We stayed at the Alpi Hotel. It was located close to a metro stop but not close to much else. We found that once we left our hotel, we didn’t come back to it until after dinner. OR we took a cab as the underground isn’t as user friendly as say, London’s Tube.

With that said, we didn’t LOVE Rome…in fact, it’s my least favorite European city. I wanted to love it….afterall, it WAS the first European city I visited. But…aside from checking off the boxes of Rome’s absolute must sees…. It fell short for us.  Therefore, I’ve not got a lot of recommendations.


Al Bric – The restaurant itself was really nice with creative decor. We enjoyed everything we ordered and gave the food quality 5 stars. What brought down the overall rating was the service. We didn’t get much attention and waited a longer than European usual for our bill. It seemed that there was only one waiter for the whole restaurant. The hostess even tried helping. Perhaps it was an off night. However, we would go back here again and rate the meal itself as one of our tops from our Italy travels.

Casa Coppelle – We enjoyed this restaurant during lunch and only wish we had come for a dinner. I had the vegetable lasagna and it wasn’t your typical block of lasagna but it was shaped more like a chicken pot pie all wrapped up in a dough. However, I think it might have been a little pricey for the amount of food that we were served. But perhaps we were just used to leaving overly stuffed on pasta from most of the restaurants in Italy. Overall, we would go back.

Things we did

In Rome, there’s SO MUCH to see that it’s definitely worth getting the Roma Pass that allows you to bypass lines. This is a major coup in Italy!

Vatican City – Don’t be scared away by the lines, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are a must!  We opted to listen to Rick Steve’s audio tour of the Sistine chapel instead of paying for a tour.  If you can find a place to sit down, don’t rush out of here. It’s worth getting the run down on the various scenes painted by Michelangelo.

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Roman  Colosseum

Roman Forum – We would recommend ditching if you’re short on time

Piazza Venezia


Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain



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