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With its rich history, the abundance of art, vibrant street scene, and food, oh the glorious Roman food, it’s no surprise that Rome, Italy is one of the most visited cities in the world. At every corner, there is a story to tell. There is art to be admired. It truly is amazing and I was lucky enough to visit this magnificent city last autumn.
After being dropped off at our Airbnb apartment (you can read my review of the apartment here) and leaving our luggage, we had a quick bite at the Burger King in the corner of Via del Tritone before we start exploring our home base for the next 9 days.
Directions to Trevi Fountain:
Metro: Line A station “Barberini” or “Spagna”
Bus: Bus stop Tritone/Fontana di Trevi
Our first stop is the Trevi Fountain which is about a 5-minute walk from the apartment. As expected, there are many tourists in the area as it is one of the most popular landmarks in Rome. Lucky for me, I was able to take a quick photo right in the middle! It is also a known tradition that visitors should toss a coin to the Trevi Fountain (over your left shoulder) to ensure a return to the Eternal City. Some say it should be 3 coins (for a return to Rome, new love, and marriage). I already have love and marriage, so I think I’m okay with throwing just one!
Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna
Next stop is Piazza di Spagna. It is about a 10-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain (5-minute walk from our apartment). It was also packed with tourists when we got there and there were street vendors selling roses and roasted chestnuts.
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA/SPANISH STEPS
Directions to Piazza di Spagna: Metro Line A, station “Spagna”
Suggested Tour: Best of Rome by Night Walking Tour
After walking around for a couple of hours, we went grocery shopping for breakfast items, drinking water, etc and back to the apartment to rest for a bit. Then out again into the streets of Rome.
A Taste of Venchi Gelato
No trip to Rome is complete without enjoying a gelato. There was a long line of customers inside Venchi and we were so curious that we decided to try it right then and there. Aside from gelato, they also sell chocolate and gianduja bars, truffles and spreads.
Suggested Tour: Espresso and Gelato Tasting Tour
I forgot exactly what flavors we ordered but for sure there’s chocolate, gianduja, caramel and I think that was mango on my husband’s gelato. Price range between 4-7 Euros depending on the number of scoops and if you want your cone dipped in chocolate and sprinkles.
It was good but apart from the chocolate-dipped cone, there was nothing spectacular about it, to be honest. The best gelato I tasted was in Florence from a small shop in an alley near the Uffizi Gallery. It was so good that I forgot to take a photo because I finished in a matter of minutes!
Walk to Venchi from the Trevi Fountain:
Dinner at Mannozzi
A little over 6:00 PM, we decided to have dinner at a restaurant a block away from the Trevi Fountain called Mannozzi. We ordered Caprese salad, Quattro Formaggio pizza and pasta carbonara. Great food!
Address: Via della Panetteria, 14, 00187, Roma, Italy
That concludes our first day in Rome. We turned in early that night to get a good night’s rest and prepare for our Colosseum and Roman Forum tour the following day.
Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Rome Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.
Private Transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Rome City Centre
Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer between Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station
Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass | Roma Pass
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Eurail Global Pass (Flexible Days)
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This blog post is Day 1 of my Italy Travel Diary Series. To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Naples Bus Tour | Pompeii Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 7: Barberino Designer Outlet
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo