We’re planning a big family trip to Italy for this summer! As we’ve been thinking of places we’d like to see this summer in Italy I’ve been thinking about how much fun I had on my first trip to Italy when I went to Rome and thought I’d share my favorite things I saw. When I went to Rome I didn’t have a lot of time (about 3 days) so I did a lot in a little amount of time. If you’re planning a big trip to Italy and wanting to see the best of each city in only a few days here’s what I’d plan to do in Rome.
While I was in Rome I found a very nice apartment on Cross Pollinate. The apartment we stayed in was called La Casa di Kaia. I cannot say enough great things about this apartment, it was located in a great area and the lady who owns the apartment gave us excellent restaurant recommendations.
The Ancient Center – Colosseum & Palatine Hill
If you’re anything like me when you think of Rome you think of the Colosseum. Naturally the first thing we wanted to see was the Colosseum and The Roman Forum. Possibly the best decision we made this entire trip was purchasing a Rome Pass at the airport so we were able to skip the long line. You could spend 3 days just exploring this area. There’s so much to see and so many things to think about… How in 72 AD did the Romans build the largest amphitheater ever built?!
Bocca della Verita “Mouth of Truth”
After exploring The Roman Forum we headed towards The Pantheon, we spotted a long line and were instantly curious! The line was for Bocca della Verita, the “Mouth of Truth”. Story has it that if you stick your hand in the mouth and have told lies it’ll bite your hand off! This isn’t really a “must see” but the line goes fast and can make for some fun photos.
Don’t stop and look at too many beautiful fountains on your way to the Pantheon, we did and ended up arriving right as it was closing for the night.
For dinner, enjoy some local Italian cuisine!
The Pantheon is truly a site to see. It’s the best preserved building in ancient Rome, and it’s FREE! Stop by here early in the day so you don’t let time slip away like we did our first day and miss it before it closes early, at 7pm.
From the Pantheon the Trevi Fountain is less than a 10 minute walk away. The Trevi Fountain is definitely something you MUST see while in Rome or you’ll probably regret it every time you see it in an add, movie or someone else’s photos. In fact, if you can stop by the fountain a few times during your stay, seeing it in the middle of the day versus at night makes it look almost like two different fountains!
Fun fact: All you fashionistas out there can thank Fendi for making the fountain even more beautiful since I was there – They sponsored a 20-month 2.2-million-euro restoration of the fountain that was completed in November of 2015. The fountain now sparkles even brighter at night with it’s new LED lights.
The Spanish Steps are another landmark you MUST see while visiting in Rome, and if possible, you should stop by multiple times. The steps link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinita dei Monti church. They’ve been featured in many famous films and photos and are ALWAYS busy. The view from the top is spectacular at sunset!
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to wander, eat and shop while in Rome!
I know, I know, The Vatican isn’t technically in Rome, but it’s so close I HIGHLY recommend taking a day trip out of Rome to explore this beautiful city.
You could probably spend 3 days just exploring all of the rooms of the Vatican Museums – it’s the largest museum complex in the world with over 1400 rooms!
My personal favorite of the rooms I got to visit was the Map Room. This hall is lined with gorgeous maps that I could’ve spent weeks looking at.
This stair case is also a pretty fun thing to see while at the Museum
For out last meal in Rome we ate at Trattoria Da Enzo, which the lady who owned the apartment we were staying in had recommended we try. This was quite possibly the best meal of my life. I had never tried fresh burrata before trying it here which has turned out to be a horrible mistake because now every time I order it anywhere else I’m disappointed… Maybe I’ll be able to stop in again this summer!
Have you been to Rome? What were your favorite things to see??