Rome City Guide

Rome City Guide, Everything you need to know about traveling to Rome, where to eat in Rome, where to stay in Rome, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia

What’s not to fall in love with about Rome? It’s a city full of lively people, incredible food and so much history. After exploring the Almafi coast (see my Positano City Guide & Capri City Guide), we spent 5 days immersing ourselves in Roman culture. We visited in mid-October and I can’t recommend this time of year enough. Tourist season has died down and the weather is much cooler than in the summer months. Not to mention, you’ll find a lot more “off-season” accommodation prices.

Our primary goal for our time in Rome was to eat. And eat we did. I’m actually salivating while writing this post because the food we ate was that amazing. I was also pleasantly surprised by how colorful Rome’s streets were. Each building posed as a beautiful, paint-chipped color palette and I couldn’t snap enough pictures.

I loved everything about Rome – its people, culture, colors & FOOD. Of all the European cities we’ve been to, it’s the first I would return to for a second time.

 

Where to Stay

For us, location was everything. Unlike many other European cities, Rome’s public transportation is a little more limited. We stayed at Sonnino Suites in the Trastevere neighborhood and LOVED it. The location was surprisingly central and we were able to walk everywhere. We also loved how local and non-touristy the neighborhood felt. Not to mention the quaintest, most colorful streets, restaurants and shops at our fingertips.

 

Rome City Guide, Everything you need to know about traveling to Rome, where to eat in Rome, where to stay in Rome, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia

What to do

Indulge in wine & charcuterie

This is a Rome must! Hop into any local proscuitteria and order a charcuterie board & bottle of wine. Our favorite place was Cantina Dei Papi in Trastevere. Details listed below!

Trevi Fountain

I know this is a no-brainer. But I’m mentioning it because I’d suggest seeing it for the first time at night. Pure magic.

Vatican Museum

Again, another no-brainer Rome site. But it does take a little strategy to enjoy your time here. Buy your tickets ahead of time, skip the guided tour and download Rick Steve’s free audio guide. It’ll be the most enjoyable, tourist-saturated Vatican experience you can have.

Trastevere Neighborhood

Just across the river, this neighborhood is filled with colorful, paint-chipped buildings and so much personality. Get lost wandering through the streets, indulging on a scoop of gelato and pulling your camera out around every corner.

Campo Dei Fiori Square

This is an open-air market filled with Italian spices, cheese, cured meats, flowers, ceramics & fresh produce. It’s a fun place to browse on a sunny day.

 

Rome City Guide, Everything you need to know about traveling to Rome, where to eat in Rome, where to stay in Rome, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia

Where to eat & drink

Dar Poeta

Vicolo del Bologna, 45, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Go here for some of the best pizza in Rome. Not to mention, they serve wine by the liter. They get quite busy and I would recommend getting there early or making a reservation.

Salotto 42

Piazza di Pietra, 42, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Go here for a mid-afternoon pick me up. A beautifully designed watering hole, it’s the perfect place to grab a cocktail or smoothie.

Supplizio

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Go here for a taste of Italian street food. You’ll find an incredible selection of Suppli (fried risotto balls). Order the Classico. We came here twice because we couldn’t get enough.

Giolitti

Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

No lie, THE BEST GELATO IN ITALY. Giolitti was recommended to us by a local and we went back for seconds immediately after finishing our first serving because it was that good.

Caffe Settimiano

Via di Porta Settimiana, 1, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

A perfect cafe & breakfast spot in the Trastevere neighborhood. We loved spending our mornings here, sipping cappuccinos and people watching.

Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffe

Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Go here for the best coffee in Rome (atleast, according to our taxi driver). This is one of Rome’s original, traditional cafes and is a fun Roman experience if you’re into coffee culture.

Cantina Dei Papi – Trastevere Proscuitteria

Via della Scala, 71, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

If you go to one place from my list, go here. You’ll find life-changing charcuterie boards for as little as 5 euro/person. We came here twice and ordered everything we could fit into our bellies.

Ombre Rosse

Piazza di S. Egidio, 12-13, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Go here for homemade pasta and a lively vibe. I’d definitely recommend this place for dinner over lunch. The place lights up at night, making it a magical meal.

