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Homa in Roma

A quick spot of breakfast in Hotel Cristoforo Colombo (a crappy little end-of-the-tour hotel near the Leonardo da Vinci aeroporto) before we squeezed our bulging heaps of luggage and several carry on bags into a tiny little Fiat that took us back to the center of Roma, to our awesome little boutique serviced apartment, the Residence Barberini (Located, as the name implies, by the Piazza Barberini, in the Quattro Fontane area).

I love love love this apartment. If I could move to Rome and could afford it, I would want a flat like this. It’s spacious, clean, classic+modern fusion design, and it’s got the best location.

The interiors are very modern, but a lot of classic elements are present (as though the building were renovated at some point)—like the vintage photographs, white marble floors, chandeliers, etc. All in all giving this boutique serviced residence a homey but not geriatric feel. You still feel like a true Roman living in the heart of the city (You literally cross the narrow street and it’s a Metro station, and every major sight in Roma is in comfortable walking distance! We walked everywhere!)

We got Suite 2, out of around 12 I think. It’s up a narrow flight of marble stairs on the second floor, and there’s a street entrance for guests too—that way you feel like a true resident and you don’t have to keep passing through the lobby! You get your own set of keys for the street entrance and your suite. The price is also very competitive at 200EUR per room per night for a 2-bedroom suite with kitchen and en suite bathroom for 4 people (you can add a small amount to accommodate a fifth person), and considering all the shady looking places we saw online while researching hotels to stay at, this was definitely a hidden gem!

Clean, sophisticated amenities—and they were generous with them too! 

The second bedroom’s window overlooks an overgrown garden courtyard in the back. I love these hauntingly beautiful old gardens and yards!

My favourite spot is this cozy little reading/sketching nook by the bed

After a quick uphill trip to a nearby Despar grocery, we decided to celebrate our “housewarming” with a nice home-cooked Italian meal!

As you can see in the open pantry, we stocked up on several different sauces and cheeses and even some of the instant noodles we brought along for emergencies.

For fun, and because we were crazy and giddy and excited for our 10 days in Roma, we taped our first meal preparation ala Lifestyle Network cooking show on our video camera.

First was a mushroom and spinach Risotto with Pesto Genovese sauce. Yum!

Some Parmigiano of course~

And the chef tastes her work—delish!

Seeing this photo just makes me hungry all over again. Strangely enough, some of the best food we had on this whole trip was from the meals we prepared with grocery-bought ingredients. Everything is so easy to make and prepare, and much cheaper too!

Next we tried a prosciutto and parmigiano tortellini, also with Pesto Genovese (it was a big sauce bottle so we split the sauce over 2 pasta dishes)

Cooking at “home” in Roma is one of the things I’m definitely going to miss the most. Sigh, I want to live in Rome!!!

Photos: Canon 450D + 10-22mm + 24-70mmL

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