Fashion Blogger TomboyCHIC just returned from a last minute trip to Italy. Below her travel tips for a dream weekend away.
I once heard a saying that we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. I think of that every time an opportunity presents itself to take an adventure. Luckily for me, the stars aligned and I was able to take a last minute trip to Italy to visit my family. Let’s say I’m lucky that they live in such a wonderful place!
Fall in Italy is by far my favorite time of the year. The weather is perfect, the tourists are minimal and the fashion is divine! Typically when I travel, I pick a color palette to simplify packing and allow for various outfit options. On this trip, my palette consisted of black, tan, jean and oxblood. In turn, my August Ravello Oxblood Clutch was the perfect accessory to tote around the most essential travel items – passport, money and phone. Not to mention, this clutch was inspired by the Italian Riviera!
We spent most of the time in one of my favorite cities, Rome. The food, the food, the food! That is absolutely the best part, but you do have to be careful not to fall into the tourist traps. Here are the top picks that get the seal of approval from both myself and my Roman stepfather- 4 Fiumi in Piazza Navona, Ristorante La Romanesca in Campo dei Fiori, Fiore di Zucca in the Parioli area, Ristorante Casella Di Trastevere and last but not least, Giolitti for its world famous gelato.
Although I was surrounded by “locals”, I still love to play tourist and visit my favorite sites. There are so many wonderful places that are listed in every travel guide, but at the top on my list are the Pantheon (make sure to see this at night as it’s lit majestically), Villa Borghese (great place to picnic), and a young hip part called Trastevere. It was my first time to Trastevere and I was impressed with its beautiful grittiness, maze-like streets, and unassuming shops, including an amazing bookstore called the Almost Corner Bookshop.
In addition to eating and seeing the sites, people go to Italy to shop the wonderful leather and local craftsmanship. The streets famous for high-end retail are Via Condotti and Via Del Babuino. If you prefer a lower price point Via Frattina and Via Del Corso may be more your speed. I personally suggest wandering around the city and perusing through the tiny local shops selling adorable items you can only find in Rome.
Rome is a big city so I suggest going there with a loose itinerary, but don’t be afraid to change plans as you go. At the end of the day, we must remember to live in the moment and allow our adventure to take us to unknown places.