Kick-start your weekend in the only acceptable way in Italy – get pizza! Head straight out from checking into your hotel to one of Rome’s many amazing pizzerias, such as Sforno on Via Statilio Ottato, Da Remo at Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, or for a more elegant pizza-eating experience (if there is such a thing?) try Emma on Via del Monte della Farina. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to eat the best pizza you’ve ever tasted, so you really can’t go wrong!
Go for a casual but delicious breakfast at Bar Volpicelli on Viale dei Quattro Venti in the Monteverde neighbourhood. This typically Roman café will make you feel right at home as you sip your coffee and try out some amazing Italian pasticceria, such as a ciambella (a sweet and sugary Italian bundt cake).
After breakfast, fill your morning with sightseeing. Of course, you have to visit the Vatican City where you’ll find iconic sights such as the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the fascinating Vatican Museums and the beautiful Vatican Gardens. Also, be sure to make time for The Roman Forum, a complex of ruined official buildings and temples, some of which were built by Julius Caesar, along with the famous amphitheatre, The Colosseum. Next visit the Pantheon, a stunning temple built on the orders of Hadrian to the Roman gods.
Rome has so many breathtaking sites to visit that it can sometimes feel quite impossible to fit them all in. A solution to this is a fun-filled Vespa tour around the city! There are several Vespa tours in Rome but a great one is Bici Baci.
If you’re coming from the Pantheon, a great place to stop for lunch nearby is Armando al Pantheon, a traditional family-run trattoria which has been running for over fifty years – a rare find in such a touristy area. Be sure to book as it does get busy! Alternatively, if you want a quick bite to eat near the Vatican City go to Bonci Pizzarium for the most delicious fast-food you will ever taste! Grab a slice while you sightsee to keep you going!
Walk off your lunch by exploring some of Rome’s boutiques and vintage shops. A great shopping destination is Via del Babuino, or alternatively head to the Monti neighbourhood. Monti is a chic boho area with quaint cobbled streets and lots of little vintage shops. You’ll also find the beautiful Trinita dei Monti church here.
Now it’s time to go on the search for the best gelato in Rome. Some amazing options are Gelateria del Teatro on Via di San Simone, a short walk from the buzzing Piazza Navona; Il Gelato Fantasia on Viale Aventino, which has both traditional and more ‘out there’ flavours including eight different varieties of chocolate flavour gelato; and Fata Morgana at Piazza degli Zingari. The latter really shows off Italy’s incredible seasonal produce in its ingredients and regularly changes the flavours from things like carrot cake to mojito and black cherries.
After having pizza last night, go for pasta tonight! Try out Taverna Trilussa, a rustic but sophisticated restaurant famous for its pasta served in steel pans. To continue your evening, stroll around fifteen minutes up the river to Jerry Thomas Speakeasy where you can enjoy delicious cocktails in a cool and relaxed atmosphere.
Sunday mornings are all about brunch so head over toPanella bakery and deli on Via Merulana, which has an all you can eat brunch every Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Fill up on delicious Italian breads, pastries and tartlets and wash it all down with a perfectly made coffee or creamy hot chocolate.
Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing into the laidback Italian way of life by going for a stroll. You could walk along Via de Seminario to the Trevi Fountain and then up to Piazza Mignanelli and the Spanish Steps. Rome is also home to some gorgeous parks such as the grounds surrounding the Villa Borghese (you could also pop into the Borghese Gallery while you’re here). Or climb the steps of the Capitoline Hill to see the square that was laid out by Michelangelo and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.