Ah Rome. The Eternal City, home to Julius Caesar and my new favourite city (sorry Amsterdam, I do still love you).
Myself and Toby spent a few days there at the beginning of the month and even though I’ve already written a post on my travel tips for Rome, I wanted to write another one. I just thought I’d give you more of an idea of what we got up to in case you’re jetting off there soon and don’t know how to plan your trip.
For reference, we stayed in Hotel White by the Trevi Fountain which is pretty central to everything and I would totally recommend staying in that area. You can literally walk to everything which is an absolute Godsend as taxis aren’t cheap and it’s nice to be able to walk around everywhere and go exploring. We found that we’d be walking down a little street which didn’t look like there was much at the other end and then BANG, there’s a massive piazza with big ancient buildings and cute coffee shops. That’s what I loved about Rome, even when we found ourselves getting lost, we’d end up somewhere completely new!
Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
How someone can take a trip to Rome and not visit the Colosseum, I will never know. This was at the top of our list of things to do and it didn’t disappoint at all. We jumped on the hop-on-hop-off bus which I spoke about in my last post and it only took 10 minutes to get to the Piazza del Colosseo. We had a chat with a few of the tour guides (don’t just go with the first one you speak to) and settled for a tour of all three areas for €30 per person which included skipping the queue, what a bargain! It was absolutely incredible inside the Colosseum and by far my favourite part of Rome, I had no idea how huge it was! We didn’t want to go to the Palatine Hill at first but it was so worth it for the breathtaking views of Rome, I’m so glad we went in the end.
Fortunately for us, we were only a short walk away from the Trevi Fountain which was our saviour. Whenever we were just having a mooch around the hotel, we’d always end up with a cup of gelato, sat on the walls surrounding the fountain. It’s such a great area to just absorb everything around you and people watch and of course, you must flip a coin in the water to ensure your return to Rome! Even though we loved this place, it gets extremely busy so I’d suggest coming first thing in the morning if you want to get some decent pictures without too much photobombing!
After thinking the Spanish Steps were miles away from us for most of our trip, we finally realised they were just around the corner (idiots, I know). We beat the crowds and managed to get there before it was too busy which was great for taking photos. In all honesty, there wasn’t masses for us to do around there so we just had a mooch around but the Trinità dei Monti look pretty spectacular.
I’ll start by saying, Rome is £££. Like seriously pricey. Neither of us actually bought anything in the end (bar a cap and I heart Roma t-shirt) because brands are way cheaper in the UK. However, that didn’t stop us from spending hours dawdling along Via del Corso and Via dei Condotti despite not actually being able to afford anything!
On the final day we grabbed a taxi to the infamous Vatican City which was heaving with tourists. You’ll never guess who we saw.. The Pope.. We only went and saw the bloody Pope! Not sure if I can swear in the same sentence but oh well! He was doing a speech to a massive crowd but we just peered through from the other side of security. We didn’t actually do a tour or walk around the area much as we weren’t massively interested but it looked amazing. If you’re even the slightest bit interested in the Vatican City then you should definitely go, it just wasn’t really for us!
Restaurant Pick: Piccolo Buco
Whatever time of day it was when we walked past this little restaurant, the queues were insane. Whether it was midday, early evening or 10 o’clock at night, there would be a snake of tourists and locals standing outside so we knew it was somewhere we had to go. We arrived as soon as it opened in the evening and got a table straightaway in the front half of the restaurant which is definitely the better area to sit. The pizzas were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and I strongly agree with the Tripadvisor reviews stating it was the best pizza in the world. The bonus was that it was far cheaper than the meal we had the previous night which consisted of frozen pizzas (don’t be shocked when the majority of the menus declare their food is cooked from frozen). If you’re staying near the Trevi Fountain you seriously need to grab a bite to eat here!
Bar Pick: Cesari’s Terrace
This is such a hidden gem and we were baffled that it wasn’t advertised at all – one of those places if you know, you know. It’s a rooftop bar on top of a hotel (which looked very swanky) with great views and it just makes the perfect place to chill out after a busy day sightseeing. It was practically empty so I don’t know if many people know about it but you should definitely check it out if you go!
Amongst all of these highlights, we did visit other places like Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo De’ Fiori, etc. but these are just our favourites!
I can’t recommend a city break to Rome enough, seriously we had such an amazing time! Toby was concerned in the beginning that we’d run out of things to do and just end up wandering around aimlessly but that wasn’t the case at all. Saying that, I’m glad we only went for three night/four days as any more would’ve felt like too long.
If you wanna ask me any questions about our trip or more details then just leave me a comment or tweet me and I’ll be happy to help!
Have you ever been to Rome? What did you get up to?