Christmas season in Rome Italy🎄🇮🇹

Last year it is my first time to experience Christmas in other country, in a country where I was born – Rome, Italy🎄❤️

  • VATICAN

  • PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

  • PIAZZA VENEZIA

  • VIA DEL CORSO

  • SACRO CUORE

  • With mama and aunt

❤️🎄Christmas Day🎄❤️

They all say that Christmas there is not that so happy like here in the Philippines, but since it is my first time, for me it is such a great experience, most especially it is also my first time to be with my mom on a special holidays like this and to be with my other relatives.

Holidays like this is one of my favorites!🎄❤️

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-K🐘

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Circus Maximus, Giardino degli Aranci, Colosseo, Catacomb of Callixtus (Rome, Italy)🇮🇹

This is super duper late post actually😅 this should be posted last year but I don’t have much time to post because I really enjoy going everywhere in Rome, Italy that time!❤️

Still it was a good vacation so I’ll share it with you.

Whenever you want to go to Italy, this places are also good place to visit!👍🏻🇮🇹

  • Circus Maximus

– it is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue in Rome it is near Colosseo and it is between the Aventine and Palatine hills.

  • Giardino degli Aranci

– it is near Giardino delle Rose, I went there last time when it was summer time it was also a beautiful garden full of different flowers, this giardino degli Aranci is more of a park with a great view

  • Colosseo

– Colosseo again and again, everytime you’ll go here you will always be amaze of it and still want to have a picture with it because of its beautiful structure, unluckily I still didn’t get to go inside. Somedaaaay😊

After that we got hungry so we need to eat, I brought him to my fave restaurant in Rome, 100 montaditos.

After eating our friends followed us and we decided to go to Catacomb of Callixtus (a little far from the city)

  • Catacomb of Callixtus

– its is one of the Catacombs in Rome, mostly it contains the Crypt of the Popes. It opens at 9 am and closes at 5 in the afternoon, luckily we arrived there at around 4 in the afternoon, we still have time to roam around(little time hahaha)

But it was a beautiful place especially because of different tress there.

After that since my boyfriends house is near here we decided to eat dinner at his house😊

After that he accompany us going home.


My ootd⤵️

  • Top from Bershka
  • Pants from Tally Weijl
  • Shoes from Primadonna
  • Bag from Forever 21

Check my IG for this pictures ➡️ kristelbotana

-K🐘

Rome, Italy 2017 (Fall season)🍁🍂

Last time I went here in Rome(2015) I didn’t get to experience fall season because I already left around october that time.

Now that I got a chance to be here until the holidays here I love dressing up for this season, so new for me but little by little learning what to mix and match!😊

Like this, it was so cold but Mr. sun is up so it’s something just right for this day…

This was near Castel San’t Angelo and streets foing to Piazza Navona💃🏻✨

  • Top from Murashopclothing (IG shop)
  • Bottom from TheDollHouseShop (IG shop)
  • Shoes from Primadonna (Pom-pom shoes😍)
  • Jacket from Alcott
  • Cardigan from 101 New York

This one was yesterday, it’s colder even though there is a sun.

This was in Circus Maximus and some places near it then at Catacomb of Callixtus.

  • Top from Bershka
  • Bottom from Tally Weijl
  • Shoes from Primadonna
  • Jacket from Alcott
  • Sling bag from Forever 21


This is the Castel San’t Angelo⤵️

Piazza Navona⤵️

Circus Maximus⤵️

(sorry I don’t have a picture of just the view, i only have pictures of me and my boyfriend✌🏻)

Catacomb of Callixtus⤵️

Check my instagram ➡️ kristelbotana

-K🐘

“Fall” in love🍂🍁

Last saturday is our first monthsary so we went out for lunch date and to our favorite place Villa Borghese☺️

Because it’s fall season and it is getting so cold!🌬❄️

I’m loving this season even if I’m not used to cold weather🙈 because of the clothes that I got to wear and experiment matching it💃🏻

