My wife and I will have 5 days to explore Rome on our own. Besides the major attractions, we'd love to visit some off-the-beaten-path/hidden gem attractions and restaurants as well. Anyone have any favorites?
Here are my personal secret gems that I found in
Rome this year:
1. Little cafe
Cristalli Di Zucchero - just off the tourist path when you are visiting
Colosseum, right next to
Circus Maximus. They have no tables, you either take away or eat standing like locals do. They make amazing home-made gelato during spring/summer season. And their sweets and little snacks are amazing. I hightly recommend taking a glass of Prosecco with one of those freshly made things they made that day.
2. For the best carpaccio go to
Il Belli (via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 33/35). It is across the river.
3. Obviously most famous gelato place is
GIOLITTI (via Uffici del Vicario 40). Not really a gem but with their hundreds of different flavors it is like new for me every time).
PS And yes, agree with previous comments, Florence is amazing.
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Filetti di Baccalà around Centro Storico. It is a small fried fish fillet joint that has been there for ages. You see a lot of locals lined up just to buy the freshly fried fish!
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Other than dining at local's homes, there are also some unique dining experiences- such as a scrumptious exquisite Italian feast on the rooftop where you could enjoy the beauty of the Roman skyline as the sun sets, to lunch on a boat as you sail on the Tiber River, or even a cooking class with one of our local hosts to truly master the art of Italian culinary.
This is definitely something not to be missed out if you are looking to have a memorable trip in Rome together with your wife!
Spend one day in Rome seeing everything you really want to see. Then go spend the other four days in Florence. They say 80% of the world's art is in Italy, and 60% of that art is in Florence. So much to see and do there.