First Time in Rome



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As one of the earliest cities of Western civilization, Rome is full of famous museums, landmarks, ruins, churches, and squares. It's also known for its incredible food and gelato.

Author: JennyMM


Day 1 - Rome


Stay in the Hassler Roma, the hotel with the best views in Rome. The rooms on the front side of the building are noisier, but have the most spectacular views. Request a suite if you can afford it, as they're incredibly spacious and frequently have private balconies. Breakfast here on the patio is great, and each room has its own distinctive decor. Walk right out the front door onto the Spanish Steps, the longest and widest staircase in Europe, to the Piazza di Spagna. Then head south to the Sant'Eustachio for a snack and an espresso at the best coffee shop in Rome. Toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi fountain, to the east, which is covered with beautiful sculptures. All of the euros in the fountain are collected every night and used to provide food for the city's needy. Take a tour of the Sant'Ignazio di Loyola church, full of incredible frescoes. Have some of the best seafood in Rome at La Rosetta, which features nearly every fish that can be found in the Mediterranean, as well as great pasta.


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Piazza di Spagna

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piazza di Spagna
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (tourist information)


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Sant'Eustachio

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Location:

82 Piazza Sant'Eustachio
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 6880 2048


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Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi)

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Location:

piazza di Trevi
Piazza di Trevi
00187 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

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Location:

8a Via del Caravita
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 679 4406


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La Rosetta

Location:

Via della Rosetta 8-9
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-6861002
fax: +39 06 6821 5116


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The Hassler

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Location:

Piazza Trinità dei Monti 6
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: 800/223-6800 in the US
fax: 06-69941607


Day 2 - Rome


Walk around Il Ghetto for a fascinating piece of Rome's past. The location of the forced residency of Rome's Jews for over 300 years, the Jewish Ghetto has a museum and synagogue that further elaborate this area's rich history. It is also now a very trendy neighborhood to live and visit. Have a pizza for lunch at Da Baffetto, a Roman pizza institution, and try to sit outside if it's not too crowded. Walk a bit south to explore Trastevere, a quaint neighborhood of narrow streets, cafes and chocolate shops. Make a stop at the Orto Botanico, an ancient-feeling botanical garden filled with beautiful gardens that used to be the grounds of the Palazzo Corsini. Try some of the incredible pasta at Antico Arco, named after one of the early gates of medieval Rome, near Trastevere on Janiculum Hill, for dinner with a great view.


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Ghetto (Il)

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Location:

via del Portico d'Ottavia
Sant'Angelo (Area 1)
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 (0)6 48 8991 (Romaturismo)


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Da Baffetto

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Location:

via del Governo Vecchio 114
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 686 1617


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Trastevere

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Location:

Viale di Trastevere
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)
fax: +39 (0)6 481 9316 (Roma Tourismo)


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Orto Botanico

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Location:

Largo Cristina di Svezia 24
00165 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 (0)6 686 4193 / +39 (0)6 830 0937
fax: +39 (0)6 6832 3000


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Antico Arco

Location:

Piazzale Aurelio 7
00152 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-5815274


Day 3 - Rome


Get to Vatican City,the world's smallest country and first pledged carbon-neutral state, early to try to avoid the lines, and make sure to visit some of Rome's most famous landmarks housed here, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Here you'll see some of the world's most famous pieces of art. The Vatican grounds also have many beautiful gardens, sculptures, and fountains. Have lunch on your way across town at Antica Enoteca Capranica, an elegant Mediterranean restaurant behind a wine store front. Tickets to the Galleria Borghese museum have to be bought ahead of time, but there are some incredible works of art here, including many Bernini's and Caravaggio's. Also take the time to visit the smaller classic Baroque church, Santa Maria della Vittoria, that houses Bernini's "Ecstasy of St. Teresa", his most controversial work. In the late afternoon, stop by the Trimani Wine Bar to taste a wide range of French and Italian wines, and have some bistro-style antipasti before dinner at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, which reimagines homey traditional dishes like ragu and meat loaf.


