Often, a destination is built up to be SO incredibly amazing that it runs the risk of it being disappointing once you are finally there. Well, I can safely assure you that Rome is not one of those places. I recently had the pleasure of visiting and fell in love with the city for many reasons. I have nothing but amazing memories and can’t wait to have the opportunity to return again. It was without a doubt one of the most luxurious vacations I’ve taken so far, and can now fully understand why many label it as a “dream destination”. Rome is a city known for its unparalleled beauty, history, vibrant culture and nightlife that keep tourists flocking each year. For anyone planing to visit Rome, I think it’s pretty likely that you, too, will fall in love. I’d like to share with you some of my favourite spots that I visited while there. Spend your days exploring and sightseeing and your nights indulging in the variety of food, drink and entertainment options.

The history and the architecture

You will simply be surrounded by history everywhere you go in Rome; from the architecture, to the gardens, fountains, music and food. Even if you are not much of a history buff, Rome is a fascinating place and a very interesting city to learn more about. Everywhere you go, you’ll be surrounded by the past, with each place having it’s own unique story. The martial ruins, the huge Renaissance mansions and the churches all have a tale to tell, whether it be of family feud, artistic rivalry, political conflict or personal grief. Allow yourself to go back in time and I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

With the history of Rome also comes its amazing architecture. Again, you will constantly be surrounded by amazing structures, whether it be a simple shop or restaurant down a hidden alley, or iconic structures like the Pantheon and the Colosseum.

Colosseum

The Colosseum

Must see places in my opinion include both of these (the Pantheon and the Colosseum), the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and Vatican City, of course. I suggest giving yourself enough time to really explore these places in depth, as you will truly be in awe. For most travelers, touring these places can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day. I suggest making a bucket list and a rough schedule to ensure that you don’t miss anything that you will regret not seeing.

The food

The food in Rome is a whole love affair in itself! There is such a magnificent range of different pizzas, pastas and delicious desserts, some of which I never even knew existed. Of course you can’t go to Italy without indulging in some gelato, and there are plenty of places in Rome to do so. One of my favourites spots was I Caruso at Via Collina 13, a hidden gem a little off the beaten tourist path. A couple of other great gelato spots include Giolitti, near the Pantheon, and Fior di Luna in Trastevere. During our stay there we had dinner at three fantastic restaurants: Restaurant Mirabelle, Imago Restaurant and Roof Garden Restaurant.

Restaurant Mirabelle view

View from Restaurant Mirabelle

Restaurant Mirabelle offers a panorama that sweeps across the entire city, a breathtaking and unforgettable experience to say the least, and I would highly recommend any of these places for a delectable, romantic meal.

The fountains, piazzas, gardens and other amazing sites

There’s truly beauty through each street and on every corner. You’ll see magnificent fountains all throughout the city in many different shapes and sizes. Despite constantly being surrounded by a mass of tourists, the Trevi fountain still remains as one of the most impressive sights to see.

The Trevi fountain

The Trevi fountain

The sculpture has been positioned to catch the sunlight perfectly, allowing the white marble to light up with brilliance (don’t forget to toss a coin in!). The city is also scattered with thousands of smaller drinking fountains called nasoni, and, yes, the water is safe to drink! There are several opportunities to enjoy the remarkable gardens and parks of Rome, and it’s likely that you may just stumble across one unknowingly. Rome gardens and parks can relax you, renew your touring energy and give you a few moments away from all of the hustle and bustle. The Lamian Gardens, The Gardens of Lucullus and The Horti Liciniani are among the most popular sets, and all offer a beautiful escape. One of the best places to indulge in traditional Italian activities is in a piazza, of course. Campo de’ Fiori is Rome’s oldest market and a great place to pick up souvenirs to take back home. Piazza Navona is another great space, once a competition arena, that is home to several important sculptural creations. On summer nights these are great spots to people watch, have a drink and listen to the street musicians perform.

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I also have to mention the hotel we stayed in, as it was the cherry on top to a perfect trip. Without  doubt, this was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.

In the heart of the city, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is a unique, luxury hotel unlike any other, and only a short walking distance away from the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. From the elegant rooms furnished with genuine antiques and prints, private garden, modern gym and spa to the incredible staff, there’s no wonder it’s ranked as one of the top places to stay. To be honest, it felt like we were staying in a grand home rather than a hotel. Everything from deluxe double rooms to private garden suites are offered and amenities include a free breakfast buffet and parking.

Villa Spalletti

Villa Spalletti

There’s so much to do and see in Rome, that it’s nearly impossible to cover in just one trip. While we made sure to visit our fair share of “must-sees”, some of my favourite memories also come from the times that we would simply wander aimlessly. Hopefully you, too, will get a chance to witness in person the culture radiating throughout the city and like me, will fall in love with Rome.