Travel Diaries – When in Rome

Welcome! This post marks the first in my series “Travel Italy” and where else to start other than a Rome guide. Having loved Italian food and culture for so long it’s obscene that this was my first time visiting the country. Last year we visited Paris but this summer Patrick and I headed out to Italy for just under two weeks to indulge in pizza, wine and some much needed sunshine.


rome steps

Having flown into Rome we stayed at a centrally located Airbnb with a dream host. I find Airbnb gives you the chance to avoid the typical tourist hotspots and get to experience how the locals live. Our host introduced us to traditional Italian breakfast, espresso drunk at the bar accompanied with incredible pastries.

rome guide steps

We wondered down to the infamous Colosseum which was bustling with tourists. We decided to just appreciate it from the outside rather than going inside to avoid the long queues. As predicted the main sights such as the famous fountain are hectic and full of tourists. Of course it wouldn’t be a visit to Rome without seeing them but the areas are best avoided if you want to avoid the chaos.

rome colosseum

travel rome rome fountain

My favourite place in Rome has to be the Old Town, with endless authentic streets and dozens of bars, it’s the ideal place to visit for aperitivo drinks. When in Rome, it would be wrong not to indulge in some aperol spritz, olives and focaccia before dinner. We visited a quintessential Italian restaurant in the old town complete with traditional music. Running alongside the river there is also a pop-up market that serves drinks, snacks as well as selling various things. It’s the perfect location to go for a stroll in the evening.

rome guide old town rome bridge

No matter where you are in Italy you can eat late into the evening, making the most of the night life. Be sure to tick off all of the Italian classics such as pizza, pasta, risotto and fresh bread with olive oil.


Italian Cookery School:

Whilst we were in Rome we decided to go to a cookery class, Once in Rome. We wanted to learn the top tips of making the perfect pizza. The cookery class was based on a farm outside of Rome. We cooked outside making the most of the Italian sunshine. First up we created our own pizzas and had a go at using the pizza oven. Thankfully our chef for the day, Giuseppe was to hand as my attempt at using the pizza peel was shocking. The pizza however, tasted amazing. We learnt all about creating the various pasta shapes and enjoyed them over wine served with freshly made pesto. The weather, company and scenery made for the perfect end to our time in Rome.

once in rome cook school

Keep an eye out for the next posts coming up in the Italy travel diary series. I’d love to hear your experiences about Italy so please leave them in the comments below.





  1. Kate Winthrop
    January 1, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Wow Joelle your travel photography is STUNNING! Rome looks like an absolute dream! The cooking class looks so beautiful and authentically rustic and Italian. I hope you had as wonderful a time as your pictures portray!
    Kate x

    • Just Joelle
      January 10, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thank you Kate! The cooking class was so much fun and I learnt loads. X

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