They say that Rome is an Eternal City full of history, and daily life on the streets of the Italian capital is what was captured in the film "La Dolce Vita" ("sweet life" or "good life"), directed by Federico Fellini in the sixties.
A one-hour flight with Alitalia from Trieste to Rome in mid-October, when the temperatures in the south of Italy are around 20 degrees, is a perfect choice for weekend trips and shopping.
A morning cappuccino in the garden of the Hotel de Russie, lunch in the Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina and an evening cocktail on the terrace with a stunning view over the Vatican City. This is one of those minor reasons why life is beautiful. The film image is not dear to the inhabitants of Rome, however it is precisely the Rome I personally favour and adore most. Rome, which offers luxury boutiques and small historical shops; Rome, which invites me to climb up the Spanish steps and allows me to get lost amidst the hidden streets.
I devoted part of the weekend to historical sight-seeing, which is endless in Rome, and I will have to make quite a number of visits to see all the sights. The rest of my visit was focused on the prestigious area Tridente - three main streets (Corso, Rippetta and Babuino) that cross the elegant Via Condotti and Via Borgognona and form the most amazing salon in the city, Piazza del Popolo.
I must admit that since my last visit to Rome a few years ago, this area is now more orderly, cleaner and offers a broader range of stores of the most famous Italian and world fashion designers. Bulgari, Pomellato and Pasquale Bruni are the famous names of Italian jewellery. Diamonds and pearls are followed by shops where you can find everything from Prada to Ferragamo, from Gucci to Tod's, and of course Versace, Valentino, Burberry, Hermes, Christian Dior, Luis Vuitton, Chanel and Puro Lopez.
It is impossible for me to leave Rome without at least a small "souvenir" of fashionable Rome in order to refresh my wardrobe - whether a neckerchief, shoes, a dress or just a fashion keychain.
"Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to...Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live." said Audrey Hepburn in the film "Roman Holiday". And she was right.