Picking up where we left off in Part One of my travel diary with UNA Hotels.. that beautifully deep sleep was followed by a delicious hotel breakfast. Although there was of course the option of going down to enjoy a generous buffet breakfast amongst other guests, we opted instead to have it delivered to our room so as to be able to sleep a little longer (too honest?). It was at this time I discovered our room had a doorbell, which is always a nice variation from finding yourself lingering close to the door in order to hear any possible knocking sounds!
(If you're curious, a flight from London to Rome takes approximately 2 hours and 30 mins)
Dress - H&M Long Chiffon Dress
Sunglasses - Bally
Necklace - Estella Bartlett 'Songbird'
The frequency of incoming buses meant we had the opportunity to explore Piazza del Campidoglio - one of Rome's 'most beautiful squares' - whilst we were at the Capitoline Hill. It was tourist heaven there with nearly everyone holding a camera. There was a small protest going on at the time nearby that attracted crowds, as well as policemen and eventually the army. Although it was a relatively small concern, we concluded it's better to be safe than sorry, took some snaps and left the group to their shouting and whistle-blowing. Having said that, it's very unlikely you'd experience anything similar and so be sure to add that to your landmark hit list if you're visiting Rome anytime soon!
As you may be able to tell from the above photo, the weather took a dramatic turn in the early hours of the evening. The temperature reached such a height that the sky, well.. broke! In the space of what couldn't have been more than twenty seconds, torrential rain began hurtling down and drenching everyone. I have to admit, I loved it! So long as everyone is safe, there's nothing more exciting than extreme weather. Humidity combined with heavy rain? Yes please! All the same, our clothes were now covered in dirt and water and so we ventured back to UNA Hotel Roma to freshen up before dinner.
A quick change later and we headed back out to make the most of our final night in the historic city of Rome. A nice surprise for me came in the form of tousled hair thanks to the rain - something difficult for me to achieve no matter how many products I have at hand! The city by night really is spectacular, something that can only be compared to Paris. Rome by night isn't better or worse than Rome by day, it's simply different and because of that, it feels as though you're exploring an entirely new city. Bright stone and turquoise-coloured fountains transform into warm glowing buildings and a busy (but calm) nightlife.
T-shirt - H&M
Trousers - Ralph Lauren
Shoes - Dune Finchy Sandals
I've inadvertently made a habit out of visiting Hard Rock Cafés around Europe and so it seemed appropriate to add Rome's to my list! You're guaranteed tasty food, a cocktail of various languages surrounding you and of course, good music. Interestingly enough, Nirvana was followed by Taylor Swift at this branch, as well as some ACDC leading on to Nicky Minaj. I heard some grizzling about the music choices, though by that point I had burger-brain and the music was the last thing on my mind. The ambience was fantastic at the Hard Rock Café and not even the 1hr 45min wait put me off the occasion. In fact, it helped make the experience all the more exciting as it meant a midnight walk through Rome. Oh and yes, I can confirm that is just as dreamy as it sounds!
Before heading back to the hotel, after admiring some of Rome's beautiful illuminated fountains, we stopped by a local convenience store again to pick up some more sweets, before finally returning to the comfort of our hotel. It was only on this final night that it dawned on me how high the ceiling was of our hotel room; the floor-sweeping curtains really were something. Although I was sad to think I'd be leaving both the hotel and city the next day, I forced myself to go straight to bed to ensure we would have time to head out the next day before catching our afternoon flight back home to the UK!The third and final part will be up at the end of this week, but until then, be sure to check out the breathtakingly beautiful #UNApassion videos over on the UNA Hotels Youtube channel!
Note: I was provided with a complimentary stay at UNA Hotel Roma, however all opinions are my own.