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We have been to Rome in cold weather and warm weather. We have been there when they were picking the Pope and during the Marathon. Rome has layers and layers of everything. It is beautiful and gritty. It is both romantic and crowded. Every kind of food, good and bad.

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  • Couples
  • Foodie

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16 Places

Rome 500 EXP - Day Tour

City Tours, Cultural Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

Restaurants

Rome With Sophie

Cooking Classes, Food Tours

Dar Filettaro a Santa Barbara

Restaurants

Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori

Hotels

Renato e Luisa

Restaurants

Ditirambo

Restaurants

Ristorante Roma Sparita

Restaurants

Piazza Navona

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Trastevere

Neighbourhoods

Villa Borghese

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

Monuments & Statues

Campo de' Fiori

Neighbourhoods

Centro Storico

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Santa Maria in Trastevere

Churches & Cathedrals

Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Churches & Cathedrals

lynndds's City Tips

  • Ask your hotel for restaurant recommendations and then have them call for you. Or, check out some of the well known food bloggers. The restaurants in Rome change all the time.
  • After a dozen trips to Rome, the most untrustworthy people are the taxi drivers from the train station. They always have an angle or a way to get more Euros.
  • Rome 500 EXP - Day Tour
    City Tours, Cultural Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours
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    lynndds Says:

    OK, this is Fun! You get to drive a vintage Fiat 500 around Rome and see some sights that tourists usually don't see. My wife and I barely fit into the 500 and you need to know how to drive a stick shift. With our car, we followed behind the Tour Leader who talked to us with walkie-talkie radios. Dangerous? Not really. Fun? Oh yea, it is a hoot. It is funny to see all the tourists taking our picture driving these cars.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The garage with the Fiats is about a block up from the Coliseum. It is easy to find.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 911 Tours in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic experience 23/10/2018
    • Make 500 people smile!!! 18/10/2018
    • Rome 500 EXP - Day Tour
    Address:
    Via Ostilia 48
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 366 306 2906
    Other:
  • Jerry Thomas Speakeasy
    Restaurants
    lynndds Says:

    Good luck finding this place and then getting in. That's part of the fun. It took some work finding the side street, the door and then a reservation. Next, you better have the correct password. And it helps to have a couple of young, beautiful women with you. And yes, I was the oldest person in there. It reminds us of some of the late night places in L.A. Well made drinks and good energy. I bet they don't want anyone on Tripadvisor to know about it...that's part of the fun.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • it takes some effort to get in.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,201 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Cocktails!!! 02/10/2018
    • Very Cool Place to Have Great Drink 27/09/2018
    • Jerry Thomas Speakeasy
    Address:
    Vicolo Cellini 30
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 9684 5937
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • Rome With Sophie
    Cooking Classes, Food Tours
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    lynndds Says:

    Sophie is a young person that has grown up in Rome, knows all the local eating places and shops, and is fun to be around. Very relaxed and personal, it is definitely and insider's view of Rome. We have been on other food tours of the markets in Rome and this was informative and something different. We were two couples so it was easy just to walk around the Campo Fiori area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Sophie speaks perfect English
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 75 Classes & Workshops in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food tours with Sophie 22/10/2018
    • Fabulous food tour with Sophie 21/10/2018
    • Rome With Sophie
    Address:
    Via Dei Neofiti
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Other:
  • Dar Filettaro a Santa Barbara
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    lynndds Says:

    Our hotel is close by and we saw locals eating here late night. Unfortunately, we were in Rome on a Friday night without a reservation. We tried to get in a couple of places but it didn't work. Rome was really crowded. So with an upset wife, I talked her into trying this small place. It is very unassuming and small, but the food was good. I enjoyed it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Dinner/late night only
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,367 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • unhealthy, stressfull and expensive 28/09/2018
    • amazing 31/07/2018
    • Dar Filettaro a Santa Barbara
    Address:
    Largo dei Librari, 88
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 686 4018
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori
    Hotels
    lynndds Says:

    It has the best location and the very best staff. Right off Campo de'Fiori, you can walk everywhere. The rooms are fun and the breakfast is great. What else do you want? Well, go up to the top of the hotel and enjoy the view. We always buy a bottle of wine, cheese, olives, meat, etc., and enjoy the sunset. It has a beautiful view.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask the staff for help with reservations and directions
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,272 Hotels in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The heart of “Centro Storica” 23/10/2018
    • Highly recommend staying here 17/10/2018
    • Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori
    Address:
    Via del Biscione, 6
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    011 39 06 9480 3465
    Other:
  • Renato e Luisa
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    lynndds Says:

