Romance in Rome: A week in the eternal city with League Travels

Discover the diary of Zach and Tara's journey to Rome and find the best tips to experience a romantic escape in the Eternal City.

September 19, 2018

Zach and Tara, the unstoppable couple of globetrotters known on Instagram as The League Travels, are the protagonists of our project “Romance in Rome”. In addition to their wonderful shots and videos, they have left us a complete guide on what to do and what to see in the Eternal City.

 

There’s no place like Rome

The history is unmatched, the architecture is as striking as it is ancient, and the food through Italy’s culinary offers an unforgettable experience. Roman recipes and regional specialties are a source of pride and honor. Beyond the food, Rome offers an unique experience through the art, the iconic sites, the ancient architecture, the shopping, the museums and different neighborhoods typical of the Italian capital. Indeed one of the most important and historical monument of the city is the Colosseum, symbol of Rome and one of the most representative symbols of Italy. Outside the city center, Rome is filled of green spaces and lesser-known sites interesting to see them.

Parco De Medici & South Rome

When someone thinks of Rome, undoubtedly imagines cobblestone streets, nar-row streets, tributes to antiquity and tourists who take selfies. Just outside the city center it possible to find a quiet and peaceful green area, perfect for nature lov-ers and lovers of outdoor life. Later the couple decided to move to the Sheraton Parco de Medici where they spent their days relaxing in the pool, playing golf be-fore going to the city to visit it.

What to do/see in the area:

  • Golf 18 holes at the beautiful Sheraton Parco Golf Club (Golfing in Rome?! Abso-lutely… but not without some Roman ruins of their own along the course!)
  • Explore the beautiful nature of Riserva Naturale della Tenuta dei Massimi (Peace and tranquility await you in this protected nature reserve.)
  • Outdoor barbecue dinner at Sheraton Parco de Medici (We aren’t trying to say that barbecued dinner and the gnoccietti will change your life, but seriously… it will change your life.)

Ostiense & Eur Area

After staying at the Sheraton, Zach and Tara moved to EUR, an area located in the south of Rome. The EUR is a residential and commercial area of Rome, thanks to its decentralized position and proximity to the main transport infrastructures, hosting some central offices of public bodies (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Eco-nomic Development, Ministry of the Environment) and private companies.

What to do/see in the area:

  • Square Colosseum in the EUR area (Admire the architecture and check out the Fendi headquarters inside!)
  • Piramide di Caio Cestio (Pyramids in Rome?! You’ll have to see it to believe it!)
  • Browse through Centrale Martini (Art lover’s delight in a really cool part of town!)
  • Gelateria La Romana (Seriously… you’ll be back again and again. #yourewel-come)
  • Take a photo of the Facade Mural next to Porto Fluviale on Via del Porto Fluviale (This block-long building is covered with beautiful street art and worth a visit!)
  • Walk across the modern Ponte Settimia Spizzichino (So different than most of the ancient sites, this ultra-modern bridge is a cool site to see to switch it up!)

Visconti & la Dolce Vita

After visiting Eur, the couple moved to the north of the city to stay at Le Meridian Visconti. Right in the city center, this location was perfect for walking around and admiring all the iconic sites in the heart of Rome. On foot it is possible to reach Castel Sant’Angelo, Vatican City, Piazza di Spagna, Villa Borghere, Trevi Foun-tain, The Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Another destination experienced by the two was the luxurious Westin Excelsior in the Via Veneto area; The area is full of luxury shops and restaurants and some of the most beautiful hotels in Rome. Another important district is Trastevere, a typical area where the bars or restaurants are outdoors, immersing yourself in the heart of the Roman capital.

What to do/see in the area:

  • The Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums (There’s so much to see here, so start early and allow most of the day to see it all!)
  • The Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna (Grab some takeaway pizza or gelato and enjoy it on Rome’s most famous stairway!)
  • Trevi Fountain (Try visiting at sunrise to avoid the crazy crowds.)
  • The Pantheon (Sit and have a pizza or pasta at one of the cafes in the square to admire it!)
  • The Roman Forum (The light over these incredible ruins at sunset is unmatched!)
  • The Colosseum (Because it is the Colosseum!)
  • The neighborhood of Trastevere (Quintessential old Rome, wander the streets and have dinner at one of the many amazing street cafes.)
  • Piazza Venezia (Amazing architecture and a perfect starting point to explore Rome from.)
  • Aperativos on the Le Meridien Rooftop
  • Via Veneto (Shop till you drop!)
  • Villa Medici in Villa Borghese (Pro tip: check out the view over Rome from the balcony in the restaurant!)

So much to see in so little time! Thanks to Zach and Tara for creating such a visu-al diary of shots and memorable moments of their trip, celebrating the beauty and the romance in Rome.

Bonus: Our Food & Drink Favorites!

  • Amatriciana pasta: This regional specialty from Amatrice of spicy red sauce and bacon is pasta heaven.
  • Pizza: This is a no brainer, but there’s simply nothing like having a pizza from Rome.
  • Pinsa: The ancient predecessor of modern day pizza, and a lovely snack!
  • Aperol Spritz: It doesn’t get more Roman than drinking an Aperol Spritz at a sidewalk cafe in the afternoon light of Trastevere!
  • Cacio e Pepe: This is a simple roman pasta recipe and a staple at any respect-able roman establishment! You can thank us later…
  • Gelato: Another no-brainer, but you’ll never enjoy gelato as much as you do wak-ing around the streets of Rome with cone in hand!
  • Prosciutto e Melone: This is an Italian summer specialty that we just couldn’t get enough of!

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