Rome City Guide
ROME is truly the eternal city. It doesn’t seem fair that one city could offer thousands of years worth of art, architecture, history, religion and of course incredible food. That’s why Rome is a very popular destination and the city is always crowded, so bring your walking shoes and your patience. One of my favorite things to do is walk to a landmark in the early morning hours taking in the city life before all of the madness begins.
For fashionistas, don’t miss great shops like Delfina Delettrez, Dal Co, Feltrinelli, Fleur, Gente, My Cup of Tea, Molayen, Pineider, White Gallery and high-end window shopping along via Balbuino, via Bocca di Leone, via Condotti and via Serpenti in Monti.
MUSEUMS + MONUMENTS:
Sightseeing tips: To hydrate use one of the many water fountains around Rome, the water is from a natural spring, it’s free and better than bottled. Consider the Roma Pass to save time and money.
Piazza della Rotunda
This church is an astounding architectural marvel. Read my feature here.
Piazza del Colosseo
Sports arena where gladiators use to battle. Admission includes the Forum and Palatine Hill.
Piazza Scipione Borghese
Must-see museum with an incredible collection of Italian art and sculpture.
Via Guido Reni
Warhols and Richters in a contemporary building designed by Zaha Hadid. Perfect for a rainy day.
Baroque sculpture and fountain. Read my feature here.
Santa Maria del Popolo
Piazza de Popolo 12
A true hidden gem and a treasure trove of works by Carravaggio, Raphael and Bernini.
Citta del Vaticano
The definite must-see for the religious art collections, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the gardens and the intriguing Scavi tour. Read my feature here.
Piazza de Trevi
Hold a coin in your right hand, throw it over your left shoulder and make a wish like everyone else.
Via Lungara 230
Once the home of Julius Caesar, it’s now home to must-see art, frescoes and views of the Tiber.
Be sure to make dinner reservations before you leave. Remember gratuity is always included on your bill, so you don’t have to leave an extra tip unless service was exceptional.
via Cadlolo 101
Michelin-star overlooking Rome, you can’t get much better than this modern Italian masterpiece.
Agata e Romeo
via Carlo Alberto 45
Creative rustic Italian.
Vicolo delle Bollette 13
For a traditional Roman experience, grab a table during lunch and eat with the locals.
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82
Near the Pantheon, this caffè serves the best coffee in Rome.
Piazza del Popolo 1-2
More about the scene than the food and always crowded at night.
Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 44
In Testaccio, beyond delicious thin crust Roman pizza. Dinner only.
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492
Food mecca worth a rainy day visit for its vast selection. Try a panino at ‘Ino.
Piazza degli Zingari 5
In Monti, some of the best all-natural gelato in Rome.
via dei Serpenti 16
When you need a break from pasta, reserve here for tasty seafood.
Vicolo del Cinque 58
Even if you’re a connoisseur, Cristina Bowerman’s food will leave you breathless.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore 9
Several restaurants in one, I prefer the first floor trattoria for salads, pasta and pizzas.
Il Brillo Parlante
via della Fontanella 12
Local favorite and popular wine bar and pizzeria near Piazza de Popolo.
Piazza della Coppelle 44
Friendly trattoria serving delicious Roman classics.
via Margutta 118
Delicious vegetarian restaurant. Popular with locals.
via del Leone 4
Family-run trattoria serving traditional Roman classics. Major wine list.
via San Vito 15A
Off-the-beaten track trattoria, worth it for the delicious egg-yolk ravioli.
via Ulisse Aldrovandi 15
Aldrovandi Villa Borghese
Perfect for a special celebration. Distinctive Michelin-star cuisine.
via della Meloria 43
The best Pizza Bianca in Rome made by pizza maestro Gabriele Bonci.
Quinzi e Gabrieli
Via delle Coppelle 5
Wonderful seafood in the heart of Rome.
Piazza di Pietra
Considered one the world’s best wine bars.
Via dei Giubbonari 21
Food shop. Wine shop. Incredible bistro. Read my Alessandro Pepe interview here.
I always advise booking early for the best deals and suggest staying near the city center for ease of walking around.
Via di San Basilio 15
This chic Adam Tihany designed hotel provides all the comforts of home.
Via del Babuino 181
Modern and spacious suites for the stylish traveler who prefers a fuss-free stay.
Via di Pietra 70
This luxe apartment-style hotel offers 5-star amenities in an exclusive setting.
Via Maria de Fiori 28
This five-room, family-run boutique hotel is comfortable with attentive service.
First Luxury Art Hotel
Via del Vantaggio 14
A hip new edition to the Eternal City with the award-winning All’Oro restaurant.
Hotel du Russie
Via del Babuino 9
This ultra-chic + modern hotel offers a posh setting, stellar service and the popular Jardin de Russie restaurant and Stravinsky Bar.
J K Place
Via Monte d’Oro 30
J K properties always offer quality service and exceptional style.
Via Bocca di Leone
Above the Ferragamo store, this townhouse hotel offers luxe suites and amenities.
Photos: Zavvi Rodaine
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