A recap of Rome – The Fitnessista


Sharing a recap of our time in Rome! We have been capable of spend 4 days in Rome along with our Mediterranean Disney Cruise. Since these posts are tremendous prolonged, I break up the recaps into two posts and can share a Disney cruise publish subsequent week!

The place to even start?! It’s been two and a half weeks since we’ve been again within the states and I’m nonetheless lacking Italy each.single.day and doubtless will till we make it again once more. We had essentially the most magical time and I’m nonetheless over right here wishing for a Nutella croissant and espresso.

Since we have been final in Rome, I dreamed of the day that we might take our infants to see considered one of my favourite locations on the earth. It was so thrilling to lastly be capable of do it! It ended up being good timing as a result of they’re the best ages for a bit longer journey and plenty of exploring.

We ended up doing two crimson eyes on the best way to Italy, which I’d not suggest for anybody lol. Our first flight was an in a single day from Phoenix to JFK, and nobody slept on the best way there. We ended up getting a day go on the TWA lodge at JFK airport so we might nap for 5 hours earlier than our subsequent flight from JFK to Rome.

The TWA lodge was superb; I extremely suggest it when you’ve got an excellent lengthy layover at JFK and wish to sleep! The rooms have been darkish, clear, and comfortable, that they had a cute meals courtroom with tons of choices, and all of us liked the classic vibe.

We checked out of the lodge, ate dinner and chilled within the Delta lounge, after which boarded our subsequent in a single day flight.

The subsequent morning, we arrived in Rome! We checked our baggage on the lodge and really ended up going to our mates’ lodge for one more lengthy nap.

After that, we have been good to go. It was just about the one time reset we would have liked, since adrenaline and pleasure kicked in.

The ladies have been blown away by the beautiful historic buildings, the buying, all the new sights to see, and naturally, the FOOD.

A recap of Rome

The place we stayed in Rome with children:

Lodge Marcella Royal

That is the lodge the place we stayed final time we have been in Rome! They’re a smaller boutique lodge with an enthralling inside and lovely rooftop patio. Whereas it did really feel a tiny bit dated this subsequent time – I don’t assume they’ve up to date a lot within the 10 years since we’ve been – all of us loved it.

Lodge 77

We preferred the lodge even higher; it was a 15-minute stroll to the Coliseum and surrounded by cute eating places and retailers. It was a bit extra trendy, however nonetheless had that boutique really feel.

When our return flight was canceled: Hilton Rome Fiumicino. The room was okay, however the lodge breakfast was out of this world.

*It’s price mentioning right here that each the Lodge Marcella and Lodge 77 have been booked utilizing bank card factors with Amex Platinum. We LOVE our Platinum card for month-to-month offers, lounge entry, and journey perks. At any time when I guide by Amex journey, we get complimentary room upgrades, early check-in, late checkout, and sometimes some sort of free breakfast or resort credit score. We put all the things on our bank cards (Amex Platinum, Chase Enterprise, and I take advantage of Southwest for all enterprise bills) and pay them off each two weeks. When you’re fascinated about a platinum card, I’ve a referral hyperlink right here.*

The place we ate:

Lodge breakfasts:

The breakfast at Lodge Marcella was EPIC. It had all the things you could possibly ever want for: eggs, deli meats, cheese plates, make your individual pancakes (with Nutella, jam, and honey), pastries for days. Lots of the breakfast buffets have been just like this one, together with the beautiful choice at Lodge 77.

The buffet on the Hilton (airport location) was truly the very best one! They even wheeled round a gelato cart afterwards haha.

Pizza Mediterranea x 2:

I’ll dream about this pizza endlessly and ever. They alter the flavors every day and it was proper exterior Lodge 77. It’s a little bit of a thicker crust than Napoli pizza, however nonetheless crisp on the surface, smooth on the within, and the flavour combos have been so savoy and satisfying.

My favourite was this tuna pizza. AHH.

Two extra standout spots have been Fuocolento and Al Viminale for conventional Italian fare:

cheese plates, prosciutto with melon, pasta Carbonara, lasagna, gnocchi with bolognese, salmon, steak, dessert, all the things. We didn’t maintain again on the ordering, and fortunately, we traveled with mates who additionally liked sharing plates of scrumptious meals. 😉

+ the mandatory day by day stops at espresso and gelato retailers. You actually can’t go fallacious with a day espresso and gelato cone or Nutella croissant.

The meals in Italy actually is is a thousand occasions higher than meals right here. It’s contemporary, vibrant, zesty, flavorful, not as processed, and whereas I’ll eat issues like dairy and gluten for days whereas I’m there, it doesn’t make me really feel sick. I don’t really feel like taking a nap after a bowl of pasta. It’s a stark distinction to the brown and greasy meals we see right here so usually within the US.

I used to be additionally stunned by the fee! We ate like KINGS in Rome and Greece, and our costliest invoice was 150 Euros. That was with a number of appetizers, bottles of wine, entrees, and dessert. It could hav simply been $500+ right here… and never practically as satisfying.


We didn’t wish to overdo it on the excursions/sightseeing as a result of our time in Rome was on both aspect of our 7-night Mediterranean cruise. As a substitute, we used it as time to benefit from the meals, tradition, and informal exploring. Whereas we have been there, we spent plenty of time strolling and buying, consuming (after all), and likewise acquired to see the Colosseum,

the Trevi Fountain,

and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which was beautiful.

I believe I answered all the questions from IG within the publish (please lmk if I missed something), however I did get a few questions on shoe suggestions!

Streets in Europe are cobblestone, uneven, and you’ll die in heels. Consolation and magnificence are key; all the ladies I noticed have been carrying sandals or white low-top sneakers and sundresses or skirts and tank tops.

I wore my white Vivobarefoot Court docket sneakers in all places, and likewise wore these Steve Madden sandals. Each have been very comfy and best for strolling round. The ladies additionally wore low-top sneakers and sandals with straps whereas we have been out and about.

It was the right introduction to Rome and Italy for the youngsters, who already can’t wait to return.

Have you ever taken your kiddos overseas? Any favourite spots?? We wish to do Paris and Spain subsequent.




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