive attitude.

The next morning, we went on an early trip to the Vatican. More on that in a separate blog post! Then at around noontime, we parted ways and said our ILYs. Honestly, I do not know when we are going to meet each other again. I hope to meet up with her in another country somewhere around the world.

This post is part of the Shelbee on the Edge linky.


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Hannah Carmela is the author of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty, travel, and motherhood. She is a work-at-home mom to Leon and Lucas. She is married to her college sweetheart. Her family is based in Italy.


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  1. Hello Carmela,

    That was a wonderful trip for you and thank you for sharing your experiences with us! I miss Italy and Europe in general. So much beauty in the architecture and of course, the food is to die for. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends!


    1. Hello dear Sigrid,

      Thank you for your lovely comment! xoxo

  2. How fun to be able to spend some time checking out Rome! I’ve never been to Europe, and it sounds like it would be interesting to explore the city.

    1. Thank you, Marysa!

  3. It has been many years since I’ve been to Rome. Even so, I appreciate the rich history and the sites that it has to offer !

    1. Thank you, Jenn!

  4. Looks like a great trip. I would love to visit Rome one day. That’s been one of the place I always wanted to go. Great pictures.

    1. Thank you, Anna!

  5. I loved these pictures. They brin me back to my trip to Rome 20 years ago.

    1. Thank you, Rachel!

  6. What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing it with us. #BlogCrush

    1. Thank you, Patrick!

  7. Roanne says:

    Ohhh wow i’m a fan! ❤️ thank you my dear cousin. Continue to create informative blogs. You are a great blogger. Love u Mama Bear!

  8. I would love to go to Rome for 8 hours or 8 days! #globalblogging

  9. This looks like a lot of fun!

  10. You have reminded me that I really do dream of visiting this amazing city one day – thank you and wonderful images too #BlogCrush

    1. Thank you, Kate!

  11. One of my 2019 wishes is visiting Italy and I’d love to see Rome so fab to know that you can still see lots even with limited time!!#blogcrush

    1. Thank you, Kelly! 🙂

  12. How amazing that you got to reconnect with your cousin in such a wonderful city, I have linked dreamed of visiting Rome! #GlobalBlogging

    1. Thank you, Heather! 🙂

  13. It sounds like you really needed the break – sometimes we all need a bit of space and time to ourselves. Well done you for making the most of your little break!

    1. Yes! It really isn’t easy leaving the kids behind. I’m a nursing mom…so I had to deal with engorgement throughout the whole trip!

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