With rich history, magnificent architecture, delicious gelato and the finest of wines, there really is no place quite like Rome. With only two nights in the capital city, I barely scratched the surface, but there’s one thing I learned quickly – whether you are a history buff, foodie, architecture enthusiast, wine connoisseur, club-goer or art admirer, there is something for everyone in this ancient and beautiful city.
Grand Hotel Palace. The rooms in this five-star boutique hotel are colorfully decorated, spacious and fully equipped with all you could ever want in an overnight stay. After two months of sleeping in a bunk bed, I appreciated the comfort and size of the king-sized bed. Not to mention large showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, a flat-screen TV and wait for it … air conditioning. I was in heaven.
To make the experience even more exceptional, the staff is friendly and the service is off-the-charts. The on-site restaurant’s terrace is the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, too! Located in the center of historic Rome, you will be just a short walk from many major sights and a quick taxi ride to the main train station. Fun fact: The US Embassy, located just across the street, has the largest wine cellar of any embassy. When in Rome, right?
If you’ve visited Paris, you know the feeling of catching your first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a giddy “look, there it is!” feeling in your stomach, and you pick up your pace to arrive sooner. It’s the same experience with the Colosseum. The nearly 2,000-year-old amphitheater really is all it’s cracked up to be. Although I find the Colosseum’s original purpose quite disturbing, the architecture is stately and the history is enchanting.
Don’t miss it
Rome is a huge city, but the historic center is easily walkable. However, I recommend taking a “hop on, hop off” bus tour on your first full day. While these kinds of tours get a bad reputation for being “too touristy,” it will help you get your bearings of the city. The bus stops at most of the major must-see sights, like the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatino, Spanish Steps and Pantheon. Most of the buses have pre-recorded audio guides that provide detailed information on each site. For those who forgot to brush up on Roman history before their trip [like me], the information was really helpful. I left with a better appreciation for the sites and the city.
If buses aren’t your thing, you can accomplish the same thing with a walking tour. I always recommend tips-based walking tours [just be sure to tip at the end!].
Wish I had more time for
More gelato! More wine! More pizza! More relaxing! My two days in Rome were very rushed. Take your time in this city – enjoy that cup of coffee on a cafe’s patio, grab a cup of gelato and stroll through a park, pop into that boutique that catches your eye. Don’t rush yourself to all the major sites; take time to enjoy the little things all around you.
I’ve also always wanted to participate in a night walking tour. So many of the sites are so beautiful at night [such as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain].
Must try food/drink
Pizza. Pasta. Wine. Gelato. Espresso. Repeat Often.
Here’s a hint
- Since the Vatican City isn’t technically part of Rome, it wasn’t included in this guide. But don’t worry, a post on this beautiful place is coming soon, as it is not to be missed! The Sistine Chapel will leave you speechless [figuratively and quite literally – the security guards enforce a strict “no talking” policy].
- If you have limited time in Rome, I’d recommend purchasing “skip-the-line” tickets. While it’s a bit more expensive, it drastically cuts down the time you
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