Finding Rome's Hidden Side Streets
Off the Beaten Track
Our first day arriving in Rome was like a dream, I had never been to Italy before but it's somewhere I've always wanted to explore. Leaving Edinburgh at 4am left me in a bit of a sleepy haze but before we knew it, we were touching down in Rome being greeted by the morning sunshine.
I'm glad we arrived so early, it was actually quite refreshing to be broken into the heat gently, because my goodness Italy is hot in August. We didn't want to do anything too hectic on our first day after such an early start, so decided to take a wander and see where our feet would take us.
Finding Hidden Streets
Finding ourselves going through mazes of back streets, elderly men shaded by trees playing chess in the park, it was everything I had imagined and more. My favourite thing about Rome was definitely being away from all the tourist traps, there's so many hidden pathways and gems you can find without really looking.
Everything about Rome just felt warming, and not just because of the heat; the blue skies, the sunshine, the rich ricotta stone coloured walls, the cracks in the cobbled streets. Finding rows of vespas and old cars like something out of an old movie set. I was in love, and it was only day one.
Places worth visiting
For a side that most visitors don't normally see in Rome, head to the Via del Pigneto. It's full of overlapping houses and buildings over the streets with a hustle and bustle of boutique shoppers. Head to the Via del Pigneto for a local food and clothes market, and by night an eclectic collection of bohemian arts.
For an arty-vibe head to Via Margutta. It feels like you're in a quiet ivy-draped village streets lined with cobbles, it's actually one of Rome's busiest districts. In 1610 more and more artists began living here after Pope Paul III gave them a tax break to do so. Cool off by the Fontana delle Arti bubbling nearby surrounded by artists canvases and palettes watching the world go by.