Post # 1
I cannot wait–6 nights in Rome. It’s going to be a blast and we’re leaving the morning after the wedding.
Has anyone been? Any MUST-SEE/DO things? I am so excited–we got a great deal and I think that it will be nice to just GO…we’ve never been to Europe so it will be a first for us.
Post # 3
i haven’t been – yet! – but I am going Valentine’s Day weekend! I’ll report back 🙂
I’m not even going with Fiance. I’m going with my BFF 🙂
Post # 4
You’re going to love Rome!!!!! One of my all time favorite cities anywhere! And very romantic! The senate and the colloseum are definate musts. And the Pantheon. And take comfy, sturdy shoes. I dont know how those Italian women wear heels on those pavers and cracked sidewalks without breaking an ankle! And when I was there most Italians didn’t seem to eat anything for breakfast so if you need something in the morning I’d take some granola bars that you can scarf down with your morning cappucino (what everyone drinks in the morning). There’s a ton to see but build in some time to just wander around the city. Great food is absolutely everywhere. And cute little bistros. A wine is cheaper than Coke – need I say more?
Post # 5
I loveeeee Rome!
My boyfriend and I took a 5 day trip there last year and it was amazing! Things you “must see or do” will be detemined by your interests. We toured the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Forum and took a cooking class! We visited the Pantheon and spent some time at the Trevi fountain…where we tossed coins to ensure our return!
I found it best not pack too much stuff in our days; and we had plenty of time to stroll, enjoy good restaurants, gelato, outdoor markets….and each other!
You can find lots of tips and such on the Rome forum on Tripadvisor. Oh yes….we found Rick Steves’ guidebook to be a great resource, as well as Roninrome.com.
Hope I’ve been of some help!
Post # 6
Don’t forget to take a walk at night. Rome is beautiful at night!
Post # 7
@DolceVita: how did you find the cooking class? I’d love to do that.
I love that everyone is so excited–that means it was a good pick!
Post # 8
@DolceVita: I’ll check out trio advisor. Sounds great!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I did a study abroad semester there!!
For just enjoying the regular sights/sounds of Rome, I suggest Piazza Navona, the Trevi fountain, and the Spanish Steps (at night!!!!) Even though they are tourist spots, at night they are very busy with locals and tourists alike, and people are just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company, there are street vendors, street performers, etc.
In Piazza Venezia, you might want to go to Il Vittoriano, which is a huge monument. You can go to the top and the views of Rome are AMAZING.
The big ones like the Colosseum, The Vatican, and the Pantheon are absoultely touristy and absolutely WORTH IT. Too cool.
You can cross the Tiber and go to the Janiculum Hill (in Trastevere) to also get some amazing views of the river and Rome, and there is a nice park up there too.
Food-pretty much can’t go wrong! Definitely try the gelato it is soooooo good. The pizza is very different but also quite delicious.
Post # 10
If you go to the Coliseum, definitely, definitely get a tour guide. It’s got so much history behind it, but it is pretty much in ruin so it’s hard to imagine on your own. Our guide was incredible and we found him day of, in front of the Coliseum. Have so much fun!
Oh, and of course, eat lots of pasta and drink lots of wine! (<—red, if you’re into it, because Europeans are very weird about ice cubes) 🙂
Post # 11
@lawbride88: The cooking class was great!!! You can also find info about it and reviews on Tripadvisor. Just search for Cooking Classes in Rome. You can also check out the website cookingclassesinrome.com. Classes are in Trastevere (near the Tiber River) – which is a lovely area of Rome that has a kool vibe and is perfect for a stroll after the class.
I forgot to mention that I had official tours of the Colosseum and the Vatican / Sistine Chapel. I don’t regret spending the $ to do so, as it was $ well spent. If you do decide to do the tour of the Colosseum, select the one where you can tour the underground and 3rd level – amazing! I also forgot to mention climbing the dome at St. Peter’s…my boyfriend did this and said it was one of the highlights of the trip as the view of Rome was spectacular. If you need more info on this check Youtube. I didn’t make the climb due to the fact that I’m unfit and claustrophohic.
Post # 12
@DolceVita: Thank you! I’ll look into those websites.
Post # 13
Hi @lawbride88 and @DolceVita
I was on holidays in Rome 18 months ago but have now been to Italy 3 times. It depends on what you and your Fiance love to do. I agree with @Dolcevita on taking the tours of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, they are well worth while and help navigate the busy crowds whilch can be overwhelming, apart from the amazing history and artwork. The one I took was in English run by a wonderful nun. Make sure you go to the bathroom before you start your tour as on a 2-3 1/2 hr tour there are no bathroom breaks !!! (Really, I mean it, it sounds funny now but you don’t want to be uncomfortable during your most sublime moments 🙂
Also, highly recommed the Galleria Borghese (you need a whole afternoon for the gallery and gardens). It is full of masterpieces and one of Italy’s premier art galleries. It has several scultures by Bernini that will make you weep with beauty.
Gellati gellati gellati !! It’s excellent.
Don’t expect too much from Roman food. They eat some rough stuff. The pizza is the best anywhere in the world but the meat and veg dishes are pretty basic. I found better Italian food (except the pizza) in New York and Melbourne.
Coloseuum. Make sure you also look at the outside by night lit up as well as visiting by day. Pinch yourself.
If you can, do a night course of crash course in basic Italian before you go. I did and the Italians were even more friendly to my Aussie- mashed up attempts to speak Italian and I got by well, even heard a joke or two.
Post # 14
I love Rome. I second the going out at night. I was there during the intense heat wave in 2003 and those lovely warm nights were a god send.
Have a great time!!!
Post # 15
Oh, and if you are goin during Spring or summer- pack a hat.
I’ve been in Rome during both early Spring and mid summer and my head baked both times. The topography of the city is such is that it sits in a depression and doesn’t get much breeze unless you are sitting by the Tiber.
So pack a hat and lightweight walking shoes for cobblestone roads. Don’t get romantic ideas of trotting about in heels except for evenings out for dinner and the Opera (the Opera ends at the end of March and I highly recommend going if you can).
The metro is pretty handy for getting around, otherwise, be prepared to leg it…
Post # 16
Not yet, were going on a meditterian cruise for our honeymoon to rome, so I will keep this post so I will know where to go and eat