Welcome to Rome, la città eterna! Despite the rainy weather (we weren’t very lucky on that), the city of Rome surprised me with its history, museums, Roman ruins, lovely narrow pedestrian streets and of course, the world famous Italian food! Looking for a weekend in Rome, check my personal tips below.
Rome travel tips
Besides all the well known must-sees, here are my personal tips:
– Book your hotel in the old city center. We stayed at Un Posto a Roma, which turned out to be a great B&B! Its location was perfect, since we could visit the most important sightseeings by foot.
– When in Rome, do as the romans do. Meaning going to the local market Campo de’ Fiore on Saturday morning, sip your caffè on a terrace, buy cookies at Biscottificio Innocenti, have pizza at Da Baffetto, ice at Gelateria del Teatro and pasta at one of the many osterias and trattorias.
– Get a combination ticket in order to visit the Colosseum, Palatino & Roman Forum all in one day. You won’t be dissapointed! Extra tip: shorter lines are to be found at the Roman Forum and Palatino.
– Wander the narrow streets of Trastevere in order to discover the real Rome. I specially enjoyed the Piazza Di Santa Maria.
– Some of the viewpoints we found along our way were free and definetly worth the climb: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, Piazza del Quirquinale, Via del Campidoglio and Pincio (this last one is next to a great park, Villa Borghese).
– Città del Vaticano is definetly a must see when in Rome. We skipped the long lines for San Pietro but enjoyed the Vatican Museum a lot (tip: buy your tickets online and be prepared for a huge amount of people on the entrance).
– Visit the beautiful Piazza Navona at least twice, over day and over night, in order to enjoy all its facets.
– Surprisingly it was very quiet along the river Tiber, so this is definetly a nice place for a walk.
– Some extra hidden gems we found (even though the whole city itself it’s like a big open museum): Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Del Campidoglio, Piazza del Grillo, Piazza di Sant Ignazio, Temple of Hadrian, Mercato dell’ Unità and Ponte Sant’Angelo.