Posts tagged "Italy"
Scenes from Siena

Scenes from Siena

Same time last year, I spent a beautiful week in Italy with one of my favorite people in the entire world: my roommate, Chants. After a short but sweet stint in Rome, it was time to travel to our next destination. Roomie & I woke up early to get to the Sena Bus Terminal which...
Unforgettable All'Amatriciana at Ai Bozzi Da Giovanni, Trastevere

Unforgettable All’Amatriciana at Ai Bozzi Da Giovanni, Trastevere

So back to my Roomie Reunion New Year celebration. After a full day of walking all over Rome, and then some, and after having back to back pizza meals for dinner and lunch, we wanted something different. So we hopped onto a cab to cross the bridge to Trastevere where I had a memorable meal...
Goodie Giveaway: Truffle Salt from Siena (DONE!)

Goodie Giveaway: Truffle Salt from Siena (DONE!)

Congratulations to Didi Tang for winning the Truffle Salt Goodie Giveaway! Ok ok ok… I’m gonna make this super easy for you guys. I realized that my hoarder tendencies are, albeit a downfall for my credit card, a wonderful thing for the followers of Trip or Treats. Hoarding is the reason why I bought 3...
Naumachia Ristorante Pizzeria, Roma

Naumachia Ristorante Pizzeria, Roma

Just like Piccolo Buco by the Trevi Fountain, it’s a rare find to discover authentic and delicious Italian restaurants by the Colosseum without being lured by the enticing view of the amphitheatre from your dining table. Roomie & I wanted meals that didn’t break the bank yet filled our appetites with quality meals. We decided...
Intown Luxury House, Roma

Intown Luxury House, Roma

Here’s a perfect example of the adage, great things come in small packages. This is the entrance to InTown Luxury House in Rome, a guest house hotel which Roomie & I stayed at on our last night in Italy. Although the entrance is a little underwhelming, Intown’s proximity to Via Condotti, the Spanish Steps,  and...
Haute Find: Truffle Love

Haute Find: Truffle Love

Originally Posted on Haute Trot On my latest Roomie Reunion with Chants, we decided to meet in the middle and fly to Italy to ring in the new year. We visited Siena as well as San Gimignano in the Tuscan region, and had a very different shopping experience. No YSL in San Gimignano, ladies. But...
Procacci Panini Tartufati, Firenze

Procacci Panini Tartufati, Firenze

I stumbled by this small shoppe while walking along Via Tornabuoni in Florence. Ok fine, we were shopping; the street alone is a dead giveaway. It looked like a charming shop, and the word tartufati meant only one thing. It’s Truffle Time. Entering Procacci is like walking into a turn of the century purveyor of...
il Colosseo di Roma

il Colosseo di Roma

The monument that launched a thousand tourist traps. From afar, it looms like a giant celebrity, illiciting al fresco seating options even in the height of winter. Il Colosseo di Roma Originally named Anfiteatro Flavio after the Roman emperors Vespasian (who commissioned the Coliseum to be built in 72 AD) and Titus’ (who completed the...
Villa Borghese Gardens, Roma

Villa Borghese Gardens, Roma

After our first night in Rome, Roomie and I were very excited to see the city during the day. So after our breakfast in bed at the hotel, we dressed for warmth and headed to our first destination. Yes, the weather was so chilly we had to wear boots out. I love Roomie’s Corso Como...
Tourist Sights and Local Fare at Piccolo Buco

Tourist Sights and Local Fare at Piccolo Buco

So after a whole day spent by myself, unpacking, settling in Rome, lunching and gelato-ing. I was pooped. I was also excited for Roomie to arrive, since her flight was right around dinnertime, so I went back to Roma Boutique Hotel to take a nap and wait in anticipation for her arrival.When Roomie arrived and...
Creative Seafood at Ristorante Crispi 19, Roma

Creative Seafood at Ristorante Crispi 19, Roma

After getting settled at Roma Boutique Hotel, and after getting my luggage opened, I was famished for some late lunch. Since I was a bit disheveled from the happenings of my first day in Rome, I asked for a restaurant recommendation from Umberto, the Front Desk signor. He ushered me towards Via Crispi for a...
Caffe San Marco aka Giansy

Caffe San Marco aka Giansy

After I checked in at the Roma Boutique Hotel, I had a few hours before my room was available since I arrived Rome very early in the morning. Roomie was still arriving later in the evening, and I was famished from the long flight. I walked around for a caffe that would be open near...
Roma Boutique Hotel

Roma Boutique Hotel

When the distance between a door to a hotel lobby’s wall is only about 3 meters… it’s usually not a good thing. Roma Boutique Hotel But if said hotel is a boutique hotel, you can be assured that charm and private comfort supercede spacious public areas over any day. What you see is what you...
Best €20 Spent

Best €20 Spent

The first thing I bought upon arriving at Roma Fiumicino Airport is a Voce 20Euro card from Vodafone. It’s the BEST €20 I’ve spent.Since I like to be connected wherever I go, literally and signally. And knowing my Foursquare/Twitter/FB/Wordpress ways… it was either break the bank or break the phone. Vodafone €20 Prepaid Sim For...
When in Rome...

When in Rome…

In a not-so-few hours, I’ll be back in my summer-school haunt and one of my fave places to be in: Italy. Will do a lot of walking around the cobblestone streets of Rome, Florence, and Siena. Will haunt for some exotic food finds and eat some damn good Bistecca. Might even do a bit of...
Eurotrip: Rushing Around Roma

Eurotrip: Rushing Around Roma

If it seems like I’m rushing through Rome in this post, it’s coz I did. After spending a fantastic day walking around Florence, Bro & I woke up bright and early, took some breakfast at the Stendhal hotel, and met up with the rest of our Eurotrip posse. The trip wasn’t really to go around Europe in a...
Fawning Over Firenze For a Day

Fawning Over Firenze For a Day

You gotta love the streets of Firenze… I love it so much, after over 24 hours of being on planes and in transit to get to Europe, the first thing we did after unloading our bags at our hotel was to purchase a Trenitalia ticket from Roma to Firenze that very same day. Here is ToT’s bro getting all excited just thinking...
Quaintest Cappucino at Caffe Liberta a Firenze

Quaintest Cappucino at Caffe Liberta a Firenze

It was a beautiful day in Firenze, and after after a very heavy Tuscan lunch of Bistecca Fiorentina, ToT & Bro needed to have a pick-me-upper to keep us from falling asleep, especially since we just came off a long plane ride from the other side of the world. We searched for: The Infamous Cappuccino Heart of Caffe Liberta...
ZaZa is for Steak (Bistecca Fiorentina, that is!)

ZaZa is for Steak (Bistecca Fiorentina, that is!)

Let’s retrace the steps… Back in the day, 2003 to be exact, when my brother still had long locks, he took a few months off to live in Firenze for summer school. He learned a lot, did a lot, and the next year when I was off to fly myself to Florence for the same...
Stay at the Hotel Stendhal in Roma

Stay at the Hotel Stendhal in Roma

Ahh Roma… You know you’re in Italy when you see a Biglietteria (ticketing) machine with several language selections for the Trenitalia line. If ever you’re in Italy, you know the way to go is via train. Upon arrival from our very long flight and exiting the Roma Fiumicino airport, ToT’s travelbuddy, aka Jerico, and I decided to relive our studiare days...

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