The colors of a Roman Market

Markets and Photography seem to go hand in hand. At least inside my head! I love the colors and the smells and atmosphere of fresh food markets. I was recently in Rome and thanks to House Trip for hosting me in Rome, and Context Travel for arranging our market tour followed by our cooking lesson with Eleonora. I had an amazing tour of a locals market in Rome. Our wonderful guide, Eleonora Baldwin took us on a tour through the Mercato Trionfale, the market where Roman’s do their shopping! Afterwards we had a cooking lesson and enjoyed a big group lunch, to read more about that read my Living & Eating Like a Local…in Rome blog!

Fruit’s & Veggie’s

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Cheese

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture, Cheese

Meat

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Fish

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Prepared Food

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Packaged Food (and don’t forget the wine!)

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Mercato Trionfale, Roman Market Place

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Beautiful & Ancient Rome… sites to be seen!

Rome is a big busy city. Full of important people, university students, the girl next door. You get the idea. But what makes this city stand out, is it’s history. Yes, all cities have a history, but Rome has ruins spread through their city. Ruins that date back to civilizations most of us know little about. Everywhere you look you see old, older, and oldest. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

I have seen the sites of Rome, and they are magnificent. During the day there are tourists buzzing everywhere, and at night, they shine like something from another world. Sadly we encounter quiet a bit of rain the night I had hoped to go out and do some long exposures, and my time was limited to wander and take pictures. But I wanted to showcase some of the beauty Rome has to offer in my favorite, black and white!

Arco di Costantino, Rome, Italy
Arco di Costantino, Rome, Italy

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy
Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy
The Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Colosseum, Rome, Italy

St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City
St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City

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Living & Eating Like a Local in Rome!

Rome like a local. It’s so refreshing to return to a city i have been to, but be able to absorb a new side of it. Having been to Rome many times before i was looking forward to “living Rome like a local” with House Trip. I was really excited to see Rome from a different angle and it was well worth it!

Woman in Rain, Rome, Italy

To start with, my fantastic host Ryan Levitt with House Trip made me feel right at home as soon as I arrived at my apartment. House Trip currently have 848 properties in Rome to choose from with prices starting from £23/night. They also offer over 92K rentals worldwide. I am totally converted and might never stay in a hotel again! Our group in Rome were spread among three separate apartments in three distinct areas on the city. A very large apartment, with an amazing view of the Colosseum, a simple one bedroom apartment with a bit of class located in the Trastevere neighborhood, and the final apartment near Campi di Firoe with low ceilings with wooden beans. All three were well maintained and very comfy. I stayed in an apartment in Trastevere, the area is full of life. There are several universities in the area and the streets are lined with cafe’s and restaurants and full of locals. Upon arrival and after settling in Kirsten Alana, my roommate for the duration of my time in Rome, and I took to wandering the area, eating gelato and enjoying the crowds of locals in the neighborhood.

Gelato in Rome, Italy

Apartments in Rome:

The beautifully and spaciousness apartment with an amazing view of the Colosseum. (From £297 GBP / USD $454 / €358 per night)

Trastevere apartment, a true living like a local feeling, away from the crowded tourist attractions! (From £117 GBP / USD $186 / €141 per night)

Beautiful low beamed ceiling apartment near Campo di Fiori with a traditional rustic feel. (From £185 GBP / USD $295 / €223 per night)

Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth, Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth sitting in the Colosseum Apartment window!

Food, Food, and more Food!

Starting off at a coffee shop with an espresso and pastry early in the morning, we grouped for our market tour. I am a huge market fan, I love the colors, the smells, watching people go about their normal daily shopping routines. Our guide Eleonora walked us though the market sharing all types of details with us while we picked up items that were needed for our lunch that afternoon. The smells and the tastes were heavenly. It is so easily to get lost in a place like this! We eventually made our way back to the apartment near the Colosseum where we enjoyed a cooking lesson taught by Eleonora our guide, followed by my favorite, our big group lunch!

Lunch at Pierluigi, Rome, Italy

After an afternoon full of busy work and relaxing, we headed out for a guided dinner. We regrouped at a small family restaurant near the Pantheon called, Armando al Pantheon. The food was fanatic! Our guide Gina, as well as the chef, spoke to us about the dishes served to us. We had something like 7 or 8 courses, pastas, meats, buffalo mozzarella, vegetables, and a fantastic desert they called tiramisu, however it was nothing like any tiramisu I have ever had before. Gina was full of information to share with us about the history of food in Rome and the amazing food we were eating.

