The next time you're planning a Roman holiday, check out these locations for an ideal trip around the city.
No trip to Italy would be complete without a stop at the nation’s capital. Rome is a city known for unparalleled beauty, packed with historic landmarks and a vibrant culture and nightlife. Spend your days sightseeing and your nights indulging in the variety of food and drink options. The next time you’re traveling to Rome, stop at some of these hotspots to get the most from this vibrant city.
1. Go back in time at the Colosseum
This ancient amphitheater, which was once home to some of the city’s most popular sporting events, including hunts and gladiator battles, is now one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. The site stands as the world’s largest amphitheater, making the very structure a spectacle to behold. Besides the impressive architecture, there are temporary exhibitions held at the Colosseum, as well as performances for guests to enjoy, making this the perfect daytrip for solo travelers and families alike.
2. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
In Rome, you don’t have to go to a museum to appreciate works of art. The Trevi Fountain is arguably one of the city’s most famous and beautiful pieces of art, featured in several films, and it can be viewed as one walks through the city. When you stop to admire this historic landmark, don’t forget to toss a coin in before you leave. It is said that anyone who does so will return to Rome.
3. Admire ancient architecture at the Pantheon
Originally designated as a place of worship for all the gods, the Pantheon was converted into a church in the early 600s AD and has continued to serve as such ever since. For visitors, this is a great spot to get in touch with some of Rome’s history for free. The Pantheon is especially heeded for its intricate and well-proportioned structure, making this spot a must-see for any building buffs or aspiring architects.
4. Take a walk across the Ponte Sisto
Whether you’re looking to take a romantic stroll or just trying to burn off some energy, the Ponte Sisto is a beautiful spot for visitors looking to wander amidst the beauty of the city. It is an especially nice destination during the warmer months, when you can expect to see crowds gathering and street artists setting up shop. The bridge also connects to Trastevere, an authentic neighborhood perfect for anyone looking to escape the more tourist-y parts of the city.
5. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Giolitti
After a long day of sightseeing, there’s no better way to relax than with a nice bowl of gelato. With two locations, including one near the Pantheon, Giolitti is the perfect place to grab a sweet treat and enjoy the beauty of Rome. There are tons of flavors to choose from and some prime seating if you can score a spot. However, you may want to leave yourself a little extra time, as Giolitti is a hotspot in the city and the lines can get a little long.
6. Grab a slice at Trapizzino
If you’re looking for some authentic Roman street food, try Trapizzino, a restaurant that specializes in a food of its own creation. The trapizzino combines a tramezzino, which is a triangular sandwich, with pizza, forming a sandwich like you’ve never seen. Filling options include vegetables and meats. The bread is baked separately, then stuffed with the filling, keeping it crisp like a pizza crust. It only takes one bite to fall in love with this new Italian treat.
7. Get a drink at Porto Fluviale
Located in an old warehouse, Porto Fluviale is more than just a restaurant or a bar. It is a multifaceted eatery that offers everything from pizza to traditional Italian fare to street food, not to mention a well-stocked bar. The drink menu offers extensive options that range from beer and liquor to a wide selection of cocktails and aperitifs. Whether you’re looking for a full meal, or a quick snack and a cocktail, Porto Fluviale is the ideal place to head for happy hour.