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The Vatican

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Location:

viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 6982 (Switchboard)
fax: +39 06 6988 5518


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Sistine Chapel

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Location:

viale Vaticano
Viale del Vaticano
Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 068 530 1758
fax: +39 068 530 1756


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Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)

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Location:

piazza San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro
00193 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 (0)6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 (0)6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)

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Location:

Viale Vaticano
00165 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 (0)6 6988 3041
fax: +39 (0)6 6988 5236


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Antica Enoteca Capranica

Location:

piazza Capranica 99/100
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 6994 0992
fax: 39 6 6994 0992


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Galleria Borghese

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Location:

Piazza Scipione Borghese 5
Off Via Pinciano
00197 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 841 3979
fax: +39 6 3265 1329


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Santa Maria della Vittoria

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Location:

via 20 Settembre 17
00187 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 482 6190


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Trimani Wine Bar

Location:

Via Cernaia 37B
Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-4469630


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La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali

Location:

16 Via Madonna dei Monti
Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 06 679 8643


Day 4 - Rome


Walk along the Via di Ripetta in the morning, along the bank of the Tiber, to check out a lot of interesting architecture and some important monuments, such as the mausoleum of Emperor Augustus. The Campo de' Fiori has cafes, a regal monument, and a bustling morning market that has rows of beautiful flowers and delicious foods and drinks. Stop in for some light courses and a glass or two of wine in the middle of the day at Bottega del Vino da Bleve. After lunch, spend some time at the Pantheon, one of Rome's best preserved landmarks. There are incredible tombs and statues around the inside, and the whole building is a majestic reminder of Rome's history. Nearby is the Fontane di Piazza Farnese, which is comprised of two fountains which are actually ancient bathtubs. Have an incredible French dinner at L'Eau Vive run by a lay sisterhood, where the extravagant menu is always changing but is always good, and live music comes on at 10 pm after dinner.


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Via di Ripetta

Location:

via di Ripetta
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)


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Campo de' Fiori

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Location:

piazza Campo de' Fiori
Campo de' Fiori
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Bottega del Vino da Bleve

Location:

9a Via Santa Maria del Pianto
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 066865970


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The Pantheon

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Location:

piazza della Rotonda
Piazza della Rotonda
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 6830 0230


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Fontane di Piazza Farnese

Location:

piazza Farnese
00186 Rome, Italy


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L'Eau Vive

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Location:

Via Monterone 85
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-68801095
fax: +39 06 6880 2101


Day 5 - Rome


In the morning, to avoid some crowds, head to the Capitoline Museum, which houses some incredible frescoes and masterpieces from many of the great Renaissance artists. Head several blocks east from here to visit the Roman Forum, breathtaking ruins of ancient Rome's arches, temples, and aqueducts. For lunch, Il Quadrifoglio offers traditional Neapolitan cuisine, with great antipasti and fish dishes. Definitely save room for a torta, too. Next, head to the Colosseum, perhaps Rome's most famous landmark. Avoid the tours and just walk around the interior yourself, where you can almost see the action that this arena once played host to. Also take a visit to the nearly 1700-year-old Arco di Constantino, and the 3-tiered Basilica di San Clemente. For dinner, try the delicious home-style pastas at Trattoria Monti.


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Capitoline Museum

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Location:

Piazza del Campidoglio
186 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39682059127


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Roman Forum

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Location:

Via Romolo Artioli
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 3996 7700


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Il Quadrifoglio

Location:

Via del Boschetto 19
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-4826096


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The Colosseum (Colosseo)

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Location:

Piazza del Colosseo
Piazzale del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 700 4261 / +39 6 700 5469


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Arco di Costantino

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Location:

via San Gregorio
Piazza del Colosseo
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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San Clemente

Location:

via Labicana 95
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 7045 1018


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Trattoria Monti (La)

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Location:

via San Vito 13a
00185 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 446 6573


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