Rome is a beautiful, cultural city and the ideal destination for a long weekend away. If you have more time – perfect – but you can really capture the best sights in as little as 3-days, whilst also taking time to kick back and enjoy some delicious, authentic Italian food and wine!
A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Colosseum. It is such an amazing sight we had to visit twice. You can take a tour inside for a small fee if you are interested in finding out more of the history, although we just admired the beauty from the outside.
LUNCH AT THE COLOSSEUM
There are a number of cafes and restaurants dotted around the area. If you head up the steps opposite the Colosseum you will find this little gem of a cafe, where you can sit out on the terrace and enjoy a spectacular view of the colosseum. The food is incredible, and they have an excellent variety of healthy salads, shakes and smoothies.
AFTERNOON: ST PAULS BASILICA
We where super lucky as we got to see the Pope here. Service takes place each week and the church gets super busy with both locals and tourists, but it really is an experience not to be missed. Afterwards, you can freely wander the grounds and inside the grand Basilica, and admire the buildings incredible architecture.
MORNING: ALTARE DELLA PATRIA
Grab a morning coffee at one of the many local coffee shops before heading to the Altare della Patria – a truly magnificent historical building. With free entry you can have a wander around the grounds and even inside. Climb the steps as high as possible to capture an amazing view over the city of Rome.
AFTERNOON: TREVI FOUNTAIN, PANTHEON & SPANISH STEPS
No trip to Rome is complete without seeing the Trevi Fountain. Many tourists flock here so it is unlikely you will catch a quiet spot to relax, but it is definitely not surprising why. The architecture is elegant and beautiful, and the water icey blue. Follow tradition by tossing in a coin and making a wish – the belief is that one day you will return to the Eternal City. The architecture in the Pantheon is mind-blowing. The square surrounding it is filled with restaurants and bars, and you will certainly need a moment or two to take in the stately sight before heading inside. The Spanish Steps are located central to the designer shops. It is a great spot to take a moment and do some people watching before heading off to do some serious shopping. P.s. Don’t forget to grab an ice-cream from Venchi, the best ice-cream we have ever tasted!
There are many tours available for the Vatican from the many touts around. It is definitely worth it so you do not miss out on anything. Our guide gave a very detailed tour of the key artworks and historical points throughout the Vatican which was interesting and educating at the same time. It is definitely worth heading inside and once you have toured the Vatican grounds and museum, head up the steps (or elevator) to the dome and be rewarded with a spectacular view of St Peters square. On the way back down you can stop for a coffee and enjoy the view. Once at the bottom, take time to explore the church.
EVENING: AUTHENTIC ITALIAN DINNER
Italy is well known for its incredible food, and the many restaurants in Rome do not disappoint. You will be spoilt for choice on where to eat, then even more spoilt for choice on what to eat. We stumbled across this adorable restaurant once we completed our tour of the Vatican. A hidden gem that has been run by the same couple for a lifetime. There was a slight language barrier but for us that added to the experience. They could not be more helpful and sweet, and kept our coffee topped up (on the house!) whilst filling us with complimentary, homemade garlic bruschetta whilst we waited for our main to be cooked. You will definitely not leave this place hungry!