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1 Jun

Rome Travel Diary

Jessi Malay wearing Zhivago Gown

Rome I miss you already ♥ We just got back a couple days ago and have been catching up on work, sleep and trying to get rid of this jet-lag!! (any tips??) The past 10 days have been beyond crazy with 2 back-to-back trips, so it feels SO good to be home for a while. After Cannes, I went straight to Rome with Bulgari for the launch of their new fragrance, Goldea The Roman Night. I’ve been going through all my travel photos and there’s still so much I want to share about this beautiful city! So I put together a roundup of my trip and a travel guide for those of you who are interested in visiting Rome whether you’re planning a trip this summer or in the near future! There is so much to see in Rome and since we were only there for a few days, I made sure we took full advantage of those days and visit all the major sights. From hotels, restaurants, to must-see architecture, here is my ultimate guide to all my favorite spots! Hope you enjoy :)

Where To Stay:

 

Palazzo Dama

Jessi Malay in Rome with Bulgari

My first day in Rome with Bulgari! The team organized for our stay at the famous Palazzo Dama Hotel which is one of the most luxury hotels in Rome and also has an interesting history of hosting the lavish parties of Rome’s elite in the 18th century.  The hotel has since been updated, but still has so much character with its glamorous chandeliers, marble pool, mirrored walls, and gold framed portraits.

Jessi Malay with Bulgari in Rome

Some goodies from Bulgari and the Goldea fragrance :) This perfume is the perfect combination of musky, floral and fruity..it features hints of black peony, jasmine, rose, and mulberry.

Breakfast at Palazzo Dama Rome

Breakfast in bed before getting ready for all the festivities!

Hotel De Russie

Jessi Malay at Hotel De Russie Rome

Hotel Russie is a must-see when you’re in Rome. Even if you’re not staying there, I suggest to go in and take a tour of the hotel and book brunch at the terrace restaurant, Le Jardin de Russie. The hotel is truly a work of art in itself..the artwork on the walls and ceilings is beyond beautiful, the balconies are framed by blue shutters and coral tiles, and each suite is so unique with small details like roman mosaics and ornate features.

Jessi Malay wearing Michelle Mason

Where To Go:

 

Vatican

Vatican Rome

No words to describe this place. Everything from the architecture, art, sculptures, murals are things that you can’t find in any other place or culture. The Vatican is Rome’s most popular and busiest tourist attraction, so make sure you’re prepared for long lines and crowds. We visited the museums first and then went onto St. Peter’s basilica because there’s a passage directly from the Sistine Chapel. A good tip to keep in mind when visiting the Vatican area..especially during the summertime!

Vatican Rome artwork

Colosseum

Jessi Malay Rome Travel Guide

Views since 80 AD ;) Walking around historic sites like the Colosseum is so surreal because you really feel like you’re in ancient Rome. Although a lot of the architecture is ruins from ancient rome, it’s still so beautiful to see.

Colosseum Rome

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain Rome

Your trip to Rome cannot be complete without seeing the Trevi fountain aka one of the most beautiful fountains in the entire world! A fun fact is Fendi spent $2.2 million dollars refurbishing this fountain and now it looks even better than the last time I saw it! And don’t forget to throw a coin into the fountain..and maybe you will be returning to Rome sooner than you think :)

Jessi Malay in Rome

Casina Valadier 

Jessi Malay wearing Michelle Mason Jumpsuit

Casina Valadier has some of the best views in the city. It’s located on top of Pincio hill overseeing the entire city. Inside the Villa Borghese you can have a nice authentic Italian dinner with stellar views of the city..I highly recommend this for your last night in Rome!

Piazza Del Popolo- Spanish Steps

Jessi Malay wearing Zhivago Dress

A Roman night I’ll never forget ♥ Still can’t believe Bulgari shut down the Spanish Steps for their launch event…can’t get any more major than that!! The event started with Bella Hadid walking down the iconic steps to present the launch of the fragrance alongside Bulgari’s CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin. Then the event continued at the Palazzo Nunez Torlonia where Bulgari set up a beautiful dinner with live music, cocktails and dancing.

Jessi Malay Rome Travel Guide2

Jessi Malay with Bulgari

Where To Eat:

 

Le Jardin De Russie

Le Jardin de Russie

We went here for lunch on Saturday and this location could not have been more breathtaking!! This hotel is in a prime location, right in the busy centre of the city walking distance from all the major sights..but when you step inside it’s like a little oasis. The outdoor terrace is beyond beautiful and the restaurant is nestled in a quiet and charming garden surrounded by greenery and flowers. If you’re looking to have a nice and quiet brunch or romantic dinner away from all the noise and people, this the perfect spot! The menu has everything from homemade pastas, risotto, fresh seafood, meat and veggie options. My favorite dishes were the asparagus risotto, olive oil mash and wagyu beef!!

Dar Poeta

pizza in rome

The best pizza in Romaaaa!! This pizza spot is nestled in a small street of Trastevere and is a popular hotspot for the locals..so you won’t be disappointed.  My recommendation? The potato, proschutto, mushrooms, cheese pizza..too good!