I love it because of the trees😂🍂🍁 and it’s my first time experiencing it so I was so amaze with everything, can’t wait for the Holiday season for this year!🎄🎄🎄

  • Top from mama
  • Bottom is Leggings
  • Boots

Check my IG ▶️▶️▶️kristelbotana💜


Because I’m so fond of doing love letters and it is one of my way to express how I really feel, I did some for him☺️

Red cards because color of love and green cards because it’s his favorite color💚

And I didn’t expect that he’ll give me something, so I appreciate it so much!😍

Here’s his gift for meeee✨

💚💚💚❤️❤️❤️💜💜💜
-K🐘

Basilica Volto Santo di Manoppello, Italy⛪️

Last November 1 we had a pilgrimage and it’s in Pescara, Italy.

Manoppello is an Italian town in the province of Pescara in Abruzzo region. It was familiar to me because I went once this year also in one of the church in Gran Sasso Abruzzo(Santuario di San Gabriele).

They say Basilica Volto Santo di Manoppello is one Holy place where a Manoppello image is inside that church.

Also beside that church is a cemetery and because it’s my first time doing my November 1 here in Italy, I was always in the Philippines during times like this and going to the cemetery to visit my late grandma and stay there for how many hours until night, but this time it’s different.

We had a pilgrimage and pray for our beloved ones who already passed away.

And the cemetery here is also different from the cemetery in Philippines, yes there are also Italian people visiting their loved ones who passed away but not like how we do it in the Philippines that we stay for how many hours in the cemetery.

And here are some of our pictures in that Holy Place☺️

  • with Mama❤️

  • with my Aunt☺️

  • with my friends🎉

  • with my boyfriend💚


And for my ootd💃🏻

“Red-yyy for you cold weather🌬❄️”

  • Top and jeans both from Tally Weijl
  • Shoes from Vans
  • Jacket and bag from mama☺️

Check my IG ▶️ kristelbotana

-K🐘

Autumn clothes

Since I’ll be still staying here in Rome, Italy I need to wear proper clothes so that I won’t get so cold, especially the weather in here is really starting to get cold.

I’m new in styling these kind of clothes, so I’ll start with basic styling.

For this one, I pair this top from bershka with my black high-waisted pants and the boots plus the jacket from mama👌🏻

  • Top from Bershka
  • Pants from TheDollHouseShop (IG shop)

And for this another top, still from bershka, I paired it with my simple pants and high heels boots.

  • Top from Bershka
  • Pants from Forme Clothing
  • Necklace from Swarovski (a gift from my mom)

With black jacket, again from mama☺️

And hello to my boyfriend right beside me😘

How I wish we have a season like this in the Philippines, but sadly we don’t. So I’ll just enjoy my stay here for a while and try every possible style for this season💃🏻🍂🍁🍂

Check my IG account ➡️ kristelbotana

-K🐘

Florence, Italy🇮🇹

After Pisa, we went to Florence — home of many masterpieces of Renaissances art and architecture.

1 whole day is not enough to rome around in this beautiful place! From it’s museums, churches, galleries, old streets and many things to see.

We didn’t have much time so we don’t see the inside of some duomo, museums…

  • Florence cathedral

It is the main church of Florence Italy, Il Duomo di Firenze.

  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge

It was one of the old bridge in Florence and it has an incredibly breathtaking sight! Also there are so many shops around it.

  • Museo di Palazzo Vecchio

It has a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue and it overlooks the Piazza della Signoria.


Check my instagram for other pictures⤵️

kristelbotana 💜

-K🐘

Pisa, Italy🇮🇹

Finally! After how many attempts of going to Pisa, this time we’ve finally made it.

The first attempt was last 2015, my first time in Italy, we didn’t go because we don’t have much time and i’m already going back to Philippines, the second time still can’t fix the date and time and people who want to go with us, then for that third time, finally!😍

Pisa, Italy is best known for its leaning tower.

