Rome takes me to days of adventure, romanticism and happiness.
I’m sure this is a top destination for most travelers and the capital of Italy deserves all the credit. It might not be exotic, but it’s a great classic.
Delicious Italian food, the Roman Empire days you studied in school, the Vatican, all the great masterpieces of art waiting for you to enjoy in museums, ancient streets, elegant Italians and the possibility of exploring an amazing country.
One of the things I love about this Rome is its history and art,
you can find a treasure anywhere and unexpected surprises are plentiful.
Strolling about and finding these beautiful treasures is unforgettable: a beautiful square or magnificent artwork in a column or a fountain is an incredible experience for those who love art or want to appreciate the beauty of it. Speaking of art, The Vatican Museum is the place to go. There are so many classics within its walls that you could spend days admiring the beauty of its pieces.
The San Pedro Basilic and the Sistine Chapel are two of the most impressive place I have ever seen.
I’m sure that you will be speechless when you are in front of the amazing work Michelangelo did on that ceiling. St. Peter’s square and the magnificent Baroque baldachin created by Bernini won’t let you down either.
As I’ve said in other posts, I like discovering the cities I visit by absorbing everything. I would say I love slow traveling! When I visited Rome, it was no exception and of course I grabbed a taxi or a bus, but I walked most of the time.
There are so many things to see in Rome and some things you have to see no matter what.
The Collosseum is one of them. You can almost smell the gladiators getting ready for battle. A few other musts are The Pantheon, the Castel Sant’Angelo, the Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum and the Trastevere.
I think you have to travel to Italy with all of your five senses.
Food plays an important role in so many Latin cultures and of course it does so in Italy. Eating a tasty gelato
or enjoying a traditional and delicious homemade pasta dish on a terrace to watch Roman days and embrace the atmosphere of the city is something I really enjoyed. Take your time, enjoy the smells, colours and flavors.
The Piazza Spagna is another fantastic place to check out. Climbing up the stairs to enjoy the view is a great experience and you can peek at painters' canvasses who are capturing the moment. Take out your camera and capture the beauty of this place and the city skyline.
This wouldn’t be a complete post on Rome if I didn’t say this, you have to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
Tradition says you have to take the coin with your right hand, stand with your back to the fountain and throw the coin over your left shoulder into the beautiful work of art; with this you will assure your return to Rome.
I’m not superstitious, but just in case, you know… I have already visited the city three times, so it might not be completely untrue!
Where to stay in Rome and the Best restaurants to eat in Rome
Rome is divided into 22 neighborhoods (rioni
. Most of the points of interest are within the historic center of the city and that makes it one of the best areas to stay in Rome. Staying in downtown puts you within walking distance of many historic buildings and points of interest.
A great neighborhood to stay in is the Trastevere. It has a great bohemian style and a happening nightlife that you can enjoy after your long day of sightseeing. If you are looking for a more central location near the cultural and historic sights I recommend you stay in the Trevi or the Parione neighborhoods. Here we have summed up some of our favorite places on where to stay in Rome, the neighborhoods, where to eat in each of them and our favorite hotels.
Where to stay in Rome: Campo Marzio neighborhood
This is an exclusive shopping district with many cultural points of interest. That makes it a good area to stay in Rome if you are looking for a lively neighborhood with pedestrian streets and select boutiques to shop at, fine restaurants to enjoy Italian delicatessen and old-fashioned trattorias.
Best hotels in Campo Marzio
a beautiful and exclusive boutique hotel
located at the top of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza Trinita’Dei Monti. With this unbeatable location this hotel is a perfect choice to stay in a luxurious atmosphere near the Villa Medici, the Pantheon and the Borghese Gardens.
The Inn At The Spanish Steps Hotel:
this is a beautiful five star hotel
located in a 17th
century building that has converted it into a private guesthouse. The rooms are decorated with authentic antique furniture and some of them have original frescoes for you to admire. All bathrooms are equipped with Jacuzzi tubs.
Best restaurants in Campo Marzio, Rome
(Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6): In the Hassler Hotel this one Michelin-Starred restaurant has a beautiful panoramic view of the historic Rome. The view is accompanied by the refined flavors of the chef’s reinterpretation of Italian food.
Best place to stay in Rome: Trevi Neighborhood
Michelangelo lived in this neighborhood until he died. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants and the atmosphere is probably the one we like the most in Rome.
Hotel De Russie:
this is a luxurious property within the posh Trevi neighborhood. I love it because it is a great experience in itself and it’s a 7-minute walk from the Spanish Steps. It has a delightful spa and a great restaurant with a garden where the Celebrity Chef Pierangelini's serves his delicious food.
Best restaurants in Trevi Neighborhood, Rome
If you are looking for an exquisite experience, try this restaurant. Located in the Hotel Bernini Bristol, the chef Andrea Fusco serves contemporary Italian food in a modernly designed dining room.
