I recently blogged about my dislike for Milan, Italy. Rome is everything Milan wasn’t. I honestly was so pleasantly surprised when I turned up in Rome. I have to admit, I did have a bit of reservation based on my Milan experience, but Rome totally blew me away.
I stayed in an Airbnb that was artistic and well-kept on the ground floor of a 17th century building in Rione Monti (the oldest/first district of Rome), which is the beating hear of the eternal city, and was only a stones throw from the Colosseum and Fori Imperiali. If you’re looking for a 1 bedroom flat in Rome and are using Airbnb, let me know if you’d like a recommendation for a place to stay! Our flat was absolutely ideal for us.
To get to the flat, we opted for a taxi due to the time we arrived (and our desperate need to get a glass of wine in us asap). From Fiumicino you can take a taxi to the city centre for a flat rate of 48 euro (30 if you come from Ciampino). From Fiumicino, you can also take the Leonardo express to Termini Station for about 14 euro (takes about 32 minutes), or the regional train to Tiburtina station (about 50 minutes), or an even longer trip by bus (50 minutes). The regional train is 8 euro and the bus is 4 euro.
Because we were there over Easter weekend, there were a lot of festivities taking place throughout the city. Our first night, there was an event at the Colosseum, as well as at the Vatican. Each day and evening, there were services at the Vatican, and we were lucky enough to get tickets to a service (more on the blog about this).
The food was SPECTACULAR! I ate and drank everything in Rome. From gnocchi, to spaghetti, to pizza, to gelato. I wore a stretchy dress to every single meal. I think my husband devoured no less than 4 scoops of gelato a day.
The best meal of the trip was at Da Robertina. We started with a lovely bread covered in oil and garlic (as well as complimentary assorted breads), followed by an amazingly prepared spaghetti with garlic and chilli oil (he had the veal special). For dessert, we had tiramisu and pannacotta. Honestly, so delicious. Everything was freshly prepared and tasted amazing. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant!
The weekend was spent wandering around, exploring all the nooks and crannies of Rome. Everywhere is grand and pretty. My one piece of advice, is to look up! Everything is intricate and beautifully made. The attention to detail in everything is just amazing.
We did find that everywhere was terribly busy. The amount of people around the Trevi fountain was insane. We went by mid-day on Friday and the crowd was overwhelming. We figured we’d have better luck at seeing it if we went at night, but were wrong. On Sunday, we went back in the evening and the crowd was just as intense. Then again, everywhere in Rome was like this. The Pantheon was just as insanely busy. Our one piece of advice with Easter weekend travel to Rome is to check operating hours. We weren’t able to do a tour of the Vatican or Sistine Chapel due to closures for services. There were also days that shops weren’t open.
We were lucky to have great weather the entire weekend, except for Monday when we were on our way home. On Sunday evening, we did a free walking tour with New Rome Free Tours. It was short and sweet and pretty concise. I’d recommend taking the tour, but do book in advance (you can’t just turn up on it and they’re extremely strict about this).
Have you been to Rome? What was your experience like?