A European Getaway Part II: Rome

By Alessandra

Earlier this year, I took a romantic getaway to Europe thanks to a fabulous sale on Delta Airlines ($400 roundtrip to Barcelona from New Orleans). The great thing about Europe is that flying between other countries is not expensive, so we added a second country to our European vacation. We booked roundtrips on Vueling Airlines for $85 each and were off to a Roman Holiday!

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Where to Stay

Picking a hotel in Rome was not an easy task. I had only been once to Rome before and wasn’t sure what was the best area to stay in. #ProTip: Stay close to the major attractions to save money on taxis and bus fares. We stayed at the Relais Trevi 95, the rate was $117 a night on Hotels.com and included breakfast! The rooms were spacious and modern & you could literally hear the water from the Trevi Fountain as soon as you stepped out. . Most importantly, they had a 1 Euro mini bar. EVERYTHING, including alcohol, was only €1 !

Relais Trevi 95 – Via del Lavatore, 95, 00187 Roma, Italy

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Complimentary breakfast FTW!

Elevators in Europe are most definitely not what you’re used to in America. This was us, barely fitting in this 2 person elevator (our bags wouldn’t fit inside with us).

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What to See

Ah, Rome. Everywhere you turn, you’ll fall in love with this city more and more. There is SO much to see (and we only had 2 days to do it). Here’s what we were able to fit in our itinerary. #ProTip: If you won’t have wifi or data on your phone, download an offline version of Rome’s maps on Google maps. This helped us navigate the city much quicker.

Fontana Di Trevi

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Fontana di Trevi. Because we were staying very close to the Fontana Di Trevi, we hung out here a few times. It’s simply magnificent; I’m pretty sure I shed a tear or two when I first saw it again on this trip.

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Don’t forget to throw a coin and make a wish!

Piazza Navona

Take a stroll down this beautiful Piazza and sit down for a cappuccino or espresso while you people watch.

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on an evening in Roma 🎵🎵🎵

Pantheon

You must go to the Pantheon if you go to Rome. This former Roman temple (now a church) was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus.

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The most fascinating part of the Pantheon is this giant dome, called the eye of the Pantheon, or oculus. It is the largest unsupported dome in the world, and it’s in perfect proportion with the Pantheon by the fact that the distance from the floor to the top of the dome is exactly equal to its diameter.

Colloseo

I didn’t go in to the Colloseo this time around, but it’s just as impressive from the outside (plus you save a few bucks). It’s the perfect backdrop for your Roman Holiday insta!

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I could almost hear Lizzie McGuire going hey now hey now, this is what dreams are made of. 😂😂😂

Spanish Steps

February was such a perfect time to visit Rome. It was so calm and quiet at nights, that we even had the Spanish steps to ourselves that evening.

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Vatican City

Whether you’re Catholic or not, you have to go to Vatican City when you’re in Rome. We visited both the Vatican Museum (home of the Sistine Chapel!!!) and St Peter’s Basilica.

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After eating just carbs, you might feel a little guilty. Well, I’ve got the perfect workout for you: go to Vatican City and climb 551 steps in to get to the top of St Peter’s Basilica. That’s a lot of steps – but you can skip a few if you take the elevator which is just a few more Euros.

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Views from the top.

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#ProTips,

  • Wear comfortable shoes, you’ll be in line for a bit and then you’ll climb a lot of stairs.
  • Wear proper attire, no shorts or short dresses (even in the summer sorry). You’re entering a holy place and yes, they’ll turn you away.
  • Book your Vatican Museum tickets in advance. You’ll skip the line and they are a few Euros cheaper.
  • Bring cash to pay for your ticket to The Dome. They don’t take cards and we didn’t see any ATMs near the line.
  • Climbing to the top of the dome is not for everyone, you’ll find narrow hallways and steep stairwells. Be mindful of this, especially if you’re traveling with friends or family who are older or have any heart conditions (or if anyone is claustrophobic, this might not be a great spot to visit).

Where to Eat & Drink

Trattoria Due Colonne  – Via del Seminario, 122, 00186 Roma, Italy

We stumbled upon this trattoria right after getting to our hotel. The prices were great (super cheap wine) and the pasta was AMAZING. It looked like a spot for locals, it wasn’t on any of the main streets & it was pretty quaint and quiet.

Antica Trattoria Due Colonne
Start with Bruschetta!
antica trattoria due colonne
ahhhhhhh <3

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Restaurants Along Piazza Navona

Perfect spot to grab some dessert.

tiramisu in rome

Trattoria Ai Musei Vaticani – Via Santamaura, 5, 00192 Roma, Italy

We actually got this recommendations from someone in New Orleans. Never caught the guy’s name but he had played soccer in Italy for a few years. Shout out to you, my friend.

Trattoria Ai Musei Vaticani

Trattoria Ai Musei Vaticani

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This place was probably our favorite meal in Rome, plus the owners were very sweet and brought us complimentary appetizers and dessert. Be warned, the pizzas are HUGE. We weren’t able to finish them.

Venchi – Multiple Locations

OMG. How do I even begin to explain Venchi? I guess they had me at hazelnut spread filled cones.

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Yes, that’s a hazelnut spread fountain.

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#yas

And yes, I definitely brought some of that spread back home with me (even had to fight with TSA a bit so they would let me bring it in my carry on – I lost that battle and had to check the bag. WORTH IT).

Vineriail Chianti – Via del Lavatore, 81-82a, 00187 Roma, Italy

This was our last meal in Rome. I think the photo speaks for itself.

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It was the most romantic and cozy restaurant I’ve ever been to. The perfect place to end an amazing 2 days in La città eterna.

Safe travels, Babes. And if you have any other recommendations in Rome please let us know in the comments!

Ciao!

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