Rome is a magical place and we weren’t ready to leave its charm. It’s everything you’d imagine and more.

Ciao bella!

xx,
Ariel

 


 

You may also like…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Capri City Guide

Capri City Guide, Where to eat in Capri, Best places to eat in Capri, What to do in Capri, Capri travel guide, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #travelguide

Rather than just take a day trip to Capri from Positano, we decided to stay on the island for a few nights. We hopped onboard a high-speed ferry from the Positano ferry terminal and arrived in Capri a quick 45 minutes later. Upon arrival, we were whisked away to our hotel in an open-air taxi (one of my favorite Capri experiences).

I didn’t have many expectations for Capri other than wanting to see blue waters and experience Italian island life. And our time in Capri did not disappoint.

Capri, to my surprise, felt quite different from Positano. It was much bigger with its own, remote ecosystem. We stayed in Anacapri and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the more local, laid-back side of the island.

 

Capri City Guide, Where to eat in Capri, Best places to eat in Capri, What to do in Capri, Capri travel guide, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #travelguide

Things to do

Explore Anacapri

With the fame of Marina Grande & Capri Town, don’t overlook the quaint town of Anacapri.

Monte Solaro

Take the scenic chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro for 360 degrees views of the island.

Lido del Faro

Go here to watch the most magical Italian sunset while sipping on cliffside cocktail from Bar Malibu.

Private Boat Tour

If you’re going to splurge on one thing in Capri, I highly recommend a private boat tour of the island. We booked our tour with Aurora Time and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Where to eat

Bar Grotta Azzurra

Via Giuseppe Orlandi, 208, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy

Go here during an afternoon exploring Anacapri. Everything is fresh & delicious. Be sure to order an affogato to-go when you leave.

Aumm Aumm

Via Caprile, 18, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy

Another Anacapri favorite. If you’re going here for dinner, I would suggest making a reservation as the place fills up quickly.

Michel’angelo

Via Sella Orta, 10, 80076 Capri NA, Italy

Go here for authentic, artisan Italian food. Tucked away in the heart of Capri Town, it’s the perfect place to end a day on the water.

Capri City Guide, Where to eat in Capri, Best places to eat in Capri, What to do in Capri, Capri travel guide, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #travelguide

Capri is one of those destinations that will change your life after you’ve experienced it.

Happy exploring!

xx,
Ariel

 


 

You may also like…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Budapest WordPress & Showit5 Template Added to the Shop

Customizable WordPress template, customizable Showit5 template, customizable ProPhoto template, website template, blog template, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #webdesign #blogdesign

I’m so excited to be announcing the launch of my brand new Budapest WordPress & Showit5 template! This is the first template in my brand new Wanderlust Collection, inspired by my favorite cities around the world.

Budapest is also the first design template to be available for both ProPhoto 7 and Showit5!

This template was designed with the travel blogger in mind. It’s parallax layout & bold colors make it the perfect way to showcase your beautiful adventures.

Budapest will be available in the shop on Monday, November 19! But you can check out a sneak peek of the design below.

>>> VIEW LIVE DEMO <<<

Customizable WordPress template, customizable Showit5 template, customizable ProPhoto template, website template, blog template, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #webdesign #blogdesign

Customizable WordPress template, customizable Showit5 template, customizable ProPhoto template, website template, blog template, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #webdesign #blogdesign

Features:

– Fully Responsive Layout
– Mobile Friendly
– Search Engine Optimized
– Included Logo Design
– Social Share Buttons
– Social Media Icons
– Instagram Integration
– Instructions for Customizing
– Customizable Fonts
– Customizable Site Graphics
– Customizable Page Layouts
– Customizable Page Headers
– Unlimited Galleries

SHOP THE TEMPLATE >>

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE THE TEMPLATE:

You can customize the Free Fall template in one of two ways…

1 //
Purchase Free Fall from the shop for instant download and follow our detailed, easy-to-follow installation & customization instructions.

