When in Rome

Last week, just the husband and I, took a little trip to Rome to celebrate his 30th birthday. It was a place I had never been to before, and the first time the hubs had ever been to Italy, so we were rather excited to go. Love my little ones but a little time away just the two of us is very welcome from time to time. We haven’t been away together by ourselves, for more than one night, since before we had children – such is life!

We had a super relaxing time at the airport, being utterly spoilt by world duty free, and as a birthday treat we were flying business class so got to go into the lounge too (we had air miles so it made it really do-able). It has been a while since we have been away in ‘school holiday’ time and now I remember why – the airport was crazy!

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We had an amazing time though, Rome is a ridiculously fabulous city. The weather was fantastic and of course the sites and history were mind blowing. So hard to get my head around just how old the monuments are. The people that have been there, the things that have happened there… I’m a bit of a history geek so I was loving it. My top sites that we visited were the Colosseum, the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica. So amazing!  There was a concert happening that afternoon in the Pantheon so we stayed and waited for about half and hour more to listen to the choir and music – it was really cool.

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We spent quite a while in the Vatican Museums and there was so much to see and so much gorgeous art. I probably sound really uncultured but I was slightly underwhelmed by the Sistine Chapel. It was amazing to think of the history behind it and it’s quite a feat to have actually done it but it just didn’t look like I had imagined it I suppose.

The food was of course wonderful. Lots of salads and pizza and of course, gelato! How do the Italians get it so good?

It was just a great time spent together and celebrate the hubby’s birthday – one neither of us will forget. Have you ever visited Rome? What was your favourite part?

Happy birthday, old man 😉

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19 Comments

  1. Michelle Stokes
    25th August 2015 / 9:37 am

    My husband and I visited Rome last October without our children (only the 2nd time in 30 yrs of marriage!) My favorite site had to be the Trevi Fountain. It was empty at the time and being renovated, but I’m one of theses people who like to see things beyond what you see! A walkway had been erected across the fountain area so the architecture and intricate stone work usually below the water level was on show and it was amazing. I now want to go back and see the fountain working!

  2. 25th August 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Rome always looks like such a beautiful place to visit, I bet you crammed so much into your short break. It looks like you had a beautiful getaway and perfect for a couples retreat. #TwinklyTuesday

  3. 26th August 2015 / 9:37 am

    I LOVE Rome. It has to be my favourite city in the world. Sounds like you had a great time. I want to go back there just from reading this and looking at the pictures!

  4. You Baby Me Mummy
    26th August 2015 / 9:45 am

    Ah I’m glad you enjoyed it. I went on a press trip back in April and thought it was fab. I love the mix of historical building and modern life xx

  5. 26th August 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Good for you lovely!! It’s SO important to spend time as a couple every now and then and leave the kids at home. I’m so glad you had a fab time :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  6. 26th August 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I have never been to Rome but it is one of those places that I would love to go to. I love all things old and cultural and gelato 😉 Looks gorgeous and glad you had a well deserve break xx

  7. Habiba
    26th August 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Love love love Rome. The gelato… mmmmm.

  8. 30th August 2015 / 7:02 am

    That is something I would love to do, go away with my husband without kids!!! At the moment it is not something that I could do but I hope some day soon will happen!! 😉 It looks that you had a great time. Rome is beautiful. Not as romantic as Venice but magical too. xx
    #TwinklyTuesday

  9. 1st September 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Rome is such a romantic place. I love it there. It’s a great place to go with your partner for a quick getaway just the two of you. Looks like you made the most of it too. So lovely. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  11. 24th November 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I love Rome:) It is such a pleasant city and with everything set in the shape of a triangle (St Pete’s at one point, Colosseum at another and Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps at the third point) it is so easy to navigate your way around whilst experiencing all the major sights. Your child free wkd looks fun:) #CityTripping

  12. 24th November 2015 / 9:53 pm

    What a great birthday celebration. Rome is wonderful, however hot and busy it always seems when I’m there. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

  13. 25th November 2015 / 7:18 am

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! It’s so important to get away just the two of you every now and then. I love Rome too…although haven’t been for over 10 years! The Colosseum, , Pantheon, food and Vatican City were highlights for me but I remember the traffic (and driving) being really bad and thought it was a shame cars (and their resulting pollution) were allowed to go so close to all these ancient buildings. The Colosseum looked like it could do with a bit of a clean! Haha. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  14. 25th November 2015 / 7:42 pm

    I’ve not been to Rome, but we’re going next year – so excited! What a wonderful destination to choose for your child-free break. I know exactly what you mean about needing that time together. It’s always good to be able to rediscover the non-mummy/daddy side to your other half #citytripping

  15. 28th November 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Fantastic!I have been wanting to visit Rome for long..definitely want to do it in 2016..but not sure of when to go..whether Easter or later in the summer..

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