3 DAYS IN ROME

 

Rome can be an overwhelming city to visit. Not only are you surrounded by incredible history and architecture everywhere you look but there are thousands of cafes, shops and restaurants to choose from. It’s hard to know where to start and if your time in this wonderful city is limited, you need a few pointers! 

Here's Linen The Dream's three day guide to Rome - you can choose to follow this in any order. You can even pick and choose what you like the sound of. But there is one thing for certain- be prepared to do some solid walking! 

Accommodation

If you’re wanting to splurge, we would recommend staying at The Inn at The Spanish Steps. It’s a Small Luxury Hotel on Via dei Condotti set right in the heart of the action. The best part about this hotel is its rooftop bar, offering guests an aperitif in the afternoons and evenings. 

The Inn at The Spanish Steps

Via dei Condotti, 85

http://www.theinnatthespanishsteps.com 

 

Hotel de Russie- This a Rocco Forte Hotel and offers 5 Star luxury accommodation. There’s a beautiful courtyard out the back protected by trees and vines- this hotel definitely offers its guests the ultimate Roman stay.

Hotel de Russie 

Via del Babuino, 9,

https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-de-russie/ 

 

For something slightly more affordable, why not stay in an apartment and settle in. Ermano Fifi is a great contact and manages over a dozen apartments dotted throughout the city. He is a fountain of knowledge and is never far away if you need him. We stayed at one of his one bedroom apartments on Via Laurina (near The Spanish Steps)- great location and very nicely decorated with all the amenities. We also stayed in one of Ermano’s apartments in the Jewish Quarter on Piazza Constaguti. This was a great spot and gave us the chance to see a different area of Rome. 

Ermano Fifi

Email: bengio1963@gmail.com

Mbl: +39 3472435451

Day 1

Morning/Afternoon

The Spanish Steps are one of the many things you will want to see with your own eyes and it just so happens that their location is a bonus….set right in the heart of Rome’s luxurious shopping district, you could very easily spend your day traipsing around these beautiful old streets.  

Shopping streets worth visiting: 

Via Magutta is a Linen the Dream fav. The ancient walls and houses along this street are covered in ivy and there are various vintage jewellery boutiques and knick knack stores scattered along here that are worth walking into. 

Via Bocca di Leone, Via del Babuino, Via dei Grecci, Via Frattina, Via Borgogna, and Via della Crocce are also great shopping streets.  

Via Dei Condotti- this is one of the main shopping streets with all the leading designers, which leads you up to the Spanish Steps. Quite fun to explore in between the slightly quieter side streets.

Via del Corso- this is the other major shopping strip that’s worth a stroll along. It can be chaotic so be prepared to rub shoulders with all the tourists! 

Lunch: head to Ginger Sapori e Salute on Via Borgognona - fresh juices, smoothies, salads and sandwiches are on offer here, which is a great way to refuel. 

Ginger Sapori e Salute 

Via Borgognona, 43-46, 00187

http://www.gingersaporiesalute.com

The afternoon should probably be reserved for a bit of history! Just nearby are two incredible villas - Villa Farnesina and Villa Borghese. Both are filled with various artworks and sculptures from some of the greats like Carvaggio, Bernini and Raphael. We would advise you to book tickets in advance to avoid queuing.  

Villa Farnesina

Via della Lungara, 230, 00165

http://www.villafarnesina.it/

Villa Villa Borghese

Piazzale Napoleone 1, 00197

http://www.galleriaborghese.it/

 

Evening

Drinks: By now you should be well and truly ready for an aperitif. Il Palazetto is a great rooftop bar that overlooks the Spanish Steps. It's also the perfect place to watch the sunset. 

Il Palazetto 

Vicolo del Bottino, 8, 00187

For dinner, LTD recommends Ristorante Da Eddy on Vicolo del Babuino. Offering traditional Italian meals, their pasta and house wine never disappoints!!

Ristorante da Eddy 

Vicolo del Babuino, 4

http://www.ristoranteedy.it 

 

Day 2 

Morning/Afternoon

You can’t visit Rome without taking a walk around the Colosseum and The Roman Forum but the best time to do this is first thing in the morning to avoid the masses! You can get a guided group tour inside the Colosseum otherwise you can quite easily walk around part of the outside to get a good view. The same goes with The Roman Forum, there are lot's of tours on offer. You will see a number of tour guides walking around the entrances so you just need to work out which guide is offering the best price! 

The Colosseum 

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, Monti 

Next on the agenda is the Pantheon- an exquisite piece of Roman architecture! But in order to get there, there are a few fun pit stops along the way. 

If you start at Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, you can have a coffee in the sun and check out a few shops before delving deeper into the back streets that lead to the Pantheon. 

If shopping is your thing, on your way is a small department store, Davide Cenci, which has a few of the good designer brands and you’ll often find a sales rack upstairs. 

Davide Cenci

Via Campo Marzio, 1-7 00186

Continue along Via Di Campo Marzio and you’ll come across one of the best gelato bars you've ever been to- Giolitti. We don't know what makes this gelato so good but every flavour is worth a try! Just make sure you don’t make the mistake of queuing before paying!! 

