There are endless places to see and things to do when in Rome, so here are a few of my favorite adventures that you could probably accomplish in a weekend.
1. Take a stroll through Villa Borghese. Walk up the Spanish Steps, turn to your left and down the way is Villa Borghese. There are beautiful gardens to take a stroll through, as well as one of the best views in all of Rome. While you are there you can also visit the Borghese museum, which if you enjoy museums and art, it is quite magnificent. The Spanish Steps are very close to the famous Via del Corso, so you can do some shopping on your way.
2. You can’t come to Rome and not go to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. All of antiquity lies before your eyes and at one point when looking out to the view of the city time seems to stop. Take in all of the history the city has to offer and realize that you are standing where so many people have once walked thousands of years ago. History was made in those places.
3. Regardless of your faith, you must take a trip to the Vatican and St. Peters Basilica/ the Sistine Chapel. The art and views are unlike anything you will ever see. Also, if you enjoy art or church architecture stop in any of the churches that you pass on your path to other places. You will be transported through time and in complete awe of their beauty and craftsmanship. A few of my personal favorites include: Chiesa Santa Maria della Victoria, which is also home to Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Theresa and Chiesa de Sant’Ignazio, which is covered in frescos and mosaics. Both are quite breathtaking.
4. EAT!!! Mangia Mangia! Mangia! Until you can’t anymore. I know it’s a cliche that when you come to Rome you have to eat and indulge yourself in as much of the Italian cuisine as possible, but it is absolutely, 100% true. Half of the experience of Italy is experiencing and tasting the food. It is a huge source of pride and culture for the Italian people. A few of my favorite restaurants include: Old Bear, Roma Sparita, which was featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows that took place in Rome, and for the best gelato in town try Frigidarium.
5. If you are looking for an off the beaten path place to go in Rome try Trastevere. It’s a little neighborhood that has great shops and endless trattorias/ restaurants to try out. It is one of my favorite places to go and explore around. Every time I go, I always find someplace new that I love.
No matter what, relax and enjoy yourself! Live some of the Italian la vita é bella while in Rome. If you have an awesome place to visit in Rome or just really enjoyed this article, comment below! I am always looking for new places to visit and would love to hear any of your thoughts! Ciao for now!