Rome was the last stop of our Italy trip and was one that we added last minute after one of our flights got cancelled, but I’m so glad that we got to go!
We arrived in Rome around mid-day and headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the Hoxton, which had just recently opened. The hotel was super comfortable and in a pretty decent location for a good price. We would definitely stay there again if we went back to Rome. After checking in we took a short walk around the neighborhood on our way to get some coffee before calling an Uber to go to the Colosseum. We booked in a self-guided tour which was really cool. We had both seen the Colosseum previously from the outside, but actually going inside and walking around was totally worth it.
After exploring the Colosseum for a bit, we took a walk up to the Giardino degli Aranci, some public gardens with a really spectacular view over Rome. We then headed on foot to the Osteria da Fortunata, where we had dinner that evening. They don’t take reservations, but we arrived shortly after they opened for dinner and we were able to be sat right away. The only drawback here was that none of their appetizers were ready to be served since we arrived so early. The pasta more than made up for it though and it was so good that I actually have recreated the dish several times since coming home.
After our dinner we walked to Campo di Fiori and Piazza Navona to look for some art to bring home. We stopped by Giolitti (a gelato shop I went to as a kid) and relived some memories, before heading past the Trevi Fountain on our way to the Spanish Steps. Once we made it all the way to the steps our feet were killing us so we grabbed some tiramisu from Pompi Tiramisu to go and grabbed a cab back to our hotel.
The next morning we got up bright and early to head to the Vatican for a tour. We booked in for around 9:30am and made a beeline for the Sistine Chapel. We walked around the Vatican Museums for a while before heading out to try to get into St. Petersburg Cathedral before the lines got too long. We managed to make it in really quickly and we were so happy we got to walk around this grand cathedral. It really is unlike any other. To finish up our time in Rome we headed to a spot called Be.Re Trapizzino which sells a bunch of “pizza pockets” stuffed with different fillings. Its essentially some dough that is filled with cheese, meats, and different sauces. We finished up our lunch and then picked up our luggage from the hotel before catching a bus to the airport.
And so our whirlwind trip around Italy ended! It was so memorable and we had so much fun. I hope that you find some inspiration in these posts to guide you on your next trip to this incredible country.