Best place to stay in Rome: Trastevere neighborhood
This area is ideal if you want to live an authentic Roman experience. The area has a decadent charm that we love. The narrow cobblestone streets have plenty of restaurants in buildings that are hundred of years old. Gelaterias, Trattorias, churches… wander around and discover this area. With so many good options to eat in Trastevere, it’s difficult to make a mistake, but one thing I love is asking locals for their favorite place, they know better, right?
Best hotels to stay in Trastevere
: it is a beautifully designed hotel. After a renovation it makes a cultural and artistic statement that differentiates itself from other hotels in Rome.
Hotel Residenza Santa Maria:
This is a casual boutique hotel
located in a typical Trastevere street with a cute interior garden. The hotel has renovated the antique building and preserved some of the beautiful architectural structures. Don't expect luxurious rooms, but they are comfortable and you’ll be in a great location to enjoy this lively neighborhood.
Best restaurants in Trastevere, Rome
(Piazza di Santa Cecilia 24): this ristorante pizzeria in the heart of Trastevere is an excellent option to taste Roman and Lazio cuisine in a quiet atmosphere far from the crowds.
(Via Giovanni di Castel Bolognese 63): Roman cuisine in this family run trattoria serves a wide range of pastas and antipasti (starters) that you can enjoy along with a glass of wine.
Castro Pretorio Neighborhood, Rome
This is a perfect neighborhood to stay in Rome if you are looking for a central location. You’ll be close the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, it will make it easier to get to those touristic places early so you can avoid the crowds.
St. Regis Grand Hotel:
Featuring all the luxury of the St. Regis brand, the St. Regis Grand Hotel is in an aristocratic Palace overlooking the Piazza Esedra. It’s been recently renovated and offers you Belle Epoque elegance; you can enjoy a cocktail in their beautiful Le Grand Bar after a long day sightseeing in Rome.
this is your hotel if you are looking for a modern design located in a historic building. The hotel has a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the view.
Best place to stay in Rome: Campitelli Neighborhood
In this historic and cultural neighbourhood unknown to most tourists
, you’ll be staying in the very heart of the antique Rome. In the Campitelli Rioni you are within a walking distance of some of the most important points of interest in Rome, such as the Foro Romano, the Arco Di Constantino, the Circus Maximus and the Capitolini Museum.
This brand new hotel offers you a modern stay in a romantic and historical location. Rooms have great decor and offer a beautiful and peaceful garden. Close to the Kolbe hotel is the Circus Maximus’ farmer’s market, which you have to enjoy!
Best restaurants in the Campitelli Neighborhood, Rome
Terre e Domus
(Piazza Foro Traiano): Facing the spectacular Trajano’s Column, this restaurant serves local Roman classics based on locally sourced products.
Best hotels in Pinciano Area, Rome
Aldrovandi Villa Borghese Hotel:
member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers you an outstanding experience during your stay in this recently renovated palace by the gorgeous Borghese gardens. In this glamorous area you’ll be close to the commercial centre, the Piazza di Popolo and the Spanish Steps.
Best place to stay in Rome: Parione neighborhood
: close to the stunning Piazza Navona this elegant hotel
is an elegant option in a neighbourhood I'm especially fond of.
Best restaurants in the Parione Neighborhood, Rome
Fortunato al Pantheon
(Piazza della Cancelleria 74): Close to the Piazaa Navona, this is a traditional restaurant in Rome where they serve authentic Italian food. It has a homey feeling and the price is right, plus they're a lovely terrace in the warm season (Closed in Sunday).
(Via dei Giubbonari 21): This has been a family run business for generations; it used to be a grocery store where they had the best ingredients. They have put that experience into the delicious dishes they serve. The concept of this store is now a refined, multi-functional gourmet bodega with a small restaurant and a great wine offer. Here you can buy some gifts too so you can take some of the delicatessen they sell to your home.
Forno Campo de' Fiori
(Vicolo del Gallo, 14): here you can have a delicious crispy pizza!
Best place to stay in Rome: Outskirts of Downtown
(Via Tuscolana 128): This new hotel is one of the coolest hotels to stay in Rome. It has innovative architecture that awakens your senses through lights, sounds and furniture. It is not a central location and you won’t be close to the major city sights, but to make up for it you’ll be able to enjoy a truly Roman area.
Castello Della Castelluccia Hotel
: Located in the outskirts of the city, the hotel rests on the green hills of the park of Vei. The ruins of a roman villa were transformed into this stunning Hotel. The Castello Dela Castelluccia is an excellent choice if you want to relax and stay in a peaceful location.
(Via Statilio Ottato 110-116): This restaurant located in the Cineccita serves one of the best pizzas in Rome.
Best Ice Creams in Rome
Carapina: Here you can have one of the best ice creams (gelatos
) on the planet with seasonal, premium ingredients.
Gelateria del Teatro: you’ll have to get in line, but that is usually a good sign right? They change the menu daily so there's usually a pleasant surprise if you want to come back, which I’m sure you will.
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