As you would have guessed by now, we love Rome. The reasons are numerous – the city is steeped in history (you will bump into ancient ruins everywhere), the food is amazing, the pace is calm, the city is big enough to accommodate the high season crowds and there is potable water to be found in cute water fountains everywhere!
Where to stay: The first time we visited Rome, we stayed right next to the Colosseum in a decent hotel. The neighborhood was good, with quite a few restaurants and pubs. It was stones throw away from Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Piazza Venezia. However, this time round, we researched and selected Trastevere neighborhood – and that was the best decision! Trastevere is divided into 2 sections by a main road – one side is relatively quieter (and hence a good place to retire for the night) and the other side has tons and tons of awesome restaurants, pubs and nightlife. It is right beside the Tiber river and within walking distance to most tourist attractions (if you don’t want to walk, there is a tram as well). From the airport, it is just a train and then a tram ride away.
Just walk/ cycle through the streets of Trastevere (most tours have this as an agenda item as well)
Look out for the Tiber River Festival that usually takes place throughout summer!
We were lucky to find Gianluca’s cute apartment, which was sufficient for the two of us (and being a long stay, he was kind enough to give us a discount!).
I can spend hours in supermarkets..and there was Conad within 5 minutes from the apartment
Our first stop in Trastevere was Carlo Menta. One of the cheaper options (a pizza and wine cost us 19 Euros) and hence super crowded with bitter staff. The pizza was average. There is outdoor seating for those sunny days.
Day 2 we were just wandering around in Trastevere and chanced upon this cocktail bar, Freni-e-Frizinoi at the right hour of the day – it was time for Aperitivo/ Apericena (translate: cocktail happy hours with unlimited buffet)! For just 6 Euros for classics, we got a fairly potent drink, some snacks for the empty stomach and a very relaxed atmosphere.