I post this in the summer, however very few people saw it. I thought I would share it again!
I’ve visited Rome once before, however I was only about eight years old so can only remember being very hot and a bit bored. This week I visited Rome again with my partner. At 24 I was still hot but very far from bored. We had three days (2 nights) to explore the city and barely scratched the surface.
The trip to Rome was a birthday present. See below for the cake I made myself! Had I known in advance that I was making my own cake I would have been prepared and gone a little over the top!
The cake was a gluten free plain sponge with chocolate chunks through it, strawberry jam in between the layers and vanilla buttercream.
72 Hours in Rome (Gluten Free)
We had an early flight so that we could make the most of our first day. However, this did not go to plan! Having boarded the plane there was an announcement that we would be delayed and would have to wait an hour and 40 minutes until a take off slot became available. Considering the flight was only 2 hours this was incredibly frustrating!
Eventually though we took off and reached our destination, Rome! Having disembarked our plane and got through passport control we got the slow train into the centre of Rome and then hoped on the Metro.
We stayed at the Hotel Mozart, we checked in and much to our delight were informed we had been upgraded to one of their luxury rooms. The hotel was a few minutes walk from the Spanish Steps and close to both the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
Surrounding our hotel were shops, lots and lots of shops. From Gucci to Zara, they had it all. On our first night we wandered around the labyrinth of streets filled with these shops, often popping into one just to cool down.
Eventually we wound our way through to the Trevi fountain. It was magnificent to see but personally I felt it was spoilt by the crowds of people surrounding it.
After all this walking and sightseeing we decided it was time for dinner. Thankfully my partner had researched a gluten free restaurant which was right next to the Trevi Fountain. The restaurant was called Pizza in Trevi and I would recommend it to any coeliac sufferers. Not only did they have a wide choice of Gluten Free for myself but they also had a great range of ‘normal’ foods for my partner. Upon ordering the Gluten Free option they took away my knife and fork and replaced it with their dedicated gluten free cutlery.
On the first night I opted for a margarita pizza, again I would definitely recommend it.
On our second day we set our alarms and woke up early as we were off to see the Colosseum. We booked an assisted tour which meant that we got to skip the queues!
The hotel had a continental breakfast, including boiled eggs! Unfortunately my dad went into hospital for an operation on this day so I didn’t have much of an appetite.
We had an hour in the Coliseum (unfortunately I spent a lot of that time queuing for the loo! I’d recommend using a loo before you go in. I’ve been to nicer toilets at festivals.)
The coliseum was an amazing sight but as our time there passed it became too hot and too crowded. I would definitely recommend visiting it as early in the day as you can.
That evening I had the best Gluten Free Pasta imaginable! We visited the same restaurant again. Having planned to try a different Gluten Free Restaurant, upon reaching it and reading their menu they stated that their Gluten Free options were all frozen meals.
Opposite where we ate was a Magnum shop, so of course we had to pop in and customise our own! Below is my glorious creation: Vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate, honeycomb, pistachios, almonds and a dark chocolate drizzle. It was extremely yummy washed down with an espresso.
After our feast we decided to do a little more sightseeing and climbed to the top of the Spanish Stairs. Having done this I would like to give you two pieces of advice:
- Do not climb the Spanish Steps after having eaten your body weight in carbs
- Do not accept a rose. Stupidly I took one after the man kept on telling me it was free. A few steps later he was following us begging for money and becoming quite aggressive!!
Having only exhausted ourselves once that evening we then decided to take a walk to the Pantheon. The below picture does not do it any justice, as you wander down these winding streets to eventually come out in the square with this magnificent building standing in front of you. The atmosphere was enchanting as we sat next to the fountain, listening to a street performer sing some classics (Well, describing them as classics may be a stretch!). This moment would have been perfect, had it not been for the back of my dress ripping. Should not have put the chocolate drizzle on my Magnum.
The best way to describe our final day is to say it was hot! We checked out of our hotel at 9am and went straight to the Vatican. We only got tickets to see St Peter’s Basilica as to be quite honest we were quite overwhelmed by all the different types of tickets and tours!
Once inside St Peter’s Basilica we were speechless.