Rome has been on my city wish list for ages now, having visited other Italian cities and loved them. Renowned for its history, ancient landmarks as well as its incredible culinary delights (wine and pizza, hello!), I couldn’t wait to go immerse myself in the culture and find out what this amazing city had to offer!
We opted for a long weekend (Friday to Sunday). We flew pretty inexpensively with Easyjet from Manchester first thing on Friday morning, flight time was 2.50hrs. From Rome airport, the city centre was a dream to get to! There is a train station in the airport itself which takes you straight into the city centre. We were there in time for beers at Friday lunchtime!
For this trip we stayed at The Boscolo Exedra Roma, which I would highly recommend; a luxury hotel situated curving around the landmark Piazza della Repubblica fountain. A fantastic location situated near to all the iconic landmarks but providing a calm retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/romex-palazzo-naiadi-the-dedica-anthology-autograph-collection/
So many amazing dining opportunities in Rome:
Oppio café: A fanstasic spot overlooking the majestic collesium, where you can relax over an inexpensive lunch whilst enjoying the view. They also provide an amazing Aperitif (the Italian version of the Happy hour) which takes place between 6pm and 9pm. You simply order a drink for E10 and you can help yourself to an array of complimentary light snacks from the buffet!
Trevi fountain area: This is the ideal area to come around 9pm for a relaxed and informal dinner (and you can also get some great pics in front of the fountains crowd free at this time! Explore the cobbled streets and you’ll be spoilt with intimate cafes with cosy tables.
Imago at the Roma Hassler: A luxury Michelan star dining experience not to be missed with stunning views overlooking the city and even more stunning food to be enjoyed and savoured. https://www.hotelhasslerroma.com/en/restaurants-bars/imago/
Where to start, there are so many amazing sights to see in Rome! Vatican city is incredible-although not usually one for a walking tour (bear with me here!), I actually recommend you book one, we used City Wonders who were fantastic., knowledgeable and really help you understand the history behind the landmarks. The tour took us to Vatican city, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, all of which were incredible. The Trevi fountain is a sight to behold, but would definitely recommend going very early or very late to avoid the crowds. It also goes without saying you should visit and walk around the coliseum and appreciate the architecture and history. We were very lucky with the weather in February, it was cold but sunny the entire time so we were able to walk pretty much everywhere however, we did get on the underground to Vatican city which was very easy to do (nearest underground stop right outside our hotel)
Sunglasses/umbrella-weather can be a little unpredictable
Heels for nice dinner/bars
Comfortable boots/trainers for walking
Selfie stick for all the photo ops!
Underground day ticket if you don’t fancy walking everywhere (but it’s a great way to see everything!)