If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that Tiz and I recently took a trip to the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. It had been somewhere I’d wanted to go for a long, long time, as a major history geek (and pizza lover). I’m going to tell you about our experiences of the trip, provide some mini reviews of the places we stayed and visited (and how we got there) and give you a taste of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Travel To/From Rome
We booked our flights to Rome with Jet2, which was pretty much excellent from start to finish. We’d travelled with them once before (to Paris) and it was a smooth journey, so we picked the airline once again for our trip. We flew from Manchester airport, and the flight to Rome was probably the best I’ve ever taken – we travelled over the alps, which was stunning, and the entire experience was relaxed and straightforward (as well as reasonably priced!). The journey back was great too, and we wouldn’t hesitate to use the airline again in the future.
When we arrived at Rome Fiumicino airport, we took the Leonardo Express train to the city centre – it was €14 per person each way for the non-stop train, which worked out well despite it being a little pricey. Still much cheaper than a taxi! Our hotel was a 10/15 minute walk from Termini station, and we trundled along with our suitcases until we reached the amazing accommodation…
We stayed at the gorgeous Leon’s Place hotel, which was in a quiet part of town but still walking distance to everywhere we needed to go. We even walked back to the hotel from the Vatican on our last full day in Rome! I can’t recommend this hotel enough – it was much better value than most we saw in Rome, and we booked it through Trip Advisor. Everything was pristine, the service was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better hotel. It was very boutique-esque, which we both loved, and I felt at home there almost instantly.
The breakfast was included with our room, and was super tasty – every morning, the waiter made a smiley face in my cappuccino (which was delicious!) and cracked jokes with us. I would stay there again any day of the week!
On our first day in Rome we did a little bit of wandering around the city – I highly recommend building time into your trip to any major city to just walk around and take in the atmosphere. It’s so tempting to dash from place to place, but the real essence of any city can only really be grabbed when you spend time soaking up the vibes. We had pizza and lots of wine at a local pizzeria, which was super delicious. Tiz bought some extra data for his phone so we could pop onto Trip Advisor and look for restaurants near to us when out and about, and we found some incredible places through that – we didn’t opt for many touristy eateries, and we had the best food in those places a little off the beaten track. One of our favourites was called Da Francesco (just near Piazza Navona, a few streets back) – the food was nothing short of heavenly!
Over the course of the 5 days, we visited the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum and many other smaller churches and landmarks. For the Colosseum and Roman Forum, we booked a tour through Viator that was excellent – for the Vatican we purchased ‘Skip The Line’ tickets on Viator before we went, too. We’re so glad we did both of these, as it saved lots of time and we got so much information from our guide (for the first tour – we didn’t opt for a tour around the Vatican). We also took the Free Rome Walking Tour which was amazing, and our guide Daniele took us to some real hidden gems that we’ll just never forget.
All in all, our visit to Rome was incredible. The weather was gorgeous, around 24 degrees each day (with only a couple of rain showers that we ended up missing due to being inside anyway) and our 5 nights/6 days schedule worked perfectly. Although saying that, I could have stayed there for another month! I officially love Rome and can’t wait to explore more of Italy.
I am more than happy to give you guys any extra tips or recommendations we picked up on the trip to Rome, so if you have any questions just leave them below!