Lonely Planet Writer

Just back from: Rome, Italy

Taking a selfie inside the Colosseum, Rome Emily and her boyfriend snapping a Colosseum selfie © Emily Farthing

Emily Farthing, Trade Marketing Executive at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a visit to Rome.

Tell us more… My love for Italian food and history meant I was very excited for my first trip to the Italian capital with my boyfriend. We only had 48 hours to explore, so we didn’t want to waste a minute.

In a nutshell… Rome is amazing! There is beautiful history around every corner and it’s so easy to get around – you can walk most of the city, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. My best advice is to try not to fit too much into a day, you need time to wander, soak up the atmosphere of Rome, enjoy a leisurely gelato and appreciate what is going on around you in this bustling ancient city.

Walking to the Colosseum Within minutes of walking Emily and her boyfriend had stumbled upon the impressive Colosseum © Emily Farthing

Defining moment? We arrived in Rome mega early, so my boyfriend and I decided to drop our bags at our guesthouse (Clemy in Rome) and go meet our guesthouse host, Cristiano. He was so hospitable; he helped us with directions and gave us some great recommendations. As soon as we had our bearings we went out for a walk and couldn’t believe that within a few minutes we were at the foot of the Colosseum – it was magical.

Good grub? Bruschetta for breakfast, pizza for lunch and pasta for dinner – need I say more? We used the Lonely Planet Guides app to find places to fuel up whilst we were out and about in the day and for somewhere to relax for dinner in the evening. Our favourite place was a small, inconspicuous roadside cafe called Art caffe cavour. Run by a local couple, it had the best atmosphere, tasty food, good prices and great hospitality.

Bruschetta in Rome Bruschetta for breakfast? When in Rome... © Emily Farthing

You’d be a muppet to miss… the Roman Forum, a huge plaza of Roman ruins situated near the Colosseum. Entry to the Forum is included in your Colosseum ticket which is valid for two days after purchase (one entry per site), so you can spend a decent amount of time checking out each place. The sheer scale of the Forum made it easy to imagine what it would have been like as the centre of Roman life all those years ago.

Souvenirs? If you want to take a taste of Italy home with you (literally), head to the local supermarkets to stock up on food and wine. The supermarkets are a lot cheaper than the touristy shops in the city or at the airport. I picked up some colourful pasta and fresh olive oil.

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