2 //
Don’t have time to make customizations yourself? Hire me to brand, customize and install your new template with the Bombshell Blogger package!

Happy customizing!

xx,
Ariel

 


 

You may also like…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Positano City Guide

Positano city guide, where to stay in Positano, where to eat in Positano, Positano beaches, Positano travel guide, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #positano #travelguide

Words truly cannot describe the magic of Positano.

It feels like stepping into an Italian fairy tale. I could’ve spent WAY more time there.

But the time we did get to spend there was so wonderful. If you haven’t been to Positano, put it at the top of your travel bucket list.

 

Where to stay

For our time in Positano, we stayed at the Hotel Royal Positano and LOVED it. My primary criteria for our Positano housing was the view. I wanted to be able to look outside my window and see the beautiful, cliff-side buildings. And let me tell you, Hotel Royal Positano did not disappoint. They have a beautiful outdoor terrace that overlooks the entire city where we ended each evening with drinks from the bar. And they offered us the most amazing continental breakfast. Like it was actually out of this world.

Positano city guide, where to stay in Positano, where to eat in Positano, Positano beaches, Positano travel guide, The Blog Stop, Ariel Garcia #positano #travelguide

Where to eat

Covo Dei Saraceni

Via Regina Giovanna, 5, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Go here for lemon gelato. It’s served frozen INSIDE THE LEMON SHELL. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy your gelato with beach front views and the best people watching.

Da Vincenzo

Viale Pasitea, 172, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Just go here. This was one of the best meals we had in all of Italy. Make a reservation if you can. But if you don’t, they will give you a glass of complimentary prosecco while you wait.

 

What to see & do

Viale Pasitea

This is the main street that winds down the cliffsides of Positano. It’s full of beautiful shops and colorful cafes. Walking down this street will give you all the Positano vibes.

Fornillo Beach

Viale Pasitea will lead you right down to Positano’s main beach. But I’d suggest taking the quick, beautiful path the Fornillo Beach for a less crowded, less touristy beach experience. Rent a chair & just enjoy the blue waters and cliffside surroundings.

Drink Limoncello

The Almafi Coast is a mecca for fresh lemons in Italy and drinking limoncello is a Positano must. It was delicious everywhere we had it.

Next stop, the island of Capri!

xx,
Ariel

 


 

You may also like…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Font Faves – Volume One

This post may contain affiliate links which means I will get a small commission if you make a purchase at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own and I truly support the products I recommend.

 

Script Font, my favorite scripts fonts, free & affordable script fonts, The Blog Stop #typography #blogging

I’m super excited to be introducing my new Font Faves series! For me, typography is at the center of design and I want to start sharing the fonts I’m currently obsessed with and how to use them in your own blog design.

Today’s topic is script fonts! With the holidays just around, I’m sure everyone’s in need of a good script font to use in all those holidays announcements and designs.

 

Script Font, my favorite scripts fonts, free & affordable script fonts, The Blog Stop #typography #blogging

Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been one of my favorite scripts fonts for the last few months. It feels so organic and truly looks like someone scratched out a quick note on paper. Yorkshire is a very affordable & unique script font option.

>> DOWNLOAD YORKSHIRE HERE <<<

 

Script Font, my favorite scripts fonts, free & affordable script fonts, The Blog Stop #typography #blogging

Signerica

I discovered Signerica a few years ago and it has consistently been a go-to script font for me. I love how spaced out the letters are. It’s another script font that truly looks like it could be someone’s handwriting. Imperfect but elegant. And it’s FREEEEE. Can’t beat that.

>> DOWNLOAD SIGNERICA HERE <<<

 

Script Font, my favorite scripts fonts, free & affordable script fonts, The Blog Stop #typography #blogging

Script Font, my favorite scripts fonts, free & affordable script fonts, The Blog Stop #typography #blogging

Georgia

Georgia is a newer script font discovery for me. I love how it looks like it’s been written in ink and some edges got a little too much. Again, it’s imperfect and could easily resemble someone’s actual handwriting. Georgia is another affordable script font that would make any design look effortlessly beautiful.

