Italy Itinerary: Rome (part I)

It is the end of summer, but I still feel the warm sun rays on my skin. Pink and red flowers are spread everywhere around Rome. And the river is rushing along. I see impressing architectures in front of me – and every single one has something special on its own. Pretentious. Nostalgic. Ancient. This beautiful city was the first of three stops on my Italy trip and my first time there at all. All in all, I’ve spent 3 days in Rome, 2 days in Naples and 8 full days on the wonderful island Ischia (Italy part II and III will follow). Because I fell in love with the Eternal City, I want to dedicate this post just to Rome.

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I was very impressed by Italy’s romantic capital. Since I’ve never been there before, I had no clue what to expect. I always go to cities and countries with as less expectations as possible. That way, I won’t be disappointed in the end. But with Rome there was no chance to get disappointed. On the contrary, my first impression of Rome was absolutely fascinating. Whether there is the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica or the giant Colosseum: the Eternal City is a love-letter to itself and has so much more to give than the famous landmarks. You can see it on every corner and although it has lots of ancient ruins and centuries of history, Italy’s oldest city is still very modern and vibrant today – and definitely worth a visit! 

Rome, Italy, Itinerary, Castle Sant'Angelo

What to see in Rome

1. Vatican City incl. the St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City is an own country (44 hectares) located in the city of Rome)
2. Villa Borghese (It is the third largest park/garden in Rome and offers beautiful buildings, temples, a big pond and interesting museums)
3. Spanish Steps (The steps are located by the famous Piazza di Spagna and are close to the Villa Borghese)
4. Castel Sant’Angelo (It was once the tallest building in Rome. Now you have a beautiful view to the St. Peter’s Basilica, especially by night)
5. Giardino dei Aranci (The “Orange Garden” offers a magnificent view over the city of Rome)

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What to eat in Rome

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza of course! I spent the first night in the restaurant called Enoteca e Taverna Capranica not far away from the Fontana del Pantheon and had a good salad and pizza. A hedge isolates the restaurant from the hustle and bustle of the touristic pedestrian area, so you have more privacy. 

I would say the best ice cream you can get is at the Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop Venchi, THE hotspot in Rome. They also have delicious Crepes, but the highlight was the chocolate waterfall. Definitely a must-do!

A really nice district to walk around is the area close to the Orto Botanico di Roma, a beautiful botanic garden. You will find cute little restaurants there with authentic Italian flair. I had dinner for example at the Da Gildo restaurant and ordered gnocchi all Romana. It was beyond delicious. Just walk around this district and get inspired. You definitely won’t starve!

Rome, Italy, Itinerary, Restaurants, Food

Where to stay

Of course you can stay in any hotel you want. But to feel the culture and the Roman mentality, I suggest airbnb. I stayed with Antonella in this big accommodation.

It not just has more rooms in one apartment so you feel like you live in a hotel; it also has a huge rooftop balcony from where you have a wonderful view over the district. I usually breakfast there in the sun which was awesome and a great start into the day. Although the clean rooms are spartanly furnished, you find everything you need. There are two bathrooms, a kitchen and a big living room.

In puncto public transportation, you need less than 10 minutes to the metro which brings you in only 6 minutes to the Central Station. You see, this apartment was definitely a good choice and I can highly recommend it to everyone who likes an authentic Roman apartment a little offside the busy city center.

Enough dreaming about Rome. Have you ever been in this beautiful city? And do you have any recommendation or favorite spots to share? Let me know! I’m excited about your comments.Postcards from V, Rome, Itinerary

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2 Comments

  • Another great post, Verena! Having spent several days in Rome and visiting several of the hot spots you mentioned in your post, I can completely relate to your love affair with the Eternal City.

    As a native New Yorker though, I have to admit that I found the authentic Italian pizza to be quite disappointing throughout my 5 week tour of Italy. However, unlike you, I did have some expectations in that department after several Italian expats forewarned me that no pizza in the world can rival those of NYC (sorry Chicago), as I can well attest.

    As a cruisetour planner/experience maker, I always recommend that my clients add a pre- and/or post-cruise extension in their port of departure. The Port of Civitavecchia is a major port of departure where you can begin and/or end your cruisetour vacation. The port handles over 2,000 ferry and cruise ships per year, for nearly 2 million passengers, making it the third busiest Mediterranean port. Located 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Rome, Civitavecchia has excellent rail service to central Rome, with services every half hour, and a journey time of around 70 to 80 minutes.

    I’ve already pinned your post to share with clients; especially those open to a more “authentic” Airbnb experience. I’ll also share it my Facebook travel group, which particularly enjoys travel blogs. I invite you to follow the backlink to my blog and share in the Comments, for posterity’s sake, your insights as to why a traveler should consider start or ending their cruise vacation with a stay in Rome. Best wishes and happy travels.

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