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Sophie Elkus

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Roman Holiday

Topshop dress, Topshop shoes, Chloe bag, Sickys sunglasses, Lack of Color hat

I arrived to Roma for a quick weekend of some sightseeing, strolling and plenty of gelato tasting.

I haven’t been to the city in a few years but I remembered a few of my favorite places: the gorgeous courtyard at the Hotel de Russie (perfect for aperitivo and people watching), window shopping on Via Condotti, and strolling past colored buildings in Piazza Navone. Of course no trip to one of the most ancient cities on the planet is complete without a little of the touristy stuff: we hit the Pantheon, Colosseum and stopped at the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin in and make a hopeful wish for the rest of the year.

I wore a sweet floral sundress from Topshop to stay cool and comfortable walking around, paired with a boater hat and blush sandals. This tea dress has a delicate floral print and buttons down the front, plus a vintage European vibe that’s fun for when you’re playing tourist. I love a little extra shoe height, so a block heel is the only way to go if you want to last more than a couple hours on your feet. I love the buckle detail on these and the nude-blush shade; I’ve worn them with jeans and blouses on this trip as well. I usually alternate between ballet flats, flat sandals and sneakers for travel days, but it definitely reminds me of how much driving I do while home in LA – New Yorkers are much prepared for long European days.

Our hotel was located in Piazza della Repubblica (check out the 360 degree rooftop view from La Griffe Roma MGallery Collection). The location was great for easy access to the train station, where we left from for Positano at the end of our stay. Piazza della Repubblica was also a quick ten minute walk from Monti, a little less touristy and more local neighborhood that had a coffeeshop or cafe at each corner. In Rome it seems hard to find any area that’s completely free of tourists (and English speakers) but the smaller neighborhoods did feel a little more authentic. Despite where we walked, I was surprised how many street vendors packed every major city corner. If I had a dollar for every selfie stick I was offered I’d be seriously set for life.

If you visit Rome you must visit Hotel de Russie for aperativo and sit in the beautiful courtyard. The hotel reminds me a bit of the Beverly Hills Hotel at home, with blush pink walls, blue window shutters, flowers and green vines lining each side of the building. The service was impeccable and the food and drink perfectly presented. I must have 100 photos in my camera roll from de Russie. It’s so traditionally beautiful and a nice contrast from all the modern, super sleek hotels built more recently.

I thought I’d remember everything about the Colloseum from the past visits but there really is so much information and history to take in. The city recently pledged to restore and upkeep all the famous landmarks using donations from famous Italian fashion houses. The Colloseum was granted a whopping $27 million from Tod’s to start a full restoration that’s already begun. The Fendi family is restoring the Trevi fountain and Bulgari has pledged to cover the cleaning and restoration of the Spanish Steps.

Photography by Chris Kalima
Topshop dress, Topshop shoes, Chloe bag, Sickys sunglasses, Lack of Color hat

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