    Well-prepared food and friendly service, we had a very enjoyable evening.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • You better have reservations!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #504 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Roman food 22/10/2018
    • Excellent little restaurant near Campo de' Fiori. 21/10/2018
    • Renato e Luisa
    Address:
    Via Dei Barbieri 25
    Largo di Torre Argentina
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 339 773 0033
    Price range:
    US$ 35 - US$ 100
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 PM - 11:45 PM
    Other:
  • Ditirambo
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    lynndds Says:

    Beautiful and creative Roman dishes that do not disappoint. We have been here two different trips and both meals were excellent. Every table was filled but still good service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • try the octopus salad
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #925 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good dinner but ok service 22/10/2018
    • Great last supper in Rome 21/10/2018
    • Ditirambo
    Address:
    Piazza della Cancelleria 74/75
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 687 1626
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    Sun - Fri
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    12:45 PM - 3:00 PM
    Sat
    7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Ristorante Roma Sparita
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    lynndds Says:

    We have eaten there twice for a Sunday afternoon meal. It is a nice family restaurant with excellent food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • reservation a must.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,087 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Roma Sparita 19/10/2018
    • Hidden treasure 18/10/2018
    • Ristorante Roma Sparita
    Address:
    Piazza di Santa Cecila, 24
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 580 0757
    Price range:
    US$ 23 - US$ 46
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Tue - Sat
    7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Piazza Navona
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    lynndds Says:

    Beautiful night or day, Piazza Novona always has something happening.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Walk to it early in the morning or late at night.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Piazza Navona 23/10/2018
    • Piazza Navona 23/10/2018
    • Piazza Navona
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Trastevere
    Neighbourhoods
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    lynndds Says:

    The first time we walked over to Trastevere, we got really lost. Now, after about our 5 trip to walk and dine in the area, we see it as a warm and friendly neighborhood. It can get crowded on weekends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • There are great little restaurants but get off the main streets and get deeper into the neighborhood.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magical 22/10/2018
    • Disappointed visitor 22/10/2018
    • Trastevere
  • Villa Borghese
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    lynndds Says:

    After we went to the Borghese Gallery, we walked back across the park to the Spanish Steps. A beautiful walk but it is a distance. On another trip, we bought everything for a meal, rented a tandem bike and had a meal in the park. One of our best life experiences.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The bike rental is near the Spanish Steps entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Borghese is a breath of fresh air and uncrowded. 22/10/2018
    • Beautiful nature near Rome center 21/10/2018
    • Villa Borghese
    Address:
    P.zzale del Museo Borghese
    00155 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 2258 2330
    Other:
  • Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
    Monuments & Statues
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    lynndds Says:

    A great view from the top. I don't know why the Romans don't think this is magnificant. It is really impressive. Also, we went through the millitary museum. It was history I was not familiar with and very interesting.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The best pictures from the top just after it rains with all the clouds behind the surrounding city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best view of the city 22/10/2018
    • view from the top is worth the cost of admission! 22/10/2018
    • Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
    Address:
    Piazza Venezia
    Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 678 0664
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
    Fri - Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:45 PM
    Other:
  • Campo de' Fiori
    Neighbourhoods
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    lynndds Says:

    This is a vibrant area day and night. It is fun to walk through the fruit, vegetables, and flowers for sale. A variety of people that have been there for years. Also, some of the stores around the campo are unique.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Go early in the day to see the fruit and vegetable stands and at night to just people watch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great to Visit 18/10/2018
    • So Italian 17/10/2018
    • Campo de' Fiori
    Address:
    Piazza di Campo de' Fiori
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 687 5287
    Other:
  • Centro Storico
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    lynndds Says:

    The good news is that you don't need a car. You can walk every where. All of the ancient places, the shops, the restaurants and wine shops are all close together. We have walked to the Borghese gardens, the Vatican and Trastevere while staying in the Centro Storico area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you are staying in this area, find the little local markets to buy wine and food. The prices are much better.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Speachless 21/10/2018
    • An excellent area! 14/10/2018
    • Centro Storico
    Phone:
    +39 06 0608
    Other:
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    lynndds Says:

    A beautiful church with its mosaics. The campo out in front is the meeting place for the neighborhood.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • There is always something fun going on in the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Hidden Pearl in Rome 15/10/2018
    • Luce - light 14/10/2018
    • Santa Maria in Trastevere
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 581 4802
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    lynndds Says:

    A very interesting church that you are able to walk down through layers of history.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is in walking distance of the coliseum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Basilica was awesome but their treatment of my elderly father was not. 22/10/2018
    • Traveling through time 12/10/2018
    • Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
    Address:
    Via Labicana 95
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 774 0021
    Other:
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