If you’re wanting to spend a summer weekend in Rome, this Rome guide is for you. I touched down in Rome for just under 36 hours as part of a 4-day Italian adventure. Rome was a city I’d heard so much about (particularly as a romantic getaway destination) but this was the first time I’d actually had the chance to explore.
Let me first just say that visually, Rome is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever set my eyes upon.
Romantic. Timeless. Historic.
Just a few words that I would use to describe this city, Italy’s capital. With a population of over 2 million people, Rome is known for its raw beauty, evident history, its infinite charm and of course, the famous Italian cuisine. All the pizza and pasta you could dream of. Get your loose fitting clothes at the ready, you’re in for a feast!
Renowned as the birthplace of gelato and ‘cacio e pepe’ (a delicious cheese and pepper pasta dish) and the home to the Colosseum, the eternal city of Rome offers so much for a weekend adventure. Notepads at the ready…
Though my visit was a fleeting one, I fell in love with the exquisite Roman architecture that caught my eye around every corner I walked. Based on what I did, what you guys recommended to me on Instagram and what I didn’t have time (but wanted) to do…
Rome’s main international airport, Fiumicinio airport, is accessible from London on a direct flight with a duration of less than 2.5 hours. The airport is located 32km outside Rome and has a direct metro link straight into the city.
Another option includes flying to Ciampino airport, a smaller and less known airport located 15km from the city centre.
If you’re looking to arrive by train the main city train station is Roma Termini Station.
From Fiumicino airport you have a few options:
From Ciampino airport, you also have a few options:
Rome is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe, and for good reason. During summer they draws in the tourists who all gather to revel in its beauty. This can mean that around the popular locations, restaurants and bars can be pretty pricey.
Some people would say Rome is overpriced, but with a little research and preparation, you can easily find the cheaper options while exploring Rome. You’ve just got to do a little research and dig a little deeper into the side streets. Basically like any other popular city, if you’re on a budget, avoid the busy tourist traps when it comes to eating and drinking.
For example, eating within eye distance of the Colosseum expect to pay €15 + on a simple dish. Whereas, walking 5-10 minutes you will find hidden gems like La Pace del Cervello, a beautiful candle lit restaurant with a much cheaper menu and €3.50 glasses of wine.
There are plenty of options for getting around Rome. From big red buses to Vespas, you will not be stuck trying to figure out the best ways to getting around Rome.
You can check out the prices for single, 24 or 72 hour ticket passes here.
Note: You are trusted to buy a ticket for public transport. A single ticket is €1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes, allowing you to switch bus or metro lines if there is no direct service. It is your responsibility to stamp your ticket before your journey or else you could face a hefty fine!
In Rome you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. On every corner there was some form of cafe or gelato shop. Word of advice: wear your comfiest pair of trousers that leave that extra bit of room for dinner!
Here’s some of my favourite spots and some I’d heard about but didn’t get the chance to experience.
Book a guided tour of Romes most famous monument. If you are a student or European between the ages of 18 and 25 the ticket price is only €7.50.
Dive into the underground world and take a guided tour of the ancient Roman Catacombs. Don’t forget to book your reservation here.
The shop is just a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum. There’s so much to do and see in Rome and grabbing scooters is such a fun and efficient way to fit it all in. I hired an electric scooter (with helmet) for just €39 for the day (€300 deposit).
Bring some traditional Italian secrets back home to your kitchen by taking part in an authentic Italian cooking class at the “Kitchen of Mamma”.
Free bike tours Rome has so many FREE tours to offer. From a morning tour to a night time tour it is the perfect way to see the city and save some money for gelato!
Discovered in 1900, Giolitti paved the way to traditional Italian Gelato by opening up Romes very first ice cream parlours. With two locations in Rome you’ll never be stuck for some delicious desert.
Just steps away from the Trevi Fountain, learn to cook your own pizza with only the freshest Italian ingredients in the heart of Rome.
Hire an audio guide and step back in time as you explore some of the best preserved ancient ruins in Rome. Check out some events and exhibitions that take place at the Baths of Caracalla.
Get up early and avoid the crowds by visiting the Trevi Fountain at 6am. Over €3,000 is emptied from the Trevi Fountain every night so you can imagine how busy it can get! It is early but it is so worth it when you see it in all its glory. Don’t forget to pack some coins and have your wish ready.
Choose your experience then dine, taste and learn with Wine Tasting Rome. A foodie’s dream.
Perfect spot to grab some pictures!
The Pantheon is by far one of the most exquisite locations in the heart of Rome. Filled with untouched history, the Pantheon has to be on the top of your list.
Villa Borghese is a hidden gem that offers one of the best panoramic views of the Eternal city.
Vatican City is home to the Pope and is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park. Dress appropriately to visit Vatican City, as a minimum covering knees and shoulders but aiming for long sleeves and trousers or a maxi skirt.
Walk through the picturesque alleys of Aventine Hill and take in all the breathtaking views of the Italian’s capital.
Where were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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