For my birthday, Max whisked me off to Italy to spend our Easter weekend in Rome. This was our first time in the city and we absolutely loved it! We had an amazing weekend full of sight-seeing, pasta and wine.
We visited Rome at the end of March/beginning of April and the weather was lovely. It was around 20 degrees everyday with lots of sunshine – the perfect temperature for exploring this city.
Here’s what we got up to over our perfect weekend in Rome:
We stayed at the DA ME Suites during our stay. We really loved staying here as the room felt like we had our own apartment and the location was great! It took 2 minutes to walk to the Piazza del Popolo (a beautiful square with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops) and 10 minutes to the Spanish steps. Rome is quite a compact city, so you can walk to most places and there are many great areas to stay in that have a lot to offer.
For lunch we found a little trattoria, opposite the Chanel store by the Spanish Steps. We ordered some pizza and lasagna, followed by coffee and tiramisu.
One of the many great things about Rome is that you can just walk around and find so many amazing places to eat, it’s not necessary to book at a lot of the more authentic Italian restaurants.
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the area surrounding the Spanish Steps and soaking it all in.
On our first night, we went to Pierluigi for dinner. I’d heard that Obama had visited the restaurant, so we decided if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us!
For starters we ordered the fried cod filet and wild octopus, followed by seafood pasta – it was divine! I’d also recommend the signature cocktails too. This meal was one of our highlights of the whole trip, the whole night was spectacular; the restaurant was beautiful, the food was out of this world and the atmosphere was so lively in there.
If you’re looking for an upmarket restaurant and want to try their delicious food – this is the place to go. I would definitely recommend booking a table here as it got very busy!
After a big Italian meal on our first night, we fancied a healthy breakfast. We went to Ginger Sapori e Salute, a healthy vegan spot and ordered açai bowls and smoothies. This set us up for a full day of sight-seeing!
During the morning, we visited the Pantheon which was totally mind-blowing! The Pantheon is the best preserved ancient building in the whole of Rome. Admission is free and there are generally no queues, so I would definitely recommend going.
From here, we strolled through the narrow lanes over to the Trevi Fountain. I could not believe how busy it was! We had to wait in a queue – being the Brit’s we are – to get anywhere near the front to sit on the edge and throw our coins in.
If busy crowds aren’t your thing, I would advise going as early as you can to avoid the tourist rush.
Next on our list was to cross the Tiber river over to Trastevere, a charming little neighbourhood in Rome. The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling through the winding lanes and admiring the quaint little shops.
We stumbled across the Piazza de Santa Maria and had lunch at one of the restaurants within the square. It was so hot, so we sat outside and had Aperol Spritz and antipasti, it was perfect.
I also couldn’t resist some gelato afterwards!
In the evening, we wandered over to the bustling Spanish Steps and scoped out our options for dinner. There were so many restaurants to choose from!
As it was a lovely mild evening we chose Ristorante Alla Rampa as there was plenty of outdoor seating and a great traditional menu. We opted for the spaghetti Bolognese and carbonara – as it wouldn’t be a trip to Rome without trying these dishes!
We were up bright and early on our last day to visit the Colosseum. We had pre-booked our tickets for the earliest slot available, as we had heard how busy it gets later on in the day. Even though we already had our tickets, we still had to arrive 30 minutes before our allotted time to queue.
I would suggest booking your tickets online before you go, this way you can see all the options available and the prices. I’d also recommend a guided tour to find out all of the interesting facts whilst you walk around!
Once we eventually got in to the Colosseum, we were blown away, we had definitely saved the best till last. Most admission tickets also include entrance to the Roman Forum, so be sure to check that out after.
After a busy morning exploring the Colosseum, we stopped off for an ice-cream on a gorgeous balcony overlooking the Piazza Venezia, safe to say we never wanted to leave this spot.
Our last meal in Rome was at Vitti Ristorante Pasticceria, in a square located near the Spanish Steps. The sun was beaming down and the food was spectacular, it was a great way to finish off an amazing weekend in Rome.
Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world. It has so much to offer, I can’t wait to go back and spend another weekend in Rome.
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