There are so many great places in Italy, but Rome is one of my personal favorites. Many people want to know what they should see or do in Rome. It, of course, depends on interests and time.
One of my recommendations is to find an apartment or hotel in the Flaminio area. It is a great location and extremely convenient! The River Palace Hotel is an amazing hotel with outstanding staff; the rooms are small, but the staff and location make it worth staying there.
I have only good things to say about Italy Perfect Apartments. And this one is in the same neighborhood as the River Palace Hotel.
Just a short walk away, you will find:
The entrance into Piazza di Spagna; where you will find the Spanish Steps!
In this area, you will find amazing food and shopping. Something I love to do in this area is get some gelato and people watch while sitting on the Spanish Steps.
If shopping is your thing, this is the place to be! The name of the street is Via Condotti; starting across the street from the bottom of the Spanish Steps. This street houses Hermes, Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, La Perla, and Jimmy Choo. If you cannot afford to shop like that, you want to visit Via Frattina to find some less expensive shopping like Andrea Fabiani – an amazing Italian shoe store.
If food is what you’re after, you will find some great chocolate and gelato at Gelateria Venchi. The Gina Cafe is also affordable and has typical cafe food; salads, bruchetta and sandwiches but you can also purchase a stocked picnic basket to add to the fun. Another favorite among Italians is Nino, a much more expensive option but, when in Rome…
Maybe your interest is Italian nightlife. This is not the area for nightlife, unless you want to watch street performers that aren’t ready to go home. It’s mostly closed by the time the party-goers come out. (more on this later).
There are some things you just can’t go to Rome and not do. To begin, you have to see the Colosseum – the most visited historical site in Rome. It was the largest amphitheater ever built and once held up to 50,000 spectators. It is said that at least a million animals have died in the fights which is only a fraction of the number of men (400,000) who lost their lives in the Colosseum.
While you are in the area, the arch of Constantine and Palatine Hill are not far from the Colosseum. If you are familiar with the story of Romulus and Remus; Palatine Hill was supposedly the location of the cave where Lupa kept them alive. It is also the location of Julius Caesar’s grave.
The Roman Forum is also nearby. And this is the better area for night-lifers: the Ice Club is not far away, but make sure you are wearing shoes – sandals can’t hold up long in the -5 temperature. It opens around 5pm, so it’s a great way to cool down after touring the Colosseum. You may also want to check out the Colosseum Pub Crawl where you get drinks, pizza and sometimes a free t-shirt.
If you prefer nightlife, but not clubbing, you may want to eat at a restaurant overlooking the Colosseum lit up at night; tasting Italian wines and foods.
Also, while actually Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, it is technically located in Rome. You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy the Vatican Museums which are full of art and history.
The Vatican museums are over 9 miles long. It has been said that if you spent only a minute admiring each painting, it would take 4 years to see it all. Most tours end in St. Peter’s Square unless something special is happening at the Vatican that day.
Of course no trip to Rome is complete until you visit the Trevi fountain and toss a coin in, because legend says that everyone who tosses a coin in the Trevi will return to Rome some day.
So that is my quick overview of what to do in Rome, Italy. If you would like a Roman experience of your own, contact us to plan your trip.