Rome travel guide

lauren sims Rome travel guide

Here we go – part 3 of my Italy travel guide! (see pt. 1 here and my Positano travel guide here). Today I’ll be sharing my Rome travel guide with you: everything from where we stayed, transportation, what to do, and favorite restaurants.

When we booked our trip to Italy, we knew we had to see Rome. Neither of us had ever been and there is so much history to Rome that you just have to see! We were actually both surprised though how much we LOVED the city. If you’re going to Italy, I definitely recommend spending at least a night or two in Rome! We did 3 nights in Rome and I thought that was perfect (you could definitely do it in two nights though if you need to).

Where we stayed

We stayed at an air bnb pretty close to the Colosseum which was a great area. We walked almost everywhere in Rome and this location allowed for that.

Transportation in Rome

Rome has a pretty decent metro system which is much cheaper than getting a taxi. Apparently they have Uber in Rome as well but, it’s not like it is in the states haha. It took forever anytime we needed to get an uber because there’s only a few of them over there. Like I mentioned above, we walked 99% of the time in Rome. Our feet somewhat suffered for this BUT we got to see so much of the city this way (and walk off some of that gelato!).

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What to do in Rome

There is SO much you can do in Rome. Here’s some of the sights that we saw that I’d highly recommend:

  1. Colosseum and ancient Rome tour. I’m not much of a guided tour person but there is so much history behind the Colosseum and ancient Rome, and if you were to just go see it for yourself, you wouldn’t really get to hear the stories behind everything which we thought were super interesting. I think you’d get really overwhelmed if you didn’t schedule a tour for these things. We used City Wonders Tours for this, and they were great. Be prepared though – it’s a long tour! I’d say 2 1/2-3 hours. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
  2. Vatican / St. Peters / Sistine Chapel tour. Again, we used City Wonders for this tour and loved them. This was my favorite tour in Rome for sure. These churches and the artwork here are legitimately unlike anything you will ever see. This tour was also about 2 1/2 – 3 hours. [Advice: we know some people that did both of these tours (Colosseum + Vatican) in the same day. I think that’s doable if you have to do it that way, but it would be SO exhausting in my opinion. We did our tours on two different days and I’m really glad]
  3. SHOPPING! There is GREAT shopping in Rome – everything from Dior to H&M, Prada and Brandy Melville and more! This is where i got my Dior sunglasses – aka best souvenir EVER! (This blog does a good job telling you where to go for shopping in Rome!)09621411-05ac-452e-8a96-a89d32837438
  4. Other fun things to see in Rome: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountainlauren sims rome travel guide lauren sims rome travel guide

Outfit details: Sweater tank | cropped flare jeans | booties (similar here and here) | denim jacket | dior sunglasses | choker necklace | leather crossbody bag

Favorite restaurants in Rome

Rome had some of my favorite restaurants throughout our whole trip! Here were our favorite spots:

  1. Osteria 44 – we had dinner here on our first night in Rome and LOVED it. It’s a little off the beaten/tourist path which was nice. We sat outside, talked with the owner, and loved him. The menu was all in Italian so he helped us navigate through it and made great suggestions. We got complimentary prosecco to start, and then for dinner I got the sea bass, and Michael got the chicken. We both loved our meals. Then we split the chocolate lava cake for dessert which was amazing. I think we started with a cheese board as well. It was a nice break from pasta and super fresh. We thought the pricing was reasonable considering the amazing quality of food. We had reservations here but I’m not 100% sure it was necessary.
  2. Roscioli – we met a couple in Positano who told us about this restaurant, so we went based on their recommendation and it was SO good. We went for lunch after our Colosseum tour, but since we didn’t have a reservation we had to eat at their cafe next door (it’s the same menu, but not as much of a “sit down restaurant” as the other location). So, if you’re going for dinner I’d definitely make a reservation. I had a really yummy sandwich and Michael got pasta. The prices were reasonable and the food was amazing.
  3. Dar poeta – this was probably our FAVORITE pizza we had on the entire trip! I wish we could’ve gone back here every night but Michael was convinced we needed to try different things every night haha. But the pizza was SO good and the restaurant is adorable. We got a caraffe of wine for like…8 euros, and then we split the bruschetta to start. For our pizza we split the buffala mozzarella pizza, and for dessert…you have to get the nutella calzone! I’d recommend making a reservation or you will have to wait a while.
  4. Fattoincasa – we had lunch here after our Vatican tours and it was great. It has a small / family-owned feel to it and reasonable prices!lauren sims rome travel guide

Favorite gelato in Rome

Our two favorite gelato spots in Rome were Giolitti and Frigidarium! Both are amazing but Frigidarium was OUT of this world. Probably our favorite on our entire Italy trip!