>>> DOWNLOAD GEORGIA HERE <<<

 

I’ll be sharing my current Font Faves bi-monthly and hope they’ll be a helpful typography resource for you!

xx,
Ariel

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

The Best Stock Photo Resources for Bloggers

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Let’s talk about stock photos.

Both a blessing and curse for blog design.

Using stock photos is an amazing, time-saving way to add visuals to your blog content. But it can also be overwhelming & frustrating if you don’t know where to find them.

Stock photos are everywhere. But quality, beautiful images that can barely be identified as stock photos (the kind of stock photos you should be using) are a little harder to find.

I’ve rounded up some of the best stock photo resources out there for bloggers and I can’t wait to share!

Types of stock photos

 

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Static Images

Static images are what you would typically think of when you picture a stock photo. They are still images that someone else has taken and is allowing the general public to use as their own without crediting the original source. This is the most common form of stock photo.

Static image stock photos are perfect for blog posts, social media content, marketing materials and Pinterest graphics. I’ve even printed out these types of stock photos to use as props in photo shoots.

Mock-ups

Mock-ups are also images that have been taken by someone else. However, mock-ups usually give you the ability to customize some area of the photo. For example, the mock-up could be a styled flat lay with an iPhone somewhere in the image. The creator has made the iPhone screen customizable so that you can pop in your own content to be displayed on the iPhone screen within the image.

Mock-ups are perfect for promoting digitial products, websites, online courses or social media.

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

My favorite stock photo resources

Unsplash

FREE

Unsplash is my #1 go-to place for stock photos. They have a beautiful, creative and extensive library of images. Unsplash sources their images from photographers all over the world. You can download and use any of the images on their site FREE OF CHARGE. All of the images used in this post (aside from the mock-up images) were found on Unsplash.

 

Death to the Stock Photo

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

Death to the Stock Photo was one of the first stock photo sites I stumbled upon and thought, wow. The Death to the Stock Photo library is full of creative & beautiful collections of stock photos and video. Access to their library does require a monthly subscription. But if you’re frequently in need of high-quality stock images and footage, $12.99/mo is a small price to pay for unlimited downloads and usage of their content.

 

Stocksy

PAID

When I can’t find what I’m looking for on Unsplash or Death to the Stock Photo, I turn to Stocksy. Stocksy is probably the most creative and unique stock photo collection I’ve ever seen. I’ve never not been able to find the perfect image for my needs. Stocksy sells their images individually, which can make it a more expensive option. But there is no other stock collection like it and it’s definitely worth the splurge.

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

My favorite Mock-ups

Creative Market is my go-to place for finding mock-ups and scene creators. They have an enormous selection of mock-up kits for all different styles and design aesthetics.

Here are a few of my favorites…

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Louvre Mock-Up Kit

This is my all time favorite mock-up for all things print design. The backgrounds and props included in this mock-up are stunning. And did you see those shadow elements? I couldn’t create something better, even if I shot it myself.

>>> CHECK IT OUT HERE <<<

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Mock-Up Scene Creator

This is one of the first mock-up kits I ever purchased. And I use it ALL. THE. TIME. It’s perfect for showcasing website designs I’m launching. It’s also a great desk creator if you’re in need of a good desk shot but don’t have the space to shoot one yourself.

>> CHECK IT OUT HERE <<<

 

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Ladyprenuer Toolkit

This is my go-to mock-up for creating flatlays! When I don’t have time to style and shoot something myself, I can create something I still love using this mock-up kit.

>>> CHECK IT OUT HERE <<<

One of the best stock photo resources, best stock photo resources for bloggers, pretty stock photos, creative stock photos, free stock photos

Moodboard Wall Mock-Up

Lastly, I want to mention this Moodboard Wall Mock-Up. It’s such an easy-to-use tool for creating fun wall moodboards to post on your blog or social media.

>>> CHECK IT OUT HERE <<<

I’ll be posting a part two on this topic, discussing how to select and curate stock images that are right for you.

But in the meantime, be inspired by all beautiful images at your fingertips!

xx,
Ariel

 


A few of my faves…

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Modern Blog Design, The Blog Stop, WordPress Blog Design

Popular Posts