Italy Trip: Rome

Rome has more fountains than any other city in the world, more than 2,000 beautiful fountains in all shapes and sizes.

The Trevi Fountain is the most famous and like all good tourists, on my first trip to Rome way back in college I know I threw three coins in it… who knows what I wished for then, but for the purposes of this post lets say I wished for my third trip to Rome (which this was) with my twins where I could watch them throw coins into the fountain. Because that wish just came true!

Ben, Elsie and I just had 11 magical days in Italy and I wanted to share some of the highlights of our four days in Rome with you.


We were lucky enough to stay at a friends apartment in Trastevere which is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Rome. It still feels like a little medieval village with its cobblestone streets, and ivy covered walkways. Sleepy in the daytime, and full of life at night. I couldn’t get enough of all the stunning colors, doors, and the fountains of all shapes and sizes.


We took tours of all the major attractions from the Colosseum to the Vatican.  And if you can, I’d suggest getting a private guide or skip the line tickets. Because trust me those lines looked really long, and going in the middle of the hot summer tourist season we were thankful to have them.




Of course I think you could eat just about anywhere and be happy, but I am sharing some of our favorite restaurants. We ate outside every night and soaked up the atmosphere. And leave it to my kids to like one of the fanciest restaurants the most, so we had to go back a second time!

Also because I wanted to share some extra special photos of my trip I hired a local photographer to capture the beauty of the eternal city with us. Tricia Anne left her career in New York and turned her passion for photography into her dream career in Rome!


Restaurants in Rome:

Vladimiro Ristorante Dal 1953

37 Via Aurora off of Via Ludovisi on top of the Spanish Steps.

For a super fancy night out Da Bolognese in Piazza de Popolo is still one of the go-to places for a pricey and elegant meal. The address is 1 Piazza Del Popolo.

In Trastevere we like Ristorante Arco di S. Calisto. If you are there when it is warm out they have tables outside under the arch covered in vines off of Piazza Trilussa. The address is 45-47 Via Arco di San Calisto.  

Must see spots:

  • The Spanish Steps
  • Make a wish at Trevi Fountain
  • The Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • The Roman Forum
  • Eat as much gelato and pasta as humanly possible

Half-Day Skip-the-Line Tour of the Colosseum


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