The Raymers Take Italy: Rome

Final stop // Rome


While in Rome, I didn’t appreciate it much. It was hot. So hot. Hotter than Florence. We almost died. There are kinder people than the Romans. And, since there are about 4.2 million tourists traipsing through each year, Rome is kinda dirty. But every time I look through my pictures, a feeling a gratitude comes over me for having the ability to see the greatness that is Roma.

We stayed at Hotel Artemide and while the room size was very euro, it was beautiful & had everything we needed, included a free & stocked minibar (including dranks), and the air conditioning was to die for!

Hotel Artemide


I think you could spend months in Rome and never do it all, but we hit the highlights and stumbled on some hidden gems along the way, as well as some very awesome doors! Tip! Wear good shoes when hitting Rome! There’s lots to see and you will be on your feet all day, trekking across cobblestone after hot cobblestone. Save the heels, wedges and sandals for dinner. Girl, you’re gonna need a sneaker for Rome!



St’Anges in Agone, Piazza Novona
the dome of St Agnes




I didn’t think the food was that great in Rome. But, when in Rome, one must try cacio e pepe and it’s delicious, so try everyone’s cacio e pepe!

when in Rome…

My favorite was at Osteria Cacaio e Pepe… imagine that.

Lots more to see!

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica di Santa Maria Magiorre

I was disappointed in The Spanish Steps, which seemed more grand and less commercialized in pictures. Hey Bulgari, thanks for funding the renovation, but did you really need to put a billboard on a ancient landmark?

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stalked on The Spanish Steps

Of course we hit the hot spots: the Colosseum, the Vatican City and The Trevi Fountain. I was devastated when we found out the fountain was closed for renovation. We had the best tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hills with Italy Wonders, which is located across from & right before the Colosseum.

the Colosseum


The Vatican city could take up a whole day and I could take pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica all day.

St. Peter’s Basilica
the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Saving the best for last, and a must see, The Altare della Patria!

also known as Il Vittoriano
be careful, lots of creeps out there!
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

If you stay long enough at the tomb, you get to see the guard change. We were there for a mere 2 hours. After you see the guard change, follow the stairs on the right side of the tomb and go inside!

Altare della Patria

There are several museums inside, and some are free! Now that you have seen the guard change and you have toured inside Altare della Patria, all that’s left is to go to the top!

Terrace of the Chariots

For a small elevator fee (€7) you can ride to rooftop of Il Vittoriano and see Roma Dal Cielo: panoramic views of Rome and the Terrace of the Chariots. It’s the perfect way to end Rome.

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the Colosseum, the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill



Dreaming of beautiful exits… arrivederci Roma!

Salita Dei Borgia-Rione Monti

Grazie Mille Italia. Grazie


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Kenya Raymer is a writer, blogger, dancer and the hostess of the natural-hair meet up Curls & Cocktails. She is a self-love enthusiast who uses her natural-hair platform as a space to discuss hair and all things beautiful & real. She is loving in Nashville, TN, where she promotes the local eats, animal rescue, self-awareness, personal growth, happiness and finding comfort in your own skin.

One thought on “The Raymers Take Italy: Rome

  1. Love this! I enjoyed Rome and went when it wasn’t too hot. I too wasn’t a big fan of the food, but we discovered a little jem called RJ Numbs that had some pretty good dishes. Seeing your pictures brings back lots of memories for my trip with friends. 🙂 xo

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