Going to Rome

So, I’ll be going to Rome in a couple of weeks.
My boyfriend’s mum and brother will be coming over from New Zealand in just a few days to visit, and since it’s their first time overseas (apart from Australia) they want to see a bit of Europe. So Louis (my boyfriend) and I planned a little Europe trip, including a stop in Rome. I won’t be travelling with them all the time, but when the opportunity came up to go to Rome I definitely said yes - I’ve never been.
Which is why I want to ask you to help us out a bit with how to spend our time there (if you’ve been before) - where should we eat, what should we see, where do we get the best ice cream from, the best pizza, the best pasta, ...? You see, my main concern is the food ;)
I really appreciate your advice and tips on anything regarding Rome!

P.S. There will be one more city coming up on our Europe trip that I’m even more excited about. But more on that soon.

Image 1 by Boss Tweed, Image 2 by Paul-W


  1. Hi Helena, unfortunately I've never been in Rome yet, but check this blog http://notjustanotherdolcevita.wordpress.com/
    It's about Italy,and you can find something that might help you. Have a nice week!

    1. Thanks so much, Cristina! I hope you'll have a lovely week as well! :)

  2. I don't have any tips, but I hope you have a lot of fun!

  3. I didn't write down the restaurants we found in Rome (2001), so can't help there, but I do recommend taking the hop-on hop-off bus that goes all through the city. That way, you can see where everything is and visit those places of interest...and eat your way all over Rome! You can hardly go wrong.

    1. Sounds great - thanks for recommending that, Patt - will definitely keep it in mind! I really appreciate your help.

  4. Oh have so much fun! I've never been to Rome either so I can't wait to see your photos and hear your recommendations.

    1. Thanks so much, Freya! :) I'm sure it will be lovely.

  5. I would be concerned about the food too! But I look forward to photos!

    Kate from Clear the Way

    1. Haha, thanks Kate. I'm sure the food question will work out alright ;)

  6. Ooh, we are getting married in Rome next year. Reason number 1: So I can have dessert from Gelateria Del Teatro down via Coronari. It is near Piazza Navona and well worth the effort of finding. Really amazing flavours - the Ricotta and Cherry are my favourite but also do things like sage and peach, cherry tomato and basil. Amazing!.

    Don't stay near the main station - not the best part. We have also stayed in the region of the Vatican but keen to try out the Trastavere area.

    Pizza - no specific recommendations but the pizza al taglio (take away places by the slice) are generally good and very reasonably price.

    If you are going to go to the Vatican (which I really recommend) pre-book tickets which means you can skip the massively long queues. If you are able to spring for extra I would also recommend going on a tour. There is so much to learn about the art that you can't fully grasp it on your own.

    Borghese Gardens are a great place to sit and chill in the heat of the day. There is a view point near Piazza del Popolo which has great views over the whole of Rome too. In the evenings there are generally buskers so you get a soundtrack for viewing and photo opportunity.

    Obviously the Colosseum and Forum are a must. Again I would suggest joining a tour which normally covers interest and tours of both - there are a mass of options to choose from outside and they can be a bit hit and miss. What I have done twice (with two different travel buddies)was go on the tour at the Colosseum one day and my favourite guide from there (one will take you in the Colloseum and one in the Forum) is normally over at the Vatican the next day and then can go on a tour with them at the Vatican.

    Depends how long you are there a day trip out to Villa Adriana is interesting. It was Hadrian's palace.

    Busses in Rome are really good (and blissfully airconditioned).

    Otherwise just wondering around you will be amazed what you come across (Trevi Fountain is on the smallest square), 2000 year old buildings, etc etc.

    Have fund and look forward to seeing what you discover. We need to find restaurant venue for our post wedding meal so any suggestions would be great!!

  7. Helena! You told me you were planning this trip when I went to Rome for spring break. You commented on my blog:)
    I would recommend simply walking a lot, getting lost and moving a street away from the most well known streets.
    I loved Cantina del Vecchio in Via dei Coronari. The owner was this old antique shop owner but loved restaurants and food so much he decided to open one of his own. (http://www.cantinadelvecchio.sitiwebs.com/). Then, of course, you should eat gelato for dessert at Gelateria del Teatro, which the person right above me also recommended!!!
    For gelato I am making you try GROM. It's fairly new and it's amazingly delicious. We repeated several times:) There is a location by the Pantheon.
    Campo de Fiori is a pretty area but maybe too crowded. Maybe you can avoid that by going there early in the mornings?
    Also, watch Roman Holidays before going. It's so funny to pretend to be Audrey Hepburn around the streets!
    Honestly, I can't really think of anything specific that oh so called my attention. It was the whole Rome experience. The trying to stay away from the most crowded streets and eating focaccias in a small square and having gelato over and over again.
    Feel free to search in my blog or email me. I can't wait to see the pictures you'll take and see what you've discovered!!!! You'll have tons of fun:)
    and more http://giuliaduch.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/exploring-new-cities.html

    1. Giulia, thank you so so much for your recommendations! Will email you as well.