It was just another day in Rome, same old streets, same old city, no. Wait, that’s not true. It was just my second day in Rome! On our first day, we visited the Vatican City. Our whole Italy trip lasted 7 days but we had three cities to explore so time was an issue. We wanted to see everything and it was tempting to squeeze as many stuff as we can in our itinerary but that’s now how we roll. We picked our must-sees and saved the others for when we come back *fingers crossed* and we still had an amazing time.
We decided to sign up for a free walking tour in the morning so we could do our own sightseeing in the afternoon, because the guides often suggest more interesting places to visit that they can’t cover during the tour. We went with an English-speaking Italiana guide from Rome Free Walking tour because their schedule fit ours and well, we’ve had better. We didn’t finish the tour and wandered around on our own.
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square)
Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)
Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square)
Before coming to Italy, we said we would cheap out on everything but food. Flight – we got the cheapest promo available, accommodation – we got a cheap, nice AirBnb outside the center, but food – we didn’t bother to make a budget plan. Apps like Yelp and Tripadvisor came in handy. Not only did we find the top-ranked and affordable restaurants, it also saved us from arguing on where to eat.
Sapori e… Delizie
Via Giovanni Lanza, 102, 00184 Roma, Italy
Roma Tiburtina station
Viale Eroi di Cefalonia, 31/32, Roma, Italy
Via del Banco di Santo Spirito, 19, 00186 Roma, Italy
GELATO + TIRAMISU
Gelateria I Tre Archi
Via dei Tre Archi, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Via Cassia 8B – 8C | Via della Croce 00183 Rome, Italy
Via della Stamperia, 72, 00187 Roma, Italy
HOW WE GOT HERE: We got here from Málaga by plane. Flights from Spain to Rome are usually on the bottom end of the price range of cheap promo fares. We booked a return flight for 113€ with Ryanair, to and from Ciampino Airport (CIA) but there are more flights going to Fiumcino (FCO). After Rome, we headed north to Florence and Venice and then went back again by train. I highly recommend Italo if you’re planning to go city-hopping around Italy. It’s super fast and convenient for its price. You can find a one-way ticket from Rome to Florence for 14€. Just make sure to book ahead of time.
WHERE WE STAYED: Renting an AirBnb room outside the centre turned out cheap for us but we got in a sticky situation when Rome’s public transport went on strike. We had a great time in this cozy apartment and the hosts were great too but I would try to get one near the center.
HOW WE GOT AROUND: We got around either by Metro, bus or by foot. There are options on which transport pass you need depending on how long you’ll be staying. We got the 48 hour pass since we only stayed in Rome and Vatican City for 2 consecutive days. This ticket allowed us to use all city buses, trams and metro except airport shuttle buses. Once we got to the city centre, we mostly went from one place to another by walking. Getting lost in Rome was an exhilarating experience. Yes sometimes we had to check Google maps because we didn’t have all the time in the world but we tried to explore the city on foot to get both of the monumental sights and the little details hidden in the quaint, narrow streets.