What does the Italian capital of Rome have to offer ? Five days of ‘dolce vita’ (A life of heedless pleasure and luxury). This was a very special trip as I got to share it with my entire immediate family. Our first family trip in twelve years. When you turn 30, it is imperative to spend that entire year celebrating and experiencing the world.
What does it mean to have a large bucket list ? Simply a desire to acquaint yourself with more than what you know. To see every last morsel of what the earth has to offer. Its addictive right ?
Where did I stay in Rome? 900 Via Nazionale, Luxury Apartment (Airbnb)
The apartment was a very short walk to both The Colosseum and The Trevi Fountain. The total cost was €1135.50 for 4 days and 4 nights (€189.25 per person/6 in our group) The apartment was SPECTACULAR. The décor was elaborate and beautiful. The space was glamorous and spacious. It literally emulated everything that symbolises Rome. Our host Stefania couldn’t have been any more accommodating. She even allowed us the use of the apartment on the day of our check out, since we had a late flight and she had no other guests coming. A totally unnecessary kindness that added to the comfort of our trip.
Here’s a detailed look at my five day itinerary, in the hope of making your next trip to Rome a very unique one.
- Trevi Fountain
- An Italian style breakfast at Dante’s Caffe (€9 for three Espresso’s & three delicious Italian pastries)
- Palazzo Venezia
- Arch of Constantine
- ★★★★★ Experience – Guided tour of The Colosseum, Palatine Hill and The Roman Forum with Headout Tours. A three hour experience with an audio headset and an amazing tour guide for €34.30. https://www.headout.com/tour/3075/italy/rome/guided-tour-with-skip-the-line-access-to-colosseum-roman-forum-palatine
- Dinner at La Taverna (Authentic Italian food at a great price) and close to Colosseum. We topped it off with a drink and a view in Hotel Forum’s American rooftop Bar (€17 for an Aperol Spritz)
- To finish off the evening we went to Trastevere (The top spot when the sun goes down)
- ★★★★★ Experience – Dinner at La Tavernetta 29 Da Tony e Andrea. This was one of the food highlights for us on the trip. Full of locals, it was vibrant and buzzing. Incredible Italian food and drink. (Less than €200 for starters & mains for 6, including drinks, free breads and sorbets)
- Last stop on our fulfilling first day – Gregory’s Jazz Bar which was on route back to our apartment for a cheeky Whiskey Sour.
Wearing my audio headpiece for the tour of The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill.
- The Spanish Steps & Trinita Dei Monti
- Villa Borghese & Borghese Gardens – Since it was raining we decided to rent an electric buggy to see the entire grounds, which was great fun (€30 for one hour/ for four people)
- L’argo Di Torre Argentina – A cat sanctuary in Rome where hundred’s of cats live and get adopted. The location is also tied to Roman history here where the famous emperor Caesar was murdered. Don’t forget to follow the stairs underground to see where the adoptions takes place.
- ★★★★★ Experience at Mr 100 Tiramisu. Yes you heard me right 100 types of Italian Tiramisu. This gorgeous wine & cake bar is both indulgent & cool. We stayed for hours and even visited a second time before we flew home (€62 for 2 custom made Tiramisu’s, 4 glasses of wine, 2 limoncello’s & a large cheeseboard)
Today we decided to do something different and take a day trip to the sea. Since the weather was blistering, an afternoon in the Italian sea seemed like heaven. We agreed to head for Santa Marinella, 40 minutes from the city.
- Since Rome Termini was the closest main train station, we began our adventure from there. The station is very overwhelming and even though I planned the trip meticulously, I still found myself confused about where to go.
- There are customer service agents walking around the floor and we were guided through the process. The tickets were roughly €17 return.
- On arrival to the beach I was blown away at how many locals were around, I don’t remember hearing or seeing any tourists. To rent a day bed was €12 & you can also buy food & drink there (Be aware most local bars & restaurant’s close midweek)
- Circus Maximus
- The Aventine Hill, View point at Giardino Degli Aranci & The famous Aventine Keyhole (literally a famous keyhole in a door)
- Pyramid of Caius Cestius ( The ONLY Egyptian Pyramid in Europe) This sight is also the legendary tomb of Remus, one of the founders of Rome.
- Close by i jumped into a great little local cafe for an espresso, i also decided to bring back some Italian cakes for breakfast for the family (€9.80 for an Espresso & 10 pastries)
- One Rooftop drink at Hotel Minerva just at the back of The Pantheon (€16 Prosecco & €20 Aperol Spritz)
- By night we visited The Fiumi Fountain at The Piazza Navona & The Pantheon
- St Peter’s Square & St Peter’s Basillica
- The Vatican Museum (The Sistine Chapel) We booked skip the line tickets which is an absolute essential. Do not visit The Vatican Museum without them. I would also advise avoiding high season, every site says this but i didn’t pay much attention. This was my least favourite experience on the trip due to the crowds and ques inside the museum (not even outside). It was so overcrowded, beyond warm and literally no emergency exits to be seen. There were very little opportunity to take in or enjoy the amazing artwork around as a result of the intense push forward from the hundreds of people coming behind us.
- Saint Angelo’s Castle
Follow the link below to see the detailed google map that I created. Including top Roman sights, best local places to eat without the mental price tags, vintage shops, rooftop bars and cool places to listen to music.
Click the link here to my personally create map of Rome https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Qhx60LpVFhLUgpGDqV9OSkrg3Lizbcbi&usp=sharing
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