In case Alex's recent trip to the Amalfi Coast didn't have you swooning enough, we're sticking with this Italy vibe and checking out Rome with Emma Stencil. Enjoy! -Erin
Currently trending: Pope Francis. Following an impressive pope parade through Central Park this September, the head of the Catholic Church is back in Rome, riding a wave of "Francis Fever" as the New York Post says. You can read about the his favorite pizzeria and gelato flavors, or you could just visit the eternal city for yourself. It's historic, beautiful, budget-friendly, and those Roman cappuccinos are so tasty I promise you won't be missing Starbucks's PSL.
Clearly one must look fab when wandering the streets of Italy. A flowing linen maxi dress, comfortable leather sandals, and floppy straw hat proved the perfect mix of casual chic and comfort in my book. Oh, and don't forget to pack the biggest pair of dark sunglasses you own (especially if they’re Gucci). One of the best things I threw into my backpack before a day of exploring? A minimal, lightweight water bottle to fill up at the city’s many public fountains. I mean... water of the gods, anyone?
- Da Gino: Bustling old-world trattoria in the historic center serving up Roman classics like cacio e pepe and carbonara.
- Da Lucia: An authentic Roman trattoria away from the tourist crowds in ivy-covered neighborhood Trastevere.
- Suppli Pizzeria: Trastevere locals are passionate about this amazing hole-in-the-wall pizza takeaway.
- La Taverna del Ghetto Kosher: Kosher eating in Rome’s charming Jewish quarter. All we’re saying is fried artichokes and squash blossoms.
- Giolitti: Rome’s most beloved gelateria, and for good reason.
- La Terrazza San Pancrazio: Well-hidden rooftop bar near Trastevere catering to a cocktail-sipping and elegantly tattooed clientele.
You already know to visit the Colosseum and the Pantheon, obviously. But here are some other not-to-miss Rome addresses:
- Campo De’ Fiori Market: For tourists and locals. A bustling morning market selling everything from dry pasta to spice kits to fresh tomatoes and leafy green basil bunches. Break up your morning grocery trip with a slice of pizza bianca at nearby Forno Campo De’ Fiori.
- Stroll Trastevere’s cobbled streets and stop for an aperitivo at an outdoor trattoria under ivy-covered buildings.
- Piazza Navona: Picturesque fountains, strolling musicians, and performers dressed like gladiators.
- The breathtaking view from the Gianicolo Hill, a fifteen-minute hike above Trastevere
- Porta Portese Market: bargaining pros shouldn't miss this massive Sunday flea market selling dresses, sunglasses, and soft leather bags of every possible color.
- Vatican Museums: Refer to intro. Also, #Michelangelo.
Where to Stay
- This adorable apartment in Trastevere for $86 a night.
- This white loft near the Colosseum in Monti for $92.
- This Trastevere apartment for $81 has a fab terrace for all your alfresco dining needs.
Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.