Oh how I love Roma. The capital city of Italy certainly has charm and charisma, and not to mention, is home to some of the most beautiful landmarks in the world
I ventured to Rome on my lonesome not too long ago, spending three whole days in this picturesque city. Rome was my first stop in a six-week stint in sexy Italia, and boy oh boy, it was certainly love at first sight. (PS. You will soon come to realise I have a slight obsession with Italy… but seriously who wouldn’t?!)
Truly European, the centre of Rome is vast with history and style, each street a perfect picture of beauty. One thing that got my attention in Rome was its atmospheric mood. In a moment of seconds the weather can contrast from sunny blue skies, to gustily winds and dark black clouds, with a slight ray of sunshine poking through. It’s hard to explain, but my god it made for some of the best lighting for photos. I would see photographers sprinting to make sure they got their money shot because they knew a minute later the moody moment would be gone.
I’d heard mixed reviews about Rome prior to arriving, but personally found it to be an amazing city. Yes, I may have been one of the mouth-wide-open tourists taking photos at every metre, but on a serious note, I found Rome to be so magical and I do highly recommend you go.
Where to Stay
I stayed at Vatican New Life Bed & Breakfast and LOVED it! Really cute and quaint, the B&B is walking distance to Vatican City and just a short train trip away from all the other must-see sites. As a lone traveller, I felt totally safe staying here and exploring around the area. The room I stayed in was really pretty, and the breakfast, (always the best bit when you stay somewhere) was delicious, with Nutella and pastries each morning. Ahhh YUM!
Where to Visit
Okay, there are so many places to visit in Rome. If I had my time all over again I would spend more than three days here, but if that’s all you have and you are motivated to jump out of bed and get some serious sightseeing/ice cream eating in, you can certainly see a large handful of places in a few days.
Below are a few key places I would recommend to visit, and yes you can see them all in three days.
Check out my pictures of this incredible structure…need I say more? I went on a guided tour at the Colosseum and you know what, it was money well spent, the history is just fascinating.
Spanish Steps & Piazza di Spagna
At the bottom of the Spanish Steps is the Piazza di Spagna one of the most famous squares in Rome. This area is incredibly picturesque so get your camera ready, and not to mention your Nikes for all of the stepping!
Vatican City was certainly a mouth-wide-open tourist moment for me, it is such a beautiful place. It’s a big day out especially if you see everything that there is to see (noted below), but let me tell you, it’s so worth it.
*Note: Vatican City includes St Peter’s Square, St Peter’s Basilica, Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museum) and Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel).
Via Vittorio Veneto
One of the most elegant and expensive streets in Rome. Whatever budget you may have, you must take a walk down this luxurious street.
There are so many tourists at the Trevi Fountain so it can be hard to get up close. However, if you have a selfie stick, take it!
Super close to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon is evidence of amazing architecture. Make sure you take a peek inside.
Gorgeous restaurants lie here around this very lively piazza. Make sure you sit outside with a delectable pasta dish and a glass of Chianti, Prosecco or Aperol Spritz, or one of each. Enjoy the flirting waiter offering to take you around Rome on his scooter (no kidding that actually happened. I declined, so no exciting Italian love story continues here I’m afraid). Enjoy your time and embrace people watching, it can keep you occupied for hours, and so can the wine.
Have you been to Rome before? What’s your favourite place to visit while you’re there?