Gelato in Rome
Oh how I’ll miss wondering the picture perfect cobblestone streets with gelato in hand..seriously one of the highlights of my time in Rome!! I think we stopped to get gelato at least twice a day..but when in Rome right?!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed my mini guide to Rome! Any other recommendations from those of you that have been before?? Let me know in the comments below :)
Xoxo, Jessi
50 Comments
  • Adelina

    You just made me SO much more excited for my trip! Thanks for sharing

    http://www.thecharmingolive.com
    xx, Adelina

    June 1, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Jen

    Oh your photos are amazing! Such a chic trip to Rome, love all your looks ♥
    http://www.heresometimes.com

    June 1, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Awww, you two are so cute and ❤️ lovey together … there is nothing more precious and wonderful feeling of traveling to a known amazing ancient destination and have the love ❤️ of your life by your side! Truly a beautiful and wonderful trip! :)

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    June 1, 2017 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Sharon Wu

    Girl I am obsessedddd with those flared pants! So unique and perfect for Rome. Your trip sounds amazing and makes me want to book a flight there now! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/shine-bright-like-a-diamond/

    June 1, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    Such a nice diary hun! :)

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

    June 1, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Nora Gouma

    Amazing post, the pictures are stunning, I love your blog. Thank you for sharing, both of you look gorgeous!!!

    xxx

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Serein Wu

    Love the photos, so beautiful!

    xoxo Serein Wu
    http://sereinwu.com/

    June 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • ivana split

    There is just so much to see in Rome. I was in Rome for 4 days (a few years ago) and I had this feeling that I haven’t seen anything. I can’t wait to get back some day:). Rome is gorgeous!!!!

    You look sensational…seriously I love every single outfit…especially those flares you rocked to visit Vatican and Colosseum.

    …and your couple shots are so sweet! you guys are adorable!!!!

    June 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Hadasah Love | Style To Love

    I appreacite interesting content like the one you share here babe, thank you for the inspirtation!!!
    xxx
    Hadasah Love || http://www.styletolove.com

    June 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Jaime

    I’ve been to Rome once and have been dreaming of going back! These photos capture the place so well and all your outfits are gorgeous!

    ♡ Jaime
    http://thejaimeissue.com/

    June 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Amy Zhang

    I recently visited Italy too! It’s such a beautiful place and the food is incredible. Your photos and outfits are gorgeous- I love the black dress with the slit. This is a very helpful guide for if I go back again in the future!

    xx, Amy
    https://www.theluxilook.com/

    June 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Maria | Short Girl Long Jacket

    Rome looks so beautiful! I really want to go. All your outfits were stunning x

    June 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply
  • Nati

    I seriously love every single outfit! I went to Rome last month and it was incredible, such a beautiful city :)
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

    June 2, 2017 at 3:10 am Reply
  • sophie

    Wow!!That red outfit first of all is giving me so much life.Goodness, I live for every single one of your posts.Your fashion is always so on point and just inspires.You look so amazing and great travel diary.
    http://sophieatieno.com

    June 2, 2017 at 4:28 am Reply
  • Tina

    OMG these pictures are just stunning!!! What a cool trip :-) We’ve been to Rome around 2 years ago and I just loved it sooo much – its such a nice city ♥

    xxx and have a great weekend,
    Tina.
    http://www.styleappetite.com

    June 2, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Sindy

    I love seeing the world through your eyes. It definitely seems like you had a great experience there
    http://www.sindisosdiary.com/2017/05/have-we-become-society-of-i-know-it-all.html

    June 2, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Linda

    Loving all of your photos! Thanks so much for sharing this! I hope to travel to Rome one day!

    Linda
    https://lindatenchitran.com/home/2017/6/2/little-green-skirt

    June 2, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply
  • alya

    Gorgeous photos! So keen to visit Rome! Will defo bear your recommendations in mind!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    June 2, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Colleen Welsch

    Wow these pictures are REALLY making me want to book a trip to Rome. That gelato looks HEAVENLY! Excuse me while I pin all of these photos for future reference…

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    June 2, 2017 at 6:57 pm Reply
  • Ashley Schuberg

    Omg girl!! I cant get enough of your picts!! Seriously feels like i was there with you!! You are soooo beautiful beyond words.

    xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

    June 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm Reply
  • Iris

    hey Jessi, looks like you had an amazing time in bella italia!
    I love this little Rome travel guide, I’m there in September and will defiantly check out the gardens when I’m there! so beautiful and dreamy <3

    Have a lovely day! Kisses Iris

    www; passion-vogue.com

    June 4, 2017 at 12:05 am Reply
  • Saida - She talks Glam

    What a perfect trip that must have been Jessi, thank you so much for all the tips and recommendations! I am saving this for a future trip ;) You look stunning on your outfits, slaying as always, that red combo is a killer!! Happy week, gorgeous lady and lots if love from England

    Saida | She talks Glam

    June 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    Jessi! The trip looked amazing. You also look so bomb in that red outfit! I’m in love.

    xo Jamie

    http://jamieonthings.com/

    June 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Face to Curls

    Such a nice diary and I love the photos; just so beautiful! You look great. Thanks so much for sharing this! xo

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    June 6, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • sam collin

    Such lovely pictures, dear. You look stunning, as always:)
    Regards.
    Walkindiscount.com

    June 7, 2017 at 12:44 am Reply

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