Tuesday, November 3, 2015

48 Hours in Rome

Thinking about the eternal city immediately brings to mind a rom-com sequence of some attractive couple strolling the streets with gelato, riding around on a vespa, and flirting over wine and spaghetti. We were lucky enough to get spend this past weekend in Roma together and, despite the tragic absence of Italian boys on vespas, our mini-break wasn't too far off. Filled with pasta, gelato and Lizzie McGuire references, our short visit was certainly a success. If you have only 48 hours in Rome, here are our suggestions (with accompanying playlist and movie recommendations):

Yes, we did this in broad daylight with people watching. 

Set the Mood

Roman Holiday
La Dolce Vita
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (duh)
Mambo Italiano, Dean Martin
Buona Sera, Louis Prima
On an Evening in Roma, Dean Martin
Volare, Dean Martin
Three Coins in a Fountain, Vince Guaraldi Trio


12:30 pm // Grab some lunch at Armando al Pantheon before visiting the Pantheon. 
#protip: Restaurants tend to fill up early on weekends so be sure to make reservations so you know you have a spot. 

2:30 pm // Make the trek over to the Vatican to explore the museums and St. Peter's basilica. 
#protip: There are a million con artists and pick-pockets near the tourist sites. Watch out for people who try to sell direct you to a ticket office away from the actual site or who wear slightly sketchy-looking ID badges- they prey on gullible tourists who can be talked into paying $50 to see the Vatican museums. 

5:00 pm // Explore the history of Rome in the Capitoline museums (bonus: you'll get great views of the city).

6:15 pm // Grab a cone of the white peach lavender or raspberry and garden sage from Gelateria del Teatro and walk around the Piazza Navona and take in the Bernini sculptures at sunset. 

8:00 pm // Enjoy a leisurely dinner at La Carbonara dal 1906 (obvious tip: order the carbonara) before stopping at Harry's bar for an after-dinner drink (or two). 


9 am // Stop in for a cappuccino and a cornetti from Cafe Sant'Eustachio before strolling over to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. 
#protip: Many museums are free on the first Sunday of every month, so if you happen to be visiting make sure to go then.

12:30 pm // Stop for lunch at Roma Sparita (and be sure to get the cacio e pepe). 
#protip: Be aware of the fact that a lot of places are closed on Sundays, particularly the authentic trattorias, so scope out schedules ahead of time. 

2:00 pm // Walk around the Trastevere neighborhood and stop at Gelateria dei Gracchi for something to snack on while you explore the Villa Borghese. 
#protip: Wear your walking shoes. Rome is big but certainly walkable and the best way to explore the city is by foot. I live and die by my supergas

4:30 pm // Have your tourist moments at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps and follow up with visits to some of the Italian luxury brands (read: Missioni, Valentino and Ferragamo). Pick something up to take back if you feel like treating yourself. 
#protip: Prices on luxury brands are generally lower in their country of origin and non-EU residents can get a VAT refund on larger purchases, so ask for a form in store and you'll save quite a bit of money.

8:30 pm // Sample some authentic Italian pizza before you leave at Ai Marmi. 

11:00 pm // Pick up some cannoli from Ciuri Ciuri to take on the road so you can start reminiscing early about your weekend. 

And send us pics when you go so we can dream of strolls along the river and inappropriate amounts of pasta.
Yasi and Lexi

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