5 Days in Rome

Rome, the eternal city! Who does not dream to spend a romantic week in Rome? The city where everything surprises you, wonders you and fascinates you. We just came back from 5 magical days in Rome and I can’t wait to share with you all the places we tried!

Special note: We met a fantastic guide that is based in Rome and explains Bernini like no one else! Do not hesitate to contact her to organize your Rome holidays ūüôā Georgia¬†Darell¬†(Even though this sounds like an infomercial, it is not ¬†hahahah we met her during our visit to Villa Borguese and fell in love with her energy and great passion about Bernini and everything else really, so this is really pure delightful and from the heart recommendation, like everything on the blog!)


We stayed in a 5 bedroom guest house in the heart of Rome, 10 min away from Piazza di Espagna. Casa Howard was our home for 5 lovely days, we stayed in the Flower Room, which really stands for its name; absolutely everything has flowers!

Casa Howard

Casa Howard

They serve the breakfast in the room every morning from 8:00am to 10:00 .
All rooms with different and original decoration! Very recommended!
Web: Casa Howard ¦ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 69 924 555 ¦ Address: Via Sistina 149 ¦ Price: from 60 EUR


I was lucky I got a lot of recommendations of local people to know exactly where to go to to have a nice meal and not get hacked by touristic places.

  1. Trattoria Otello РAuthentic roman cuisine. It is close to the Piazza di Spagna and offers a nice terrace during the warmer days. Great fried vegetables and creamy tiramisu! Av price: 30 EUR pp
    Webpage: Trattoria Ottello ¦ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 67 91 178 ¦ Address: Via della Croce, 81

    Trattoria d'Otello

    Trattoria Otello

  2. Pizzeria Dar Poeta Best Pizzas, personally recommended by a local Roman! In the picturesque neighbourhood of the Trastevere you will find in a narrow street a simple yet fanstastic Pizzeria with authentic flavor, pizzas, tiramisu & coffe – what else can you ask for? Av Price: 10 EUR (pizza + drink )
    Webpage: Dar poeta¬†¬¶ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 78 98 93¬†¬¶ Address: Via dell’Almone 1

    Pizzeria Dar Poeta

    Pizzeria Dar Poeta

  3. Il Giardino Romano – THE PLACE to eat the famous Artichokes Jewish style! A must eat and see in Rome! Reservation recommended.
    Web: Il Giardino Romano¬†¬¶ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 68 80 96 61¬†¬¶ Address: Via Portico d’Ottavia 18
Artichokes Jewish Style

Artichokes Jewish Style

4. Osteria Gusto – One of our favorites during the 5 days in Rome. Extraordinary choice of cheese and cold cuts, also we drank an amazing wine Valpolicella Ripasso 2013. We had fresh salads, tasty plates and one of the best tiramisu! 200% recommended place for either lunch, aperitivo or dinner (plus it is very instagramable ūüėČ ) Recommended by Nouad of choisitonresto.com.
Webpage: Osteria Gusto ¦ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 32 111 482 ¦ Address: Via della Frezza 16

Osteria Gusto

Osteria Gusto

5. Sorpasso – The only non-touristic restaurant I could find around the Vatican (for sure there are more, but not as close). Loved the atmosphere, the food and the service. I had the Parmigiana di Melazane that was 2-die-for!! Very recommended!
Website: Sorpasso ¦ Tel: + 39 (0) 6 89 02 45 54 ¦ Address: Via Properzio 31

Sorpasso - Parmigiana

Sorpasso – Parmigiana

6. Trattoria dal Cavalier Gino – An absolute typical Roman place, locally recommended and reserved at least 2 days in advance! This colorful place will make you travel to say the least. Try their pastas! NO Credit cards
Website: Trattoria Gino  ¦ Telephone: + 39 (0) 6 687 3434 ¦Address: Vicolo Rosini 4Geneva blog: Week in ROME - Trattoria Gino7. Matricianella РAlso a typical Roman cuisine restaurant. Probably the best pasta I ate during the trip. That simple and pure taste of tomato sauce, you know what I mean? Perfect for dinner, reservation strongly recommended.
Website: Matricinella  ¦ Telephone: + 39 (0) 6 68 32 100 ¦ Address: Via del Leone 4Geneva blog: Visit Rome