Giolitti

Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40

 

Follow the signs to Fontana del Pantheon - it’s just a short walk from Giolitti. Take all the time you need to explore this incredible wonder. This former Roman Temple dates back to 113-125 AD and If you're like a certain someone I know, you’ll need to walk around the Pantheon at least twice, take photos from all angles and maybe even sit and have a coffee so that you can stare at it for just a bit longer…. Each to their own! 

The Pantheon

Piazza della Rotonda

Eventually you’ll find that your appetite is back and it might almost be time for lunch after a bit more of a wander around the streets that flow on from this square. 

Lunch: La Tavernetta 48 is a hidden gem that was recommended to us by a local. It's inexpensive, the food is fresh and the chef changes the menu every day. An LTD favourite is the tomato bruschetta along with a salad caprese and of course a carafe of wine- red or white, you choose. 

La Tavernetta 48

Via degli Spagnoli 48

http://www.latavernetta48.com 

Next, make your way to Piazza Navona,- a bustling square with cafes, restaurants and shops. It's just off Corso del Rinascimento. Make sure you explore the streets that run off this square and see where they take you. No need to look at a map! 

It’s now probably time for a bit of history again- Palazzo Farnese is nearby and is regarded as one of the most beautiful Renaissance Palaces in Rome that dates back to the 16th century. This is a popular Palace to visit so it's best to book your tickets online in advance. 

Palazzo Farnese

Piazza Farnese, 67

http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/palazzo-farnese?lang=en 

Evening

Aperitif time! Il Cesaretto is a lovely spot for a Bellini or glass of vino. it’s a small wine bar/bottle shop on Via Bocca di Leone. You can sit inside or on the street and just observe the passers by. This is back near the Spanish Steps again...we can't get enough of this area! 

Il Cesaretto 

Via Bocca di Leone, 44 

Dinner-  We are definite pasta lovers! For an authentic Italian pasta dish, a local recommended a restaurant called L'Archetto. It’s close to the Trevi Fountain, so it's worth ticking this off your list while on your way to dinner!  This restaurant may not look like any special from the outside but there are 40 different pasta sauces for you to choose from, that's right 40!! You can also ask for a ‘trittico’ which means 3 different kinds of pasta on the same plate if you’ve worked up an appetite! 

 L’Archetto 

Via dell'Archetto, 26

 

Day 3

We realise that it’s Day 3 and you haven’t even seen the Vatican yet! Don’t worry, we’re getting to that. This is a big walking day so you might want to put your comfy walking shoes on. 

First off, we strongly recommend that you visit Rome’s Jewish Quarter, also known as The Ghetto. Start on the corner of Via del Portico d’Ottavia and Via della Reginella and work your way through this district. There are some beautiful old buildings here and lots of cafes offering great coffee. Enjoy wandering these streets aimlessly, you never know what you might find. Highlights include the ruins of Teatro Marcello and La Bocca della Verita- the mouth of truth, as seen in the film, Roman Holiday.  We would definitely also recommend doing a walking tour of this neighbourhood. It’s the best way to familiarise yourself with the area and really take in the history. There are plenty of walking tours available. Grab a bite to eat once you’ve had a good look around. The Jewish deli’s are hard to miss, so grab yourself a delicious panini and a pastry for lunch. 

Jewish Ghetto - walking tour 

https://www.througheternity.com/en/rome-tours/jewish-rome-tour.html

Jewish Ghetto (cheaper option)

http://www.enjoyrome.com/tours-A-MustSee-Tour-of-Rome--Trastevere-and-the-Jewish-Ghetto-8-0.htm 

 

Next stop is The Vatican – from the Jewish Quarter you can walk along the River Tiber until you get to Ponte Umberto I. Cross this bridge and you will see a magnificent looking Castle, known as Castel Sant’Angelo. From here you will be able to see The Vatican in all its glory ahead of you in the distance. Make your way along Borgo San Angelo for the best views.  The Vatican is a once in a lifetime experience- everyone must visit The Sistine Chapel but to do this, you really need to book your tour in advance. If you’re visiting Rome in summer, we would recommend that you try and book a few months ahead of your visit to avoid wasiting your time in lengthy queues. 

 

You’ve now had your major overdose of history for the day, so it’s time to unwind and explore a new area. Your daily Aperitif and a big Italian meal aren't far off either! 

The Trastavere- this is a funky bohemian neighbourhood filled with fun shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. This is definitely the kind of place you want to get lost in! 

Evening

Drinks: In Trastevere we can recommend a bar that has the best Mojito in town! It’s called El Mojitaro Bar on Vicolo del Cinque. Once again, it may not look so inviting from the outside but it’s casual, the service it great and you will be mixing with locals, which is always a bonus.

El Mojitaro Bar

Vicolo del Cinque, 5

Dinner: The best pizza in the Trastavere is Dar Poeta on Vicolo del Bologna. The pizzas are huge and absolutely amazing.  You can’t reserve a table but you can wait outside with a glass of wine- how can you say no to that!

Dar Poeta

Vicolo del Bologna, 45

http://darpoeta.com 

 

That concludes Linen The Dream's Rome recommendations. Have a fabulous trip! 

 


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