There were some cheap flights to Rome and we just couldn’t pass it up!
☀ 8 Days 🌙 8 Nights
📅 February 2019: 2/15/2019-2/24/2018
👫 Couple’s Getaway
2/16: SFO → Rome
2/17: Roman Forum & Colosseum, Trajan Forum, Piazza Venezia
2/19: Sorrento →Positano → Amalfi
2/20: Amalfi → Salerno → Rome
2/21: Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Travestere
2/22: Vatican City
2/23: Piazza de Spagne, Trevi Fountain, Monti
2/24: Rome → SFO
Things to Do
Roman Forum & Colosseum – the tickets are combined. We made the mistake of thinking you can freely go between the two, but that’s not the case. Would recommend buying tickets at the Roman Forum, and then picking an afternoon time for the Colosseum. You can do the Roman Forum in the morning, and then exit and have lunch, then do the Colosseum in the afternoon. (Honestly, the time on your ticket to the Colosseum probably doesn’t even matter since the line to enter is so long 🤔. The line to enter the Colosseum is quite long. We were there during off season, and even with tickets and a scheduled time, it took us around 90 minutes to get in.)
Vatican – Easy to get here with the metro red line. Dedicate a bit more than half a day for the Vatican. We learned a lesson from the long lines at the Colosseum and decided to book a €35/person tour to skip the lines at the Vatican. The tour was a 3.5 hour guided walk through the museum, the Sistene Chapel, and to St. Peter’s Basilica. Super interesting tour with great history and context. Well worth the money.
Largo di Torre Argentina – Ruins that sit in the middle of the city. Home to colony of cats. We randomly happened on this place and the cats were SO CUTE. Favorite random finding of our day ❤️
Pantheon – Amazing temple with a dome roof. Free.
Piazza de Spagna – Spanish Steps are nice for people watching, but it gets pretty crowded here.
Trevi Fountain – Beautiful at night, super lively and crowded. Definitely swing by the Prosciutteria (see next section).
Piazza Navona – Nice plaza for people watching. Nice fountain in the area with lots of random street artists.
Things to Eat
Prosciutteria Cantina dei Papi – Favorite find of the trip. We went to the location by the Trevi Fountain and got a medium mixed board and a bottle of red wine (house) for €30 (what a steal!!!). They give you a huge board of eats with all the items made in house. Our favorites were the porchetta and the truffle spread on toast. The bread was also super tasty.
Pompi – Must visit. We came here 3 times for their tiramisu and cakes. My favorite was the strawberry, but Andy liked the hazelnut. We also tried the pistachio Rocher cake, which was also super tasty.
Armando Al Pantheon – Great mid price option. Get a reservation! There was a line out the door at 12:30 (opening time) and they had to turn everyone who didn’t have a reservation away, since it was completely booked up. Great pasta and traditional dishes.
Ai Tre Scalini – Casual spot with cheap wine and beer. Good place to stop and see what the Monti neighborhood is about.
We ate so much Gelato that it deserves it’s own sub section:
Venchi – 5/5. My favorite gelato place. They had a seasonal Strawberry Stracciatella flavor that was out of this world. I got a crepe to go along with the gelato and it was D E V I N E. There’s also a store in the FCO airport, for your last minute gelato needs.
Otaleg – 4/5. This was a highly rated spot, but it didn’t really live up to the hype. Definitely has some unique flavors and mixes. We had the pear + pecan, custard + amaretto, and lemon pistachio.
La Nazionale Gelateria – 4/5. Great tasting flavors. We tried the Frutti de Bosco, Ferrero Rocher, Oreo, Cherry Crunch, Chocolate Pistachio, and Cheesecake. Very tasty and satisfying. Interior is also nice, clean, and with a trendy aesthetic.
Old bridge Gelateria – 4/5. Stopped by before touring the Vatican. Tried the pistachio and Baci. The pistachio was the best that I’ve had in the entire trip.
Gelateria Valentino – 3/5 Location by Trevi Fountain. The pistachio was the highlight here. We also got the chocolate (super dark chocolate one) and chocolate orange. It was good, but nothing to write home about.
We took the Flixbus from Rome to Sorento. On the way back we took the train from Salerno to Rome.
Cute town, great starting point for the Amalfi Coast. We stayed here for one night before heading down along the coast. There’s a nice little cliff-side ocean walk if you have a bit of extra time there.
Puro – Cafe/Gelateria chain. Process are nice. Grab an affogato here sitting the day or an alcoholic milkshake here at night. Prices are good for drinks here.
Pizzaria de Franco – 🍕🍕 Delicious pizza with cheap beer. We got a full size pizza each and surprisingly ate it all.
To be honest we only stopped here for an hour or so before hopping on the bus for Amalfi. The streets were so scary that we didn’t want to hike down. The two way road is barely wide enough for one car width.
Amalfi streets were less daunting and more walker friendly. It was low season so many of the restaurants were closed. We still had a great time sitting by the water and strolling though the streets.