We flew into FCO and hired a car with Sixt (was right in the airport so was easy when we landed late at night) was quite expensive but we got a nice car so I think it was worth it as we had lots of driving to do 🙂
We drove about half an hour to the hotel – Luxury Berg hotel (About £170 a night I think) – perfect location, close to everything but was still far enough to not be in a touristy, loud area. Just outside was a really nice restaurant where we had dinner and lunch the next day (insane pasta)
The hotel is walking distance to everything too – wear comfy shoes for Rome as there is lots of walking or , if your like me and don’t like walking too far – its very easy to get a taxi and not too expensive from this hotel.
Lots of sight seeing to do in Rome – Trevi fountain, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City etc
We did a couple of things and then just had a drink and nice lunch as it was too hot to walk around all day. On the way back to Rome at the end of the holiday we had another day so we did the Vatican City and other things we didn’t get to see the first time. You defs need a few days to see everything or its too rushed and you can’t enjoy it , especially if its super hot
There are some really nice restaurants and bars in Rome. I wanted to have drinks at sunset on a roof top bar so I just googled it and we got a taxi to the first one was saw – it was called Terrazza del Cesari . The place was so nice at sunset for drinks. I also went to another rooftop bar another day at the grande de la minerve hotel . We went after dinner so was quite late but was such a nice vibe up there, live saxophone player/band etc and almost 360 degree views over the roof tops of Rome.
Before going to this bar, we ate just around the corner in this cute little square at Da Sabatino Ristorante Pizzeria – again, just came across it as we walked from the other rooftop bar (all super close)
On the way back to the airport at the end of the holiday (after Umbria etc) when we had one day, we booked a last min hotel called Hotel Morgana which was about £80 a night and it was fine! Tiny rooms but everything you needed, clean and had breakfast included too . It was the other side of the city compared to the first Rome hotel I stayed in but it was literally a 2 min walk from the train station so was convenient for people who were getting train to the airport etc.
So once we landed in Rome, after a couple days exploring we drove two hours to my parents in Umbria. The drive is so nice!
It was quite literally in the middle of nowhere, I’d never heard of Umbria before this holiday but it it was beautiful. Its the perfect place to go to just spend time with the family/friends and sit in the sun by the pool. Theres not much to do around there but theres lots of places in driving distance from the villa. We drove to Assisi, Perugia, Todi and a few others – all medieval cities so super interesting to see.
We went to stay in Tuscany (about an hour and a half from Casa fontanelle in Umbria where we stayed for the other two weeks) for my birthday at the Belmond Castello di castole hotel – this was such a treat. Belmond hotels are my absolute favourite hotels in the world- there is just something about them that is so special. It is pretty pricey but to me, worth every penny.
Next day, we drove to Florence from here which was about an hour drive (beautiful drive) and went to the famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, bought some jewellery and had gelato. We drove to siena later that day (about an hour) for dinner- was so amazing to see! You park on the outside and walk into a medieval city . I went to Siena twice on this trip and I definitely recommend going a bit later in the day as it wasn’t as busy and hot.
Drove back to umbra villa for another week of chilling by the pool and celebrating my mum, mine & my dads birthdays (all a few days apart :)) Went to dinner at various different spots which were recommended to us by the Villa manager.
The villa my parents rented was Casa fontanelle