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.
Accommodation: 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?
Pretty cool: 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.
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.
Must try food/drink: Pizza. Pasta. Wine. Gelato. 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 ].
[ Next stop ]: Helloooo, Tuscany! A 90-minute train ride to Florence, Italy. Pick a window seat – you’re in for an amazing ride.
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