“Rome wasn’t built in a day” – I’m sure you are familiar with that quote and also can imagine it’s impossible to explore the eternal city in only three days. Luckily I’ve already been in Rome, a few years ago, while I was still living in Stockholm, Sweden. Together with two of my very good friends we spent a weekend in Rome and it was during that trip I throw a coin into the Fontana di Trevi and made a wish, which became true as I ended up in Paris just a few months later ;-)
Within the 12 past months my trips to Italy have been quite frequent, I booked a 7th trip to Tuscany not long ago and decided to stay 3 days in Rome before continuing to the rolling hills of Val D’Orcia and Crete Senesi were I was going to stay for a week.
Rome is a great city for walking, in fact I never took the metro neither the bus. With a shining sun and 24 degrees I preferred exploring Rome by foot. The first day I woke up early to have a morning walk along the river Tiber as it’s usually crowded with tourists during daytime. It was beautiful to see the bridge Ponte Sant’Angelo reflecting in the still water of Tiber. And impressive to see the Castel Sant’Angelo from so close. One day I have to make a visit inside.
For a beautiful panoramic view over Rome, Giardino degli Aranci (the Orange Garden) is a must. From there you’ll get to enjoy an amazing view and if you walk up further on the same street and stand in the long line there is a famous keyhole with a VIEW.
Best gelato in Rome
What is Italy without gelato? I almost killed myself with hours of research of finding the best but also artisanal and organic gelato in Rome. First I found the famous Gelateria del Teatro, which I can truly recommend to try. The one that became my favourite was Hedera, artisanal gelato, a family runned company creating gelatos based on 60 years old recipes. When I entered their charming shop, before analyzing their ingredient chart carefully outside (they only use fresh products from selected organic farms, don’t use dyes, preservatives, lycopene, carrageenan, inulin, alginates or monodiglycerides) I met the father and son which introduced me to all the flavors and talked about where they source their ingredients. After some chatting about their gelato I left with a cone filled with delicious and tasty gelato. The best gelato in Rome I believe <3
Cappuccino is also a must in Italy, and there is hardly no place that fails making a very good cappuccino in Italy. Even at the service stations you can expect to have a well made coffee. However, I made a research to find one of the best places in Rome and ended up at SciaScia, a traditional and old café where they still roast their coffee beans at place, which is quite rare in many places in Rome. The cappuccino I had was excellent. Not far from SciaScia you’ll find the Vatican, where I went on a private guided tour arranged by City Wonders and visited the Sistine Chapel and Basilica di San Pietro, a full review on my visit will follow soon!
I love food markets and one I visited in Rome was the morning market that take place on the iconic square Campo dei fiori. Truly recommend a visit if you are curious and enjoy the life around outdoor markets.
Even though it felt I walked around for 24 hours everyday I did get some sleep ;-) In Rome I stayed at the luxury boutique-hotel Villa Spaletti Trivelli. 12 rooms in a historic residence filled with beautiful antiques giving the feeling of a home, a very elegant one. Had an excellent stay and can’t wait to share my experience in a separate blog post ;-)
In Rome I also met my friends Fabrizio and Isabella, they offered me a more local guiding one late afternoon and let me see some of their favourite parts. They are real Romans, born in the city and know every little corner and hidden gems. I wish Isa was having a blog because her instagram is full of beautiful places in Rome she is sharing everyday. Can recommend you to click and explore her Rome ;-)