Rome, Italy

Paese che vai, usanza che trovi… or… When in Rome, do as the Romans do…

Talking about Rome, it’s impossible not thinking of the iconic architecture, the history, the energy, the food and the wines.

So, here are some tips for your next trip to Rome!

Walking around the famous Coliseum, you can go into an underground tour inside of it with a guide telling the story of gladiators and the ancient Rome and then you can meet right next to Coliseum the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. These are the 3 top places to meet and getting in touch with the Ancient Rome.

In this same area, there are many nice restaurants and bistros to recharge the batteries and continue walking around. Walking down on Via del Fori Imperialli is not an ordinary walking, but there is so much to see like Il Tempio di Venere e Roma, Tempio della Pace and Foro di Cesare on the left side and Foro di Nerva, Augusto, Traiano and Cesare on the right side. By the end of it, you will see the beautiful Piazza Venezia and on the left side the stunning The Army Museum with the Vittorio Emanuele equestrian statue. In just less than 2 km you’ll be filled by so much history and ancient architecture.

Not far from there, you can walk to must see spots like The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and Fontana Di Trevi. One you get to Fontana di Trevi, don’t miss out the delicious gelato at one of the gelaterias around. You can go to all of these places in just one day, but be prepared to walk and stay the whole day out – you won’t be regretted by this!

For the next days, I recommend visiting Vatican – their museums and Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, and many others churches you name it. But a place maybe you don’t know and it’s a good opportunity to check on it is Trastevere. It’s located south of Vatican City, and there are many cheaper shops and restaurants and they are not crowded by tourists (people often compare to New York City‘s Greenwich Village or Paris‘s Left Bank thanks to its lovely cobblestone streets and narrow roads). There are many commute options from Vatican to Trastevere.

Once you try local food, don’t miss the famous pasta like carbonara, cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper pasta), spaghetti alla Gricia, pizza al taglio, porchetta (pork roast), prosciutto di parma (parma ham) and the sweet desserts like maritozzo buns, tiramisu, cannoli, torta caprese and gelatto ice cream. Don’t forget to try all the wines you can!

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