Local Vibes: 24h in Rome
There are crazy people who decide to visit a city just for one day, like if places were stickers in their album. Then, there are crazier people who decide to do that mistake with a city like Rome! But the very craziest are those who decide to do it without an itinerary that would let them get a slice of all the flavors of Rome: Espresso, stunning landmarks, delicious food, epic views and of course, gelato!
You know what? For Rome’s sake, I’ll forgive you. I’ve just created an one day itinerary which wont let your limited stay makes you regret anything! Pack all your energies and Carpe Diem!
- Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè
Start the journey having the most traditional breakfast in Italy: “Cornetto e Cappuccino (croissants and cappuccino)” and where better than Sant’Eustachio, the coffee shop famous for having the best espresso of Rome. I’ll just say that their recipe is secret and you can come to your own conclusions. Be traditional and take your breakfast at the bar, excepting if you want to take your time and you don’t care the price raising if you sit outside and… lose the magic of the chaotic italian style. I love to buy the 25 coffee capsules bag for my special occasions and besides, they cost just as a normal capsule! Be aware of not confusing this coffee shop with another ones in the surroundings which use the same name, this one is easily recognizable for the blue and yellow in their title.
The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. This Roman temple is dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. Probably the most fascinating thing about this building is the architecture: The interior design is the perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation. The dimensions of the interior height and the diameter of the dome are the same (145 Roman feet., which is 141 feet. 8 inches;43.2m). The architect (who is unknown!), did this on purpose to show the harmony of the building. The marble veneer that we see today on the interior, was for the most part added later.
- Fontana di Trevi
Visit the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome: The Trevi Fountain. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”. The Italians favorite sport is dreaming, so don’t be a freak and make a wish! Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. An estimated €3,000 are thrown into the fountain each day!
- Via del Corso
The mile-long street has all manner of shops, including the Ferrari flagship store; numerous shoes and leather italian stores like the Florence Room, where you can find leather products that last literally forever; and the Perugina Store (the italian chocolate brand) where you can find any kind of products, even cacao flavored pasta!
- Piazza Venezia
This stunning marble monument -my favorite btw- commonly called “Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland)”, holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame. It has been built under the statue of Italy after World War I. On top of the Monument (FYI, dedicated to Victor Emamuel II), you can enjoy the breathtaking view from the Terrace of the Quadrigas which offers an unique 360 degree panorama of the eternal city. On the right side of the square, you can see a building with a balcony in the center, where Mussolini used to talk to the italians.
- Fori Imperiali
Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators by continuing down by the wonderful Fori Imperiali Avenue, which its course takes it over parts of the Forum of Trajan, Forum of Augustus and Forum of Nerva. You can see these parts on the both sides of the road.
- Forno da Milvio
Yes, you have worked all day for your first slice of Roman pizza! Get it at Forno da Milvio (Milvio’s Oven). This place is a SUPREME Italian version of a fast food. You will find anything from lasagna to pizza, from sweet to salty, everything cooked accurately and with high quality ingredients. Their pizza slices, get out from the oven continuously! It’s a fast-and-tasty option for eat in or take away, and don’t forget to try Birra Moretti Baffo D’ Oro! One of the best italian beers in the universe! Also, you’ll see how much Milvio loves to take selfies with tourists of all over the world and hang them in the wall. If you are lucky enough, you could be the next :)
Well, if you haven’t been at the Colosseo, you haven’t been in Rome, right? The lines are usually longs, but it worths take a look inside! Talking about shots, behind the Colosseo, there is a tiny hill, on the top there’s a little trunk where you can sit and get yourself an interesting shot with the Colosseo in the background (and without the millions of tourists on it).
- Fata Morgana
Who said gelato? Fatamorgana was founded in 2003 by Maria Agnese Spagnuolo who, working on a personal production method based on the use of only natural ingredients, offers natural homemade gelato, suitable for its features to be enjoyed by anyone, even by those who follow special diets. My choices: Pistacchio and Variegato alla Nutella!
Enjoy your gelato walking thru my favorite neighborhood in Rome: Monti. Its little streets, its italian atmosphere with vespas, bicycles and unique people, will make you fall in love instantly with it.
- Caffè Propaganda
Caffè Propaganda currently is my no.1 resto. Really it is a lovely spot. If you don’t make it for the aperitivo -the super italian tradition of having a bite with your drink-, which usually is around 19-21h, get there for dinner! Their version of one of my favorite roman classics, “Pasta Amatriciana” is totally delicious, and if you are feeling adventurous, try ‘Gnocchetti’ with squid, clams and black sauce, accompanied by a nice glass of Passerina white wine; I know you’ll want to hug me but I could be ok with a toast in my name.
Their desserts are super delicious, I can’t never decide between Tiramisù or the macarons -their speciality-, specially the Pistacchio di Bronte’s one!
- Ponte Garibaldi
This bridge looks so charming at night. The place will make you sigh thinking: “Wow, I’m Rome!”. Garibaldi’s bridge has been built during the last two decades of the 19th Century by the Italian architect Angelo Vescovali. In front, you can admire the Isola Tiberina, which is one of the two islands in the Tiber river.
- Antico Caffé del Moro
First of all, I’m bringing you to one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of Rome: Trastevere. Secondly, I’m bringing you to this ‘english pub looking’ cocktail bar, where the service is EXCELLENT + the place deserves respect: They have the second most antique ensign of Rome. Sorry for sounding very Clooney but, What else?
- Freni e Frizioni
If chillin’ drinks are not enough for you and you are looking for more, Freni e Frizioni (Brakes and Clutch) is the place. Situated in a small but one of the most representatives squares of Trastevere, you can get your drink in their cool interiors or say “Cheers” outside with the crowd. Whether alternative musicians, bohemians, or trendy Italians, the patrons are laid back and outgoing, making Freni e Frizioni an excellent place to meet new people or gather with friends. Cute barmans for girls and pretty girls for the boys. You couldn’t ask for more.
Trastevere’s panini dealer. Either if you are looking for a fast bite or you want to sit at the bar, Mangiamò offers some very original panini as Heisenberg or Pinkman ones, all with interesting ingredients. It is a cool option for after-party, they close at 4am. Despite it is a grab-a-bite spot it has a vast variety of beers each week, try them!