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The Italian B&B Al Colonnato di San Pietro located in central Rome is the 400th hotel added to our site.

"The Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance from Saint Peter's Chatedral, the Vatican's Museums and Castel Sant'Angelo. Trastevere, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, as well as Trevi's Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are in the vicinity. The Colusseum, the Forums, Villa Borghese and all other tourist attractions are situated 10/20 minutes by bus."

VegTrip in Italian

We are happy to announce the release of a dedicated Italian version of VegTrip. Go check out it.vegtrip.com to browse the numerous vegetarian, vegan and often organic accommodations available all over the country. For some additional inspiration, have a look at our vegan vacation in Rome

 

Finding vegan shoes

Finding good quality vegan shoes is not always easy. We therefore set out to visit the shop Il Gatto con gli Stivali (literally "Puss in boots") in Rome to try out a few different brands.

These are not your average fake leather shoes but are made with comfort and quality in mind. They are made out of high quality, breathable materials. Having tried out several pairs while walking the streets of Rome we can confirm that this is really the case.

The shoes we tried out are mainly manufactured by four different companies, di Romeo in Italy, Vegetarian Shoes in the UK, Novacas in the US and finally Cri de Coeur. We also tried ordering a few shoes directly from di Romeo and this worked out great.

 

di Romeo is an Italian brand which is also available online

 

Vegan women shoes, vegan purse and vegan wallet

  

More vegan shoes

To sum up, most of the shoes that we tried were very comfortable and so far seem to be of high quality. If you look around, especially in bigger cities it's relatively easy to find shops selling vegan shoes and if you happen to live very far from one, many of the brands have online shops shipping worldwide.

For vegan and vegetarian places to stay while shopping for shoes, check out www.vegtrip.com

Vegan Vacation in Rome, Italy

We visited Rome in late February for a welcoming spring break away from the winter storms and to see what the Italian capital had to offer in terms of vegan food, accommodations and shopping (and Roman ruins).

The Colosseum

HappyCow already suggested that there is a fair number of vegetarian restaurants many of which also offer vegan options. We unfortunately did not have time to try all of them but will have to save some for our next visit.

On our first night we decided to start with an Ayurvedic restaurant called Bibliothe, it was close by had vegan options and most importantly, was open on Mondays which seems to be a day many vegetarian restaurant owners considers their day off. We found out that the name of the restaurant comes from the fact that it is housed in an old library and they actually offer books both to borrow and to buy. All this promised a very cozy setting.

We went for their 25 euro menu, which was completely vegan and, in case you are hungry, is highly recommended.

 

The next day we went to a fantastic restaurant that quickly became our favorite, Ops! Cucina Mediterranea

Ops! Cucina Mediterranea

This restaurant is open both for lunch and dinner and is listed as being 80% vegan on HappyCow. However, each time we went there all the food was vegan. The restaurant features a large vegan buffet with an impressive selection of different dishes – you put as much as you want on your plate and pay for the weight. They also offers various freshly pressed juices – a welcome energy boost after walking the streets of Rome! We ended up coming back here several times.

 

 

We also went to a few non-vegan restaurants and found that generally it was easy to find vegan options on the menus. Highly recommended is the Pizza Marinara which in its original form is always vegan.

 

There are several purely vegetarian or vegan hotels available in Italy and at least two that we know of in Rome, for example The Beehive Hotel which we’re planning to visit next time.

 

The Beehive Hotel in Rome, Italy

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VegTrip aims to facilitate travel planning for people looking for vegetarian or vegan friendly hotels, bed & breakfasts or guest houses while at the same time promote businesses providing such services.

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