Before I get into how much I LOVE Rome (seriously, best city in all of Italy!), I first want to rave about a little spot that my friend and I discovered on our last night there called Angelina a Testaccio. BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE.
We were told by the locals that Testaccio is the up and coming area for nightlife. I was starving by the time we got there, and am soo happy we stumbled upon this place. It’s a pizzeria at the end of the strip with an outside patio and an inside that looks like someone’s kitchen (as you can tell by the pans on the walls and the cup shelves in this photo.) We had a zucchini and eggplant pizza and a giant bowl of gnocchi pasta with fresh mozzarella and tomato. It was to die for. Even the wine was incredible. If you’re planning a trip to Rome, please do yourself a favor and go here. You’ll see what I mean.
Aside from the food, Rome also has a lot of history and sort of a New York City type of feel – diverse culture, spread out, lots different areas to explore. We stayed at Hotel Delle Vittorie, which was a quaint little hotel that was about a 15 minute walk to the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. The nearby train station was only a few stops away from the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain (which are also great neighborhoods to go shopping, BTW.) I did the usual “throw a coin the Trevi fountain and make a wish” tradition, then went next door and got some gelato. So touristy. So worth it.
I have to say, the only disappointing meal I had was at the Maranega Lounge in Rome near the Vatican. But even though the pizza was a letdown, it’s a pretty cool hookah lounge vibe with a cute outdoor patio, so I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a place to chill and have a few drinks.