It’s official. I have achieved the unexpected. Even I was astounded, but ladies and gentlemen, I have absolutely exceeded my expectations and I am one proud lady.
A very stylish Italian woman complimented me on my outfit.
Yes, me. Your friendly neighbourhood beauty and tech blogger has unlocked the international fashion achievement level.
Better equipped with knowledge on the Italian public transport, my Mother and I hopped on a bus to get to the Metro station for the second day of exploring. However, we took a little detour and stopped by OVS, an Italian clothing store, to have a cheeky gander at their offers. Armed at the till with some cute frilly garms, an impeccably stylish woman glances over to me, smiles and gestures to my outfit to say it looks very nice. Cue me turning into a smiley and blushing little lady and thanking her endlessly. It’s still one of my favourite moments from the trip. The language barrier was practically non-existent as two women from different backgrounds bonded over their mutual love of fashion. Yes, I am smiling as I write this.
A fashionable late start to the day but we eventually found ourselves at Eataly, allegedly one of the largest food courts in the world!
A former Air Terminal at Ostiense Station converted into a four-floor food court with different themes ranging from meat and fish to pasta and sweets. It is every foodie’s dream and was the highest priority sight to visit on my itinerary.
We spent much of the late-morning and early-afternoon strolling through the marketplaces and sampling the finest Italian ingredients.
Lunchtime struck and we debated between which themed floor to descend upon for our feast. Ultimately, we settled for the carbiest offering on the second floor and tucked into our matching spaghetti dishes before visiting the filmset of the Lizzie McGuire Movie, otherwise known as the Colosseum.
Great food and great history… This is what dreams are made of.
It goes without saying when one plans to visit Rome, the Colosseum is most definitely on the cards. What no one realises is the vastness and magnificence of such a landmark. Photos and videos do not prepare you for seeing it in reality and the impact hits you to the core of your soul.
We stepped out of the Colosseo Roma Metro station with the station’s namesake in front of our eyes greeting us, taking our breath away and overwhelming us with its divine architectural brilliance.
It quite literally is one of those “watch this without laughing” Vine compilations that makes you laugh 3 seconds in, except this could be regarded more of a “look at this without saying ‘woaaaaah'” and you instantly fail.
We strolled around the site and inspecting the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine in every angle possible, savouring the moment before heading off to the next place on our list.
To escape the 32°c heat, we scurried into Galleria Alberto Sordi, a shopping arcade named after the artist Alberto Sordi. The mall oozes sophistication and art deco. Even if you don’t come here for the shopping, visiting the place to appreciate the interior designs dating back to the 1900s is worthwhile!
A relaxing afternoon espresso stop at the laid-back Illy Espresso bar and we were ready to saunter off to the final destination of the day: Piazza di Spagna.
Boasting a whopping 135 steps, the Spanish Steps sit atop of Piazza di Spagna and give an excellent view the famous Roman square, owing its name to the nearby Spanish Embassy.
Piazza di Spagna was one of my favourite locations of the trip. The pastel colourful architecture with whimsical floral decor, gorgeous historical landmarks and the serene environment was everything I loved and in one central area.
We spent much of the evening walking through the square and browsing the offerings from the nearby luxury retailers before visiting yet another Sephora. I had made it a rule to visit every branch we had stumbled upon. When in Rome, right?
Picking up some shiny cosmetic treats and a relaxing stroll through the neighbourhood, we then made our way to the Metro home as the sun set and prepared ourselves for Day 3’s adventure.