Tips for planning your perfect vacation in Rome

Are you planning your vacation in Italy? Or are you just thinking about taking a break from your daily routine? Rome is always a good idea: it’s a city that can offer you beauty, history and a lot of things to do. Don’t you know where to start? We have some tips for you!

First of all, choose your dates of travel, book your flight anche check our website for the available holiday apartments. Then start planning your perfect vacation in Rome.

Tips for your vacation in RomeRome has two main airports: here you find everything you need to know.

You must visit all the most famous monuments and places you’ve been always told about, like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo. You can check this post and learn how to buy tickets for buses, metro ans trains.

But Rome has hidden gems too, which are worth a visit, like Passetto del Biscione and the Little London, as well as amazing parks like Villa Borghese, Villa Torlonia and Villa Ada.

If you stay more than a weekend, you can also plan a day trip from the city: there are a lot of opportunities like Calcata, the Bracciano Lake, Ostia Antica and Bomarzo, for example.

Ostia Antica archaeological site

Rome is full of amazing stories: have you ever heard about its talking statues? You can meet them visiting the Eternal City!

If you don’t want to look like a tourist due to your eating habits, you can follow these suggestions. Also check the things you must experience in Rome at least once in your life and, on the other hand, what you don’t have to do.

You are almost ready for your unforgettable holiday in Rome: dont’ forget to carry with you that strong desire to know another country in all its aspects. And prepare your stomach: the street food of Rome is delicious, but you need to try its traditional cuisine as well.

Pack your bags, Rome is wating for you!

 

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Tips to avoid the tourist trap restaurants in Rome

Rome, and Italy in general, are (also) famous for food. When you visit a City for the first time, or even when it’s your second or third time in a place, unfortunately you can encounter a tourist trap. An unpleasant experience, which can turn into a waste of money and even expectations. You have to be careful if you want to eat well.

How can you recognize a tourist trap, in order to avoid it? First of all, they are often located close to the most famous monuments. These are 5 signs more you should consider.

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Go off the beaten path

When you enter a restaurant and you find all the plates and ingredients translated in 5 or 6 languages, maybe you‘ve just picked up the wrong one. Probably it’s also close to the busiest area of the city. Try to run away as soon as possible, because you’ll probably eat something you won’t like. Lose yourself in the  Eternal City, walk around in the side roads, away from the obvious places, and you’ll discover better restaurants.

You find too many asterisks in the menu

In Italy all the ingredients in the menu that are frozen and not fresh must be indicated with an asterisk. If there are a bit too many asterisks – usually used for vegetables, fish or fried food – and even the pasta or pizza are frozen, you’d better escape.

Regional dishes in the wrong place

If you go to a restaurant in Rome and you find some regional dishes from another areas of Italy- like ‘trofie al pesto’, pasta with basil pesto, which is from Liguria, or ‘pasta alla norma’, pasta with ricotta, tomato, aubergine and basil which is from Sicily- there is a problem. When in Rome, try traditional Roman dishes, like cacio e pepe, amatriciana, coda alla vaccinara…

You don’t see locals

You don’t see locals around. On the contrary, the restaurant is full of tourists like you. If a restaurant or a pizzeria offers you a “tourist menu”, there are many chances you’re going to eat in a tourist trap. A good restaurant doesn’t usually have a menù like this. Maybe has some “dish of the day”, which is a different thing. And Romans go there to have lunch or dinner.

You don’t find that restaurant in a guide

Carry out research in advance. Check the local guides, read newspapers, have a look on websites. Don’t decide at the very last moment, otherwise you’ll probably too hungry to make the correct  choice. If you can, plan your holidays but also your meals.

Rome is full of good places to eat, don’t miss them! Check our blog for tips and book your holiday apartment with us: you won’t regret it!

 

5 reasons to fall in love with Rome

Beyond the beauty and its wonderful monuments. There are some aspects of Rome that will make you fall in love with the Eternal City: not only its magnificence, but also the habits and customs of those who live there. Because Rome is always a great surprise and experiencing the city means being able to appreciate what makes it unique.

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JOY

“Dear” and “darling” are very common words to greet those you know, even if you are not close friends: in a shop, at the hairdresser’s, at the bakery. If you are having a bad day, don’t worry: there is always someone who makes you smile with a joke or a nice word.

FUN

There is always something to do. An event, an exhibition, a concert, a theatre, a special evening in a club, a new restaurant to try: in Rome you do not risk getting bored. Never!

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DISCOVERY

From Rome you can reach many beautiful places: it is close to the sea, the lakes and the mountains. In addition to the surroundings of the city and the many cities of Lazio,  you can choose Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania for your trips. Florence, Milan and Bologna are easily reachable by train. You only have to decide where to go!

WEATHER

The weather is truly enviable. Winter is usually mild, spring is a triumph of colors and scents, autumn is a bit cooler than summer and summer is very hot, but you can go to the beach or choose one of the many pools open in the city. The sun often shines so bright and Rome with the sun is wonderful!

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CHOICE

There are so many shops to choose from for shopping: there are deals on every corner. From the most popular brands to craft shops. And the choice also concerns food: starred restaurants, but also traditional restaurants, pubs, street food and pizzerias. Every desire can be easily satisfied.

