Rome Travel guide and recommendations
There’s something really magical about Rome. It’s incredibly well preserved for an ancient city, putting in perspective how advanced people were in 753 BC. Rome is filled with unexpected surprises, and if you favor architecture and history, Rome is your heaven. Here are some of my favorite places I stumbled upon in this pretty city.
I stayed ten days in Rome in a modern hostel a few blocks from the Colosseum. New Generation Hostel Santa Maria Maggiore is great for solo travelers! Upon check-in I immediately met people cooking in the kitchen. I stayed in a four person dorm. Each room had its own full bathroom and the bunk beds were awesome!
Borghese Gallery and Museum
Cloister of Bramante
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
I was really lucky when I was traveling around Europe – it was the low season for travelers and I found myself able to walk into major landmarks without a queue. I quickly learned that most museums in Europe prefer you purchase your tickets online and may even suggest a time slot to minimize wait time. The Vatican Museums are no different. I suggest buying your ticket in advance as you may not have the option to purchase a same-day ticket online.
Museum admission grants you access to the gardens, galleries and Vatican. It’s the perfect place to spend a rainy day.
Food + Drink
I must admit I loved this place so much I went two nights in a row. The atmosphere is really chill and the food and vino is incredible. When I went on a Thursday night, there was a duet that played covers of songs from all over the world. The mix-matched furniture, candlelight and comfy vibe makes this place great for conversation and a relaxed night out.
Via Piazza in Piscinula, 00153 Roma, Italy
Go for their breakfast, stay for the art. Analemma is the perfect place to grab a delicious breakfast and then hit the vintage thrift shops located on the same street.
Via Leonina, 77, 00184 Roma, Italy
Giufà Libreria Caffè
Bookstore + cafe 🙂
Via degli Aurunci, 38, 00185 Roma, Italy
Rome has joined in on the cat cafe craze (try to say that three times in a row!) and has one of their own: Romeow – Rome’s First Cat Café! Located ~1.5 miles from the Colosseum, you can grab some food surrounded by kitties 🙂
Via Francesco Negri, 15, 00154 Roma, Italy
Pyramid of Cestius
En route to Meow I came across the Pyramid of Cestius. Located 2.5 km/1.5 mi from the Colosseum you’ll find the Pyramid of Cestius. Inspired by the Egyptians, the tomb was constructed between 18 and 12 BC for Gaius Cestius.
Before you go check out the Pyramid of Cestius’ website for information regarding opening hours and tours. Booking a tour is mandatory to be granted access to the grounds. Days and hours vary.
Via Raffaele Persichetti, 00153 Roma, Italy
Roman Forum / Forum of Augustus / Tranjan’s Market
Terme di Caracalla
The advancement of the period is apparent when you visit Italy’s most well preserved ancient Roman thermal spa. It was the second largest bath house in Rome. Use of the large baths and gyms began in AD 216 during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Up to 8000 people daily would use the spa until AD 537- due to Visigoths cutting Rome’s water supply.
As you walk through the remains of this bath house you find games carved into the marble on the edge of the pools and beautiful tiles lining the bottom of the baths. You are even able to go underground, where the Roman’s built a plumbing system to warm the bath water.
Via le delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma, Italy
Chiesa del Gesù
Additional Places to See
Altar of the Fatherhood