There’s just something about plaid that makes you want to embrace your inner happy. And there is nowhere on earth that makes me happier than Rome. It must be true that all roads lead to Rome because my roads keep me returning here again and again. I knew that this special city was going to require something really special for sight-seeing in the cooler Roman weather.
For this trip I packed a warm wine colored sweater dress and a matching Glen Plaid lightweight coat with a faint burgandy stripe. To finish it off I pulled on black suede over the knee boots and leggings. This outfit from I Saw It First turned out to be the perfect go-to for a Roman Holiday!
After a quick breakfast, we set out on our journey to see the Trevi Fountain and The Coliseum before the rush of tourists blocked any hope of unpopulated photos. I have to say now, four thirty seemed like such a bad idea when I tumbled out of my nice warm bed, but it was worth every minute of lost sleep. The breaking light across the ancient blocks and stone took my breath away. It was one of the best decisions ever….besides the gelato!
So, we piled into a taxi at 5:30am rubbing our hands over our bleary eyes. The lights flew past us in a comforting haze as the city stirred around us, preparing for a new day. We arrived at half past six and stood in front of the Trevi Fountain in wonder. No crowds, no people, no street vendors, just the two of us, the morning and Neptune’s all seeing eyes.
So we stomped our feet and rubbed our arms and laughed as our breath escaped in little clouds before us. Finally the first rays of the sun began to creep across the ground.
As Apollo’s light burst from behind the horizon, the statues seemed to shift and come alive with the glow of a new day. Neptune seemed to survey us with his unblinking gaze from his lofty perch above the aqua spray and I knew instantly that he was more than just a page in a mythology book, he was omnipotent and this world belonged to him.
At a quick step pace we rushed off to The Coliseum to see the now familiar ampitheatre in a new light (pun intended). I have to say now, that the morning light pouring through the portals of the towering arches made my heart beat faster. There was an ethereal beauty about this place, a quiet grace that overcame it’s fearful history.
Seeing Rome by sunlight opened my eyes to a new view of this city that I have visited so may times. The light of a new day bathed her hills and stones in a wash of soft morning glow. She became incandescent and once again was set ablaze in all her ancient glory. It was in this moment that I realized why this place was called the Eternal City and that all roads would forever lead to Rome.
TRIP TIP: For the best photos of the Trevi Fountian, go early! You’ll have the entire space to yourself with the best lighting for some great snaps
FOOD FACT: Dont forget GELATO….you’re welcome
FASHION FINDS: Zara, anytime, anywhere. Be sure to check the weather forecast. Rome is very seasonal and the temperatures can fluctuate at a moments notice
Photography credits: @krust_blog and @krust_photo