Rome Travel Guide

Hello hello! I am so excited to put this blog post together. I am just back from Rome last night and I got a tonne of questions about where we stayed, ate, and what we would recommend doing over there, so I am assuming that lots of you are planning to visit soon! 

I visited Rome when I was about 12 with my family, and I have been dying to go back ever since. It was honestly one of the stand out holidays from my childhood. I booked this trip for Conor and myself back in January as part of his birthday present, and I’ve been counting down the days ever since. 
Where we stayed
We stayed in the gorgeous Arpinelli Relais guesthouse which is located just behind the Trevi Fountain. I would 100% stay here again, or at least in the same area. It is definitely a tourist hub, but it’s bustling, busy and there is always a buzz, which is nice when you’re on holidays. It’s incredibly central and we actually walked everywhere all weekend so that says a lot!
Where we ate (and some additional recommendations)
La Pace del Palato – literally one of the best meals of my life!
That’s Amore – so many people recommended this place, I’m so glad that we went!
Il Chianti Vineria – this was right beside our hotel and a gorgeous people watching spot if you get a seat outside. I saw that Jodie Wood recommended this place on her blog so that’s why we went!
Enoteca Antica – this spot is near the Spanish Steps and is a really old bar, a gorgeous spot for people watching too!
Ditirambo – this was a place that I remember visiting so clearly with my family years ago and it stands out as one of my favourite restaurants ever. We didn’t make it this time but it’s so good I really wish we did!
When choosing where to eat, always check the reviews, aim for the family run trattorias and steer clear of the places who are coaxing people in, or that are in the major tourist areas.
What to do
On our first day we went straight to the Trevi Fountain, then on to the Spanish Steps, and then made our way down to the Pantheon. These are all absolute musts!
On our second day, we headed back to the Trevi Fountain early to get a look at it without the scores of crowds, it is always SO busy! We then made our way down to the Colosseum for a 9.30am tour. We booked our tour through Trip Advisor and I really couldn’t recommend it highly enough, it’s fascinating and just incredible to hear the history behind everything. From the Colosseum, we stuck with our tour guide who walked us over to the Roman Forum Ruins. We got to skip the line with her so this was a big plus to get into this area. We walked up to Paletine Hill and got to see a full view of the city, it was just stunning! From here, we walked all the way over to Piazza Navona and had lunch. Later that day after a 30 minute rest stop in our room, we walked down to Trastevere for a wander. We had read online that this was known as the West Village of Rome. If you are familiar with New York, you will not agree with this at all…I got more of an Alphabet City/East Village vibe, but that was just our opinion! Nonetheless it was bustling and very cute. A lot of people recommended eating and going for drinks down here, as it’s where a lot of locals hang out, so the food must be good! We didn’t get a chance to eat or drink here as we just had 2.5 days but next time we definitely will!
On our last day we decided to head over to the Vatican and have a wander around. We wanted to book in for a tour but unfortunately by the time we got around to it, everything was booked up, and we realised that the Sistine Chapel was closed on Sundays! I genuinely do think that we will go back though so I really don’t mind. We had a look around St. Peter’s Basilica, and at noon, the Pope made an appearance for prayers in the square. It was fascinating seeing everyone’s reactions to him, definitely a cool experience!
That was pretty much our weekend in a nutshell, if you have any other questions please feel free to send me a message and I will be sure to get back to you! I honestly could not recommend this city for a weekend break highly enough. This time of year was just perfect too. We ate our way around the city, sat out in the sun and just had a ball. I cannot wait to go back!
Niamh x
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