Rome is an ancient city full of culture and history. There is so much that needs to be seen in Rome that it is wise to take a few days to sight-see the fan favorites such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the list goes on.
EXPERIENCE. Everyone who goes to Rome will visit the more popular places, but there are other sites that you should also see while in Rome! I have listed some of my favorites below.
- Campo di Fiore | Shopping. Yes, you heard that right! This is the place to shop! Campo di Fiore is a little place in Rome that is full of cute stores with a variety of items that go from shoes, vintage clothes, modern clothes, and more! They also have little restaurants with great tasting food! We ended up going to Campo di Fiore on a Saturday and the market was set up full of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, clothes, and other goodies! If you ever want a relaxing walk, then I suggest taking a stroll around Campo di Fiore and seeing what they have!
- Catacombs of St. Sebastian | There are a lot of catacombs in Rome, but only a handful are open to the public. In the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, you will be able to see the tombs of those that have passed away as well as where some are buried. What is so special about these catacombs is that they were the only ones whose existence was never forgotten and they continue to be an object of pilgrimage through the Middle Ages to modern times. You won’t be able to see bones from those who have passed, but there is a lot of history down in the catacombs.
- Saint Paul Outside the Wall | This basilica is considered to be one of the four great ancient major basilicas in Rome. It was originally named Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls and it was founded by Roman Emperor Constantine I. When you walk into the basilica you will see a gorgeous ceiling that looks gold. You’ll also see portraits of each pope on the frieze which is under the nave windows.
- Piazza Novana | When you arrive to Piazza Novana, you will see three fountains. The main fountain in the center is the Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fountana del Quatro Fiumi). It is the largest fountain and was constructed by Gian Lorenze Bernini by the request of Pope Innocent X. Around the fountains are little shops and restaurants and at night you will see artists selling beautiful handmade paintings.
- Villa Borghese | The Villa Borghese is a museum that is divided into two floors. One floor has art pieces and the other sculptures. Each floor has stunning pieces made by artists such as Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Raphael, and Titian. What was unique about this museum is that it has a time limit to only two hours. In other museums we could stay as long as we wanted, but even with a time limit, this museum is worth it. When you go to the museum, you must check your bag because they don’t allow purses, bags, or strollers upstairs. Once you hand them your ticket be ready to be amazed with gorgeous rooms full of artwork. After you’ve left the museum, walk outside to see the gardens! You’ll see that the land is very long and it is fun to explore. They have statues, fountains, and other hidden gems waiting to be found by tourists.
A helpful suggestion when it comes to traveling is to wake up early to see the popular sites because not only will it be cooler in the morning, but it won’t be as crowded! On one of our free mornings a couple of us left the hotel around 7:30am to walk to the Trevi Fountain. We arrived there at 8am and spent about 20-30 minutes taking pictures, talking, and enjoying it. We arrived at the perfect time because once 8:30am rolled around, there were a significant amount of tourists at the Trevi Fountain. We decided to leave and go explore Campo di Fiore because it is a cute place full of cute shops and delicious food. Speaking of food, we must talk about food right?! Let me just say that the food is amazing. I have listed places that are a must for those who enjoy a good meal.
TASTE. There are so many great restaurants in Rome. If you want you can walk down the street and find a local restaurant that with friendly staff and delicious food. While in Rome I got to go to some amazing restaurants and I listed my favorites below.
- Pasta Chef | Via Baccina, 42 00184 Roma – Italia | This is a cute place to eat located in Rome with a very friendly owner. Pasta Chef serves fresh pasta and salads daily and it is delicious! You can’t go wrong with any plate! What is unique about this restaurant is that they serve all of their food on biodegradable dishes as well as have biodegradable cups and silverware.
- Cantina & Cucina | Via del Governo Vecchio, 87 | What I loved about this restaurant besides the food was the aesthetics. Cantina & Cucina has a vintage look mixed with a feeling of comfort and being at home. They keep their menus in a refrigerator which make them cool to the touch when customers get them. They have all kinds of options that range from appetizers, pasta, meat, and dessert. Anyone who eats here will love the atmosphere as well as the kind staff.
- White Cafè | Via del Tritone, 118, 00187 Roma | After our visit at the Villa Borghese a friend and I were walking back to the hotel when we randomly found a restaurant. For starters, anything that has my maiden name in it must be great, am I right?! What was great about the White Cafè was that the menu had a picture for everything that they served. This made picking a meal easy because we got to see what each option would look like. In my opinion, the White Cafè serves the best four cheese gnocchi and I would recommend it to anyone!
- Roma Sparita | Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24, 00153 Roma | You’ve probably heard of Roma Sparita if you know Anthony Bourdain because this is his favorite restaurant in Rome! They are famous for their Cacio e Pepe because it is served in an edible cheese bowl! If you want to eat here you must have a reservation! They tend to not have a free table if you just walk in, so remember to make a reservation and try make it for a table outside.
*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler