I returned to Caput Mundi (the capital of the world) with high expectations. The unparalleled art, architecture, the spirited locals and the unsurpassable cuisine...especially the gelato. Roma did not disappoint. Indeed it left us both with the urge to return - and this time it is even stronger than before.
Mi casa, Su casa at Casa HowardBefore arriving in Rome, I had emailed our guest house to see if we could check in early. Check in was normally at 2pm and we were arriving at 8am after a grueling direct 24 hour flight. Our host said there were no guarantees - to check in when we arrived. You can imagine our delight when we called into the guest house to be greeted at the door by our warm and generous house keeper with the keys to our room.
While not a hotel, Casa Howard was an absolute delight. The location was fantastic, right on the Spanish steps and the concept absolutley charming. There are five themed bedrooms, each stylishly and delightfully decorated. We stayed in the White Room, which held a four posted bed decked in sleek black and white checks and toile fabrics, with hints of deep red. Our window opened out onto the quite street below and the air conditioning was a blessing for sleeping during the heat wave that hit Rome during our stay.