Ah, Rome. One of my favorite cities. This is part of a series of posts I wanted to get under way where readers can help other readers. I’d love to know your best suggestions for how to spend one day in a destination. We started with Sydney, Australia. We were pretty excited to snag 4 business class seats to take the whole family there next year. A listener of my podcast Miles To Go asked us to give them some suggestions on Dallas, TX. Next up is Rome.
If You Had One Day In Rome…
Here’s how I would spend one day in Rome. I’d be waking up at the St. Regis, my favorite hotel in Rome, but only if I can book it using points. It’s not cheap! I’d enjoy the breakfast buffet included for SPG elites. Then, I’d head out a bit on the early side to walk past the Spanish Steps. I think it’s a beautiful place for a walk when it’s not completely overrun by tourists.
From there I’d make my way to the Vatican. If you’ve never taken a tour, I’d be sure to spend some time in the Vatican Museum. Second time to visit? I’d spend a bit of time in St. Peter’s Basilica, making sure to go to the roof to catch a bird’s-eye view of Rome. From there, I’d grab a bite to eat. I’d try to walk at least a few blocks away from the Vatican, as most of the restaurants right nearby are at the lower end of the quality scale. I mean, bad pasta in Rome is still pretty good. But, it’s a shame to waste a meal in Rome.
After lunch, I’d make sure to throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, hoping to work off a few calories from lunch on my way over. There’s no bad time to stop for gelato, but afternoon is definitely a good time especially under the hot sun. Again, try to stay away from the main tourist spots when ordering gelato. It’s just as tasty a few blocks away, and half the price. I’d finish my gelato as I walked towards Piazza Navona. If I was lucky, I”d catch the markets, walking down the booths looking for small treasures to remind me of my trip. Once I’d worked up an appetite, I’d head down Piazza Pasquino to grab dinner at Cul de Sac. You’ll find dozens and dozens of wines by the glass, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. It’s really hard to go wrong.
After dinner, I’d walk back to my hotel. Plenty of sights to see as Rome tucks itself into bed in the evening.
What Would You Do If You Had One Day In Rome?
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