Ciao Rome!

Day 1, Late afternoon arrival, means there is still lots of time to explore the City. In the summer months it doesn’t start going dark until almost 9pm. We were a short walk from the Colosseum. Late viewing also meant very little queuing. We paid 12 euros entrance and the queue was very small for this very large tourist attraction.

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We walked up Palatine hill and then travelled along the road viewing more tourist hotspots and ended up at an Irish bar for a wee drink & map reading. We got our bearings then made our way to the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain is a great location in the centre of it all, with lots of lovely places to eat and bars. It’s very busy, a hive of activity.

Day 2, Secret Food & drink tour in Piazza Navona. Secret Food Tours, Rome

11am Start, we were educated all about the square which was renowned for the quality food of Rome. We started out with a coffee (cafe), a variety to be had of the famous Illy. Try an espresso with a dash of liqueur, straight or with latte. Next stop pizza, we were shown a bakery which made pizza slightly different to others in the area.

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After this we went to a cheese shop and tried Burrata cheese. This looks like mozzarella but taste is creamier and similar to ice cream, melting in your mouth. A must try for any cheese lover!

Next, Italian street food. Suppli balls, risotto and pork mixed with mozzarella & breadcrumbs. Our guide told us all about the history of the food. That this had come from using left overs, however now they make it fresh as it’s so popular. We then moved on to a Sicilian Dessert Cafe, where we sampled Cannole di ricotta con granella di pistachio-so delicious!!! Around lunch time we stopped at a restaurant for homemade pasta and lovely wine (Frescato). Then more cheese & wine, then we finished the tour in a Galleteria.

The perfect trip for food & drink lovers, giving you a truly Italian food experience.

In the evening we decided to try the Ice bar. Which is 15 euros entrance but you get a drink and with the tourist map you get a free shot. Ice Bar, Rome This was lovely after a hot day in Rome sight-seeing and the drinks were absolutely delicious. I had a Prosecco with strawberry vodka liqueur served in an ice cone.

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Although you can stay as long as you like it gets a bit cold after one drink but definitely worth going if you’ve not been to an ice bar before. Then we decided that we would like some anti pasti and wine. We headed over to Trevi again and found a nice restaurant, Il Chianti Vineria, unfortunately outside was full. However inside was available and also amazing. We got a board of anti pasti and cheese & a bottle of Tuscan red. This was the best red I had tasted on our trip, Cantaloro. A mix of Cab Sav, Merlot & Sangiovese. The perfect end to our foodie/drinky day.

Day 3, we started with some breakfast from the food court in the train station, Termini. A mixture of different Italian cuisine to try which are unusual and high quality. We then went to St. Peter’s Basilica, the dome, the Vatican museum & the Sistine chapel. Highly recommend queuing for the dome it is 6 euros to go up. This is 551 steps, you can pay an extra two euros to take you in the elevator and then you only have 300 steps to climb. The climb is for the fit & healthy and when you get half way you have reached the inside of the main dome in St. Peter’s Basilica where you are metres away from the dome paintings.

After this the stairs get narrower and windier and lead you outside to the roof to see a view of the Vatican City from above.

Definitely worth the climb and small fee. When you come back down it will lead you straight into St. Peter’s Basilica which is free to enter. We were there on a Thursday the queues weren’t too big! However I would imagine at a weekend you can be in them for hours, we waited 25 minutes. You can buy tickets to jump the queue & for the Vatican and Sistine chapel when you arrive at St. Peter’s Basilica from outside on stands or from tourist info boxes if the queue is super long.

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No need to book online but for peace of mind you can book in advance on Vatican, Skip the Line

We got the metro there and back which is reliable, quick & cheap. It was 1.50 euros for a ticket to travel for 100 minutes as far as you like. If you don’t want to walk miles then this is a great way to see the city without paying through the nose.

We went back via the Spanish steps, which were interesting, the local area was rich with many branded shops such as Gucci & Mon Cler. Then onto one of our fav spots back to our fav restaurant this time we sat outside, sampled the delicious lasagne followed by a stop at the galleteria for a chocolate fix.

Great spots to drink are around Monti & Travestere across the river.

If you have an early flight back from either airport. You can get a bus from the train station which start from 4.20 for either airport. You can pay when you arrive, Airport Bus which will be 6-7 euros one way or if you pre-book with Terravision is only 4 euros.

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The journey only takes 40 minutes to Fiumichio airport and shorter to Ciampino.

Ciao Rome. 


UK- based writer who is happiest when combining her two loves: travel & gin.

@chroniclesofgin

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