My Journey through Rome

I am putting on my “travel-guide” hat this week if anyone is up for it.  I know most of you are keen subscribers for the fun design projects and the comings and goings of our Blake & Taylor retail shop.  However, I also have a feeling many of you are keen to travel.  If you are not out there experiencing the world already, perhaps I can sway you to consider the fabulous city of Rome.  This is a city full of delightful detail.  There is inspiration in every nook and every cranny; from window frames to bannisters, every little and large thing is a feast for the eyes.  I have also found this place to be a wonderful source of refresh for my creative soul.  Perhaps it will be for you as well.

I have put together a few choice photos from our recent stay along with a couple of tips on what to do, where to go, and what to see if you happen to visit this beautiful and romantic city.


The Relais Pierret was a great holiday residence right next to the Spanish Steps where we stayed. It was central, really clean, well appointed and well priced.      www.relaispierret.comRome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating




Walks of Italy

A couple of things that we did in Rome that I can recommend are a tour with Walks of Italy.  We did one of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and The Forum and then another one of The Vatican Museum, The Cysteine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.  The groups were small and the guides terrific.

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St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square at the Vatican

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The Vatican & The Vatican Museum

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St Peters Square (Left), Wonderful ceiling in the Vatican Museum (Right)

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The Colosseum

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A different view of the Colosseum

Italy Segway Tours

If you are up for a little ‘semi-futuristic’ adventure we also thoroughly enjoyed a Segway tour.  Segways are a surprisingly fantastic way to see a lot of a city without wearing out your legs.  You can feel immersed in the sights and sounds at a slightly faster and less tiring pace than if you were just to walk.



Onto the food!  One of my favourite parts of travel is tasting the local cuisine.  There is nothing like eating a fresh bowl of pasta in the region that has birthed such amazing dishes as carbonara, lasagna…and of course spaghetti.

Colline Emiliane

Via degli Avignonesi, 22, 00187 Rome

We visited The Colline Emiliane for dinner.  It was our absolute favourite dining experience from the trip.  The pasta was fresh and perfectly al-dente.  You could tell there was a rich tradition of care and skill that went into their cooking.  I was delighted to hear it was family owned.  I highly recommend the Colline Emiliane if you are in Rome.

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Colline Emiliane Restaurant

La Buvette Bar

Via Vittoria, 44, 00187 Rome

We enjoyed breakfast at La Buvette Bar.  It was a lovely café/restaurant.  If you are in the mood for bacon and eggs then this is the place for you.  We also found they served a great morning tea, as well as lunch and dinner.

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La Buvette Bar

I will end with these images of one of my favourite city sights in Rome — the Italian’s clever parking!  I loved seeing how they fit their tiny little Smart cars into spaces in the street.  Fantastic!  I think we might take for granted all the room we have got in Australia.  For a society that is so rich in history and people – they are a tad short on space, but they handle it brilliantly.Rome Ellie Blake & Taylor Travel Vacation Italian Parking Smart Car










And now here are just some other pics I took along the way that I think you will enjoy.

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Rome Ellie Blake & Taylor Travel Vacation

Rome Ellie Blake & Taylor Travel Vacation




I hope you find the chance to enjoy an Italian adventure as I have.  If you have already been to this lovely city, feel free to comment below with your favourite spots to eat, drink, walk, create or be merry.


Ellie B&Txx