THE TRAVEL GUIDE: ROME
Rome is my absolute favourite destination in Italy, no matter when I go or how many times I've been, it never loses its magic. From the ease of finding amazing food and wine no matter where you go, to getting lost in it's tiny streets and stumbling across its incredible landmarks like the Colosseum.
We had the most incredible Airbnb at via Cimarra Luxury Suites which has been our favourite accommodation out of everywhere we've ever stayed. It was a private room with bathroom in a central apartment, with two other suites, however we not once saw anyone else staying with us, the hosts gave us incredible tips and breakfast was included, as well as an unlimited supply of sparkling water, what more could you want? If you're more than two people or this apartment is booked out, anywhere around the colosseum is usually your best bet for a central location, however Rome is extremely easy to walk, so not matter where you are, you'll never be too far away.
I made it easy on myself in Rome, when picking restaurants and looked to my good friend Emma's restaurant guide (here) to Rome, because I knew shed' know the best recommendations of not only food but who has the best wine list. On her list was Old Bear, and we just had to try it! I took Emma's advice, settled in out of the rain to the cosy interior, ordered myself the vegetarian truffle lasagna and bottle of the Barbera and had the best night.
Old Bear, Via dei Gigli d/Oro, 3
Grazia and Graziella quickly became one of our favourites! In an area full of hip restaurants and bars, it's easy to get lost in all of the different menu's available, but when we came to the area, we were specifically headed here, after hearing about the delicious pizza and of course negroni's. After incredible service, a delicious pizza or two, and a few too many negroni's we walked around the local market stalls before catching the tram home. Even if you can't get into Grazia, head to this area for the best restaurants and no matter where you eat, you won't be disappointed.
Largo M.D. Fumasoni Biondi, 5 (angolo Via della Paglia) 00153 – Roma
A recommendation from our Airbnb host, was Pasta Chef, titled as gourmet street food, and it was such a great find. It get's absolutely packed round lunch time with locals and many people working nearby, who are either after takeaway, or quickly eat standing at the corner of a table, so don't be alarmed if you have to fight for a table, just order first and by the time you find a table your food will be ready. The pasta dishes are all just a few euros, add a drink and you'll have lunch for two for under 15 euros.
Pasta Chef, Via Baccina 42
Similar but even cheaper, is Pastifico, which was another recommendation from Emma. It has two different pastas each day, order a plate of one or both for 4 euros and stand outside to eat your lunch. It's less than 100m to the Spanish Steps, so such a great authentic Italian takeaway restaurant.
Pastifico Guerra, Via della Croce, 8
Do buy tickets online to everything and get up early! There are so many things to see and do in Rome, that you will not be bored, and even if you don't plan anything, you'll still be able to see every landmark just by stumbling across them. Rome is such an easy walking destination, no matter which direction you go, you'll pop out of a tiny street, right into a landmark, like the Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, or the Colosseum. When it comes to shooting in Rome, get up early, because everything does get extremely busy no matter what time of year it is.
For the Colosseum, pre purchase your tickets and go early, as it does get full and they do stop letting people in when it reaches capacity. With the Fontana di Trevi, go early, live 6-7am if you’re after a great shot, once it hits 9am and through until 9pm, it is packed with hundreds people, same goes for the Spanish Steps. When it comes to the Vatican, pre purchase tickets because otherwise you will be standing in line for 4 hours+.