Last Spring, I took a trip to Rome and navigated the city in true tourist fashion in order to find the best of the best for my readers. Rome is a beautiful, romantic, chaotic city jam packed with awe inspiring historical sights and points of beauty. The crowds of tourists and busy Romans make it a little more difficult to steal a slice of la dolce vita. In true shortcut to fabulous form, we found we found the best places to shop, eat, sleep and stroll in Roma so you can live la dolce vita.
Shop: Shopping in Rome can be expensive and overwhelming. With the global economy and availability of pretty much all Italian labels anywhere in the world, it is hard to find items to get excited about these days. We found a few unique surprises and fun items to bring back to friends and family. Our favorite shopping spot is around Trevi fountain. We found a truly fabulous handmade, leather handbag shop called Il Gancio. It is located on Via del Seminario 82-83. All of the handbags are handmade. In fact, if you enter the shop at the right time you can watch a handbag being created at the big wooden work table. The handbags are unique and range in price from around 35 Euros to over 200 Euros. You can get a cute cross body bag for about 40 Euros and the leather color selections are amazing! Another fab find close to the Trevi fountain is a shop carrying Murano glass from Venice aptly named, Original Murano Glass, located on Via del Lavatore 33. If you wont be making it to Venice, we recommend stopping in this shop to check out the beautiful glass pieces. Our favorites include the affordable jewelry pieces and small serveware pieces such as cheese spreaders and cake servers that make great gifts. If you are looking for cheap gifts, we recommend dropping in a local Italian grocery store and checking out the chocolates and jarred olives and sauces. We are sure you will find something yummy, inexpensive and with beautiful Italian packaging.
Eat: Eating in Italy is expensive and not very figure friendly. I found a few restaurants that have cheap eat, healthy options and yummy food.
- La Cuccuma- My favorite restaurant visit in all of Rome. All I heard around me was Italian and the staff did not speak English…that spells authentic. prices were reasonable…about 10 Euros for a plate. The food is served cafeteria style, so you point to the food that looks good and they dish it out, warm it up and bring it to your table. It is located on Via Merulana, 221
- Pizzeria Dar Poeta- Tucked away in a corner on Vicolo del bologna 45. The pizza here is divine and filling! They have English menus, but don’t worry you will find some locals here too.
Stay: Accommodations in Rome are super expensive. I like to save on my hotel stay so I can splurge on food, wine and shopping. My pick is Frank’s House, a simple B&B run by American Expat, Frank. I think Room 1 is the way to go and it is 85 Euros a night. The room and bathroom are clean and Frank is super nice and helpful. The location is ideal for those traveling to Rome via train as it is walking distance from the train station. The con of this place is that it is in an immigrant neighborhood and can feel seedy at night.
So, bookmark this page for your next trip to Rome and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous run in Rome!