Last September, we spent about 24 days exploring the different regions of Italy. Spending almost an entire month in Italy was an absolute dream, and honestly, I don’t think any trip can ever top it. Our Italian adventure was filled with many stops, two of them being Rome and Venice. if you’re thinking about vacationing in Italy anytime soon, after this post I hope you have no doubts.
Where to stay: We stayed in a Airbnb which was about a 20 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain. Although we were okay with walking, it wasn’t ideal, (we were only 5 minutes from the train station so that was convenient). I would recommend staying somewhere close to the main square (the Trevi Fountain area is perfect, especially if you only have a few days).
Where to eat: After visiting Florence, we weren’t extremely impressed with the food in Rome. Here are a few restaurants we did love
- Giolitti: If you’re in Rome promise me you won’t have gelato anywhere else but here! It’s the absolute best.
- Cantina & Cucina
- Roscioli – A tiny bakery located near Campo de Fiore with a restaurant in the back. We didn’t visit the restaurant but the bakery was delicious.
What to do: We didn’t have too much time in Rome as we would have liked, so we visited most of the major tourist attractions with our time.
- Colosseum (Be sure to book a time slot online and print out your tickets to avoid long lines)
- Trevi Fountain (quick tip: If you want to get some pictures without people in it, visit before 8AM).
- Panthenon (no tickets needed)
- Vatican City (We didn’t book anything before hand, but were able to find a deal for a guide when we arrived)
- Spainsh steps (fun square area at night to people watch)
Where to stay: Venice is extremely walkable, so regardless of where you stay you will be able get the most out of it. Our Airbnb was conveniently located close to a water taxi stop, but we chose to walk most of the time. Google maps was also a great tool to use and told you exactly which water taxis to your destination.
What to do: Our stay in Venice was only one and a half days long so like Rome, we didn’t have too much time to explore. We heard that island hopping in Venice was a must so on our first day we took the water taxi to Burano.
This little town is an absolute delight to see, so if you’re in Venice, even for one day I highly recommend it. If you’re adventurous enough you can visit Murano and Lido along with Burano all in one day– we decided to relax and just visit one of the little towns.
Apart from visiting Burano, we enjoyed our time in Venice by listening to the advise of friends/family who have visited before. “If you want to see Venice, just get lost in the streets” so that’s exactly what we did. I wish I could have more tips than that, but really, getting lost is the only way to take it all in.