You could spend months in Rome, Italy, and never see all its wonders. From gargantuan ancient monuments to winding alleys filled with garlic-scented trattorias. The city bombards you with an array of street vendors and characters, but at the same time, is sophisticated and serene.
We spent 3 weeks in Italy during the months of November and December. Our first stop was Rome, where we stayed for 4 nights before heading to Tuscany, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast, before embarking on an 11-day cruise of the Mediterranean on the Queen Elizabeth that ended in a 2-day stay in London.
To soak up the atmosphere and authenticity of Rome, we booked a room at the small, Italian run Lirico Hotel next to the Opera House. It’s conveniently located within walking distance to the train station and a bit set aside from most of the hustlers.
It turned out to be a perfect choice and we started each morning there with a quick breakfast of cappuccino and homemade pastries.
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While we were there we took a food tour, explored the Vatican, went into the Colosseum, strolled the Ancient Forum, spent an evening at an opera dinner theater, and toured Cinecittà Film Studios, home of Frederico Fellini.
The Hop on Hop off Bus was our main mode of transportation and we did a lot of walking. In between sightseeing we ate and ate and ate until we nearly burst because the food was beyond our wildest dreams.
You have to dodge maniacal drivers, avoid riff-raff in the train station, but it was all worth it. Rome is a magnificent place to visit and one of the most historically rich cities in the world.
To read more in-depth about our adventures in Italy, click on any of the following posts:
- What I Learned About Eating in Italy
- My Foodie Vacation in Italy Continues to Tuscany
- Our Italian Itinerary and Recommendations
- Foodie Heaven
- Collecting Doors and Travel Memories
Rome in photos
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