As the old saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Italians are known for their hurried breakfast of espresso and a small pastry, and the concoctions at Sant’Eustachio il Caffe are the best in the city. This small classic shop is the perfect place to start your morning. Browse the beautiful pastries and take in the aroma as you listen to the baristas loudly shuffling cups and saucers in the background. When you’re ready, order a bombolini and stand at the counter to wait for your perfectly warm and tasty cup. Don’t linger long, there’s a whole city to explore!
2. Walking Shoes
We hope you packed your walking shoes because there is no better way to feel the pulse of Rome than by foot. From Sant’Eustachio il Caffe you’ll be heading in the direction of the colosseum but there is no need to rush. Piazza Venezia lies directly in the middle of your stroll, a bustling square where four main roads intersect. Admire the men and women on their vespas as you continue to make your way through the city. You’ll know you’re getting close as you enter Monti, a vibrant neighborhood known for its artsy, local culture. Browse the small boutiques as you meander down cobblestone streets. Grab lunch in Piazza della Madonna dei Monti if you’ve worked up an appetite or get lost in the local culture. You’ll spot the colosseum in the distance before long.
3. Ancient Ruins
While a sightseeing tour is solidly on the tourist path, The Roman Guy, a locally run small group tour company, promises all of the good and none of the bad. The Roman Guy is made up of a small team of Italy-loving and eager to please individuals who are knowledgeable and friendly. While the company offers a number of private and small group adventures, we recommend the Colosseum Dungeons, Third Level and Arena Floor, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour. While the name is a mouthful, this three hour walking adventure highlights the best of Rome. You’ll finish the afternoon amazed by the ruins that have stood the test of time and inspired by the stories of generations past… not to mention ready for an evening feast. *If you love The Roman Guy as much as we do, they offer discounts on multiple tour bookings.
4. More Cheese Please
If authentic food, great ambiance, and delicious wine is what you’re after, look no further than Roscioli. The upstairs feels like a salumeria, grocery store and restaurant all in one. Downstairs the walls serve as shelves for thousands of bottles of italian wine. And the food, well, I can honestly say it was some of the best I had in Rome. When it comes to ordering, you don’t want to miss the burrata or the mortadella. I recommend the primi over the main plates and it would be a travesty if you didn’t try the amatriciana and carbonara. While you won’t want to leave, save room for dessert, there is one more treat left to round out this perfectly Roman day.
5. Two Scoops
A Roman institution dating back to the early 1900s, a day in Rome would not be complete without a visit to its oldest ice cream parlor, Giolitti. Take a number and admire the dozens of colorful and unique flavors – you are certain to find a variety that is just right. I recommend a scoop of the canela (cinnamon) and always say yes to the added dollop of fresh Giolitti cream. Snag a spot at one of the tables outside and watch the Roman families stroll home while enjoying La Dolce Vita!
1. Sant’Eustachio Il | Caffè Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82, 00186 Roma, Italy | +39 06 6880 2048 | Santeustachioilcaffe.it
2. Maps of Rome | Lonely Planet Rome Travel Guide
3. The Roman Guy | https://theromanguy.com/
4. Roscioli | Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22, 00186 Roma, Italy | +39 06 687 5287 | Salumeriaroscioli.com
5. Giolitti | Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma, Italy | +39 06 699 1243 | giolitti.it