Santa Severa: one of Rome’s prettiest beach

A beach close to Rome, with clear water, a medieval castle, and some Roman ruins: why not?

Santa Severa, even though is not really a destination widely considered by foreign tourists, is in my humble opinion, a proper hidden gem that’s worth to visit especially if travelling during the summer months. If you need a break from the heat of the City, you might be surprised to hear how easy and close is to slip into the clean Mediterranean waters.

Santa Severa, amongst other destinations by the sea, is only 50 km from Rome.

The beach that surrounds the Castle is free, which is quite rare given the fact that in Italy most of the beaches are taken over by private owners (Stabilimenti).

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Named after its homonymous martyr, is believed to have been an ancient Roman port under the name of Pyrgi. Like its bigger neighbour Santa Marinella, it was a popular summer resort for the Romans as well as a fishing settlement supplying fish to the mainland towns and Rome itself. The outline of the Roman settlement is still visible, if you walk around the borgo (walled village) you will notice that the Roman-era foundations are made of massive cyclopean masonry. On top of this, the medieval borgo walls were built, from smaller stones, covered in plaster. Inside the walls, there is a small museum, a church and some small artsy shops.

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Here is the castle’s official website, where you can also pre-purchase the entry ticket: http://www.regione.lazio.it/santasevera/

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How to get there from Rome: https://www.rome2rio.com/it/s/Roma/Santa-Severa

Santa Severa is about 45 minutes away by train from either Termini or Trastevere station. The train ticket costs about €5, but access to the beach is totally free.

 

 

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Here’s your new favourite Swimsuit

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A swimming costume or bikini is probably the most important purchase of the Summer, so it’s one you want to get just right. Whatever your body shape and personal style, there’s a super swimsuit to suit you!

Stand-Out Swimsuit

If you want to turn heads on the beach then back away from basic black and go for eye-catching colour and pattern instead. Spots and stripes never go out of style, and a colourful cut-out swimsuit gives extra fashion points.

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Perfectly Petite

If you’re looking for a swimsuit to suit a small frame or bust then remember that voluminous frills and ruffles will both add interest. The gypsy-style Leandra Off Shoulder Bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez is a winner for those who dare to be different. The off-shoulder style is bang on trend too.

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Killer Curves

The halterneck bikini top is a curvy girl’s best friend for the beach. The Daisy Print Bikini by Dolce and Gabbana is super cute and there are matching retro-style high waist bikini shorts too.

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Poolside Posing

If you’re not actually planning on getting closer to the water than a poolside sunlounger, La Perla has some incredible swimsuits for posing up a storm in. The sequined ‘Dreamland’ plunge swimsuit is a white hot number that will go great with whatever cocktail you’ve got in your hand – just be careful not to spill!

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Waterpark Ready

Whether you’re keen to do some actual swimming, or want something that will stay put on the waterpark slides, a proper swimming costume definitely has a place in every suitcase. Onia has a good range of sturdy swimwear that will withstand the waves. The Devyn zip-up top is a sporty, supportive alternative, if a one-piece doesn’t appeal.

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These are the TOP Festivals in London

You can easily associate the Spring and the Summer in London to many things: like the unmissable Pimm’s o clock, the overcrowded parks during the lunch break on a sunny day, or the long-awaited Bank Holidays (and long weekends too), but also with the Festival season!

Here’s a round out of the top festivals in London and  for this year:

April

Ceremony at Haggerston Park April 29 Price £35

East London Urban Dance Festival: Garage, Grime and House 

May

  • When: May 12-14 Peckam Rye Music Festival Price £15-20 (day) £39.50 (for the weekend)  Where: Spread across various venues in Peckam (Link here https://peckhamryemusicfestival.co.uk/)
  • When May 26-28 Where at the Dome Price £17.50 – £25 (day) £60 (Weekend) Raw Power Festival. 
  • When May 26-28 We are FSTVL (Carl Cox,Basement Jaxx, Katy B and many more) Where at the Damnys Hall Aerodrome Price £67.50  (day) £119.50 (Weekend)

  • When May 27-28 Where at Victoria Park Steel Yard London EDM Kingpins (Martin Solveig amongst others) Sat Sold Out, Sun £45
  • When May 28 Where at Brockwell Park Gala Price £25-£30

June

  • When Jun 3  Where Various venues Camden Rocks £39.50
  • When Jun 3 Where at Victoria Park Field Day £64.50
  • When: Sat June 10th Where: Boston Manor Park, Brentford  Junction 2 Croatian inspired music festivals running for its second year. Price £39.50 http://www.junction2.london/
  • When: Sat June 10th Where: Various Venues Shepherds Bush Bushstock  http://www.bushstock.co.uk Price: £24
  • When: Fri June 30 Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Phil Collins Price £52.50-£72.50

July

  • When: Sat 1st July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Green Day Price £52.50-£72.50

 

  • When: Sun 2nd July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Justin Bieber Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Thursday 6th of July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Kings of Lion Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Sunday 9th of July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers  Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Friday 14th Sat – 15th Of July Where: Victoria Park LoveBox http://loveboxfestival.com/

