Thirty minutes into the walk and we were close to combusting, it was undoubtedly the hottest it had been throughout our stay and so it called for one thing and one thing only.. gelato! We came across a stylish lounge bar with tirelessly friendly staff - I was even ushered up from my bar stool so it could be replaced by a more 'ladylike' chair! The menu provided more gelato varieties than I was able to comprehend, though we eventually opted for lemon sorbet and chocolate because.. well, chocolate. It was beautifully refreshing and the blast of air conditioning quickly helped us to cool down before continuing our search for the famous Trevi Fountain.
It's always when you're on the verge of leaving a city that it becomes almost unbearably attractive; each and every flower, building and person seemed to represent all that we were soon to leave. Thankfully, I managed to pull myself together and appreciate the moment for what it was - after all, there's no point in missing something directly in front of you! I'd very nearly forgotten how large the Victor Emmanuel monument was, so stumbling across it was a very welcome event on our trek to Trevi Fountain and especially as there were far more flowers nearby than I remember there being on my last visit.
If you're up to date with European tourism news, you'll know Trevi Fountain is currently undergoing some work. Admittedly, I hadn't anticipated just how extensive that work would be, however as much as I was looking forward to admiring the glistening pale blue of the fountain's water, it was still a pleasure to see the fountain's architecture in person once more! After lingering around the fountain a little longer, we made our way back to UNA Hotel Roma via various side roads, as well as a lengthy tunnel; it became an exciting opportunity to see more of Rome away from the landmarks.
T-shirt - GAP
Sunglasses - Bally
Bag (seen throughout) - Ralph Lauren
Necklace - Happiness Boutique 'Key to Happiness' Layered Necklace c/o
As we were waiting in one of the hotel's various waiting areas located near reception, I took the opportunity to peer into the modern dining area. If I have one regret, it'd be not making the time to enjoy a meal there.. though I like to think the generous room service breakfasts indulged in both mornings make up for it! Although it was sad to be leaving Rome, the transition from the hotel to the airport was utterly seamless thanks to the fantastic service of Rome-Chauffeur, a transfer limousine service in Rome. Not only was the female driver both super friendly and incredibly good at her job, but we were also handed complementary chilled bottles of water as soon as we were caught fanning ourselves. Believe me, when you're wondering whether your clothes can set on fire due to such high temperatures, this small gesture meant a lot.
Forty minutes later and we'd returned to Rome Fiumicino airport, ready for the (always surprisingly quick) flight home. I had an SD card packed with photos, a stomach full of delicious Italian food and a head full of memories. A huge thank you to UNA Hotels for making my stay in Rome so incredibly special - every moment was magnificent. I don't think a month will ever go by where I fail to run my eyes over my photos at least once, or view the #UNApassion videos on Youtube. Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed seeing Rome through my eyes and if you're going to Rome in the near future, be sure to let me know so I can wish you a beautiful time through gritted teeth (unless you're taking me with you)!
Note: I was provided with a complimentary stay at UNA Hotel Roma, however all opinions are my own.