As I practically dedicate all my life to #Romeroaming, I’ve decided to create an itinerary to make all of you fall in love with this city jus as I do. This is a 3 day itinerary –the minimum someone should spend in this city– and it’s perfect for a first visit. You don’t need to worry about anything, ’cause I’ve taken care of where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner; which landmarks you must visit and some local pearls to complete your trip.
Visiting the Vatican is one the most interesting and impressive things of Italy, but at the same time is one of the most tedious as well, so I recommend to visiting it as soon as you arrive. The best time to do it is about midday, when the lines are faster and the paranoids who arrived very early are gone. Paying for skipping the line or a guided visit isn’t worthy. Besides, the waiting time gives you the opportunity to take some pics to the church and its gorgeous white columns. Once inside, paying for the elevator isn’t worthy neither , ’cause it wont save you the worst part of getting to the cupel. My favorite piece of art is La Pietà ’cause it is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed. I dare you to find where the signature is!
After have visited the church it’s time to walk a few meters to visit Michelangelo‘s capolavoro. Taking pictures is forbidden so I suggest you to practice your spy skills from home.
What could be a better reward after that cultural odyssey than a pizza? Just a few minutes far from there you’ll find one of the best pizzerias al taglio (per piece) of the city.
Let this neighborhood seduce you with its charm and shops. Go through the characteristic Via dei Coronari and browse from shoes to artisanal pieces, to take with you a piece of Italy.
Despite not being the cheapest and conveniente gelateria of the city, the taste and the location can’t be judged. Chilling in one of the most charming roman alleys can’t be priced, right?
This is one of the most popular and beloved squares. It is well known for its elegance and baroque style, from painters to clown’s there is something happening at any time of the day. The multiple restaurants and bars around the square give it a special vitality.
There’s nothing more italian than a coffee break! And how better than doing it with the best coffee of the entire Rome? Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè is absolutely a must talking about quality. Be traditional and take your shot at the bar just as a real italian. Be sure of trying their special coffee and take with you their capsules; a sweet way to remind every morning the taste of Italy at the comfort of your home.
The Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building ofancient Rome. This 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.
This little restaurant with 100% italian ambient is perfect to formerly introduce you to the italian cuisine. Dive into its atmosphere and lose yourself into the big variety of delicious dishes.
Just in front of the enigmatic Piazza di Pietra, you’ll find this sophisticated bar which maintains the perfect balance between elegance and cozyness. The huge choice of cocktails and their quality, will conclude your day with a smile on your face.
Starting the day in this famous bar, is starting the day in a Dolce Vita‘s way. Not even them are able to calculate how many famous persons had breakfast in this 50’s inspired place. Simply harming!
This street is all about Fellini’s and the Dolce Vita mood. Just a short walk along the avenue will take you to that magic era.
Santissima Trinità dei Monti, often called merely as Trinità dei Monti, is a Roman Catholic late Renaissance titular church. It’s best known for its strategic position just above the Spanish Steps, which lead down to the lively Piazza di Spagna.
The mile-long street has all manner of shops, including theFerrari 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 even find cacao flavored pasta! On the other hand, Via dei Condotti has all the most famous brands, like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari.
This stunning marble monument -my favorite btw- commonly called Altare della Patria, 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 –dedicated to Vittorio Emmanuele II–, you can enjoy the breathtaking view that offers an unique 360 degree panorama of the eternal city. On the right side of the square, you can appreciate Palazzo Venezia, a building with a balcony in the center, where Mussolini used to talk to the italians.
Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators by continuing down by this wonderful avenue, which its course takes it over parts ofForo di Traiano, Foro di Augusto y Foro di Nerva.
If I could choose where to live in this city, definitely would be here. Monti is the italian essence win.
This place is a SUPREME Italian version of a fast food. Here you’ll 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! Also, you’ll see how much Milvio loves to take selfies with tourists from all over the world and hang them in the wall. If you are lucky enough, you could be the next :)
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.
