Roma, Roma, Roma – there’s really no other city in the world with such history and glamour. A city escape to Rome is sure to include fashion, great food and a lot of vino. Whether you’re here for two days or 10, make sure you make the most of the Eternal City by following these 7 tips:
#1 – Book a room at the famous Hotel de Russie
Not a week goes by that I don’t see a fellow travel writer or high profile fashion model post about this hotel on Instagram. If you’re looking for the hot-spot hotel in Rome – this is it! The highlight of this property is definitely the elaborate garden, which is the perfect place to enjoy your morning espresso.
Alternative choice: J.K. Place Roma
#2 – Enjoy an Italian feast at Enoteca Regionale Palatium
For a chic dining experience head to this modern wine bar for an evening of fresh food and vintage wine. Menu items consist of locally sourced ingredients to match their extensive beverage list, and locals can’t get enough of it. Enoteca Regionale Palatium is almost always at capacity, so get there early to ensure you get a table.
#3 – Spend an afternoon shopping on Via Condotti
At the base of the Spanish Steps is the start of one of the most expensive streets in the world. This picturesque cobblestone street is shop after shop of designer boutiques. Gucci, Armani and Valentino are all here – making it the perfect location to window shop or splurge.
Bonus tip: On a budget? Pick up a Rome travel guide from Louis Vuitton for 30€. Practical, affordable and oh-so-fancy!
#4 – Sip on cocktails at Terrace Bramante
This rooftop bar is located at Hotel Raphael, not far from Piazza Navona. The vibrant city lays below you and the impressive dome of The Vatican makes for the perfect backdrop. Skip the food here, but make a point of stopping at Terrace Bramante for a pre-dinner drink.
#5 – Escape the city for a day in Santa Marinella
Not many people realize how close Rome is to some great beaches! The absolute best food (and gelato!) I’ve ever had in Italy has been in this sea-side town that’s only a 40 minute train ride from Rome. Escape the city for a day for some tanning, beach fun and a gourmet lunch in Santa Marinella.
#6 – Between the shopping and eating you can’t forget about the sights.
Of course you are in Rome after all so you should brush up on your history and visit the famous sights! Arrange for an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum (yes, these are available for the public) to avoid the crowds. You can also pre-buy your tickets to the Colosseum to eliminate time wasted waiting in line.
#7 – End your visit with a memorable dinner at Palazzo Manfredi’s Aroma
For your last dinner in Rome be sure to make reservations at Aroma for a culinary treat and an incredible view of the Colosseum. Anyone who’s anyone has eaten at this restaurant – including movie stars, models and politicians. There’s no better dining experience in Rome than an evening spent here.
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