Last year my Mum and I took an amazing trip to Rome for our 30th and 60th birthdays. As you can imagine our time was filed with too much wine, shopping, culture, afternoon Aperol & Spritz (my new favorite summer cocktail) and a lot of walking.(View from our flat) (The Roman Forum)
We stayed in the most fantastic 5th floor walk up flat that had both an A/C unit and a beautiful patio. Located just around the corner from the Spanish Steps on the perfect little street, Via Dei Greci. Which not only boasted the perfect café/espresso/aperitif/live music/wifi bar but also an amazing Italian leather maker, which both Mum and I came home with beautiful, buttery souvenirs from.
Being end of June the weather was hot at over 90 degrees each day but we still walked everywhere and hit up all the essentials in an immaculate, rather, well executed plan.
Day 1: Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Day 2: Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Day 3: Trevi Fountain, Pizza Navona and Pantheon.
Day 4: Day trip to Pompeii. Well worth it and doable as a day trip from Roma Termini on the high-speed train.
Of course most of the fun is exploring between destinations, getting lost down side streets and finding the local shops and restaurants off the beaten path. And of course observing the Nonni’s!
» Take the Vatican tour. I know… a tour, ugh. BUT it gets you in early before the crowds and allows you to line jump into both the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s. LINE JUMP!
» Gluten Free? Eat here. The most amazing GF pizza you will ever have. And locals eat here too; so no need not be ashamed to be off “the gluten” in Italy.
» Head over to Via Margutta for the most amazing vine covered restaurant patios and local boutiques. Just around the corner from the Spanish Steps and designer shops it’s a welcome change of pace and feels off the beaten path even though it’s in the middle of it all. (Birthplace of my infamous zebra print jumpsuit!)
» Splurge on dinner one night and go to Mirabelle. The panoramic sunset views of the city are unmatched. Best in Rome. It’s fancy and you deserve it!
» Shop vintage here. I found the most incredible vintage silver gown and t-strap suede platforms as well as a pair of 1960’s era silver ball drop earrings. The perfect over-the-top Italian outfit currently waiting for the perfect over-the-top-hoilday party to make its debut!
Everyone loves Rome and I’m no exception.
All images via STH.