Rome is a city that has been on our list for a long long time. This year, we’re finally taking the plunge and heading to Italy, with Rome being on both ends of the trip. We’re looking forward to making the most of one of the oldest cities in the world, and hoping to take it all in. This will serve as a starter guide for planning our trip, and possibly give you some things to think about when planning your own trip to Rome.
How To Get There
The hardest part about any trip outside the United States (or whatever your home country happens to be) is finding flights. Rome happens to be a pretty easy place to get to with direct flights from all over the U.S. on multiple airlines. In our case, we had fairly specific dates we wanted to travel, along with Delta miles I wanted to use. I had read about Alitalia Magnifica Business Class on ThePointsGuy.com (read the post here: Alitalia Flight Review) and have been wanting to try their product. We booked an Alitalia flight on Delta.com, using Delta Skymiles from JFK to Rome, then Rome to Boston. This gives us the chance to tag a couple of days on each end of the trip to experience a couple of East Coast cities. We’ll be using the Southwest Companion Pass to get Amy’s flight for free to and from the East Coast!
Bottom line, you should have no problem finding a flight to meet your needs and timeframe, even if you’re flying for free on points or miles. I regularly see flights under $1000 for economy.
Where To Stay
Given the size of Rome, finding lodging options is also relatively easy. My suggestion is to start with what your primary attractions are, then find a place to bunk down that is centrally located to where you plan on spending your time. Rome hotels, Airbnbs, VRBOs, and hostels are plentiful. Prices range from $50 to over $1000 per night. Once you identify what area you want to stay in, look for options that fit your price range and go for it. We’ve stayed in all sorts of places, and have found part of the adventure is not being 100% sure of what you’ll get.
What To Do
There is more to see and do in Rome than you will likely have time for. I suspect multiple trips to Rome are in order to truly take in this city. As a starting point, here are 5 things on our must see list:
- Collosseum – A massive amphitheater built between 70 and 82 A.D.
- The Vatican – Needs no description…it’s the Vatican!
- Piazza di Spagna/The Spanish Steps – One of Rome’s most popular meeting spots
- Pantheon – One of the best preserved buildings from ancient Rome
- Foro Traiano – Preserved ruins next to the Colosseum
Those are just a few of the spots on our growing list of things to visit and experience. One thing we’ve learned over the years is to not attempt to take everything in a city the size of Rome has to offer. Your best bet is to focus your efforts on some important things you don’t want to miss, then wander around and just enjoy the sights, sounds and unplanned discoveries.
Where To Eat
Places to eat is typically on Amy’s travel preparation to do list. We tend to have some idea of where we want to eat, but it seems like we oftentimes wander around for WAY too long and end up getting hangry (hungry + angry) while we find a place that looks acceptable. I have a feeling that eating in Rome, and Italy in general, will be an overly pleasant experience. Pizza and pasta!
Here are a few places we have noted to check out for possible meals:
- Testaccio Market – Bruschetta, Caprese Salad & Cannoli
- La Gatta Mangiona – 70 craft beers on tap. Huge whiskey list and over 200 bottles of wine to choose from.
- Forno Campo de’ Fiori
- La Fucina
We are pumped to visit this magnificent city! People regularly tell us they’re jealous, to which I always say, “You can do it too!” That usually launches us into a miles and points discussion. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Rome, now is the time to start planning your trip. Whether you want to do it on the cheap, or ride in style, now is the time to get on it.