Concluding on from my post about Venice I’m here to talk about the second half of my Italian adventure holiday to Rome. Me and my boyfriend chose to do two different cities as firstly the transport links in Italy are fantastic so it was easy to get to but also because we wanted a contrast between a relaxing city with no cars to a tourist hotspot with some of the most visited destinations in the world.
How to get to Rome
The easiest way to get into Rome is to fly directly to the Fiumicino Airport which is very close to the city centre and pretty much all forms of transport. Usually, I hop into a taxi from airports but in Rome, this is an unnecessary expense as there’s a train directly from the airport into the main Rome train station which is only half an hour long and runs anywhere up to 7/8 times an hour.
For me we had come from Venice so we got a train straight from Venice to Rome which only took about 3.5 hours which I don’t think is bad at all. Rome has some great transport links to other Italian cities as well such as Naples and Florence so it’s a great base for a larger holiday.
As I mentioned in my Venice post we decided to go for a bit of luxury so we looked for nice hotels which weren’t too far from the main Rome station so we could just walk from our train. This is when we found the Palazzo Montemartini which is a 5-star hotel located seconds away from the main train station and decided that this was going to be our number one choice.
This was my very first time staying in a 5-star hotel and it was so luxurious that the staff were perfect and we had a great stay here. I won’t go into too much detail as I’m going to do a full hotel review soon but one thing I will talk about is the spa. As Rome was where we were due to spend our anniversary we decided to book a couple’s massage in the hotel’s spa and my god was it incredible.
I didn’t fancy doing the whole walk down in just my swimsuit and a dressing gown so I opted to wear this kaftan* from Miss Tunica. It’s absolutely perfect for this kind of thing as it covers me up enough to feel comfortable walking around but isn’t bulky or hard to take on or off, I know this will definitely be coming with me on some summer holiday’s next year.
Things you have to do
We knew Rome was going to be our part of the holiday to do some more exploring as there’s a lot of huge tourist attractions in the city, and yes sometimes the queues are long and they might be crowded but for the most part they’re worth it.
The Colosseum is the iconic image of Rome and a must visit, although don’t be drawn into the people outside offering tours and easy access as it works out much more expensive. Join the queue and for under €20 each you can get entrance to both the Colosseum and neighboring Roman Forum and an audio/ video guide. Obviously, once you’ve bought this ticket you’ll want to do the Forum’s which showcase loads of old Roman ruins and some stunning architecture.
Next up is something I’m always an advocate of and that’s the Big Bus hop-on, hop-off bus tours as I think you get to see so much during the few hour trip and it takes you to places which you’d probably not walk to, especially if you’re tight on time.
Three sites are very close together in the main centre of Rome and that’s the Spanish Steps, The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, all great places to walk between. The later was probably the busiest as tourists throw in coins and make a wish, but while it might be a tourist trap I feel like it’s got to be done.
We pre-booked a day trip out to Pompeii and Naples before we headed to Rome and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Pompeii is an old city which was covered with ash and debris after a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago and thus the whole city was more or less preserved when they started to discover it. This is somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a long time so the trip price was more than worth it. You can choose to do Pompeii on your own by getting the train to Naples and then making your way to the site, but we chose to do the trip as it included a comfortable coach to take you everywhere and we even had an hour guided tour of Naples and lunch included.
As I said you can do a day-trip to Naples in a few hours from Rome which is where you can access the beautiful Amalfi Coast and Sorrento from, it’s also where the boats depart for my favourite island Ischia, or Capri.
Eating in Rome
There’s so much choice of food in Rome and much like other Italian cities, there’s an abundance of pizza and pasta which you’ll find at near enough every restaurant you visit. Again we used Trip Advisor and the restaurant that we ended up visiting twice was Ristorante Pizzeria Al 39 where I had the best cheese four -cheese gnocchi that I’ve ever had, and a pizza which was so yummy. Again dishes were so cheap with a three-course meal with two soft drinks each barely costing us €45.
Then on our anniversary we opted for a something a little nicer and ended up at a restaurant just outside the Colosseum called Ristoro della Salute which was definitely a great choice. The staff were incredibly attentive – without being overbearing – and I had the best Mojito I’ve ever had. The food was great quality, fresh and delicious. It’s worth checking Trip Advisor beforehand as we booked a table online and got 30% off our bill for doing so.