Rome- known as the Eternal City
Like I have mentioned elsewhere DO NOT get your rental car and attempt to drive in the historic section of Rome or you will be surprised months later with a rash of violations being sent to your rental car company and charged to you. You will have no way to fight them, most streets in the historic section require special parking permits or licenses to be there. Believe me we know this first hand as Rick received 5 tickets in 2 hours one day which totaled $1000 because we were trying to make things easier on my mother. Return your rental car and take the tram from the airport or taxi back into the historic center, you will have a much more pleasant day.
Places to stay in Rome- to be able to get around without a car you want to stay inside the old city walls otherwise you will spend a fortune in taxis. To use the Cheap Hotel website, click more options at the bottom and you can put in the suggested hotels below.
My Extra Home- they have many different apartments around Rome which works well for groups who want to stay together with kitchen's and living rooms. They might be a little farther from the monuments so be sure and double check the addresses on the map before you book.
Astrid Roma Suites- (perfect for families) has a separate small sitting room and kitchenette (be careful they charge extra if you use the kitchenette)
Hotel Trevi- literally you can hear the water in the fountain, newly renovated and right in the middle of it all, but little noise goes along with that.
Hotel Tritone- if you don't mind the church bells next door, this hotel will put you right in the heart of the shopping area and close to Piazza Barbarini to get the hop on hop off bus.
Hotel Hiberia - larger rooms that usual for Rome and more quiet because it is off the beaten path a little so be prepared to walk more to get to the bus stop and monuments.
Hotel De Petris -rooftop terrace is nice, close to everything including bars and restaurants which means there is more noise.
Locanda Delle Corse- on the outside of the historic center, so we stay there to and from the airport, it's a very small boutique hotel with a fabulous but pricey restaurant next door.
Self guided tours buy a ticket for the hop on hop off bus, best way to get around Rome but be prepared to walk allot as well.
Take the elevator to the top of the Vittorio Emanuele ( former King of Italy) Monument for a 360' view of the entire city.
Just a suggestion but get to the Spanish Steps before sunset, buy a gelato and just sit and people watch, it is truly amazing and you may get a sunset that is amazing as well.
If you would like a private full day guided tour then Claudio is your man. He was referred to us years ago by friends and soon as we met him it was obvious why. He or his staff will pick you up at your hotel in his private car or van depending on number of people. He will take you to see what you want to see not his own agenda. Let me know and I will get you on his calendar.
Vittorio Emanuele Monument
The Spanish Steps
10 Great Places to eat in Rome:
Armando al Pantheon
A pagan temple turned Christian church, the Pantheon has been sitting in the heart of Rome
for centuries and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. One of the city’s most authentic
restaurants is right around the corner, serving up a menu of timeless classics such as pasta
alla gricia (with guanciale, pecorino cheese and black pepper) and abbacchio a scottadito
(grilled lamb chops). The restaurant is so tiny that you’ll need to move your knife and fork in
motion with the people sitting at the next table in order to avoid bumping elbows. Be patient: Real estate is incredibly expensive in the area, and this is how the restaurant keeps its prices so reasonable. Salita dei Crescenzi 31, 00186 Roma; armandoalpantheon.it
In Italian, “sforno” is first-person singular of the verb “sfornare,” meaning “to take out of the oven.” From the outside, it is easy to overlook this unassuming pizzeria, tucked away on a secondary street in the Cinecittà district (where the Roman movie studios are located). Daily specials are listed on the blackboard, from fritti such as zucchini flowers and crocchè, supplì and an outstanding carciofo alla romana (braised artichoke with garlic, parsley and mint). The carefully curated natural-wine and craft-beer selection is not what you’d expect from the pizzeria down the road. Via Statilio Ottato 110/116, 00175 Roma; sforno.it
Da Cesare al Casaletto
