48 Hours in Rome

April 24, 2017

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View from Gianicolo. Image by Sara White.[/caption]

The resplendent capital of one of the world’s most ancient and powerful empires, Rome is truly an eternal city that continues to astound visitors and residents alike with its age-old monuments, artistic achievements and alluring lifestyle. It is literally built on layers, and odes to antiquity are everywhere. This predilection for the past is what The HUNT Rome writer, Livia Hengel, thinks makes living here so fascinating: unlike many cosmopolitan cities, time seems to move slowly, and it’s a unique and humbling experience to be surrounded by such endering history, jaw-droppingly spectacular architecture and cherished old-school traditions.

To experience the best of the capital, veer off the beaten path and allow yourself to get lost on the winding cobblestone streets in order to discover howt he locals live. Don’t rush to uncover all the joys in this multifaceted place in one trip – no matter how long you’re here, new treasures will still catch your eye and take your breath away.

Day One

Estremi. Image by Livia Hengel.

9am: Start your morning off a Panella, a café in a picturesque piazza, before exploring Monti, Rome’s most charming neighborhood.

11am: Check out the shops along Via del Boschetto: Estremi has handmade furnishings, there are design wares at BoschettoTre and don’t skip the myriad clothing and accessory boutiques on Via Urbana.

1pm: Relaxing Ristorante Broccoletti sits a handful of blocks from Via del Boschetto. Settle in for plates of Italian staples. Later, swing by the nearby piazzetta for a chat with the locals.

3pm: Stroll down Via degli Annibaldi for an impressive view of the Colosseum, then hang a left on to Campidoglio and gave over Roman rooftops from secluded Terrazza Caffarelli before moving on to the Jewish Ghetto.

Liberia del Viaggiatorre. Image by Livia Hengel.


5pm: Saunter into Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi to sample artisanal cheeses before ambling a few block over to Campo de’Fiori where you can shop the travel-friendly bookstore Libreria del Viaggiatore and Baroque-meets-rock ‘n’ roll clothing at Roberto Lepri.

7:30pm: Whet your appetite with a glass of vino and some nibbles at historic enoteca Il Goccetto.

Emma. Image courtesy of the venue.

9pm: After a 10-minute walk down Via dei Cappellari, enjoy one of Rome’s most delicious pizzas made with the finest ingredients at Emma, which is tucked away in a quiet alcove.

11pm: For an after-dinner drink, cab over to Etablì, just off Piazza Navona. Snuggle into a cozy armchair and soak in the atmosphere of this rustic-chic wine and cocktail bar.



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Day Two

Polvere di Tempo. Image by Livia Hengel.

10am: Begin your day on Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill, for a panormaic view of the city. Slowly work your way down to Trastevere for breakfast at hip and quirky Baylon Café.

12pm: Meander through the winding streets of Trastevere. Drop by Polvere di Tempo for curious, antique time-keeping devices and take a peek inside Basilica di Santa Maria, one of the city’s oldest churches. The mosaics dating from the 13th century are stunning.

1:30pm: A short walk away is quaint hole-in-the-wall Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina. Pop in for Rome’s yummiest street food.

Giardino degli Aranci. Image by Sara White.

3:30pm: Cross Viale Trastevere to experiene the quieter side of the area. Visit Studio Forme, a glass studio, and ogle handmade ties at La Cravatta before traversing the Ponte Palatino to work your way up to the Giardino degli Aranci for another delightful city-wide vista from a hidden orange garden.

6pm: Head a few blocks southwest to Testaccio and soak up one of Rome’s most traditional hoods. Hit up gourmet deli Volpetti, and Emporio delle Spezie to see where Romans shops for spices. For a pre-dinner beverage, try Oasi delle Birra.

Osteria degli Amici. Image by Livia Hengel.

8:30pm: Sit down for a meal at Osteria degli Amici, which offers revisited Italian favorites in a refined setting.

10:30pm: After walking off your dinner, mingle with the crowd at Rec 23 for live music and cocktails, including a fantastic Moscow Mule.



About The HUNT Rome Writer: Livia Hengel is an Italian-American travel writer and photographer with a penchant for la dolce vita and a severe case of wanderlust. Originally born in Rome, she grew up moving around the globe and lived in the US, Peru, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey before returning to Italy and ceding to a life filled with art, beauty and plenty of carbohydrates. When she’s not traveling or keeping up with Instagram, you can find Livia scoping out eateries in the city and extolling the virtues of cacio e pepe, her favorite Roman dish.


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