A Long Weekend in Rome
So, you’ve booked a weekend away in Rome and are ready to be whisked off on a whirlwind trip of fine culture, food and architecture. But with so much to see and do in Italy’s thriving capital, how can you possibly pack every experience into three short days? The answer is that you can't, and nor should you expect to. The best city escapes nail the balance between pre-planning and spontaneity. You should never underestimate the joy of stumbling upon an amazing restaurant or secret neighbourhood. In the spirit of this philosophy, our guide is not about meticulously planning every minute of your trip, but instead about highlighting exciting areas of the city to make exploring that little bit easier.
Check-In In Style
Touch down and check into the Radisson Blu es. Rome Hotel, located right next to the Termini railway station. This hotel is located in the heart of the capital city near to all of the celebrated sites such as The Roman Forum, St Peter’s Basilica and The Roman Forum. There's no better way to rewind and refresh after a long day of travel than taking a dip. So, drop your bags and head up to the hotel’s stunning rooftop pool, where you can sip cocktails while soaking in the sights.
Fine Dining for Foodies
Once you feel suitably revitalised it is time to eat and with gourmet restaurants around every corner, there's no doubt that you'll be spoilt for choice. However, if you're after your pick of the very best then take a trip to Piazza Navona. Located in the heart of Rome and only a short walk from the Spanish Steps, this square is an Italian foodie’s paradise. All of the restaurants in Piazza Navona boast al fresco dining and serve the finest italian favourites. With great food guaranteed, you can simply take your pick. Any italian dinner isn't complete without gelato and in Rome, great ice cream is only a short walk away. Head in the direction of the Spanish Steps and you’ll be in gelato heaven. With amazing flavours, beautiful presentation and extravagant toppings, stop by any of the ice cream bars and you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable desert experience.
Of course, you can't possibly do a long weekend in Rome without seeing the city’s stunning sights. Rome’s architecture dates back 118 AD and impressive Roman architectural masterpieces can be spotted across the entirety of the city. Tourist favourites such as the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Vatican are well worth a visit. We recommend grouping the sights to avoid travelling miles across the city. Take a morning trip to see The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Rising early means you can beat the crowds, take your Instagram’s in peace and pack more exploring into your day. You’ll also have the excuse to stop by the famed Sant’ Eustachio for breakfast. This coffee shop has been open since 1983 and adored by locals and tourists alike. Only a stone's throw from the two landmarks and reputed to serve some of the best coffee and pastries in all of Rome, it is well worth stopping by to fuel up for more exploring.
Nights in Trastevere
Rome comes alive at night, so be sure to stay out and experience the city’s thriving nightlife. If you're looking for uniquely Italian cocktail bars, beer houses and clubs then you must head to Trastevere. This neighborhood is located in the south west of Rome and is labelled as the funky, bohemian corner of the city. This place is bustling with the city’s youth and is the ultimate trendy location packed with amazing bars that you just have to explore. To immerse yourself in the atmosphere, hit up Piazza di San Calisto and Piazza Santa Maria. If you do have time on your whirlwind trip, return to Trastevere in the day to fully appreciate the beauty of this quaint quarter. If you love to explore, you can get lost in its rustic Italian streets and boasts some of the best street food in all of Rome.
Sunset at the Orange Garden
End your trip on a high by heading up to the city’s Orange Garden which offers panoramic views across the entire city. Located on the Aventine Hill, the gardens were designed in 1932 by designer Raffaele De Vico. Named as one of the most romantic places in the world, there's no better place to relax and reflect after a hectic weekend. Pack a picnic and wine and watch the sun go down in style. If you’re looking for the best place to pick up picnic supplies, the Campo de Fiori is home to Rome’s most famous outdoor market. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this food paradise and source all of your authentic Italian food favorites that you can enjoy later as you watch the sunset. If you're looking for more tranquil green areas to experience Rome like a local, the city offers many beautiful gardens and parks.
Of course, Rome has endless opportunities for exploration and not everything can be done in a matter of days. Instead, it is up to you to pick and choose your favourites from our guide and on your way, you're sure to stumble upon some amazing food, drink and architectural finds of your own. You could also explore our other hotels in Rome to unwind and relax.
This blog post was written by Sara Robards, Content Writer for My Favourite Voucher Codes.