Drink, Coffee, Gelato:

  1. Grand Bistrot Platz – Perfect spot to have an apertivio between visits or even enjoy a light dinner or lunch. The decor is absolutely fantastic, with Palm trees wall paper and aperol spritz prepared by the minute!
    Website: Bistrot Platz¬†¬†¬¶ Telephone:¬†+ 39 (0) 6 68 64 995 ¬¶ Address: Piazza Sant’Eustachio , 54



  2. Cinque Lune: A pastry house near the Piazza Navona I tried what I could call a piece of heaven:  Sfogliatella Рlearn more here. This is the perfect place to have a sweet tooth and to have a small break whilst visiting the city!
    Website: 5Lune  ¦ Telephone: + 39 (0) 6 68 80 10 05 ¦ Address: Corso Rinascimento, 89

    Geneva blog: Visit Rome - 5 lune


  3. Caffe Greco– Must see, original little caffee close to Piazza di Spagna. Be aware the prices are high! But it is a nice to see.
    Website: Caffe Greco ¦ Telephone:+ 39 (0) 6 67 91 700 ¦ Address: Via Condotti, 86

    Geneva blog: Visit Rome - Caffee Grecco

    Caffe Greco

  4. Chiostro del Bramante Caffetteria: Inside of what seems like a Museum hides a lovely coffe place in the first floor of the cloister. It is perfect to hide from the city buzz and enjoy a refreshment with a charming inner view. (pic below)
    Web: Chiostro del Bramante ¦ Tel:+ 39 (0)6 688 09 035¦ Address: Via Arco della Pace 5

    Geneva blog: Visit Rome

    Chiostro del Bramante Caffetteria

  5. Saint Eustachio Il Caffe РIf you are a coffee lover you need to try this place. I personally do not drink coffee, but from the comments and the long line in the front of the place it seems like one of the best coffees in Rome!
    Website: Saint Eustachio ¦ Address: Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 82
  6. Gelato, gelato, gelato: 3 best Gelatos in town РGelato Old Bridge, Gelateria della Palma, Blue Ice.  Which one is your favorite?


  1. Elevator of Il Vittoriano – It is worth the view! You will have an amazing view of all Rome, from the Colosseum to the Vatican!
    Price: 7 EUR ¦ Address: Piazza Venezia ¦

    View from the elevator

    View from the top

  2. Villa BORGHESE РAs our lovely guide described, it can be a huge chocolate cake when you visit. A lot to digest, but sure it is satisfiying. My favorite museum in Rome, with the most beautiful sculpured of Gianlorenzo Bernini! NOTE: You need to reserve your visit beforehand, a guided tour is recommended.
    Website: Galleria Borghese ¦ Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5Geneva blog: Visit Rome - Bernini
  3. The Cloister of San Giovanni in Laterano РOne of the 4 holy doors in Rome is in this cathedral and also one of the most ancient and beauitful  Cloister in Rome. It is worth the visit, since we usually would go to Saint Peter only, but this one is magnificent as well. (It is inside the church at the left)
    Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 4 IMG_8738

I really believe you can spend 30 years in Rome and still not know every single thing there is to know. However, I hope my small selection of spots will be useful for you! I leave you will some more photos of the trip below! Enjoy them ūüôā


Villa Medici

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  1. Linda says:

    Hi Diana, a very informative post and your photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. ūüôā

    • Diana says:

      Hello Linda! Thank you for passing by!
      Canada is amazing too, I love the people there, always smiling ūüôā

  2. Sasha says:

    Thank you for this, I am going to Rome in August and it was proving difficult to find restaurants that are not too touristy and are good quality – this is perfect!

    • Diana says:

      Hello Sasha,
      Thank you for your comment! Indeed it is super complicated, I had many resources and even with that we fell into the tourist traps the first day!!
      I guess it is part of the Rome experience? LOL
      All these restaurants are truly amazing and I would come back to Rome only for them!
      Wishing you an amazing trip to Rome!
      Best wishes,

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