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Find me a break in Rome, Italy

As what the old saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome” and we had definitely found ourselves exploring the marvellous city. Rome was the second part of our Europe trip which we spent most of our time. The weather was absolutely stunning throughout our visit. The photos doesn’t do justice.


Rome known as the capital of the world #wheninrome #roma #vscocam #travel

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“All roads lead to Rome” 🍝🍕#italy #travel #vscocam #rome

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Where we stayed – Olive Tree Hill BnB

Our accommodation is 30 minutes away from Roma Termini station. Located in Zagarolo a small quaint town just outside Rome. We wanted to avoid the touristy areas so the idea of staying with the locals is a unique and fun experience. Teri and Ivano are the fantastic hosts of Olive Tree Hill. They were very helpful in sharing excellent advice about where to go and tips like avoiding tourist traps.

Every morning our breakfast is already prepared by Ivano and a quick debriefing about the tour. We stayed in the cute little chalet on the hill. It was very clean and comfy. We had our cooking class also which we really enjoyed. We paid to do a five course meal. My favourite was the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio! A very simple traditional Italian pasta dish, that comes with pasta, garlic and oil. We were very spoilt with abundance of wonderful fresh Italian meals.

So from the duration of our whole stay the hosts are taking turns in dropping and picking us up from Zagarolo station which is very convenient and really nice of them. We have planned tours with Ivano too such as our trip to Tivoli, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. You’ll be able to read more about it below.

It was such a wonderful stay that we felt like a family. Embracing the real Italian culture and making new friends from other residents – surely a priceless experience.

Olive Tree Hill

Phone: + 39 06 9525596
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Our little Italian cottage at Zagarola #bnb #bringmeback #italy #rome #olivetreehill #travel #vscocam

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Ricky met new friends. We miss our baby Dobbie #🐶 #zagarolo

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Ricky learning the Italian Aglio e olio pasta – cooking class with Ivano #olivetreehill #zagarolo #italy

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The Forum

The Forum has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world. It is originally a market place and where public speeches are made. It is just a few minutes walk from the Colosseum. In the Forum you will see ruins of monuments and statues dated 2,000 years ago.

I suggest that you bring a guide book or rent an audio tour device to understand its uses and histories.

Here’s the big tip Ivano gave us.

Of course people will go after the Colosseum so you expect long queues when purchasing tickets while The Forum, dead. So what you should know is, the ticket is a bundle so if you purchase one you can go both to the Colosseum and the Forum. What we did, we went first to the Forum and purchased tickets in less than 3 minutes. Had a tour around, took photos then when we’re finished we head to the Colosseum and skipped the long queue. #Lifehack Thanks Ivano! 😁


Imagine walking in this place 2,000 years ago #romanforum #italy #rome #vscocam #travel #theruins

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Built in 70 A.D., an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and has been the site of celebrations, sporting events and bloodshed. Today, it’s a major tourist attraction, playing host to 3.9 million visitors each year.

So who wouldn’t want to miss this when visiting Rome? 

It was such a wonderful experience to really see for myself the largest amphitheatre ever built where gladiators used to fight. I mean it’s horrible that thousands of people have died in the arena but that’s just how they were in the ancient world. This is why history really fascinates me.

Here’s my tip

I discouraged going there if you are carrying a buggy. You will have to take massive steps to really reach the viewing deck. Tourists are everywhere so expect that it will always be busy. Take care of your belongings. You will definitely have  a “wow” and photo worthy moments but you don’t have to spend longer time there.


Rome and all its glory #roma #colosseum #vscocam #wheninrome

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Next post will be our Tivoli, Pompeii and Amalfi coast experience. Stay tuned! xoxo


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