Are you planning a quick trip to Rome, Italy? And when I say “quick”, I mean like just spending the night there? Let me tell you what you can do if you only have about eight hours to spend there.
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Last year, I went to Rome to meet up with my cousin Roanne. She is a flight attendant, and Rome was one of their stops. 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.
When Roanne told 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 www.lavitaroma.com!) 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!
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.
So we were able to see all these landmarks by foot. Take note that we did not spend a lot of time in each place. I just took a quick photo of each place and Abbie just gave a quick story of why each place was special.
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 Termini 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.
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.
At about 11:00, we rode the shuttle back to the Hilton Hotel where we stayed for the night. What’s great about staying at the Hilton is that they offer free shuttle service to and from the city center. It is also super close to the Rome Fiumicino Airport. Also, they offer an international buffet breakfast with a wide selection of dishes.
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.
Have you been on a trip that was short yet sweet? Tell me about it in the comments!