 

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  • When: Sunday 16th July Where: Victoria Park  Citadel Festival Price £49.50

August

  • When: 5 August Where: Central London Bloomsbury Eastern Electrics From £24.95
  • When: 5 August Where: Trent Park Oakwood 51st State Festival From £35-£65
  • When: 12 August Where: Brockwell Park, Herne Hill Sunfall From £50-£60
  • When:26 August 27 Sunday August  Where: Clapham Common South West Four  £49.50-£99 pre-sale   http://www.southwestfour.com

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The Perfect Playsuit

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Playsuits are the ultimate versatile one-piece item of clothing – dressy enough to go partying in, comfortable enough to run around, dance and sit down in! Whatever your style and body type, there’s the perfect playsuit to suit you:

Relaxed Summer Style

A pull-on printed playsuit is the Holy grail of casual all-in-ones, ideal for heading to the park in this summer. The Lula Cold Shoulder Floral Playsuit by Ecot is a super cute take on the cold shoulder trend.

 

 Hitting the beach 

A bright, vest-style playsuit is great for throwing on over your bikini after a day at the beach. The bright floral pattern makes this H&M playsuit a winner.

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Eveningwear

When playing out after dark you need an elegant yet alluring playsuit to sizzle in. The one below is an example of what I mean 🙂

 

 

Dinner Date

A playsuit is an on-trend alternative to a dress for a dinner date as well, you can go for a piece with some lovely lace detailing like the for a gorgeous outfit for a romantic meal for two. This one from Modern Citizen is a culotte jumpsuit which will definitely fit for the occasion!

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Work, Work, Work

There’s no reason why a playsuit can’t work in the office. Choose a tailored playsuit for a smarter look. The smoke ring one from Free People with the flower embroidery is as perfect for the office as it is for going out on the tiles.

Lovely Loungewear

A jersey playsuit is a great addition to any loungewear wardrobe. The Deep V Lace Romper from Express is the ideal off-duty piece for comfy chill out time.

Lounge playsuit in red

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Top Five Shoes For Spring and Summer

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Summer’s here, which means it’s time to put those boots to the back of the wardrobe! These five fab shoes will take you from beach to festival and beyond for a brilliantly well-heeled Summer season:

1 – The Jelly

Cute, sweet and super practical for the beach, the jelly shoe is a Summer essential. Forget the t-bar jellies of your childhood though – grown-up jellies are a whole lot more stylish. Ted Baker has a fantastic range of gorgeous jelly shoes, including the Black Layered Bow Jelly Sandals. Or for something a little different, the Ancient Greek label has amazing jellies with unique wing detail at the ankle.

 

2 – The Gladiator

Strappy gladiators never go out of style, and they’re a great way to jazz up a swimsuit to go from beach to bar on holiday. If you don’t want to have to deal with awkward tan lines though, go for a pair that just strap up to ankle height! This pair from Ancient Greek Sandals is a dream for Summer.

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3 – The Espadrille Wedge

A wedge is the perfect Summer shoe when you want a little bit of height but still want to rock a casual look. An espadrille-style wedge is a great look for the beach, and will add height and laid-back style to your holiday outfits. Wear with everything from swimwear on the sand to a playsuit for afterdark adventures.

 

4 – The Heeled Mule

The mule is the ultimate slip-on slip-off Summer shoe, and makes a great replacement for your Winter courts. Choose an open toe mule with a heel like the Wanda Welted Mule by DKNY and you’ve got a very versatile shoe that works as well for the office as it does for long Summer evenings out on the town.

5 – The Clog

A chunky clog-style heel is ideal when you want a comfy, casual shoe for sightseeing or festivals. Look effortlessly cool in the sunshine in clogs and a boho style dress or cold-shoulder top. Free People is an exciting label with loads of lovely clogs in its Summer collection

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Spring is here: get yourself multi-Coloured!

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Multi-Coloured Magic

Although Summer is here, unfortunately, that doesn’t always guarantee good weather. Chase away the clouds with a rainbow-coloured outfit that will put you in a bright, sunny mood, whatever the weatherman says! Here’s some magical multi-coloured inspiration:

The Chloe ‘Jamie’ Sandal

Chloe is one label loving the multi-coloured strap sandal this summer, with several variations on the Jamie available. These chunky-heeled sandals have knotted straps in all colours of the rainbow, for perfectly pretty, colourful feet that will pep up any outfit! White is fantastic as it lets the colourful straps really pop. Also available in a wedge and in black.

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The Farragamo Sara Bucket Bag

The Farragamo Sara range has some super-sweet colourful arm candy that’s impossible to say no to. We love the Rainbow Bucket Bag, as it’s got a shoulder strap and a handle for extra versatility.

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The Valentino 1973 Range

The 1973 range by Valentino is an explosion of colour, with rainbow-coloured everything from bags, sandals and shoes to dresses, tops, shorts and coats. Amal Clooney was recently seen rocking the rainbow in the 1973 Striped Dress, so you’ll be in very stylish company!

