The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Rome
They say “when in Rome do as the Romans do,” but today that’s a little difficult. With Rome such a vibrant place where there’s something happening on every street corner, it’s a little difficult to do. In fact there’s too much to do. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and since the first days of human settlement in the area it’s been the focal point of Italy and the very epicentre of Italian culture. Today, it’s the perfect destination for a weekend away whether you be a foodie, have a penchant for fine wine, a history enthusiast, or a party animal, there really is plenty for everyone. We run down our Rome must-dos for the ultimate weekend in the Italian capital.
Visit The Ancient Monuments
Needless to say all of Rome’s incredible history should not be ignored on a trip to the city. The Colosseum and Pantheon are iconic pieces of architecture that have inspired many of the buildings we have today.
They’re of course well worth a visit, not to mention the wealth of other remains in the city such as the Marcello Theatre which was built during the final years of the Roman Republic. In fact, right across the city there are hidden gems with histories that span hundreds if not thousands of years, all worth stopping and taking in as you make your way through the magnificent city.
Toss A Coin In The Trevi Fountain
Most Rome holidays take a stop off at this point as Euro after Euro is flicked into the Trevi Fountain in hope that one day you will return to Rome. It’s one of the most famous fountains in the world and was built in 1762 and designed by Nicola Salvi.
Of course returning to Rome will depend on one thing, if you toss the coin correctly. The legend has it that you must, with your back to the fountain, throw the coin with your right hand over the left shoulder, with one coin ensuring your return, two leading to a new romance and a third to marriage. The tossed coins are used to fund a supermarket that serves the poor and needy, with approximately €3,000 being collected every day.
Pop In To See The Pope
Naturally every visit to Rome has to include a trip across the borders to the smallest country in the world, Vatican City. Home to the Pope, it’s an area of only 110 acres, but tucked in are sights that will stay with you for a lifetime.
St Peter’s Basilica is a true joy, and the Sistine Chapel is truly jaw-dropping with Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement Day decorating the ceiling. It certainly needs at least half a day to get a good look around the place, and not to mention work your way through the queues.
Have A Taste In Testaccio
You may be surprised that in a country which brought us pizza and pasta it’s not always easy to find great food in Rome. Like many cities around the world it’s been overtaken by chains and tourist traps. However, one place where you can barely move for exquisite food and drink is Testaccio.
The area has long been a favourite, dishing out unbelievable local dishes as well as pouring some of the finest wines in the capital. Here you’ll find a number of restaurants using the finest ingredients with influences from across the country.
Although a trip to Testaccio doesn’t just need to be taken for an evening meal. The Taste of Testaccio Food Tour features nine stops with 12 tastings not only taking in restaurants but offbeat landmarks too including Testaccio Food Market, a real highlight for any foodie.
Enjoy A Drop Of White
Rome is renowned for a lot of things, the Pope resides here, it’s the birthplace of the Romans, and it is also the home of white wine. For almost 2,000 years wine has been produced in the countryside surrounding Rome, with Frascati a particularly popular glass in the city.
Again , in Testaccio you’ll find a great range of most people’s favourite tipple, whilst in the city the likes of Trimani, Spiriti, and Ai Tre Scalini, just a short walk from the Colosseum offer great places to kick back, relax, and enjoy a bottle. Of course, a trip out to the countryside is also a great way to enjoy the city’s fine wines, with half day tours available, and with plenty of tasting too.