Dress: Asos (similar here & here & here) & love this one) | Hat: Nordstrom (old, similar here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here & want this one) | Sandals: J. Crew | Lipstick: Kat Von D ‘Berlin’ mixed with Giorgio Armani ‘500’ | Sunglasses: Sonix ‘Parker’
On the third day into our honeymoon, we spent the morning enjoying our last breakfast in Venice. We took one last walk through the Venetian canals and also stopped by the Chanel boutique for one last look in search of a classic mini flap bag, but I left disappointed and mini flap-less. It’s okay because our boat ride to the Venice train station was breathtaking and made up for it. Unfortunately, I was too dumb just Snapchatting the views and not actually taking any real pictures.
Our next stop was Rome. From our hotel in Venice, we took a 20 euro (for the both of us) water bus to the Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. We had bought our high speed train ticket through Italia Rail online the night before in our hotel room. From Venezia San Lucia was a 4 hour train ride to Roma Termini (Rome). It went by much faster than you’d think. The train was nice, had charging ports for your phone/ipad and incredible Italian countryside views. I highly recommend taking the fast rail! I slept for most of the train ride 🤗.
Once we arrived in Rome, we had the most terrifying taxi cab ride to our hotel. Let me tell you, I’ve been back to Vietnam several times. I’ve witness crazy, no-rules, chaotic kind of driving. Nothing compared to this Roman driver who gave us a mini-heart attack every few minutes. There were so many moments I was sure he was going to hit the car in front of us or to the side of us, or even run over pedestrians, but I believe through the power of my fervent prayers in the back seat, were we able to make it to our hotel safely.
Now our hotel in Rome was probably my least favorite and one I wouldn’t recommend. We stayed at the Navona Palace Residenze di Charme for our four nights in Rome. The hotel wasn’t unclean, but it was no 5 star clean or service like it claims. The hotel staff wasn’t the best. For example, prior to our stay we requested a room on a floor higher than the third as to be away from the nightclub on the bottom floor (advice from other reviewers), but upon our arrival we found out were we on the third floor. After bringing the nightclub issue to the guy at the front desk, he said the club no longer operated that late and the noise should not be an issue. Um, that was a bold face lie. Trey and I were kept up until 2/3 a.m. Friday night and 2 a.m. Saturday night.
The upside, and really why we chose that hotel, was for its amazing location. We were in easy walking distance to the Vatican, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and Piazza Navona. The neighborhood itself and all things around it were so beautiful and full of life.
Our first night in Rome, we had dinner at a restaurant close to where we were staying and I had the best clam linguine of my life. We also stuffed our face with gelato and walked til midnight exploring the new neighborhood.
When I first bought this dress I didn’t think it looked that great out of the bag. But once I pulled it out of my suitcase, had it steamed and accessorized with a hat, I was obsessed with it! It was the perfect dress to wear wondering around for our first day in Rome. The only crappy thing is I managed to rip the back seams, so it will be going to the seamstress soon.
I hope this post helps anyone looking to visit Rome!