Could there be anything more eternal than the Colosseum, the Pantheon, or the Sistine Chapel? Probably not. But Rome is so much more than its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After you take the obligatory tours of these ancient marvels, see how Rome is keeping pace with modern times.
Fuel up with a cappuccino—you can’t really go anywhere in the country of Italy without giving their world-famous espresso beverages a try. Our favorite spots for this frothy drink are Caffe Sant’Eustacchio and Caffe Canova Tadolini. The latter doubles as an atelier, and boasts life-size sculptures and molds by Antonio Canova. Its cappuchino, served with a gold spoon, will ruin you for Nespresso forever.
According to the 1953 classic film, Roman Holiday, the Vespa is the best way to live la dolce vita and see the Eternal City—and we couldn’t agree more. This is arguably one of the most fun things to do in Rome, and when you’re zipping around town on a Lambretta 150, no one will be able to distinguish you from the locals.
The only view you can’t get from your scooter is the one from the rooftop terrace, Terrazzo delle Quadrighe, reached by a glass elevator in the Vittorio Emanuel II monument. From here, you’ll see all the emblematic Rome attractions from a whole new perspective.
Pizza time in Rome is taken very seriously by locals—it doesn’t even have to constitute a meal. Just grab a slice from the local forno and take it to go—you’ll notice the typical pie in Rome is rectangular in shape, with slices cut into small squares. We recommend the Pizza Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil leaf) that was invented to honor Italy’s Queen Margherita in 1889. One of the most exciting new restaurants is Emma, which serves reinvented Roman pizzas with 40-hour fermented crust topped with chorizo, culatello, and salumis.
What to do in Rome while you’re digesting is take an afternoon passeggiata, or walk, through the Villa Borghese park. Here, you can also bike, sunbathe, or take a bike ride. Exploring the city’s hidden streets by foot is also a worthy way to burn off the pizza. For the first time ever, you can also now follow ancient emperors’ footsteps down the Imperial Ramp.
You’ll feel refreshed and ready to continue seeing all of Rome’s sights—and drinking all of the city’s wine and cocktails. After visiting the city’s enotechas and nouveau speakeasies, bed down in one of these stylish new hotels.