In 2012, we visited Rome in Italy in the mid August high season for Paul’s 30th birthday. We love the Italian way of life, from chic fashion to informal dining and good coffee.
Visiting in the hottest point of the year made sightseeing hard work. Dusty streets and the sheer volume of people had us hunting out quiet bars and piazzas to rest in the shade.
We are early risers so we had all of our main trips and tickets booked for opening time which helped us avoid the crowds and the heat. It also gave us a better chance to view the stunning surroundings. By doing all our important things early in the day, we were very lucky to then have the afternoon to relax and soak up the ambience and atmosphere that Rome is so famed for. We ambled in residential areas and parks, away from the crowds.
Because we got off the tourist track and spent time visiting local bars, shops and cafes we will always remember the trip for those hot summer days of getting a feel of the ‘real’ Rome.
This Valentine’s Day, we are going to try and recreate some of that chilled relaxed vibe with antipasto at a fabulous local Italian restaurant followed by a walk along the coast to blow away those winter cobwebs. We will be heading home and enjoying a movie with some candles lit, Prosecco on ice and some delicious Italian Bacio chocolates which each contain a cute romantic quote.
No work, no phone calls, no emails. Just a day of good company with my lovely husband. Modern life and insane working hours seems to get in the way of quality time so this is will be a much needed change.
Inntravel, a specialist in walking holidays that take you off the beaten track at a more slower pace, have very kindly not only provided me with a gorgeous Italian hamper as part of their #LoveFromItaly campaign, they have also been very kind to give one of my wonderful readers a £50 Carluccio’s voucher so that you too can enjoy a relaxed taste of Italy.
All you need to do to enter is tell me what has been your favourite holiday you’ve ever been on and why.
Competition has now ended.