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Other random advice/tips:

1. Wear comfortable shoes! I cannot stress this enough. I love a good heel as much as the next girl but if your feet aren’t comfortable, your whole day could be ruined in Rome. Here are some of the shoes I brought that were perfect for lots of walking (and still cute!):

2. Give yourself more time than you think you need at the train station. We took the train from Naples to Rome (and then from Rome to Florence) and found the train station to be really confusing. Even if you buy your ticket before hand, leave yourself plenty of time at the train station to make sure you get on the right train at the right time!

3. Naps are a good thing. Obviously you have so much to see and probably so little time, but I think two of our days in Rome we came back to our air bnb in the afternoon for a 30-45 minute power nap and it helped SO much!

Hope this Rome travel guide helps you out with an upcoming trip you might have! Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything else you’d like to see for future Italy posts. Thank you SO much again to everyone who sent me amazing recommendations! I appreciate y’all so much!

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16 Comments on Rome travel guide

  1. Seema
    November 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm (8 months ago)

    That pic of you with your gelato is too cute! Belongs on a postcard. Wish that top was not sold out.:(

    • laurenkaysims
      November 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm (8 months ago)

      aw thank you! and i agree about that top – they need to get it back in stock! madewell makes that same shirt though in tons of different colors/patterns!

      • Seema
        November 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm (8 months ago)

        Yep, I have 2 … at least.?

  2. Amanda
    November 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm (8 months ago)

    Agree about the nap advice, allowing a restful break really helps maximize ability to enjoy the whole day – trying to push through and enjoy the history and sites while exhausted is brutal

  3. Annabel
    December 4, 2016 at 6:55 am (7 months ago)

    Just found your fashion blog & love everything! I might be plannig a trip to italy for the summer. Did u use your GPS on your phone? What service provider did you use for your cell phone?

    • laurenkaysims
      December 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm (7 months ago)

      yes we used GPS on our phone! we have T Mobile and had a plan that allowed for unlimited data internationally… it was so nice!

  4. Frank
    December 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm (7 months ago)

    Cool article. We’re planning by next year to return there and make another memories too.

  5. Rachelle
    December 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm (6 months ago)

    Love your posts on Italy! Planning our trip in May and I would love to read about your experiences in Florence! Please post soon. Thank you for sharing your insight and recommendations. It is so helpful! Xo

    • laurenkaysims
      December 30, 2016 at 12:58 pm (6 months ago)

      yesss I’ve gotten so behind! I need to do those. I’ll try and get one together for this coming week! Sorry it’s taken so long!

  6. Hope
    December 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm (6 months ago)

    Hoping for your guides to Florence and Venice soon! Leaving in 16 days and your tips for Rome have been so incredibly helpful.

    • laurenkaysims
      December 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm (6 months ago)

      ahh i’ve gotten so behind! I need to do those. I will try and get those together for next week!!

  7. Kate Hawn
    January 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (6 months ago)

    Love your post about Italy! We are planning a trip and to get this advice is amazing!!!!!! Can you tell me what Airbnb you stayed at? And any hotels at the other locations that you state at, once you post them? That would be so helpful!!! Thank you!

    • laurenkaysims
      January 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm (6 months ago)

      hi kate! we stayed at air bnb’s in each city – we didn’t do hotels! honestly our air bnb in rome wasn’t amazing…the location was good but the actual air bnb was just meh (and not a great shower!), so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it!

  8. Tori
    January 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm (5 months ago)

    Hey! My husband and I just planned a trip to Italy and are SO nervous about the trains! Would you saying buying tickets in advance is the way to go– or could you buy them there just as easy? Thanks 🙂

    • laurenkaysims
      January 31, 2017 at 1:23 pm (5 months ago)

      hey! we were so stressed about the buying tickets thing too. we didn’t buy ours in advance and it wasn’t an issue. just make sure you get to the train station pretty early – like allow yourself enough time to figure out how to buy the tickets! it wasn’t hard necessarily, just took a little time to figure out!


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