 

“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” George Eliot

6 things NOT to do when in Rome

The big day has arrived: you are about to visit Rome! The city of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain,  Spanish Steps: it is almost a paradise. But have you ever thought about what it’s better NOT to do in Rome?
An old proverb says: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. But if you really cannot identify with the life of the Romans, at least try to avoid these 5 things

Order cappuccino for lunch
In Rome (and in general in Italy) you can have cappuccino for breakfast in the morning, along with a croissant. In any other occasion it would be out of place and also a bit weird. Can you have it after 11am? Yes you can , at dawn, before returning home after an evening spent at the disco.

Get wet in the fountains
Roman summers can be really hot, but this is not a good reason to look for refreshment in the historic fountains of Rome. And it is also forbidden to consume food, climb or sit on the marble: you could be fined. In fact, art must be respected and preserved.

Wear uncomfortable heels or shoes
Are you a fashion addicted? Very well: Rome is a city that definitely appreciates fashion. But to get around on foot, it’s better to avoid heels and shoes must be comfortable: the city is famous for its cobblestones, which do not go well with the heels. And especially in the summer do not forget to wear a hat: the sun can be very strong!

Throw a coin into each fountain
The only fountain in which it is possible to throw a coin hoping for the return to Rome is Trevi Fountain. In all the other historic fountains of the city it is neither necessary nor recommended.

Wear skimpy clothes
If your plan includes visiting the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican Museums or the other beautiful churches in Rome, avoid low-cut t-shirts, miniskirts or shorts. With these clothes you could take a walk on the beaches of Ostia, but do not visit sacred places!

Ask for tap water at the restaurant
In the restaurants, taverns and pizzerias of Rome, water is exclusively bottled. On the contrary, walking through the streets of the city you can take advantage of the famous “nasoni” to cool off and have some fresh and good water. Better to avoid buying bottles in the kiosks in the center, where prices are particularly high.

The Eternal City can offer unforgettable memories. The important thing is to respect it and seize its most authentic sides, also through the customes and traditions of those who live there.

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome

Rome has a lot to offer so, first of all, be sure to take time to enjoy “La dolce vita” . There are several experiences to choose from during a holiday in the Eternal City but, especially in some periods, the main attractions can be crowded and stormed by tourists. You can visit  Rome with more tranquility and live it like a Roman for a few days anyway: here are our 4 tips.

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowd in Rome

Get up early in the morning (or go to sleep late)

The city gradually wakes up and usually the main monuments – such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Colosseum – are almost deserted in the early hours of the morning and are even more fascinating. So there are two options: either get up very early, or go to bed very late. Better avoid the central hours of the day if you want to visit the most popular sites.

Plan your visits

Organizing visits to museums and archeological sites in advance is always a good idea. In order to avoid long lines, buy a ticket online. While booking a private tour is also a good way to enjoy the sights to the fullest.

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowd in Rome

Get lost in alleys and streets

Walking is the best option to discover little-known corners of the city and avoid public transport during peak hours, when they might be more crowded (in the morning around 8-9 am and in the afternoon around 6-7 pm). Walking without a destination, as well as exciting, also gives the opportunity to see Rome in its most authentic features.

Choose restaurants far from tourist spots

The traditional Roman cuisine is a real delight, this is a fact, but Rome offers many other types of cuisine and flavors. So escape big chains or restaurants with tourist menus and go discover the restaurants, pubs and clubs frequented by Romans: your palate will thank you!

Sometimes you only need to follow simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome and have the opportunity to see how a European capital still manages to preserve authentic and genuine places and traditions.

Top 5 brunch spots in Rome

Walking on Sunday mornings in Rome is an experience that you should try at least once in your life. Observe the city that wakes up little by little, go and visit St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo or the Pantheon, and then decide to have a brunch in one of the many restaurants in the city. Why don’t you do it as soon as possible? Here are the top 5 spots to choose from for your delicious Sunday brunch in Rome (or, if you prefer, your “Sunday long lunch”).

‘Na Cosetta

The Famous bistro ‘Na Cosetta in Pigneto neighborhood- a particular and fashionable district of Rome- organize a brunch called “il colanzo” every Sunday. Italian dishes, oriental revisits and freshly baked desserts. From 12 to 16.

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Dolce

In the Africano district, Dolce offers a New York-style brunch with international dishes from the five continents. Eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, hamburgers and desserts, all to be tried in a very special location. From 12 to 15.

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Queen Makeda

In San Saba, just a few steps away from the Circus Maximus, the Sunday brunch is at  Queen Makeda Grand Pub. A fixed price buffet of international dishes (and many of the English tradition), more than 40 craft beers to choose from and a menu designed for children. From 12:30 to 16.

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Mavi

Hamburgers, bagels and pancakes for both buffet and à la carte brunch for Osteria Mavi, a restaurant with a familiar and elegant atmosphere close to Lungotevere in the Marconi area. American coffee, water and juices are included in the price. From 13 to 16.

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Camillo B

In the central Piazza Cavour, a few steps from Castel Sant’Angelo and San Peter’s Basilica, Camillo B offers a brunch with different dishes: eggs, vegetables, quinoa, focaccia and chicken curry. Here you can also find a space dedicated to children with entertainers. From 12 to 15:30.

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As a family, as a couple or with friends: Sunday brunch is a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the Eternal City from another point of view. The more “international” one but with a touch of originality and Italian taste.