Do’s in Rome· Things to do in Rome – With my insider tips I give you a feeling for the city and, of course, information about the sights to visit.
Things to do in Rome – Location of the hotel
My most important insider tip is to choose a hotel in the center if you are on foot. To be able to enter directly into the life of the city at any time of the day or night, is invaluable! I have selected some Hotels in Rome for you. The hotels at Termini train station are usually cheaper, but you need longer to the city center.
Things to do in Rome – Get up early
And here is my next insider tip: You should leave early in the morning at 5 o’clock for a walk through the narrow streets of the center, then you have the city for you alone. Joggers run from the center in the morning sometimes to the Villa Borghese or rising the Gianicolo up to Villa Pamphili. From 6 o’clock there are already more people around. Especially during the summer heat, you shall have a break in the afternoon and prepare for a nice evening in the city.
Do’s in Rome – Gran Caffè
In the Roman bars you will find mostly a good coffee. It costs more at the table than standing. There are some famous cafes in Rome – Gran Caffè – the most famous is Sant’Eustachio in the square of the same name, between the senate building and the Pantheon, the oldest and most famous is Caffè Greco in the Via dei Condotti, for more than two hundred years place of rendezvous of artists.
Things to do in Rome – Ice cream
Many ice cream parlors in Rome offer very good ice of own production. There are interesting taste combinations and the good craftsmen with their own laboratories use only fresh ingredients and some only organic products. Where I go to eat ice cream you find in my insider tip about good ice cream parlors.
Do’s in Rome – Sandwiches – Panini
In Rome, a scene has evolved in the production of variations of sandwiches. You can find all possible and impossible combinations also with special ingredients of Roman cuisine. Have a look inside my post about eating out in Rome.
Things to do in Rome – Eat Roman food
You should taste the Roman cuisine. Not everywhere, where it says Roman cuisine Roman cuisine is in there. The most restaurants with Roman cuisine can be found in the ghetto. There are also the typical fried artichokes “Carciofi alla Giudia”. Typical dishes of the Roman cuisine are the pasta dishes “Cacio e Pepe” – pasta with a sauce of pecorino (ewes milk cheese) and pepper, the “Gricia” – the original recipe is with cheek lard and pecorino, the “Amatriciana” – a “Gricia” with tomato, “Carbonara” – with egg, cheese and a type of bacon or the “Pajata” – with intestine of the milk calf.
In the main dishes, the “Baccalà” is very traditional – desalinated stockfish – usually served deep fried or with a tomato sauce, or “Coda alla Vaccinara” – oxtail in tomato sauce, Trippa – tripe, Animelle – veal sIetbread or Coratella – offal. Real Rome Insider know, premises which have not at least one of these dishes on the menu, don’t offer Roman cuisine.
Thing to do in Rome – Shopping
Maybe you want to go shopping. On the Via del Corso and the side streets on the right and on the left you will find most brands and trading houses from cheap to expensive. You will find the Nobel marks in Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Via del Corso to the Spanish Steps, and in the streets next to it. You will find art in Via Margutta, antiques in Via dei Coronari. As you stroll through the narrow streets of the city, you will discover many more shops with specialties and curiosities. Other shopping streets are Via Cola di Rienzo near the Vatican and the Via Appia betIen St. John’s Basilica and Piazza Re di Roma. So you can combine the visit of the Basilica of San Giovanni with a small shopping detour. Behind the city walls, in via Sannio, there is a flea market.
You can find more shopping malls in the periphery, but they are not easily reached by public transport.
Have a look inside my post about shopping in Rome.
Do’s in Rome – Into the green
If you have time and leisure, you should take time for a walk in the green. The classic for the Sunday is Via Appia Antica – where you can visit the catacombs – or the park of the aqueducts. During the Iek I recommend Villa Borghese or Villa Pamphili – on Sunday, it’s too crowded. In Villa Pamphili, you can order a organic picnic basket in the Vivi Bistrot.
Things to do in Rome – Sights
Now I come to the attractions. It depends on how long you have time and where ymy interests are. With a round trip with the Hop on hop off bus, you will be able to get a first overview in just two hmys and have once traveled the area within the city walls. HoIver, many sights can be reached only by feet or by bike or Segway. Then it’s up to ymy running speed and whether you want to look in every corner or simply go from one attraction to the next.
Attractions, which you can see from the open bus, are Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus, Bocca della Verità, Teatro Marcello, Capitol hill, Piazza Venezia, the city center and the Castel Sant’Angelo. To the Vatican you have a small footpath from the stop of the open buses. Also in the Center you have to continue by feet to the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, Trastevere and the ghetto.
If you want to see not only St. Peter’s Basilica, but also the Vatican Museums, you will need up to one day. Also for the Colosseum with Palatine and Forum Romanum and a tour in the surroundings, for example with Celio, Aventine, Circus Maximus and Capitoline, you need up to one day. For the Colosseum there is also a night opening in the summer, as well as for the Vatican Museums. Also for a shopping and sightseeing tour in the center you should expect up to one day. For the Capitoline Museums you need half a day, for the Gallery of Villa Borghese 2 hours + journey time. With three overnight stays, including arrival and departure, you can already experience a lot. If you have more time, it will be more comfortable and you can do more. If you have less time, you have to choose and delete some attractions from ymy program. More information you find in my section 3 days in Rome.
Tip No. 10 – ask me and follow me on Facebook
Is still my last insider tip: If you have questions, write me and I will reply as soon as possible. Even if you’re already in Rome, always look on my page. Many tours and tickets can be booked as a mobile ticket for the same day or the next day! You’ll find important information about strikes and high holidays day by day. And follow me on Facebook so you can always get new impressions from Rome.