Ahh Rome – one of the most romantic cities in the world – my second visit here and I’d definitely recommend a trip for sun, food and sightseeing! We were here for four days which means you don’t have to rush around and really are able to take the time to see things, go back and enjoy the city.
Everything about Italy is completely over the top with delicious food, authentic wine, historical sites to see and overly lively people on every street corner! We stayed at Palm Gallery Hotel which is North East of Rome – about 20 minutes by bus near the embassies. It’s in a really peaceful area and the hotel was homely giving us lots of tips and advice, even booking our Colosseum tickets – a perfect base to relax!
On our first day after taking the train journey back from Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, we ventured out to the main area visiting the infamous Trevi Fountain and The Spanish Steps. It’s so nice to just wander around the city, popping into shops and people gazing whilst having something sweet: ice cream! A must-try is: San Crispino considered to be the best ice cream in the city with lines outside the door – note: they won’t serve it to you in a cone, claiming the taste of the cone interferes with the taste of the gelato. Favourite flavours were pistachio and melon (not together!). We then went to a traditional pizzeria at Da Buffato! The evening was spent wandering around Piazza Navona full of musicians and painters before we headed back to the hotel.
Our next day started with a trip to Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica which is a must-see on any trips to Rome. Vatican City is home to some of the most famous art in the world, it’s just next door to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world, containing the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. The Sistine Chapel is the famous for its frescos, ceiling and Last Judgement by Michelangelo.
Our third day started with coffee at Sant’ Eustachio, whose walls are pasted with celebrity testimonials. The coffee is so very good and I’d advise trying the frappe which is frothy and sweet. We then headed over to check out the monument of epic proportions that dates from AD 72: The Colleseum. A vast arena of entertainment, with a seating capacity of over 50,000 people, it could fill up in 10 minutes for gory battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals. Just around the corner, you can check out the ruins in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hills.
Our last day was spent wandering down the main street: Via del Corso towards Piazza di Popolo and Villa Borghese. There’s a fantastic vegetarian Italian around the corner: Il Margutta which mainly uses organic ingredients where we had a range of typical Italian dishes. Of course this was followed by ice cream!
Rome really is a must-see city and one where you can just wander around – good food, drink, sweet and sights – what more could you want from a city break!!