Well, if you haven’t been at the Colosseo, you haven’t been in Rome, right? The lines are usually long, but taking a look inside worths it. Plus, behind the Colosseo, there is a tiny hill and 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).
This edgy neighborhood is getting incredibly trendy between locals and new-era tourists. If you are that guy with yellow flowered shirt and sandals, this place is not for you. Pigneto is winning prestige and attention for their mixed community: hipsters, radical-chic romans and foreigners. Maybe this is why Pigneto has been featured in the 36h in Rome guide by the NY Times. If you want to get a vintage and romantic bite, visit La Santeria, but if you’re feeling already local –and adventurous– go straight to I Porchettoni. Afterwards, don’t forget to visit Co.So and Yeah! for a good quality drink.
Get breakfast in the most traditional way: cornetto & capuccino. This caffè is located in one of the most interesting neighborhoods, Testaccio. Every morning they offer fresh homemade croissants and their espresso is always on point.
This historic site was built to entertain emperors during the time of Imperial Rome as chariot races were one of the most popular forms of entertainment. The four factions were: red, white, green and blue; representing summer, winter, spring and autumn respectively. Two fires destroyed a significant part of what it used to be.
A magic garden which its name comes from the numerous orange trees that give to the place a nice touch of color. You shall enjoy a beautiful view of Rome surrounded of the Tevere. I love to come here to shoot the beautiful light of the place.
A few steps from the Orange Garden, you’ll find this beautiful square which holds that legendary door in which you can see Basilica di San Pietro through the keyhole. Pretty rad, right?
Oh, Trastevere! The most emblematic italian neighborhood! There’s nothing in this world like Trastevere. It is the only place in Rome that survived the medieval period. Even though this area maintains its strong local identity, it still manages to give a bohemian warm welcome. All that you need to know about this place is here.
I used to say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of clerical architecture, but this church has shut my mouth. Golden chairs and red carpets will make you fall in love instantly with this church, no matter your religion.
If you haven’t had enough of rustic roman little restaurants, then we’ll like each other. Now it’s time to try some Italian seafood in this cozy osteria. Try theirSpaghetti ai Ricci di Mare, I promise you’ll feel the ocean in your mouth!
Do you remember the opening scene of La Grande Bellezza? Well, this is the marvelous fountain where it was filmed. Are you gonna miss it?
This is one of the views in Rome where to see the innumerable domes and bell towers of the city. Although the second-tallest hill (the tallest beingMonte Mario), in the contemporary city of Rome Il Gianicolo does not figure among the proverbial Seven Hills of Rome; being west of the Tevere and outside of the boundaries of the ancient city.
After a long day, you may want to go back to your hotel and get just a little fancy for this beautiful bistrot. I must say this is my favorite restaurant in town. I’m madly in love with that 900 inspired decor and the elegant but informal ambient they offer. It’s a place where cocktails and style are just as important as dining and that’s why locals love it. Their version of one of my favorite roman classics, pasta amatriciana is simply delicious and if you are feeling bold, try ‘Gnocchetti‘ with squid, clams and black sauce; accompanied by a nice glass of Passerinawhite wine. Their desserts are super delicious, I can’t never decide between Tiramisù or their macarons(specially Pistacchio di Bronte’s one!).
The best way to digesting roman pasta is walking by the side of the Tevere. The unbeatable view of this bridge –especially at night– simply makes you say: “Hell yes, I’m Rome!”.
Campo di Fiori
Close your night in this famous square well frequented by tourists and locals. It is plenty of bars and restaurants where you’ll be able to pick from one of a kind cocktail to a nice draft beer; from young ambients to a romantic couple’s spot.
To create this itinerary, I’ve been writing, thinking, routing, etc., for 3 long days, so better you like it. Rome is so full of great possibilities that is really hard to leave it totally satisfied; I hope that this guide not only make that easier but also make you wanna come back as soon as you can. Please let me know with a comment if you use it and how it goes! Buon viaggio! (Psst, psst…! You got just one day to visit Rome? I got you!)
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