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Closet Confection: When In Rome


Eric and I decided to do something a little different over the Christmas holiday and traveled to Italy. We arrived in Rome on Christmas Eve and were immediately enchanted. This was a first visit for both of us, and it was amazing to see the juxtaposition of ancient and modern at play at almost every turn. One minute you’re surrounded by folks jamming to their iPods and dodging errant taxi drivers (just like in any other modern metropolis), and then you turn the corner to walk smack dab into a structure that’s thousands of years old. It was simply incredible, and you’d have to see it to believe it. So I’m happy to share with you my photo journal below. Enjoy!

How to Pack for Rome3

H&M + Uniqlo Jackets, Banana Republic Dress, Dav Festival Rainboots, Louis Vuitton Handbag

Since I was definitely playing the tourist on this vacation (i.e., LOTS of sightseeing and aimless meandering), I chose easy, comfortable pieces that still looked smart. It was a little drizzly and damp, so I was grateful for my packable rain boots and rain parka that I layered with my husband’s lightweight down jacket for warmth. Before my trip, I’d read that the Italians embrace the ideal of La Bella Figura which means “the beautiful figure”, a way of life that emphasizes beauty, good image, aesthetics and proper behavior. So even though comfort was my main goal, I also wanted to put my best foot forward.

When In Rome:  View from Spanish Steps

A breath-taking city view that we were treated to after climbing the Spanish Steps.

When In Rome: Colosseum

Unfortunately, the outside of the Colosseum was partially covered in scaffolding, so no good photos from the outside. Nonetheless, we were in for quite a treat once we got inside. If you ever visit, I highly recommend paying extra for the special Underground Tour which takes you to the more exclusive areas.

When In Rome: Piazza Navona

A peek at the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona.


When In Rome: Piazza Navona Illusionist
To be expected, much was closed on Christmas Day, but the Christmas Market and street performers were definitely in full swing at Piazza Navona.

Much to my dismay, the Sistine Chapel was closed during our visit (at least now I have an excuse to go back!), but we were still awestruck by the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica.

When In Rome: Swiss Guard

A member of the Swiss Guard stands duty in Vatican City.

When In Rome: Christmas in Vatican city

Peaceful view of Vatican City at Christmas.

When In Rome:  Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain was just a hop, skip, and a jump from our hotel, so we passed by each night as we headed back from our excursions.

When In Rome: Door Knocker

Fun fact: I’m a little obsessed with lion paraphernalia (which seemed to be ALL over Italy for some reason).  I’d love to have a door-knocker like this someday.

When In Rome: Street Lights

Colorful street lights.

When In Rome: Street Performers

Hilarious street performers.

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  • shoedooo January 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, you really are having fun! Looks amazing!!!! *adds to bucket list*

  • Chantel January 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful picks as always. I’ve been following your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I’m going to Italy in May can’t wait!

    • ClosetConfections January 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Have fun on your trip, and thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Lauren Scorzafava January 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Wow! Such stunning photos! Looks like a blast!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • ShenDove January 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Looks like you had an awesome trip! Your photos make me want to pack a bag and head to the airport : )

  • Sarah January 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful pics. I was in Rome around that same time. When did you go to visit Vatican city because I went on the 27th and the Sistine Chapel was open that day.

    • ClosetConfections January 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Thanks! we went to Vatican City on Christmas Day, and left Rome the evening of the 26th. We missed it by just one day! I’m glad you got to visit. Was it amazing?

  • Desiree January 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Rome is so beautiful. Looks like you had a great time. Love these photos.