We were in Europe for 17 days, and during that time we explored 3 different countries and 5 different cities! We went to Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence, Paris, and London. I thought it would be fun to do a recap and travel guide of each place that we went to in case any of you guys will be traveling to Europe soon! We started out our trip in Rome, and we spent 4 days there. It was a very eventful 4 days with an interesting cab ride, a lot of delicious food, and tons of walking (we walked about 10 miles a day)! Here’s what we did:
Things to do:
Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica: We did a guided tour through Walks of Italy, and I’m so glad that we did! It was nice having a tour guide telling us about each piece of art, especially since the museums obviously have everything in Italian so you never know what anything is about. The tour lasted about 3 or 4 hours, and I definitely recommend it (especially because you get to skip the ticket line which is worth it for that alone). Also, if you visit the Vatican it’s important to make sure that your knees and your shoulders are covered or you won’t be allowed inside.
Trevi fountain: The Trevi fountain is extremely gorgeous in person with so much detailing. The only problem is, there are always way too many people there (with their selfie sticks of course). We couldn’t get close enough to toss in a coin, but I’m glad that we got to see it!
Museum Borghese: We did this on our first day in Rome, and it was so pretty! We wandered through the museum looking at the art work, and also walked through the gardens which are gorgeous. We didn’t spend a lot of time here because of how tired we were, but I’m glad that we went. You must buy tickets online beforehand though, or you won’t be able to get in. It’s a very popular museum, and they allow people in by assigning you a time and allowing you a maximum of 2 hours inside the museum.
Pantheon: I should have done my research beforehand, but I didn’t realize that the Pantheon is a church. The line wasn’t too long at all, and there wasn’t an entrance fee which is nice. It’s definitely a gorgeous place to visit!
Colosseum: We did an audio tour of the Colosseum which I would definitely recommend. We weren’t up to a whole guided tour again, but the audio guide allowed us to learn about the history of the Colosseum (I admit that I thought of the Hunger Games the whole time). Be prepared to wait in a long line though if you don’t buy tickets ahead of time.
Piazza Navona: This piazza is full of restaurants, shops, and performers. It’s a busy place, with a lot to see and do! It’s definitely a fun place to take a break from all of the walking.
Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Your ticket to the Colosseum gives you admission to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as well so you want to plan to do all of these in the same day. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are ruins, and it’s definitely interesting to see.
Spanish Steps: If you climb to the top of the Spanish steps, there’s a piazza and an overlook with the most gorgeous view of the city. I definitely recommend it!
Via del Corso: There is where all the shopping is in Rome! You will find a lot of luxury brands and small shops on this street. It’s packed with people, but it’s where the best shopping is.
Where to eat:
Ristorante Bertizello: This was right around the corner from our hotel (we stayed at IQ Hotel), and I definitely suggest this place for dinner!They had a good selection of pizza, pasta, and seafood. They also gave us limoncello after our meal which was amazing!
Ristorante Alessio: This is another restaurant near our hotel that was recommended by the staff, and it was definitely a popular place (make a reservation!). This was one of the best dinners that we had in Rome, and the waiters were friendly (which isn’t a common thing unfortunately)!
Osteria Marguetta: We went here our first night in Rome. We made a reservation but I don’t think it was really necessary to. The food was delicious, and the tiramisu was best that we had on our trip!
Pizza de Baffetto: This was hands down the best pizza we had in all of Italy. It’s a very small place that only accepts cash, but I highly recommend it. It’s located near the Pantheon.
Taverna Vegetariana: I found a vegetarian restaurant in Rome, and convinced Robert to go. He eats meat, but he really enjoyed this restaurant too! I was excited to be able to eat lasagna, but just note that no one in the restaurant spoke English. It made it a more authentic experience though and I loved this restaurant!
Have you been to Rome before?