When yesterday I got ready for my trip to Rome, I just hoped that I won’t lose my luggage again. This time I cannot do any creative outfits as I have a wedding… and no I cannot hold my dress in my hand because it top part is too bulky. Thanks god everything went smooth, and with my luggage in hand I arrived to the hotel.
My hotel was a boutique hotel called Luxury Suites Babuino 181, and is situated literally few minutes from the “Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti” (the Spanish steps) and just by “Piazza del Popolo” (People’s Square). The rooms are beautiful and modern, especially after my fiasco in Milan, I was nicely surprised. And the two people working at the reception, Andrea and Nico were very helpful; our private Italian doormen ;) As soon as we checked in, my friend and I joined the others for lunch, at a restaurant called “Osteria Formaggeria”. It belongs to Gusto group which has the pizzeria, wine bar, fish restaurant and we went to the cheese one. One would think why Swiss crowd would go to a cheese restaurant in Italy, go figure, maybe because it was the only one of the group with a great terrace and it was serving until 3.30pm…. Anyway, I wasn’t really impressed. My friends who had already eaten told me to avoid the pasta, so I ended up eating few cold cuts and mozzarella sticks. And believe me I asked if they had la Burrata, but they managed to have 100 sort of cheese except that. As we arrived a little late, you could see that the waiter wanted to get rid of us and start his sunny afternoon break. He rolled his eyes so many times, because we didn’t choose yet or we wanted something else that at a point I feared his eyes would never be normal again. After our meal at Gusto “express”; I think the name is more suitable; we decided to take a walk, and spend the afternoon from one coffee to the other, to end up at Piazza del Popolo for a quick happy hour at “Don Chisciotte”. It was so nice sitting there, sipping our bubbles, watching the Roman “carabinieri” pretending to save the world…
The cocktail Friday night was at this amazing palazzo near Piazza SS. Apostoli called Palazzo Colonna. Before accessing the terrace we were welcomed by the bride and groom at the main gallery, where we had the opportunity to see the masterful Colonna art collection. For the little story the art collection is from the 16th and 17th centuries and includes works by Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Guercino and Guido Reni.
The gallery itself is a true piece of art, rich with frescoes and its collection of sculptures. Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna began this construction which was continued by his nephew Gran Constabile Lorenzo Onofrio.
After a beautiful night we decided to have a night cab at Hotel de Russie, which is known to have a great sky bar. Well I guess Friday night was not one of the happening nights, cause beside few family tables, it was empty. So we returned to our hotels to rest.