Cooking Lesson lunch with Eleonora, Rome, Italy

Both of these tours brought out a side of Rome I had never experienced before. Food. I have always travelled on such a small budget, normally sharing a pizza and never having more than a single course at any given meal. I will admit that my favorite of the three meals was the lunch we ate near Campo di Fiori at Pierluigi, this was not a guided lunch, but we had some fantastic dishes. It was a perfect end, filled with amazing food, fantastic people and great conversation!

Guided dinner with Gina, Armando al Pantheon, Rome, Italy

A big thanks to Context Travel for arranging our guided market tour and our guided dinner! They arrange tours in cities around the world. And of course I want to thank House Trip for inviting me on this adventure. All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Gina Tringali, Food & Travel Writer

Armando al Pantheon Restaurant

Pierluigi Restaurant

Kirsten Alana, Aviators and a Camera

Angie Orth, Angie Away

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Vespa Tour’s & Italy

What better way to see Italy then on a Vespa? This was not something I set out on a mission to do, it wasn’t something on a bucket list or a dream of mine. However, I managed two rides in Italy! One, a vintage Vespa evening tour through the city of Rome and the second, a self driven tour of the Chianti region of Tuscany. I had so much fun. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who come across the opportunity.

The first night I was in Rome with House Trip they booked our group on a tour through the city. Imagine our luck when these gorgeous men show up at our apartment on vintage Vespa’s. Everyone in the group had a huge smile on their face, the whole 3 hour ride! It was such a fantastic way to see the city, learn a bit of history and experience something in a slightly different way.

Saint Peters Bascilica, St Peters Bascilica, Vatican City
St Peter’s Bascilica, Vatican City

In attempting to make a decision on where I should spend a few days post the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference I attended in Umbria, Fun in Tuscany reached out to me and invited me on a Vespa tour. Their tour is slightly different then the one in Rome. I had the option of driving my own Vespa, which I jumped on! We sped along dirt and paved roads in the Chianti region of Tuscany for a few hours. My only complaint was that the ride wasn’t long enough! This wasn’t a specific tour with stops and history along the way, but being that there was a total of four of us, we got the chance to take advantage of several overlooks and pull over areas for some pictures. And after the ride, we stopped for lunch at Monteriggioni, a castle that still has about 45 residence, but mostly contains a few shops and some restaurants.

Vespa, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Chianti Region, Tuscany

Why not considering seeing something new, or old, in a slightly different way? Consider a Vespa tour! Nerone Tours and Fun in Tuscany both offer many different ways to see the sites! Check them out.

Vintage Vespa tours of Rome with Nerone Tours

Vespa ride, Chianti region of Tuscany, Fun in Tuscany Tours

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Returning to Rome

I will admit, Rome in the past has not one of my favorite cities. It’s beautiful and historic, it’s big and it’s busy. To me it’s just another busy city where locals don’t have time for tourists, and tourists infest the city in groves. However, I continue to return to Rome, because i love Italy. Arriving at the airport this time, no one smiled, even my driver didn’t say anything to me except for “wait here” and “bye”. The first smile I saw was on Ryan’s (my HouseTrip.com host) face when I had finally reached my apartment.

Enjoying a city has just as much to do with the people you are surrounded by. The first time I was ever in Rome, I was in a hostel with these giggly girls I didn’t know, I did manage to find a friendly face to wander the streets with on my first night. She was studying in Copenhagen for a semester and came to Rome during her spring break. We ran into a young fellow, also studying abroad in Europe at the time, he was literally just passing though Rome for the night on his way back to wherever it was. Although I do not remember their names all these years later, we did have a great time laughing together on the Spanish Steps. The rest of that trip was uneventful and full of tourist sites. The year after that adventure, I stopped through town for a night with my boyfriend, we did all the same attractions again, and honestly, weren’t in town for more then about 14 hours and that included sleeping, I was so ready to get back out of town.

This time, my hopes are a lot higher. Mostly because of the people I will be spending my time here with. The group of us are all travel bloggers/photographers and the activities lines up aren’t the run of the mill everyday tourist activities. The idea is to “live like a local” thanks to HouseTrip.com! Most exciting is my roomie Kirsten Alana (pictured below next to the smallest car we have seen while eating gelato!

kirsten alana gelato italy

More adventures to follow soon!

Interesting links:

HouseTrip.com

Kirsten Alana, Aviators and a Camera

Dave & Deb, The Planet D

Angie Orth, Angie Away

Laurel Robbins, Monkeys and Mountains

Andrea, Destination Europe

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