Last week, my friend Lisa and I went on a four-day trip to the Italian capital. Getting away from home and exploring a new city was duly needed for both of us, after a rough first month of summer. So we spontaneously booked a mini-vacation to Italy, with pizza, pasta, and amore in mind, to clear our heads and explore something new. Out came a wonderful girls trip and a very neat Rome travel guide for everyone who asked about the things we did.
As usual, I did not do much informing beforehand and simply wrote down a list of things I wanted to see and the dishes I wanted to try. That is why I asked for insider tips on Instagram. Luckily, you guys were as helpful as always and supplied me with a tremendously long list of places to go to during my Rome adventure.
So here is my little Rome Travel Guide
Two-Hour Walking Tour through the eternal city
Rome, just like any other European city, is best explored by foot.
I must admit, during our trip, it was boiling hot and this walking tour was more of a challenge than it would usually have been for me. We did decide to walk through Rome anyways as it gives you the perfect opportunity to discover lovely new corners and take it all in.
If you follow this course, you can see almost all of the major sights in Rome in one day. Google Maps says it takes about 2 hours of walking from Piazza Barberini to Vatican City, with multiple stops in between. We did this in one whole day, as we stopped at each sight and gave it enough time to explore and take photos.
Rome Travel Guide: What you will see on the walking tour through Rome
- Piazza Barberini
- Trevi Fountain
- The Pantheon
- Forum Romanum
- The Colosseum
- Campo de’ Fiori
- Ponte Sisto
- Vatican City
Where to eat in Rome
Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons for all of us to come to Italy always is the food. Pizza, Pasta, Gelato, Aperol Sprizz, and Dolci – what more could one ask for. In all honesty, you could probably walk into any shop in Rome and have the perfect foodie experience. However, there still are tourist traps and restaurants that stand out amongst the others, and I do want to share that.
In terms of food, I would recommend you to try the Roman twist on the classic Pizza, called Pinsa. It’s an oval-shaped very fluffy dough, topped with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice. When it comes to gelato you don’t really need to visit one of the fancy places, as just about any gelateria will supply you with a perfect creamy scoop of goodness. Beware of the price, though. Some of them can be quiet pricey – usually, a scoop costs around 2,00 – 2,50 €.
My favorite restaurants in Rome
- Tira e Molla (Via Enna 2, 00182 Roma RM)
- L’Osteria Davero al Pigneto (Via del Pigneto 30b, 00176 Roma RM)
- Sant’Alberto Pizzeria Liqoreria (Via del Pigneto 46, 00176 Roma RM)
- Venchi Cioccolato e Gelato (Via del Corso 335, 00186 Roma RM)
Some more places that were recommended to me but I did not have time to stop by:
- Mimí e Cocó (Via del Governo Vecchio 72, 00186 Roma RM)
- Ombre Rosse (Piazza di S. Egidio 12-13, 00153 Roma RM)
- Dar Poeta (Vicolo del Bologna 45, 00153 Roma RM)
- Ginger Sapori e Salute (Via Borgognona 43-46, 00187 Roma RM)
My friend Lisa wrote an in-depth post about all the food places we visited in German on her blog. If you want to read more about that, do give it a look.
Escaping the city: Lido di Ostia
As it was really hot and crowded in the city, we decided to treat ourselves to a bit of downtime at the beach. If you take the train from Termini to “Ostia – Lido Centro” you will arrive at a wonderful beach in just thirty minutes from the city center. There were far more locals roaming the cute little beach village, than tourists and it was absolutely lovely to jump into the ocean and enjoy the sun outside the hot capital.
Public transport in Rome: How to get around town
We bought a 72-hour pass for the Roman public transport for 18,00 € and used it plenty. You can get just about anywhere by bus or underground. It even included riding to the beach, which I find absolutely remarkable. I personally found the public transport system in Rome incredibly reliable and easy to access. We missed the stop twice in the bus as they do not call out loud the name of the next stop and were too busy typing away on our phones – pah Millenials. Other than that, we found it very easy to use and even the night line was absolutely safe, fast and reliable.
The only thing you have to pay extra is the train from Rome to the airport. We bought our ticket for 8 € in one direction and got there really smoothly.
5 Things you should not miss in Rome
A Rome Travel Guide would, of course, not be complete without a recommendation of sights to visit. Sightseeing is an important part of city travels and I would not want to miss out on the fun of telling you what I liked and what not.
- FORUM ROMANUM: My personal highlight and probably the most incredible thing about the eternal city, is the Forum Romanum and the entire district around it, with its thousands of relics from the olden days.
- THE COLOSSEUM: Self-explanatory and a must-see when in Rome. You simply cannot skip that.
- THE VATICAN MUSEUM: For 17,00 € you can access the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel and marvel at awesome busts from Roman antiquity, the mesmerizing paintings of Michelangelo, and many more. I was in awe throughout the entire two-hour walk through the museum and still cannot stop thinking about the “Creation of Adam” painting and everything else you can see in there.
- THE PANTHEON: Free for charge and in the middle of the historic center, the pantheon provides you with culture, history and a bit of shade during your walking tour. Plus, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
- ROME BY NIGHT: Another thing I loved about Rome is that you can walk around the city until very late at night. We found the city was best explored at around 1 a.m. and still rather crowded at that time.