I close my eyes and I’m back in my college dorm room, watching Roman Holiday on my 10 inch laptop. I watch Audrey Hepburn as she sleeps by the Trevi Fountain. I watch as a stranger hands her a rose, and when she tells him she has no money, he insists she keeps it anyway. I watch as she places her hand in the Bocca della Verita and doesn’t lose a finger.
I open my eyes, and I too am in Rome. The sun is shining and Rome is everything I could have imagined and more. It is truly a city of romance. In Rome, I am also handed a rose. Taking my queue from Ms. Hepburn, I politely decline the rose. When the man insists I keep it for free, I turn to Billy and mouth “it’s just like the movie.” I thank the man and begin to walk away, charmed, rose in hand. The man then begins to follow Billy with his hand open and expectant. It was then that I realized, that the Romans have also watched Roman Holiday and have cunningly turned a romantic gesture into a clever tourist trap. Nonetheless, Rome stole my heart and below are some of my favorite things about this amazing city!
ROME FAVORITES //
- Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (Pictured above). Surprisingly this was one of our favorite things to see in Rome. The monument is absolutely enormous and extravagant. There are cafes surrounding the monument which make this sight even more amazing to admire while sipping a cappuccino.
- The Colosseum. What an amazing piece of history to witness first hand. I highly recommend watching Gladiator before visiting the Colosseum to help you to visualize the magnitude of what took place on these grounds.
- The Trevi Fountain. We actually made sure to stop here at least once a day. The Trevi Fountain is so full of magic, making it quite irresistible.
- The Shopping. Let’s face it, you cannot visit Italy and not drop some cash on some new wardrobe staples. The fashion here is unlike any where else.
- Piazza Navona. Another one of our favorite favorites, eating pasta and strolling around Piazza Navona is exactly what a vacation in Italy should entail. The fountains and artists that fill the Piazza make it the perfect place for people watching.
- Vatican City/St. Peter’s Basilica/Sistine Chapel. No trip to Rome is complete without a stop at the Vatican. Just be sure to dress modestly and continue to be respectful while in the chapel.
- The Spanish Steps. Hike to the very top for a jaw dropping view of the city.
- Eat in Trastevere. This neighborhood in Rome is known to have the best restaurants. We ate at Trattoria Da Enzo and enjoyed their famous fried squash blossoms – to.die.for.
- San Crispino Gelato. Located on a small side street off of the Trevi Fountain, I (and many others before me) declare this gelato the best in Rome.
- Danieli Bakery and Coffee. This may be out of the way for some, seeing as it is located in a more residential area of the city. However, our hotel was located near this bakery and we stopped here each morning to indulge ourselves and fill our bellies with amazing Italian breakfast sweets. For the longest time we tried to look this place up online. I recently was able to find it on TripAdvisor and was so happy to have relocated this hidden gem.
Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world. The city is so full of history you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Let me know your favorite thing about Rome in the comments below!