Back in college, I decided to (over)pack my bags and spend a semester abroad studying in Rome, Italy. The historic city with its beautiful, and often-times confusing, winding streets and hole-in-the wall gems, will always hold a special place in my heart. After “living Italian” for five months, below are a few of my must-try spots for those planning a trip to the “Eternal City”.
As you can probably imagine, eating gelato is basically a daily past time when living in Rome. Of all of the gelato shops that I tried, Frigidarium, was by far my favorite. Each flavor was better than the next, and you had the option to dip your gelato in dark chocolate (which I obviously always did). Let’s just say I should have won most loyal customer five months running.
Villa Borghese Gardens
If looking for the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday outside, look no further than Villa Borghese. The vast span of land houses beautiful gardens, historic galleries and various paths each leading to a new and interesting place and prime views of the city. It was my favorite place to take visitors, go for walk, or rent a paddleboat for weekend adventures.
I was extremely lucky, and lived in an apartment directly next to one of Rome’s trendiest cafés. Unlike many of the restaurants in the city, Settembrini has a super chic, modern feel. The café also has a romantic outdoor seating area, always packed with Rome’s most stylish. My suggestion: Tie up your biggest scarf, put your hair in topknot and stop by for a drink, as they’re known for their mixologist!
Via Del Corso/ Via Condotti
These are two of Rome’s most iconic shopping streets, and the surrounding area to the Spanish Steps. If in the mood for a European splurge, this area houses designer stores like Salvatore Ferragamo, Oscar De La Renta and Gucci. Even the window shopping is worth the trip!
Okay, let’s talk pasta. If I could eat one food the rest of my life, it would easily be a plate of homemade pasta. So when I first tried Taverna Trillusa, a restaurant known for their award-winning pasta located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, I felt like I had died and gone to carb-heaven. It was easily the best pasta I’ve ever had and has been my top food recommendation in Rome ever since.