Mon, May 18, 2020
Last August, Nate and I set off on our two week tour of Italy! We decided to visit Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Cinque Terre. We planned to stay 3-4 days in each spot but as it turned out, our time in Cinque Terre got a little derailed and we ended up in Tuscany for a few days instead (with a day trip to Cinque Terre at the tail end of our trip). We started off our Italian excursion in where other than…Roma!
Rome. What a place. People have SO many opinions about Rome as it turns out. Some people told me it was their favorite place in Italy and others told me to leave it out of our itinerary completely. When it comes down to it, so much of your impression of a place is dependent on how well you plan your time there though. If you have terrible weather, get ripped off by a cab driver, pick a shoddy neighborhood to stay in, or spend too much of your time in touristy spots…it doesn’t really matter how great that place is, you aren’t going to like it. And let’s be fair, these things are usually avoidable if you make a little extra effort. To really enjoy a place, I think you need to plan well and some people just don’t want to make the effort to do this. I think Rome falls victim to this, like many big cities often do.
All that to say, I can see how someone would be easily overwhelmed by Rome, but our three days there were my favorite of our whole trip and I cannot wait to go back and do it all over again! We got tickets in advance to almost everything and didn’t have to wait in any long lines. We also made dinner reservations for every night we were there and loved the restaurants we had picked in advance. I think that these two things made all the difference in making our time there fun and relaxed. We soaked up everything Rome had to offer and I absolutely adored it! Walking down cobblestone streets with gelato in hand, people watching in the piazzas, sipping wine and eating pasta as the warm summer sun sets- is there anything better? Obviously you know my feelings on Rome now, so below I will list the best places that we ate along with all of the fun activities we did while in the eternal city.
All of the restaurants and bars listed below have outdoor seating, which I highly recommend. I couldn’t even tell you what the inside of any of these restaurants looked like. I picked them based on their menu/reviews and the cuteness level of their outdoor dining. I also made reservations about a month ahead of time and requested an outdoor table, it was definitely worth it!
Breakfast: Vivi Bistrot