Rome is, without doubt, one of the most romantic cities in the world but where should you take your loved one if you want to share the very best Rome has to offer?
The best carbonara: Roscioli
The Roscioli restaurant on Via dei Giubbonari is reputed to sell the best Carbonara in Rome. This is probably the most well-known traditional Roman dish and dates back to the time of the empire.
Nearest metro station: Colosseo (about 20-minute walk from here)
The best snack: pizza by the slice and pizza bianca
Just round the corner from the Roscioli Restaurant you’ll find Antico Forno Marco Roscioli. This fabulous bakery, on Via dei Chiavari, sells a variety of breads and other sweet and savoury baked goods. They have a renowned pizza counter and their pizza bianca (a type of pizza that comes without any toppings, not even tomato) is very popular locally and is eaten on its own or sliced through the middle with a filling, such as prosciutto, to form a sandwich. It really is delicious and makes a perfect lunchtime snack.
Nearest metro station: Colosseo (about 20 minute walk from here)
The best gelato: Il Gelato
There are a number of branches of Il Gelato in Rome where you’ll find over ninety flavours of superb artisan gelato including some 25 or more varieties of chocolate gelato!
The best coffee: Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè
There is a saying regarding coffee shops in Rome that the worse the view, the better the coffee! Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè in Piazza Sant’Eustachio is reputed to be the best coffee in Rome and although the view may not be the best, it isn’t bad at all. There are just a few tables and chairs outside as most people drink standing at the bar. For those unfamiliar with this type of coffee shop you should pay for your drink first at the till and then take your receipt over to the opposite counter where they will make your coffee.
If it’s hot but you still need a caffeine fix, we’d strongly recommend the mousse caffè served chilled, it really hits the spot!
Nearest metro station: Barberini Fontana di Trevi (About a 20 minute walk from here. It is a similar distance from a number of other stations too.)
The best romantic walk: The River Tiber
There are many romantic walks along rivers in numerous beautiful cities around the world including Rome. We suggest a stroll beside the River Tiber, starting at the Ponte Cavour, heading south past several famous landmarks including St Peter’s and ending at the Isola Tiberina.
Nearest metro station: Spagna (about a 15 minute walk from here to the Ponte Caviour)
The best art: The Vatican
The Vatican houses the most amazing collection of art. Be sure to book yourself on to one of the early morning VIP tours on offer so that you can see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public.
Nearest metro stations: Ottaviano-S. Pietro-Musei Vaticani and Cipro (from either station it is about a 10 minute walk)
The best market: Campo de Fiori
The Campo de Fiori market is a colourful, vibrant food and flower market held every morning except Sundays and the oldest market in Rome. You’ll find a wonderful array of produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, chillies and herbs, and spices.
Getting there: You can catch the No. 64 bus from Termini Station to Piazza Campo de Fiori or walk from a number of metro stops in about 20 minutes or so.
Tip: discover the best in local food and drink on a walking tour when you first arrive so you can return to your favourite eateries later on during your stay,
The best souvenirs: food and wine
Food and wine souvenirs make wonderful reminders of your visit to Rome and the stall of Monica and Jocelma, called Gourmet Souvenirs in the Campo de Fiori market, is the best place to buy everything from chilli chocolate liqueur to 50 year old balsamic vinegar. For local wines, as well as great food, try Enoteca Palatium, Via Frattina 94, just a 5-minute walk from the Spanish Steps.
The best shopping district: The Spanish Steps
Of course, a delightful handbag or a new pair of shoes (or three) also make fabulous souvenirs. For fashionable boutique shops, designer names and luxurious style, the area around the Spanish Steps is hard to beat. The steps themselves are a wonderful spot from which to people watch day or night!
“When I was last in Rome I was delighted that there was a Vogue fashion show being held on the Spanish Steps – such a wonderful setting and a superb atmosphere.” Kathryn, editor of Boutique Travel Blog
Nearest metro station: Spagna
The best hidden gem: Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
While the facade of this palazzo is not as striking as many of the surrounding buildings, don’t let that fool you. Step inside and you’ll find an impressive art gallery in a stunning setting with fewer crowds than the cities better-known sites. Discover more hidden gems in Rome.
The best hotel: Portrait Roma
Highly ranked on TripAdvisor, the Portrait Roma is our choice for the best hotel in Rome. In a superb location in the fashionable district near the Spanish Steps, this lovely boutique hotel, offers the best in service, style and friendliness.
Location: Via Bocca Di Leone 23, 00187 Rome, Italy
Nearest metro station: Spagna
Do you have a favourite place, hotel, shop or restaurant in Rome? If so, please do leave a comment, we’d love to hear your recommendations.
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