- Itinerary: Colosseo – Spanish Steps – Piazza del Popolo – Fontana de Trevi
- Total Cost: €47.50 per person
1. Colosseo ~ €12
Leaving my hotel near Roma Termini, I headed towards the majestic Piazza della Repubblica. Directly facing the plaza’s fountain is Via Nazionale, where you can find an array of stores and eateries, such as Queen’s Chips and Verde Pistacchio. This makes for a relaxing morning walk and a satisfying prelude to visiting the most iconic Roman structure.
Be prepared for an ocean of tourists as you approach the Colosseum, and factor in queuing time for tickets. If rain is expected, make sure you bring a good umbrella because the rain can be torrential and there is very little cover inside the Colosseum.
On each level of the Colosseum are exhibitions that tell its history and how it inspires contemporary art and culture, so make sure you spare a few hours learning about this remarkable architecture while absorbing the atmosphere and re-imagining how gladiators used to fight for survival.
Daily from 8.30am, closing time varies
*Free entry on the first Sunday of every month
2. Spanish Steps + Lunch
Take the underground from Colosseo to Spagna station to see the Spanish Steps, made famous by the film Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Enjoy your lunch with a view and a touch of old Hollywood glamour.
3. Piazza del Popolo
After lunch, walk to the Piazza del Popolo which is 10 minutes away. “The People’s Square” leans against the Pincio Hill – home to Villa Borghese, the biggest public park in Rome. Rent a bike for the afternoon and let the luscious green gardens take your breath away.
4. Fontana de Trevi
What better way to end my three-day trip in Rome than visiting the awe-inspiring Trevi Fountain? Standing at 26 metres tall, this impressive baroque fountain garners attention whether it’s beaming on a warm summer day or sparkling at night.
Legend has it that to make your wish come true, one should use their right hand to throw a coin into the fountain over their left shoulder. Tossing one coin will guarantee your visit back to the Eternal City; two will make you fall in love with a gorgeous Italian; three will see you tie the knot with this person. No wonder the fountain has become a major source of charity donations.
5. Dinner (€29) + Gelato (from around €2)
Not far from Trevi Fountain is a restaurant named Il Giardino Di Albino, noted for its authentic Italian dishes, lively yet intimate atmosphere, and top-notch customer service.
Although I already had dessert at the restaurant, I could not resist stopping off at the city’s oldest ice cream parlour.
Hop on the underground at Barberini station (€1.50) and get off at Vittorio Emanuele. Just around the corner is Fassi, where you will find a dizzying choices of flavours and styles from cones to sandwiches, and quite simply the best gelato you can ever find on this planet!
On my last bite, I bid a sweet goodbye to Rome, brimming with excitement about my next destination – Cinque Terre.