The heart of the once mighty Roman Empire, the Italian capital is a city you have to visit once in your life
Rome is gorgeous. There’s no shortage of culture or places to see here. Ruins of the former Roman Empire, the Vatican and remnants of medieval Italy – everything in one place. From visiting the historic monuments to the sprawling green spaces and retail therapy, we give you a 48-hour guide to assist you when visiting Italy’s celebrated capital city.
Kick off the day with a light breakfast at Bar Del Cappuccino situated right by the River Tiber in the Regola quarter of the city. They serve quirky designs and shapes in the freshly made coffee. Follow this up with a stroll along the Via Arenula towards the more central Rione quarter for shop hopping. Here you can find shops ranging from locally run fashion boutiques and gift shops, to more well-known designer sports outlets. Once done grab a taxi and go visit the Vatican City – the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Here, you can marvel at the delicate work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and climb the spiralling staircase of St. Peter’s Dome for awe-inspiring views of the picturesque square.
Lunchtime is flavourful in Rome. Take a quick ride across to the western side of the centre and land among plentiful restaurants calling out to be explored. Grab a chair outside Trattoria al Moro for some authentic Roman cuisine. All dishes here are made from locally grown ingredients. Just around the corner lies the iconic Trevi Fountain. A must-visit and a sight to behold, it is believed that if you toss a coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome again one day.
Evenings are always vibrant in Rome. Head straight to Monti, the chic boho district of cobbled lanes and alternative fashion and vintage shops between Via Nazionale and Via Cavour. It is the best hunting ground for funky togs, shoes and jewellery. Follow this up with a dinner at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali along Via della Madonna dei Monti. This is a family-run restaurant serving classic recipes passed down through the generations. Try the creamy carbonara or fresh seafood dishes followed by a fruity dessert topped off with a hot coffee.
Begin your day climbing Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill in the western side, to get a panoramic view of the city. Follow this with a slow walk to Trastevere for breakfast. Whether you’re looking for Roman food, pizza or sushi, there is something for every food lover here. Once done, take a peek inside Basilica di Santa Maria, one of the city’s oldest churches. The mosaics dating from the 13th century are stunning.
It’s Colosseum time! It’s recommended to get there early as it gets quite busy throughout the day. Marvel at the impressive architecture which once housed Rome’s gladiatorial battles and animal fights. It is estimated that the Colosseum could hold about 5,000 to 8,000 spectators.
As you are on your final leg of the tour, hop on to a bus to The Spanish Steps. Built in 1723-1725, the steps are a great example of Roman Baroque Style. It’s a great place to just sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City. Before leaving don’t forget to try the gelato. It is said you can’t leave Italy without sampling the gelato.
Words By: Henry Carlson