Ah, Rome. What a beautiful and historic city. We loved this city, but there is much to do and see. Plan ahead and choose what you want to do prior to arriving. We booked all our tours on viator.com. Vatican skip the line early entry is definitely worth it. Coliseum walking tour is also worth it. Besides the tours we explored the city on our own. Check out a couple of the spots we visited below and plan out your day!
Best Way to Get Around: Walking & Taxi
Where We Stayed:
Hotel Ripa Roma
Via degli Orti di Trastevere, 3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Just outside the Trastavere neighborhood, we found that this is a great location for a 4-star hotel. Walking distance to Trastevere’s restaurants and bars! This hotel also had breakfast in their restaurant, so its perfect to grab a quick bite to eat before you head out exploring. Would definitely stay here again!
Restaurants & Bars
Good place for a beer and killer view of the coliseum:
Via del Colosseo, 31, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Make sure you grab a table outside!
LE TERRAZZE DEL VITTORIANO translation The Victorian Terrace
Awesome views from this observation deck. Be prepared to climb some stairs to get there! There’s a restaurant there too to relax with a drink and take in the views.
Historic Pantheon View:
Gruppo Di Rienzo
Piazza della Rotonda, 8, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Great place for people watching as there are many people taking pictures at the nearby Fontana del Pantheon as well as obviously going to visit the Pantheon. Grab a seat outside, a beer, and enjoy!
Best City Views:
Terrazza Piazza Garibaldi
Come here to catch the sunset and watch the city light up as it gets dark. Grab a bierre, sit on the ledge, and enjoy!
Drink the Water!
Stay hydrated while exploring the city in the summer heat. The random water fountains are everywhere and it’s some of the world’s best drinking water, comes directly from the mountains!
Perfect place to take a break from walking around and exploring the city. Especially if you’re coming from the Vatican this is a good midpoint if you’re heading to the Coliseum. There are three large fountains there that you can take pictures around or cool off! There are dozens of restaurants with outdoor seating to choose from. Pick the best seat and enjoy.
We stopped at Ristorante Tre Scalini
Other Things To Do
Is probably the coolest neighborhood in Rome. It’s full of restaurants, bars, and B&B’s. It has beautiful narrow streets that zig and zag. At night there are many street performers and vendors selling pretty jewelry, paintings, clothes, etc. Don’t know where to start? Head for Piazza di Santa Maria and walk around, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye. I doubt there’s a bad restaurant here. We ate at Tonnarello for a late night bite and it was perfect! You can keep coming back to this neighborhood every night.
Visit the Vatican
A visit to the Vatican is a must! It is rich in history, beautiful architecture, and art. We highly recommend taking a early access tour to skip all those crazy lines and be in the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of other people. Trust us, it makes a huge difference! We booked our tour on Viator.com There are plenty of photo opportunities around the beautiful Vatican, during tours, after tours, outside, inside, day or night you really can’t go wrong!