Rome, Italy is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with your best friends.
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If you haven’t added it yet, Rome should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Filled with countless historical sites, delicious food (pasta and pizza, hello carbs!), and amazing experiences, Rome, Italy is the perfect place to visit with your best friends.
Here’s The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Rome with Your Best Friends.
How To Get Here
Rome, Italy is located in the Lazio region of Italy. If you think of Italy as a thigh-high boot, Rome is about the shin.
There are a few different ways of getting to Rome. Just like the saying, “All roads lead to Rome,” there are a lot of options to get you into the city.
Rome is home to 2 international airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino and G.B. Pastine/Ciampino. Fiumicino is the main airport of Rome and boasts a fast and easy connection to the city center with public transportation. You can take the Leonardo Express into the main train station for only ￡14.
Ciampino is the low-cost airport which runs flights from RyanAir, Easyjet, and Wow Air. While the location is closer to the city center, there are no easy public transportation options. The best way is to buy a ticket on a airport shuttle which drops you off at the main train station. Be prepared to wait– everyone is waiting to board the busses and it is easy for the shuttles to get backed up.
If you are taking a Mediterranean cruise, chances are you are going to stop in Rome. Well…not exactly Rome. Cruise ships port in the town of Civitavecchia, about an hour and a half outside of Rome. While you can arrange a shore excursion with your cruise, it is also possible to take the train into Rome.
By Car or Bus
Many big cities have routes to Rome. If you are driving yourself make sure to follow all street laws. When on the Grande Raccordo Anulare (the motorway that circles the city) take any exit to get to the centre of the city.
Rome’s main train station is Roma Termini and is located close to the city center. To get to anywhere else in the city simply take a public bus or the metro to get to your destination.
Where To Stay
Like many large cities, Rome has a plethora of accommodation options. Since we were visiting with a budget in mind, we decided that renting our own apartment via Airbnb was our best option. We stayed in the residential side of Rome, a bit further from the attractions. I always like to travel this way to get good prices and mingle a bit with the locals.
If you would rather stay in a hotel or even a hostel, here are a few options for you to check out:
- Hotel Condotti, a boutique hotel located near the Spanish Steps
- Dharma Hotel and Suites, located minutes away from Roma Termini
- Vatican View, The Vatican is only steps away.
- Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar, Free wifi, centrally located, and open 24 hours. Perfect for a budget holiday with your best friends.
Where To Eat
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in this case it’s eating where the locals are! Foodies like myself will love all of the amazing restaurants located around the city. One of our favorite meals was actually at a small family-owned trattoria a few blocks from the apartment we were staying in. There was a bit of a wait to get in the door, but the host was very accommodating, giving us free glasses of wine and appetizers before our table was ready.
Noglu – Delicious Italian cuisine served in a family environment. You’ll feel like family! – 00198, Via Mantova, 9
Flor Gelato – Delicious and creamy gelato served in the shop or the patio. We went back twice! – 00184, Via Cavour, 337
Pizzarium – This pizza place is known for it’s cold-fermented wheat dough.
Armando al Pantheon – Located only 100 feet from the monument, this restaurant serves up Italian classics.
Boccione – il Forno del Ghetto – This kosher bakery sells traditional Roman Jewish baked treats.
What To See
One of the main reasons to visit Rome with your besties is to see all the sights! Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
Throw Coins in the Trevi Fountain
Be like Lizzie McGuire and throw a couple of coins into this famous fountain. Throw it over your shoulder to ensure that you’ll come back to Rome one day. And for the coins– they are all collected every night and donated to Caritas, a charity that helps Rome’s homeless.
Visit The Pantheon
This former Roman Temple is a must see in Rome. As on of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings it’s amazing to be able to walk around the building. When we visited a choir was singing making it seem that much more amazing.
Explore the Colosseum
Take a peek at the most visited monument in all of Italy. Save time by buying your tickets online for € 12,00 for adults. EU citizens and students get a discounted rate of € 7.
Visit the Vatican
If standing at awe at thousands of pieces of artwork sounds like fun, you are going to love touring the Vatican. Make sure to wear covered shoulders and leave your backpack at home. They will not let you take the bag inside with you.
Be warned if you do not like crowds! The Sistine Chapel is very overwhelming with people pushing and guards continually yelling at the guests not to take any photos. Peaceful it isn’t.
Visit the Jewish Ghetto
Visit the ghetto and learn about Roman Jewish culture with a visit to The Great Synagogue. Then take a minute to reflect on the grim history of the ghetto at the Jewish Museum of Rome.
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