Rome has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. So much history, stunning architecture and fantastic food. It’s a great city break destination, or a good add on for a trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Rome is actually pretty small, so it’s easy to get around on foot. Taxi’s aren’t too expensive, but be warned – Italians are famed for their dangerous driving. (During a taxi ride to the airport our driver was texting, smoking and driving the car with his knees!)
Where To Stay
It’s great to stay central where most of the historic sites are, but my favourite area is Trastevere, which is just over the river Tiber in the west of the city. It’s really lovely neighbourhood, full of lovely little bars and café’s.
What To Do
There are loads of historical sites to visit, but a must is the Coliseum. This is always really busy, so it’s good to book in advance. You can also do a night tour below the arena. (It was sold out when we visited, and gets booked up a few weeks in advance).
Another major tourist attraction is Vatican City. It’s worth allocating at least half a day (probably a day) as it takes a while to walk around and there is lots to see. Be prepared to queue to get in. It’s definitely worth a visit, and St. Peter’s Basilica is stunning.
Also worth visiting are The Pantheon (doesn’t take long and easy to pop in and out), Palatine Hill and the Forum (Nice for a wander), Trevi fountain – touristy but it’s everyone goes to throw a coin into the fountain for luck, and the Spanish Steps – again, touristy but nice, and if you go, then head up to Villa Borghese afterwards, which is a park on a hill and very nice.
Probably the best view of Rome is from Gianicolo Hill near Trastevere. It has amazing views of Vatican City, and you can pretty much see the whole of Rome from there.
Food And Drink
As with most major cities, avoid eating right next to the tourist attractions, but other than that, in general the food in Rome is amazing. I personally love the small bars and restaurants in Trastevere, which have a more authentic feel to them.