In between the countless pizza slices, gelato cones and espressos we give you a Rome Getaway guide to cover the beautiful sights as well as gorging on the mountains of delicious food around every corner! Do remember that Sundays in Rome suck – most restaurants, bars and some sights close for the day. [Shails]
- Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, Pantheon, Colosseum, Palantine Hill, Roman Forum, Vatican, St Peters Basilica. These are the main attractions to cover, but wandering through the many piazzas and historic streets of the city you will find something worth seeing on every corner.
- A half day walking tour would comfortably cover Trevi fountain, Spanish steps and the Pantheon.
- Pre-booking the Vatican is a must on the official website (mv.vatican.va) and the audio tour is recommended. The many museums are beautiful and somewhat overwhelming – be sure not to miss the Sistine Chapel! The astonishing St Peters Basilica nearby is a must – do not be deterred by the long queue as it moves very quick. One can usually cover these two attractions in half/full day.
- Spend a morning admiring the Colosseum, a giant stadium built in the 1st Century (advisable to pre-book), and in the afternoon stroll among the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill to really get a glimpse of the past.
- Volpetti – A deli that ends all delis located in Testaccio, less touristy part of Rome. Endless varieties of cheese, salami, preserves and chocolate to buy and taste, but beware its not cheap! Look forward to friendly staff who are more than willing to offer delicious samples. Great pizza slice attached to the deli. http://www.volpetti.com
- Dar Poeta in Trastevere – Hands down the best pizza I have ever eaten (see image), worth the wait. http://www.darpoeta.com
- Taverna Trilussa – Trastevere. Delicious food and excellent waiters. Many of the pasta dishes are prepared in front of you and they are served right in the pan that they are cooked in. Request a table outside, it makes for a very pleasant atmosphere! Make a reservation in advance. www.tavernatrilussa.it
- Ponte e Parone – A chic little lunch spot near Piazza Navone tucked away on a quieter side street. Great Roman food, decent prices and a pleasant ambience, what more could you ask for? Good, cheap house wine is always a bonus.
- Sant Eustachia Coffee by the Pantheon. Great, strong coffee with a totally Italian vibe, filled with locals. Make sure you know the deal – pay at the cash register, take your receipt to the bar, and hand it to a barista to get it made. www.santeustachioilcaffe.it/en/
- Cul de Sac in Campo de Fiori. A quaint little bar/restaurant with outside seating at a quieter piazza very close to Piazza Navone. Great pasta selections and a daunting wine list, however the waiters are good with recommendations. Excellent place to people watch away from the main piazzas. The trick here is to beat the crowds! www.enotecaculdesac.com
- Tastevere KmZero – Trastevere. Not easy to stumble upon but well worth the visit. Everything is local and crafted from small producers. No menu but order the mixed plate of organic goodies and sample the beers on tap or red wine. Be sure to try the homemade jam with cheese. Great for a mid afternoon snack in-between all the pasta, pizza and gelato!