Rome is famous for being one of the most historical, romantic, and exciting destinations in the world! Whether you are visiting to enjoy the spectacular fresh Italian food or to see the architecture and sights of the lovely city, you wont leave disappointed. Italy is best known for its ancient Roman and Renaissance architecture. There are interesting structures everywhere you look. I love spending time walking the streets, seeing the famous architecture, meeting new people, and enjoying a cup coffee or gelato. I also enjoy going off the beaten path and spending time discovering the hidden streets and villages. Italy is definitely a magical place! If you are planning a trip or thinking about traveling to this lovely destination; here is a a brief description of what I did on my trip, as well as a guide on what to and where to go.
What to do:
Visit the Vatican:
The Vatican is closely tied with Rome’s heritage, and there is a wealth of art and history to explore in its Vatican Museums. There is so much amazing art to see and incredible information to learn here. I would highly recommend to book a tour guide when visiting this historical monument. The Vatican museum is the museum of museums. Because it is so grand and famous, it became the smallest country in the world. While at the Vatican, be sure to see St. Peter’s Basilica; the most impressive church on earth, with Michelangelo’s Pietà and dome.
Roman Forum and Colosseum:
The Forum houses the Colosseum, Trajan’s market, and the relatively intact ancient Via Biberatica. The Roman Forum was the place that held public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial wars in republican times. The Roman Forum shows remains from several centuries all together, because of the Roman practice of building over preliminary ruins. The colosseum is a very impressive monument with great detail. I would highly recommend scheduling sometime to visit this great area.
A dynamic staircase of 138 steps that connect the lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper piazza Trinita dei Monti, with its beautiful twin tower church dominating the skyline. It’s a great place to sit down, people watch, enjoy the atmosphere and see views of the Eternal City. At the lower end of the stairs you will see a baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. These steps lead you right down to the trevi fountain.
What an magical place this is. You can feel the love in the air. There is something so beautiful about every person making a wish as they throw a coin into the fountain. Come here; once, twice or three times and throw a coin in the iconic Trevi Foiuntain. The fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and portrays the sea god Oceanus with his seahorses. As we walked the streets of Rome, we somehow always ended up walking to this powerful site.
The word Pantheon is a Greek adjective meaning “honor all Gods”. It is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument to this day. It is a mystery on how the Pantheon managed to survive barbarian raids, when all the rest of the Roman monuments were shattered. The most fascinating part of this monumental building is its giant dome, with its famous hole in the top (The eye of the Pantheon, or oculus). If you have only a few hours in Rome, you should absolutely visit the Pantheon. There are many restaurants nearby, where you can sit, enjoy good food, and observe this amazing monument.
The beautiful Villa Borghese is a villa on a landscape garden in the middle of Rome. The grounds were constructed in the sixteenth century as a “party villa” for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It now houses the famous Galleria Borghese and the villa’s gardens. This garden is a great place to walk around, grab a cup of coffee, soak up some sunshine, go for a run, appreciate some popular architecture, and see fine art. The other amazing thing about this park is that it is shaped as a heart.
If you want to see Rome in all its glory, you have to go to the Piazza Navona. This area is full tourists, artists, street performers, priests, paupers, and of course the lovely Romans.
This place is a wonderful trip into history. You can spend hours walking, enjoying sunshine, history and nature. It’s about 15 mins from the city and is part of the first Roman roads. Walking on the Appian Way is a fantastic way to soak up the ancient history of this incredible city.
Where to Eat:
A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without enjoying its incredible cuisine! Rome has some of the best restaurants in the world! Once you taste true Italian food, you’ll have a whole new love for food and Italy.
That’s Amore– I love the ambiance here. Their dishes are unsurpassed, the flavours are a dream. The pasta and few appetizers we ordered were delicious, and the prosecco was great.
La Pergola – Amazing 5 star dinner. The nine course gourmet tasting menu is sublime. The wine pairings are perfect. The view is amazing- overlooking the city, the Vatican and St Peter’s. It was an overall unforgettable experience.
Ciampini, Rome – Enjoy your meal while getting one of the best views in Rome. This restaurant was excellent in all areas; food, service and the gorgeous view.
La Maddalena Pizzeria – Must go for lunch or dinner. Spend some time enjoying the views of all the architecture, listen to live music, eat well, drink some wine and experience Roma. We went here 3 times because we loved it so much
Da Francesco – Real italian fresh food. A cute little Italian restaurant with best pizza I’ve ever had. Once you try this place, your love for pizza will reach a whole new level.
Life restaurant – Spectacular from start to finish. One of the best meals I enjoyed while in Rome. Upscale fine dining and high quality food. The ravioli, sea bass and deserts are highly
recommended. This place is a MUST, if you’re in Rome.
Pierluigi – A sophisticated, cosmopolitan restaurant hidden away in a sweet Italian Square, near an open market area in Rome. The seafood and each course was absolutely amazing. Their ice-cream was mouthwatering too.
Rosati, Rome – Location is excellent, on the edge of Piazza del Popolo. The food was very good and the service was quick. I really enjoyed sitting outside, eating lunch, soaking up some sunshine and people watching.
Best spots for gelato:
When in Rome, you must enjoy gelato.. more than once! Rome has the best gelato that I’ve ever had. I love to enjoy a cup of true Italian gelato while walking up and down the city streets. Here are a few gelato shops I really liked.
*La Gelateria Frigidarium
Where to Stay:
There are so many great places to stay in Rome, but the one place that truly made an impact on my vacation was the Grand Hotel Via Viento.
Grand Hotel Via Viento
I had such a wonderful experiencing while stay at the Grand Hotel Via Viento. I stayed at this charming hotel for 12 days. This hotel is first class in every way. The staff are attentive, helpful and very friendly. The room was perfect; luxurious, large, and clean. This hotel had the perfect European ambiance and was very chic.
This hotel has the ultimate location. Delicious restaurants, coffee shops, and all of the major city attractions are within walking distance, except the Coliseum and Vatican.
The spa is one of kind, state of the art, and looks like a peaceful sexy nightclub. It has an awesome steam room, large Jacuzzi, and a soothing place to relax. There is also a fully equipped gym to get your morning yoga practice or workout in.
If you’re thinking of traveling to Rome, I would highly recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Via Viento.
Italian, of course, which is known as the language of love and romance.
Euros. You can also use your credit card.
Rome enjoys amazing hot weather in the summer, and temperate weather with averages of 60 degrees Fahrenheit in fall and spring. During winter expect very cold weather, snow, and rainfall.
Best Time To Go:
I recommend traveling to Rome anytime from April to September. when the weather is warm and pleasing, you can enjoy your Roma experience even more.
My experience in Rome was magical, more amazing than words can describe. It was a dream of mine to travel to Italy with my mother and sister, and I am so grateful to have had that dream come true. There are so many special things about Rome. You can feel the love in the air!