I am FINALLY going over our trip to Italy, starting with Rome! I want to keep it as brief as possible and just give you a quick run-down of a quick way to do Rome if you’re not necessarily a jet-setter (quite yet). We relied HEAVILY on Rick Steves and the advice from friends…and Google translate, LOL. I also wanted to share our food tour from Eating Italy…I have a discount code further down if you’re booking a food tour trip in Europe through their company! SO worth it!
Day 1 – Arrive in Rome and WANDER
We stumbled to my FAVORITE piazza in Rome: Piazza Navona. Honestly, it could be my favorite because it was the first piazza we found, but it was amazing. So many fun street vendors to peruse and delicious Italian food to admire!
Day 2 – Campo de’ Fiori and the Capitoline Museum
We stayed near the Vatican, so every morning we rolled out of bed and began the walk (around 20 minutes for us) to the heart of Rome. We averaged about 15 miles of walking PER DAY in Rome…I’ve gotta say, I was probably in better shape then (even with the pasta) than I am right now.
Day 3 – Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps & Trevi by Day
After that busy morning, we wandered around and took another look at the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps by day. For the morning Vatican tour, I wore this bell-sleeve blouse from Target, these Madewell Jeans, and these practical but cute perforated mules from Caslon. For the afternoon, I kept the same mules and switched to a midi-blouse dress (mine’s sold out, but I linked a similar option).
Day 4 – Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trastevere Food Tour
We went through Eating Italy for our Trastevere Food Tour. A local brings you around to their favorite places…and this was a freaking blast. If you are planning a trip to Italy, DO A FOOD TOUR! This was maybe the best food/social part of our trip, and our tour guide Dario taught us some amazing tips for picking out food. One good one? The biggest tourist traps are all of those restaurants in main squares. For real good food…look down the side alleys! He also taught us that a good gelato shouldn’t look fluffy or like it’s standing up. It’s dense, so it should look like it’s stuck to the tray. That’s the good stuff…and I can attest!
If you want a discount to any of these food tours…use discount code DARIO. Do it! Our tour guide was also a DJ and took us to an Italian nightclub…it was super fun! We definitely don’t go to clubs, but this was a fun special case!