Here are some helpful tips that you may want to consider and keep in mind while planning your trip to Rome.
4) Commute: Take the bus whenever possible. When checking google maps initially you might be tempted walking it off to all of the nearby attractions. I know walking is the best way to explore Europe, but trust me… by that I mean “really really trust me” when I tell you, try not to walk all the time. Try to find a closest bus station and take the bus as much as you can.
5) Bookings: If you are going to do the tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museum and other museums make sure to book your entry tickets or guided tour tickets in advance. This way you can easily avoid huge lines and save time. These places attract the highest number of tourists hence booking your tickets in advance is a must.
6) Footwear: If you are planning on walking a lot then slip onto something comfortable like flats, or loafers or your favorite pair of sneakers. Since the roads there are all cobble stones be smart and avoid heels altogether.
7) Eat Local: I couldn’t emphasis on this enough. You might have to forget all the dieting and simply give in to the delicious food Italy has to offer. Pizza, pasta and tiramisu was our regular food while we here followed by truck loads of gelato for dessert.
Now that I have covered few of the important travel tips this is what our itinerary for Rome looked like:
We also made a rough plan on a website called visitacity.com which was quite helpful but at the same time made some last minute changes as and when required.
Check-in at Airbnb- Lunch – Castel Sant’Angelo – Victor Emmanuel Monument
Our flight was supposed to be a direct flight from JFK to Rome but there was some last minute changes and instead we had a stop over at Paris and from there we took another flight to Rome. So we reached 1-2 hours late as opposed to our earlier flight. Made the very first big mistake of hiring a private cab, once in the cab we got in touch with our Airbnb host and reached at the given address in around 40mins. Our Airbnb was located centrally and was at a walking distance from the Vatican city. Apart from the stairs, the Airbnb, our home for the next 4 days was very cozy and comfortable in every sense. Totally loved the retro vibes of the apartment.
|Our Airbnb in Rome. Very cozy and comfortable and most importantly was equipped with centralized air conditioning.|
Once settled in we freshened up, changed and left for lunch nearby with our camera and other essentials in hand.
|Our very first Lunch at Rome – Uhhhhh not a fan|
Post lunch it was time to explore. The Castel Sant’Angelo was one of the nearest attraction located at a walking distance of 10 mins from our Airbnb. We didn’t go inside, instead only clicked few photos from outside while gaping at the beautiful bridge of the angels.
|St. Peter’s Basilica|
Victor Emmanuel Monument is a monument built in the honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of unified Italy. It is located between Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill. I won’t be discussing much of the history but would love to share some of the pictures that we clicked instead.
|Victor Emmanuel Monument|
|View of Piazza Venezia from the monument|
Vatican Museums – The Sistine Chapel – St. Peter’s Square – Trastevere – Janiculum Hill
|The ceilings were unbelievably stunning|
|The popular Bramante staircase|
So after the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, our next stop was Trastavere and the Janiculum Hill. We hired a cab to Trastevere where we had some lunch, which was some delicious pizza followed by some mandatory gelato. The walk to Janiculum hill turned out to be long one which we were certainly not expecting. Nevertheless, the view was really good from up there and you could practically see entire Rome. We also had some fun spotting all the attractions from top.
|Beautiful bylanes of Trastavere|
|A cute little Gelateria in Trastevere|
|Janniculum Hill – View from the top|
|Can you spot the Colosseum?|
Colosseum – Palatine Hill – Roman Forum – Piazza Novona – The Pantheon – Trevi Fountain
The magnificent Colosseum was truly a memorable experience. An altogether different feeling looking at it up close as compared to the endless pictures of this beautiful structure on all forms of social media. The beauty, craftsmanship and its sheer size can only be deduced when you come face to face with it. In my opinion it is best to opt for a guided tour of the Colosseum. You will get to learn so much. We booked a guided tour for the upper tier and the lower tier which are not accessible to the general public and can only be seen through a guided tour. The tickets also included guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
|View from the upper most tier was truly spectacular|
|The Lower Tier|
|The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen from the Palatine Hill.|
We winded up our third day by strolling at Piazza Novona, quick tour of the Pantheon and checking out the most famed Trevi Fountain. For dinner we decided to try out a small restaurant right below our Airbnb.
|While on our way to the Pantheon, we came across this beautiful church the name of which I cannot recollect now. I will update it if I am able to find the name online.|
Trevi FountainOne of the most popular and stunning fountains in the world, Fontana de Trevi. Be prepared to also be amazed to see thousands of tourists around this fountain if you are planning to visit in Summer. The Trevi fountain draws the most tourist of all. You guys might feel that I am only cribbing about the crowds but it was so crowded that we hardly got any chance to click a decent picture let alone sit on the steps and gaze at this beauty. But crowds aside this fountain is simply a marvel and should be on your must see list when in Rome.
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica and climbing St. Peter’s cupola – Galleria Borghese – Spanish Steps – Piazza di Spagna – Mercato Centrale
|Inside the Basilica|
|View from top of the Dome|
Next stop – Galleria Borghese is again for the art enthusiasts. To tell you the truth we didn’t spend much time here and headed towards our next stop for the day. Ohhhh….fun story…as we were waiting for the bus we noticed that sidewalks on both sides of road were planted with orange trees and we could see big and huge oranges hanging all around and as always my inquisitive hubby was trying to figure out a way to pluck some. Hahahaha.
|The Spanish Steps|
So this was our 4 day itinerary for Rome. We thoroughly enjoyed our very city in Europe even though the climate was way hotter than we expected but we compensated by eating loads of gelato. And the food here was simply amazing. We had some of the most delicious pizzas, pastas made from the freshest ingredients and also got the opportunity to taste some of their regional delicacies as well.
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Photo Credits: My Husband 🙂 If you want to check more photos by him do check out his Instagram account here
Signing off with some night photos of Rome.