Our first trip to Rome and Italy for that matter was a few years ago and it was the start of our very first epic tour of Italy which would take us to Naples, Rome, Palermo, Aeolian Islands, Procida, Ischia, Capri, Pompei, Herculaneum and back to Naples on a bit of a whistle stop tour. This is an account of the first part in Rome with further instalments following soon. Enjoy.
How did we get there?
We flew into Naples on Easyjet and then took the train from Naples to Rome. Details on how to get from the airport to the train station in Naples can be found here. For further information on how to book train tickets check out our bitesize guide.
Where did we stay?
Our hotel in Rome was extremely central and only a few hops skips and jumps from the Trevi Fountain. A perfect location for first time visitors to Rome. Hotel Boccaccio is an Ecoworld hotel and like a lot of hotels its an old townhouse that’s been converted into rooms and let by the owner. It was perfect and had beautiful high ceilings and big expansive windows and was perfect for our first stay. We didn’t have an en suite in the room but the bathroom was just down the hall and adequate and the price we paid reflected that. Really reasonable at approx £70 per night. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the hostess was lovely.
What did we do?
Well what does anyone do on their first visit to Rome.
We saw the sights!
The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill,
St Peters Square & The Spanish Steps.
Another thing we did do however that was slightly off the beaten track was cycle down the Appian way and you can find out more about that little adventure here.
Where did we eat?
Any trip to Italy has to involve food and our first trip to Rome was like immersing ourselves into the most fabulous food possible. We did however make a mistake on our first night there and ended up in a tourist trap restaurant where the food was not that great but it taught us a valuable lesson. We didn’t finish our meal, paid and left to find something more authentic. Its a good idea to do a little research on where you’d like eat, what type of food you’d like to eat and ask at the hotel for something authentically Italian.
Here’s a couple of places where we absolutely loved:
The first restaurant was over the river in Trastevere. Il Ciak. It was a steak restaurant but had all the Italian specialities you’d expect to find in a traditional trattoria. The service was impeccable and the waiter helped us order explaining what each dish was and how it was prepared. We opted for our usual meats and cheeses to start with and then we had pasta followed by desserts. It all was delicious.
You can’t visit Rome without having a Gelato and the best place we found was Gelateria Valentino. Great Gelato, Great Flavours, Great Service and best of all it was round the corner from our hotel. Result !
So where to next?
Well our next port of call on this trip is Palermo where we’ll catch a train, travel across the top of Sicily to Milazzo where we’ll catch a ferry to the Aeolian Islands.
Check back soon for the next post on the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Lipari & Stromboli and what we got up to there but for now its Adios Amigos as we board our ferry to Palermo