One of my favorite movies is a silly romance called “Only You,” and many parts of it take place in Italy. Needless to say, I’ve been dying to go there for years! With the help of my travel guru, my sister, we planned an amazing trip this year and I finally to to see Rome, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I’ve already blogged the Amalfi Coast, so today I want to share Rome, Italy with you. Have you ever wondered how your decisions would change if you were in a country where you could get good house wine for $7 euros? Yes my friends, I had a bottle of wine with pretty much every meal. The food is also very affordable in comparison to other cities in Europe. And although they will charge you for water at every restaurant you go to (even if it’s tap water), you can find water fountains throughout the entire city so you don’t have to worry about carrying a water bottle with you.
LODGING: We stayed at the Residence Palazzo Al Velabro. It’s modern and has fantastic location! Best way to get there from the airport is probably a taxi, which is a closed rate of $48 euro. Once there you can pretty much see Rome by foot if you don’t mind walking.
FOOD: Trastevere is the cutest neighborhood with quaint little restaurants everywhere. This, my friends, is where you go for cheap, delicious wine, and amazing Italian food. Our favorite places were “Alle Fratte di Trastevere” and “La Frashetta.” And you can end the night with a delicious gelato at “Fior di Luna.” Strawberry and coconut were my favorite flavors.
Close to Campo di Fiori, a famous square in Rome, you’ll also find one of our favorite restaurants for both breakfast and dinner, called Origano. Check the “MAP OF ROME” below for more restaurants picked for the trip! If they are on the map, they are good!
WHAT TO SEE: Colosseum and Roman Forum (first Sunday of each month it’s free entrance. Go to the Forum first, shorter line, and go early) Fontani di Trevi, Spanish Steps, Arch of Constantine, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica and square, Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Trastevere, Castel Sant’ Angelo, Vatican Museums, Villa Borghese, Bocca della Verità, Altare della Patria
We also drove to Naples just for the famous pizza, and it was absolutely worth it. Although I’m sure every pizza there is amazing, we picked the very best and I would highly recommend Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo. After you’re done eating walk across the street for the famous rum “baba” desert.