Rome was not built in a day but what can you see in 24h?
All roads lead to Rome, especially in a fiat 500
Ah, Rome. An old Roman proverb states ‘all roads lead to Rome’, and I kind of believe it. The city is magnetic and no matter how many times you visit, there is always a new corner to discover. I was lucky to go and spend a couple of days in Rome back in August this year, and although quick, I felt that it was full of activity. I first went to check the refurbishment of Hotel Eden, and it looks like it is going to be spectacular once finished. It is due to re-open next year, and its roof top restaurant and bar should definitely be on your list to visit in the evening. It allows for panoramic views over the city.
The rest of the time I spent roaming the streets of Rome, and soaking in the sights. No pictures of the standard spots, just my take on the city.
Top tip: get your walking shoes on
My favourite part about Rome: I am split between gelato and Fiat 500s parked around the city’s gorgeous backdrop
Hotel De Russie, a must visit brunch spot:
Hotel De Russie, a must visit
Right at the end of via Babuino (go down the Spanish steps, take a right around Escada) or right at the start of Piazza del Popolo, the hotel is a must see. Not as much for its interior but the gardens. Go straight in, and then you will end up in the gorgeous outdoors space which borders the Villa Borgese at the back. It is a magnificent backdrop for brunch or a quick coffee stop. They give you all these lovely snacks as well, so you can sip a coffee and enjoy some Italian olives and nuts.
Hotel De Russie, Coffee
Walk the walk:
Once you have finished enjoying the break, you can go and hot the streets that lay between Piazza del Popolo, The Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, and then the Colosseum. You can do this by foot, as they are not that far and the walk is really pleasant. You also get to experience the true Italian spirit while getting lost in the side streets. Start with Piazza del Popolo which is right next to the hotel, then make a U-turn and head down on via Babuino and reach Piazza di Spagna, go up the Spanish steps and soak in the view (your Fitbit is already congratulating you on all the effort :) ). Then walk down and straight on, making your way to the Trevi fountain.
Side streets via Babuino
Hidden gems on top of the Spanish steps
Streets leading to Trevi Fountain
Streets leading to Trevi Fountain
Side streets to the Spanish steps
Just a tip for the fountain — if you want to experience its true glory go super early in the morning, any time after 8 am it is full of people and it will be difficult to see its magnificence.
This is how the Trevi fountain really looks during the day:)
Gelato, gelato and more gelato:
Gelato at the Trevi Fountain — my favourite mint and chocolate
It is everywhere and it is worth it. Italian ice cream is what you need to break your diet for. The flavours, the cute shops that serve it — it is all too good to be missed. If you want to have a true immersive experience get a gelato from one of the shops surrounding the Trevi fountain and enjoy it, while walking around. One of my weird wishes in life is to shut down one of those shops for 2 hours and just sit and try each and every flavour while watching the hustle and bustle outside.
Pizza, pasta, cannelloni:
I always just eat in random places. I loved a restaurant called ‘The Zodiac’ because of its view. It is on top of the hill (near by the Waldorf Astoria Rome) and it gives you a great view of all of Rome and the Vatican. However I can say that wherever I have stopped even in the so called ‘tourist traps’ the food has been amazing. One of the dishes I binge eat while in Italy is the fresh Caprese salad, it is my most favourite thing in the world, followed by prosciutto and melon salad.
On the way to the Coliseum:
On the way to Piazza Venezia
Gorgeous buildings everywhere on the way — Piazza di Quirinale
Off from the Trevi fountain, walk to Piazza Venezia. There are some beautiful sights on the way — Piazza di Quirinale is a magnificent area to walk through on your way. I love having a coffee just opposite the museum (cafe Napoleon or Bar Brasile). They also have some amazing gnocchi over there.
Be careful around the Coliseum there are a lot of pickpockets and people selling selfie sticks. Just mind your bag.
I found the Coliseum a bit underwhelming compared to other sites in Rome. I think it is great to see but I would not waste too much time there. You can go in, it is like 20 euro but if you are on a budget — it is not really worth it. Better save your money for the Vatican.
The Vatican is a must see and it kind of needs its own half day. There is a queue and it is long. You can actually go with some of those people offering private group entry — it is faster. It costs 25 Euro per person for admission. Take your time with the place it is stunning. The Basilica is definitely the highlight, you cannot appreciate its scale until you go in.
To and from the airport: a taxi has a set fee and they are all white. Do not allow them to put on the meter. It is 50 Eur from/to the city centre (48 but 2 euro tip). there are multiple ways of getting to Fiumincino, so do not be worried if different taxis take different routes.
Originally published at I’m moving to London.