This nondescript trattoria looks a bit drab, if not run-down. And its very common name (“Cesare” is still going strong more than 2,000 years after the emperor who made it famous) might seem to confirm this looming suspicion. In recent years, though, this trattoria has come to be considered one of the best around. The long menu features all the classics of Roman cuisine, including the seasonal specialty rigatoni with pajata, a delicacy made with the intestines of suckling calf and a dish that only recently re-emerged after a 14-year ban connected to mad-cow disease was lifted. The impressive wine list, with a focus on natural wines, is curated by sommelier Leonardo Vignoli, who used to work in high-end restaurants before deciding that a great trattoria would be more fun. Via del Casaletto 45, 00151 Roma
For such a big city, Rome is pretty conservative in terms of food. Ethnic restaurants are few and far between. Yet the Romans fell in love fast and hard with this quaint little restaurant in the style of a Parisian neobistrot. Despite the chef being Spanish, the normally skeptical Romans didn’t even blink when Ruiz’s carbonara was voted one of the best in the city. It’s a tough reservation to get, so call in advance. Via Velletri 39, 00198 Roma; marzapaneroma.com
Really great cooking starts with the best ingredients, and the Roscioli family’s commitment to sourcing the best salumi and formaggi goes way back. The carbonara and gricia (rigatoni with artisanal jowl bacon, Pecorino Romano, Sarawak Black Pepper) are benchmarks for how these traditional dishes should be prepared. The impressive wine list includes rare bottles and old vintages. Via dei Giubbonari 21, 00186 Roma; salumeriaroscioli.com
Not many born-and-bred Roman chefs could claim to know the city’s cuisine as well as Arcangelo Dandini, who authored a couple of books on the topic. Although still deeply rooted in tradition, his cooking is more modern and has a sense of humor (just like the chef himself), which is apparent in signature dishes such as foie gras torchon with candied melon, Maldon salt and Plasmon, a packaged biscuit beloved by many generations of Italian children. When booking, consider reserving a seat at the counter, where Arcangelo himself finishes off the dishes, sushi bar-style. Last year, Arcangelo opened Supplizio, a simple joint devoted to one of his specialties, supplì. The name is both a pun and a bit of a humble brag: “Supplizio” means “torture.” Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 59, 00193 Roma
For a city known for its pasta and meat, it is perhaps surprising that so many locals would not hesitate to describe this elegant seafood restaurant as their favorite place in Rome. A big reason is the unrivaled quality of its fish. The crudi (raw fish) are perfect, as is the signature pasta with locally sourced fish. The vongole veraci (carpet shell clams) in the spaghetti come straight from Sabaudia, a pleasant seaside town south of Rome, while the anchovies in the Spelt Spaghetti with bread crumbs and ash-roasted peppers come from the island of Ponza. Don’t be intimidated by the formal appearance: This elegant restaurant offers warm, friendly service. In the warmer months, ask to be seated outside, at one of the tables in Via dei Chiavari, a scenic alley that is as Roman as it gets. Via dei Chiavari 4/5, 00186 Roma; ilsanlorenzo.it
Pipero Al Rex
In the age of the celebrity chef, it is quite rare to find a restaurant named after his maître. It takes a large personality for that. Enter Alessandro Pipero, an old-school restaurant man consumed by his love of the long-lost art of hospitality. The credit must be equally shared between him and chef Luciano Monosilio, whose cuisine cleverly combines a gourmet offering, such as gambero caffè e latte (coffee and milk shrimp), with crowd-pleasers like carbonara, here served by weight: It comes in all sizes, from just a forkful (50 grams) to a ginormous portion of 250 grams. Via Torino, 149, 00184 Roma; hotelrex.net/restaurant
This cozy bar in Monteverde Vecchio takes its commitment to natural wines extremely seriously, or Opt for one of revered mixologist’s Pino Mondello mezcal cocktails, such as the Mezconi, a twist on the classic Negroni with the smoky Mexican distillate replacing the traditional gin. Food, here, serves to complement the drinks, yet simple dishes such as bruschetta with butter and anchovies or battuta di fassona (beef tartare) are lovingly prepared with good ingredients. Via Fratelli Bonnet 5, 00152 Roma, vinerialitro.it
Al Ceppo offers a customer-centric dining experience, thanks to an extensive menu — a feature unceremoniously banned from “cool” restaurants, but a boon for regulars — and a subdued, timeless elegance. Dishes such as porcini salad, Parmigiano crumble and raspberry vinaigrette and veal sweetbreads with olive puree are flawlessly executed. The wine list is vast, classic and reasonably priced. Service is timely and professional without being cold. And it can be a real lifesaver for Sunday lunch, when many restaurants in Rome are closed. Via Panama 2, 00198 Roma; ristorantealceppo.it