If I get asked what to do when traveling to Rome I always reply; don’t go between May and September, and only bring comfortable shoes. As in really comfortable, in addition to a another better looking comfortable pair for when dining out. Rome can be dusty and confusing, and tired legs will happen. Also, pavements are crowded, streets are narrow and bulky with cobbles and potholes, and there is a lot of people with the same plans as you when leaving the house.
Cafe Greco in front of the Spanish Steps, where Norwegian composer Grieg and his squad were hanging out. His handwritten notes in frame to the right.
One of the reasons I love Rome is that it’s constantly surprising me. Around every corner, and in the street you might pass every day, there is something you missed the day before, or have been added today. It migth be everything from a 2000 year old column embedded in a wall, or sudden roadwork and a hole in the ground exposes an arry of pipes and layers of cobbles. Or a statue in a stately courtyard turned garage. Visually Rome is a bonanza.
Old meets older
Restaurant in Via del Moro, Trastevere.
Before leaving I usually check for available rooftops in the area I’m looking to stay. Bars, AirBnB’s, hotels, wherever can get me a good view of rooftops and domes and possible sunsets is researched.
View from the little roof terasse Hotel Campo de Fiori. It’s a private botique hotel, but admits guests that aren’t staying too. Just know where you’re at, don’t bring your bar hopping crew or other noisy group. What makes this place special is it’s complete tranquility in a busy city. I usually go there alone:)
Doors and mailboxes in one of the alleys leading from the Pantheon
Rienzo, a calmer shopping street than Corso
Turqoise fountain on the path leading from Piazza Popolo to Pincio/Villa Borghese
If you are going in high summer, which us Norwegians is anything above 22C, there are a few spots that can relieve the heat a little! Walking up to Pincio from the Spanish steps or Piazza del Popolo will give you some sticky minutes uphill, but at the top there is a magnificent view, and Villa Borghese; a big park with shading trees. Villa Valadier is a water hole, as well as many of the beer stands along the paths in the park. We once had a pique-nique here, with two families spread across the lawn, quite a good memory from one of our trips to this city. Then we could all be together without getting on eachothers nerves in the sticky heat, and the smaller kids in our group were thrilled they weren’t overly protected from disappearing all the time.
I always find accomodation that gives me a chance to have some time out by myself. Hotels are seriously overpriced for the room you get in popular spots, so I spend a good deal of time in advance researching AirBnB’s and apartments to rent for the same price, or lower.
View from my AirBnB’s little balcony