Jaded London Rainbow Mesh  swimwear 

There’s no need to go top to toe rainbow to rock the multi-coloured look. If you prefer a more subtle style, choose a piece with just a pop of primary colour magic. This swimwear with a rainbow stripe pattern is all what you need to hit the beaches!

MiH Jeans Multi-Colour Chevron Skirt

If you prefer your colours on the more muted side, this sweet little suede mini combines inky blue, mustard yellow, red, brown and black to give a colour pop that’s less in your face. Guaranteed to look amazing with any simple black top.

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What to pack for your summer holiday

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Whatever your plans are for this summer, it’s always good to be wardrobe ready for every occasion. This is my list of staple items for this summer 2016.

1.The hat is from LOTUS FOEDORA By Janessa Leone

2. The swimwear is from bikini.com

3. The watch is Larsson and Jenkins

4. The dress is from TOPSHOP

5. Adidas Stan Smith

6. Zara Multicolor Pompom Embellished Leather Sandals

7. Trousers from Finery London

Hope you like it!

 

 

 

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What to do on a London Summer day

If you can’t beat the heat but looking for ways to cool down a little over these  “steamy” London summer days, here you can find some tips.

  1. Go for a swim at  the Lidos 
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London has few ponds, lidos, and pools to choose from. The most well-knowns are the Serpentine, Hampstead Heath Pond, London fields Lido. Here’s a list of the best lidos in London from the Londonist.

2.  Outdoor cinemas and Theatres

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Summer in London means watching outdoor screens, plays, and performances. Here’s a list of the best outdoor cinemas for this summer by the Independent.

3. Go to a festival 

A list of some of the London best festivals:

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  • Lovebox  Location: Lovebox Festival, Crown Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London
  • Field Day Location: Victoria Park, Grove Road, London
  • Citadel Festival Location: Crown Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London
  • Notting Hill Carnival Party Location: Merchant Square

4. Spend a day in Southbank

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Nothing beats a riverside walk, especially when the sunshine is in. You can browse the book market,fling yourself in the fountain just outside the Southbank River, head to Udderbelly (you can’t miss the big purple cow), or watch some street performers.

5. Beer Gardens!

Lastly, but not in order of importance, are the alfresco dining options available during the summer months. Pubs, cafe’ and restaurants add that “countryside” vibe by opening their gardens to the crowd. Some of them have the added bonus of an amazing view!

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The Ship – Wandsworth

 

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The White Hart – Stoke Newington

 

Hope you enjoyed my guide, but please let me know if there’s something you wish to be added to the list. 🙂

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My little guide to Mykonos: beaches, bars and restaurants

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Little Venice

 

My first gem belonging to my “travel collection abroad”, is Mykonos: here you go!

I have been to Greece a few times already, and every time I was experiencing a different moment of my life: after finishing high school, college and now in my early thirties. All I must say, those were totally different moments and therefore there were different ways to approach the vacation.

Personally, I am a chilled woman, who sometimes likes a bit of fun, and what could be better than an island, having your best friends there and the glorious summer sun?

You must have heard that Mykonos is a party island and, as much as I love having fun, that doesn`t  necessarily mean I enjoy all night parties any more, so at first I wasn`t too sure. However, as soon as I arrived I almost instantly fell in love with the little harbour nearby our hotel, the beautiful white alleyways of the Old Town and the amazing sunset. The architecture of the buildings are all in cubist styles: small and white squared with bright painted windows and doors. Apparently the owners of the buildings are only allowed to choose amongst 5 different tones. My favourite so far is the blue variant.

 

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The Paraportiani

 

I must admit that this Greek Island is truly charming; in terms of dimensions is a pretty small island. You can drive across the whole island in an hour or so via scooter. The Old Town is close to the main Ports and is where you`d go after the beach to have dinner or stroll around the various little bars and clubs. We stayed in Mykonos Town which made it easy at night as we avoided any kind of driving.

 

Daylife and beaches

White sand and crystal water,  choosing the beach is not a difficult task! We used to choose a nice quiet beach for the day and a livelier one for the afternoon.

Elia beach, a very long and a favourite celebrity spot,  the bohemian Ftelia Beach with its pricey restaurant on top, the Paradise and Super Paradise with their peculiar sunset aperitfs with music. All worth a try!

 

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Ftelia Beach

 

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Restaurants and dining

While you can find cheap gyros and fast food pizza, the rest of eating out is quite expensive. I`d recommend to try local fish taverns at least once. Kounelas fish tavern is my absolute favourite!

 

Bars and Nightlife

Sipping a cocktail while overlooking the sea at sunset is a must in Mykonos/ Places I`d recommend to go: Skorpios beach, Little Venice and the Old Town nearby the Port. There`s a great view on the windmills too.

 

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Sunset in the Old Town

 

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Sunset at the Port
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Windmills

 

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Windy days!

 

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