Monday, May 23, 2016

Campo de' Fiori and Castel Sant'Angelo

Zara Dress  (plus lots of similar options linked below) | Prada Sunnies (in black here, love these too!) | Born Taj Sandals | Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag (in a brighter blue color here, and I especially love the pink!!)

One of our favorite weekend activities is to go to the outdoor market to stock up on fresh produce and pasta for a homemade dinner. The markets in Rome are fun and authentic, our favorites so far being Testaccio Market and Campo de' Fiori (pictured here). Eating so much pizza, pasta, and cheese means we have to walk walk walk to stay fit, so after grabbing a quick bite, we started off on the day.

We had it on our list to explore Prati, another place we looked into staying while we were booking an apartment in Rome. Prati is just east of the Vatican, so it was quite incredible to walk right by Vatican City. We have a tour scheduled there later this week, so we just observed from outside, but it is an amazing sight to see in person.

Maybe this reveals me as a terrible history student, but neither my boyfriend or I had heard of Castel Sant'Angelo. It was an exciting surprise when we ran into the big fortress on our walk. We walked around the outside for a few minutes before buying tickets to tour the inside. I loved the ornate interior decor of the papal apartments in the center, and my boyfriend could not get enough of the castle fortress and ancient artillery, so it was such a win-win. There was a beautiful terrace on the very top of the castle with a 360-degree view of the Vatican and all of Rome. Definitely worth a stop on your trip here.

While the weather has been lovely so far, the Roman sun can be sweltering, so I'm constantly reaching for breezy dresses on days that I know we'll be walking for most of the day. This linen dress from Zara fits the bill perfectly. One word of warning: the fabric shrinks up in the wash no matter how cold the water is. It takes a few minutes with a clothing steamer to return it to it's original state, and then it becomes just as light and airy as before. If you do not already own a clothing steamer, this is my favorite full size version, and this is the travel one I have with me. If you do not like having wrinkled clothing and do not like to iron, the steamer will be your new best friend. I use mine daily at home, and used up precious suitcase space to bring one with me to Europe.

In case that all sounds terrible, I've rounded up some similar dresses below (in order of price) so you can try your luck elsewhere:

Zara Dress  (plus lots of similar options linked above) | Prada Sunnies (in black herelove these too!) | Born Taj Sandals | Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag (in a brighter blue color here, and I especially love the pink!!)

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