It is located in the northern half of Tuscany, not far from the coast and about an hour west of Florence.

From Rome going to Pisa we ride the train first going to Florence for an hour and a half then from there we ride again the train going to Pisa for about an hour.

Popular photo opportunity with tourists is to pose as if one was either holding up or pushing over the tower.

And because it’s the famous pose, everyone in that place has been doing the same poses😂 so that makes the people around there to look like they are in thriller music video😂✌🏻 And also doing different poses was sooo difficult especially if you are not so good in taking pictures but it’s alright it’s part of the experience in going to that Leaning tower of Pisa.

Here are some of me and my mom’s epic fail pose!😅😅😅

Either it’s not in the right position or there are photobombers😂

But still we have fine pictures and some of it my uncle edited it because he’s good at it and it’s his work.

Then here are some other places around,

We also ate lunch near the tower and the food was great👌🏻


Then for my ootd⤵️⤵️⤵️

  • Top from Zara
  • Jeans from Tally Weijl
  • Flat shoes from H&M

-K🐘

Zaanse Schans, North Holland🇳🇱

For our second day in Netherlands, after breakfast and checking out in the hotel…

We went to Zaanse Schans.

Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the Netherlands.

Zaanse Schans is simply a town full of extraordinarily well-preserved architecture and traditions.

It is full of wooden houses, windmills, barns and workshops.


Be sure not to miss the cheese factory!👌🏻
Have a taste on different kinds of cheese and then you can buy it.

Then they also sell foods with cheese in the corner like nachos, sandwiches, snacks and more.

There is also a Zaanse Schans Museum.
But we didn't go inside so I don't know what to see in there but I think it's all about what you can see around the area.

Here are some of the places around it, with its windmills, museums, nature and culture where you can experience the industrial history of Netherlands. (with my mom as the model👍🏻😄)

They also have some pretty gardens around it💕

Also I love the houses with black paints, and other scenery in there.

To travel with my mom around Europe is one of my bucketlist and I am happy that we are doing it little by little👌🏻❤️

Also they have photographers roaming around and taking pictures of you then you can buy them if you want and it will be with a calendar in it.


Ootd ⤵️⤵️⤵️

"When in Zaanse Schans🇳🇱💃🏻"
↪️ kristelbotana's IG

  • Romper from Tally Weijl
  • Flat shoes from H&M
  • Bag from Forever 21
  • Cardigan from 101 New York

-K🐘

Amsterdam🇳🇱

Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands.

It was a great trip, specially the day we arrived there, there was a festival – Amsterdam Gay Pride is a yearly local LGBT parade of boats in Amsterdam's canals, held on the first Saturday in August.

After the ride on the boat, next was the hop on hop off bus. It was 28 euro if you want to ride both, the bus and the boat. The ticket is also good for 24 hours👍🏻

Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age.

Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk.

Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Because there was a festival the day we arrived, the people was all around and it was fun because there is also a party🎉💃🏻

Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

And the foods😍 Because not all can be found in Italy, and I miss these foods I feel happy that I got to taste it again👌🏻

KFC ⤵️

Starbucks⤵️

Macarons⤵️
Because I love macarons I just need to try it here in Amsterdam👌🏻

Also in Italy there is no Forever 21, and because I love that store, I also go there in Amsterdam👍🏻☺️

After strolling in the city of Amsterdam, we went to Volendam.

Volendam is a Dutch town on the Markermeer Lake, northeast of Amsterdam.

It’s known for its colorful wooden houses and the old fishing boats in its harbor, which is lined with seafood vendors.

After that we went to our hotel, we stay there for a night and it was worth it, it was a nice hotel👌🏻


Ootd ⤵️⤵️⤵️

"When in Amsterdam"
↪️ kristelbotana IG

  • Top from Suite Benedict
  • Bottom from Zuiki Italia
  • Flat shoes from Parfois
  • Cardigan from 101 New York
  • Bag from Forever 21

-K🐘