Post Author: Rachel
Italy has been on the bucket list for quite some time, and this year we were able to cross it off! We spent two weeks exploring, learning, eating, drinking wine, drinking some more, and traveling all over this amazing country. The people were incredibly friendly, the food was outstanding, and the wine was everywhere! While we felt like two weeks was the perfect amount of time to hit the highlights, Italy is a place that you could spend months and never feel like you accomplished everything. Over the next few blog posts I'll be sharing our adventure and providing some helpful tips in case you're also planning an Italian excursion.
First Stop: ROME (where else?!)
Rome was one of our favorite cities in Italy! There is so much to see and experience. It is such a wonderful city full of history, with buildings and roads dating back to B.C.. We were there in April and it was already packed, so if you are headed there soon be prepared for the crowds. The busy season typically starts around Easter, and runs through September - not a reason you shouldn't go, just something to be mindful of as you plan out your days and activities. Even with some thick crowds at times, it was such a fantastic city and we packed in as much as possible in just three full days. You could probably spend a year here and not get to everything, but you'll want at least three days to hit the highlights. Here's everything you need to know!
WHAT TO DO
There are so many things to see in Rome that it's hard to narrow it down. The best part of Italy was just slowing down and taking it all in. Don't be in a hurry to get anywhere, and allow yourself the time to relax and soak it all up. Here were some of our favorite spots, although we loved just wandering down various roads as you don't know what historical building you'll see next!
WHERE TO EAT
There are so many fantastic places to eat in Rome! Unfortunately, my husband and I both have food allergies - neither of us can have dairy and I can't have gluten...I know, quite the pair. We really thought it might be a problem being in the city that's known for their delicious dairy and gluten. Get this - we found more options in Italy than we ever have in the states!
If you have a gluten allergy or celiac, download the free app, AIC (Associazione Italiana Celiachia) - it allows you to easily search for restaurants in the area that have trained their staff on how to prepare food for those with the allergy or disease. It was so helpful and every place we went to was absolutely scrumptious! Also note, if you get your food or drinks to go, or stand at the bar, they won't charge you a cover charge. If you sit down, you'll be charged a couple Euros as a service charge.
Here's a list of the places we ate and what we ordered:
WHAT TO WEAR
We were there in April when it was supposed to be in the 60's & 70's but it was much chillier than we anticipated so I'd suggest layers, layers and layers! Also note, if you enter a church you must have your shoulders and knees covered. Click on the images below for outfit details. I lived in these sweatshirts and jean jacket the entire trip! Plus, I'd highly recommend comfortable shoes because we did a lot of walking (anywhere from 10-14 miles a day). I love these orthopedic Adidas, they are extremely comfortable and go with every outfit.
Hope this helps you plan your Italian experience! Let me know if you have any questions.
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