Rome. The Eternal City. And also one of my favourite cities ever. There is so much history and beautiful art to see that you could live in Rome and still not see it all. However if you’re planning a weekend getaway you can easily see all the main landmarks, and this post will show you how. I will be outlining a weekend itinerary that will show you all the best things to do in Rome, from the main tourist attractions and points of interest, to the best restaurants and places to eat in Rome.
We started off the day on Saturday meeting at Piazza di Spagna, the starting point of our walking tour. If you take away anything from this post, this is the main advice I want to give you, walk everywhere! All the main landmarks are within walking distance of each other, yes maybe you will walk for quite a while but it’s definitely worth it, and the side streets of Rome are just as beautiful as the main landmarks.
From Piazza di Spagna you walk up the Trinita dei Monti staircase, at the top of which you will find your first pretty view point over Rome. From there you then walk towards Villa Borghese, a beautiful park with an awesome view over Piazza del Popolo. From there you can walk down to Piazza del Popolo, and enjoy the atmosphere there, where you’ll often find street performers.
On our way to the Trevi Fountain we stopped at La Vi for lunch, a fancy buffet place where for a set price you can eat as much as you want, and it’s all really tasty! We take our food very seriously in Italy, if you’re visiting for the first time over summer, you’ll want to check out these 10 things Italians want you to know. The Trevi Fountain will be busy. Be ready for that. Unless you visit on a separate occasion and go really early in the morning there will be a lot of people around. The urban legend says that you have to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good luck, and if you want to come back to Rome one day. I do it every time I visit Rome, and so far I keep going back, so I won’t be stopping this tradition any time soon!
From the trevi Fountain we walked to the Pantheon, another must see stop in Rome. The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church, and is known for its recognizable hole in the ceiling. More importantly however, right next to the Pantheon is my favourite ice cream shop in Rome! (it’s only more important to people like me, if you are more into history than me you should spend more time in the Pantheon itself). It’s called Della Palma and it has 100 different flavours of ice cream! It’s so amazing a seagull tried stealing my ice cream, check out the video for the full footage of this encounter with the local wildlife!
From the Pantheon you can then wrap up your walking tour by going to the Altare della Patria, and from there walking along the Fori Romani until you get to the Colosseum. The Colosseum will also be very busy, especially if you want to go see the inside. However it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the New World, so you know, it’s kind of a big deal and you should go see it. And this ends your walking tour for day 1 of your weekend in Rome! It personally took us from around 11am to 6pm to walk this (perfectly timed too as we got to see the sunset over the Colosseum) with lots of food breaks throughout the day, if you’re more committed you could see even more.
On the Sunday we had a more relaxed, since we had seen most of the key landmarks the day before. We walked from the train station (where we were meeting my dad who was coming from Milan) across to Castel Sant’Angelo, and then along the river all the way to Trastevere. Trastevere is a beautiful area to walk around, since a lot of the roads are entirely pedestrian, and each corner has beautiful architecture. It’s an open sky museum basically! We had lunch at an Osteria, my favourite kind of restaurant since they do big portions and not too expensive; Cacio e Pepe. We didn’t go to Vatican City and the Vatican Museums since we had already been on a previous trip to Rome, but if it’s your first time visiting I highly recommend going.
Italy is a beautiful country, with lots of amazing places to visit, however in my opinion Rome beats them all. Whether you come to Italy for the Tuscan countryside, the Sardinian beaches, the hikes in Cinque Terre or the fashion of Milan, make sure to pay a visit also to the Eternal City. Have you been to Rome? Do you love it as much as me? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out the video for the full footage of the weekend, and my tips for other destinations in Italy.
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