I fell in love with Italy about 4 years ago. The food, the people, the sights, the history, nature and the art, everything was amazing and I kept going back every year. I'm so excited to see even more of Italy, so I made a plan where I travel to Italy at least twice a year. I'm still a rookie when it comes to discovering all that Italy has to offer, but I had a great start with Naples, Milano, Capri and Ischia. This April, I decided it was time to discover Rome.
We booked our flights for the first week of April, prepared warm clothes and planned a long itinerary, trying to fit in the most we could see and eat in five days. When I think about it now, I must have been insane when I started planning the itinerary. Short disclaimer: I started planning our daily routes around places to eat. I'm a foodie and Italian food is on my short list of most delicious cuisines in the world. So yummy that each time I come back from a trip to Italy, I put on at least two kilos. This time around, I can honestly say I Regret Nothing! We walked so many km each day that food became essential to keep us going, rather than just a treat.
1. QUATTRO FONTANE
Four fountains ensemble at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome.
This was our first real contact with Rome's unique fondness of old art. We literally stumbled upon this place in our way to Fontana di Trevi and the Pantheon. The thing with Rome is that you'll always see beautiful architecture and art. It's all around you. For us, this was the moment when we realized how amazing Rome is actually going to be. So, what's so exciting about the Quattro Fontane?
It's a small intersection at the top of a hill with beautiful views towards the center of the city. On one side you get a view all the way to Piazza di Spagna. On the other side, at the horizon, it's the Obelisco Esquilino in front of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. And in the center of the intersection, there are Late Renaissance fountains built in the 1500s, each fountain featuring a statue. The four figures are said to represent the River Tiber, the River Aniene, Goddess Diana and Goddess Juno.
2. Palazzo Barberini
And the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00187 Roma, Italy. Opening hours: 8 AM - 7 PM beniculturali.it
3. Fontana Trevi
Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy. Learn more at turismoroma.it.
5. Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy. Learn more here turismoroma.it
6. CASTELLO SANT'ANGELO
Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma, Italy. Opening hours: 9 AM - 7.30 PM. Learn more beniculturali.it.