Visiting Rome is so excited, even if it’s your first, second or ten time. There is something magical and artistic in the air that even if you are traveling for the weekend or a week, you will find something to do.
This year I had the chance to travel to Rome for the third time in my life. I had only 48 hours since the moment I land until the moment I drove to my next destination in Italy, Tuscany. I enjoyed every minute of it and put a cool and short guide for the things you can’t miss! So, before you are going on your next trip to Rome, I suggest pinning all your go-to places on the map, so when you are walking you won’t miss anything!
What to do
You don’t need to do a lot to enjoy the culture of the Italians. Walking around the small streets of Rome should be enough. Rome is like a large museum, and in every corner, you will find a fountain or piazza with a history. But there are some ‘star points’ places you cannot miss:
- Colosseum– an amphitheater the center of the city of Rome. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.
- Vatican City and museum– Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the famed “Laocoön and His Sons” as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.
- Piazza Venezia– he central hub of Rome, Italy, in which several thoroughfares intersect, including the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the Via del Corso.
- Trevi Fountain– one of the most famous fountains in the world, designed by Italian architect Nicola Slaviand completed by Giuseppe Pannini. Un urban tale says, if you throw a coin using your right hand over your left shoulder your wish will come true, and you will return to Rome.
- The Spanish steps– A lot of films filmed on the Spanish Steps and made them so popularsuch as Roman Holiday, but the true purpose of the Steps is climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
- Pantheon – The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. It was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD.
Where to eat
This cute place cut my eye on I was wonder around the Trastevere neighborhood. They serve pizza in a shape of pita sandwich. Great for brunch or a snack during the day.
Address: Piazza Trilussa, 46, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
My favorite place to eat in Rome. Every time I visited I couldn’t skip dinner there. The place close to the Trevi Fountain, and always at capacity (therefore, it’s recommended if you make a reservation on advance). Everything they serve is fresh and homemade.
My favorite: That’s Amore Pizza – Blue cheese and apples with béchamel sauce.
Address: Via in Arcione, 115, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Another restaurant that located a short walk from the Trevi Fountain, is very welcoming and cozy. The menu is full of egg-base pastas, and meat. For this place, I also recommend to book on advance. Don’t miss the lasagna while you there.
Address: 22 Via degli Avignonesi, Rome Latium 00187, Italy
Best gelato in town
It’s well known that Italy famous by the Gelato and Italian food. After eating two or three ice cream a day, I put for you the best ice cream in town:
Gelateria Della Palma,
Address: Via della Maddalena, 19-23, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Don’t miss this coffee shop
La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D’oro is located close to the Pantheon. My parents brought me here and claimed it’s the best coffee shop they know. From the outside is looks like a busy Italian coffee shop. Don’t let the crowed scares you! The line goes really fast, and people don’t stay more than 5-10 minutes. They have the best coffee I ever tried, and they are not expensive. Cup of espresso is about 0.80 cents!
Address: Via degli Orfani, 84, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Probably the most popular question I’m being asked, where to shop in Rome.
Most of the brands and designers has shops at Via del Corsso. A long street with all the designers and brand you wish. But personally, I like to shop in the small boutiques I find on the way. Rome has a lot to offer in terms of shopping and beautiful clothes, so I suggested to open the eyes and look for things you like on the streets.
Good to know: Italian and European brands are sold in Italy for good price. I suggest saving your money and buy here (don’t forget the tax free).
Where to Sleep
I’m Highly recommend to stay in the city while you traveling to Rome. The transportation is not that great, and you walk a lot during the day. You can find great hotels, and they don’t need to be so central.
On my last trip, I stayed at the Hotel Impero. Great hotel, located about 10-15 minutes walk from the center of Rome.
Address: Via del Viminale, 19, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Be sure to tag me when you getting to all these amazing places I recommended,
Hope you enjoy my tips!