A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

Join us on a tour through this exciting city full of sexy history.


A quick search on Yelp led us one day to CO2 Brasserie, a wonderfully air-conditioned, two-level restaurant that offers an unlimited buffet of savory food for around twelve euros (about fifteen U.S. dollars). There we dined on a peculiar amalgam of foods, from pasta carbonara and mushroom risotto, to melon balls and delicious desserts.

A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

A delectable scoop of Giolitti gelato.

Then, as if our feast wasn’t enough to satiate our bellies, apres-lunch shopping and wandering got us hungry for a sugary snack. We consulted good ol’ Google Maps, which led us to Giolitti, possibly THE most famous cafe and gelateria in all of La Citta Eterna. The charming spot is nestled snugly within the city’s historic district, minutes away from Il Panteon. We bought chocolate-dipped cones piled high with sorbetto, finishing them well within the ten minutes it took us to stroll to Piazza di Spagna.

A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome


Lined with gleaming designer boutiques, the famous square was far too pricey a shopping place for our shallow pockets, so we sat on the Spanish Steps and amused ourselves with the funny sight of pushy street vendors attempting to sell roses to passersby, simultaneously trying to evade meandering police.

As guidebook-abiding tourists, we dedicated a full day to The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Because exposed knees and shoulders are severe obscenities within the Pope’s domain, my best friend and I donned cardigans draped over maxi dresses, while our then-boyfriends suffered through the simmering heat in slacks.

A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome

The Vatican and Angels Bridge

Though no photography was allowed, you can bet I managed to snap a few pictures of The Sistine Chapel’s ceiling (one simply does not fly thousands of miles to see Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco, only to walk away empty-handed!). The highlight of the tour, however, had to be peeping through the keyhole of the Pope’s enormous, wooden front door (unfortunately, I don’t think he was home).

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Kristin started her career at Marie Claire and is now an editor / staff writer at Forbes. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Kristin's biggest pet peeves are run-on sentences, unwittingly published typos, and public transportation delays. A fervent shutterbug, arts-and-crafts enthusiast, and bona fide gourmand with an insatiable wanderlust, she's been fortunate enough to have already journeyed to over a dozen foreign countries (including Hungary, Spain, Bermuda, and most recently, Costa Rica!).

Reader Discussion: 229 Comments

  1. Avatar of Al Santos

    Al Santos

    My department is having a trip going to Rome! We are very excited because we are all first-timers. Rome is one of my dream destinations, and I am happy that my department has given a chance to visit Rome.

  2. Avatar of Kathryn Murphy

    Kathryn Murphy

    Arrived in Florence from Rome just in time for lunch! I think Florence is perfect for people who want peace.

  3. Avatar of Michelle Edwards

    Michelle Edwards

    Can’t wait for my Rome trip, so I can have my friends reenact The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and When In Rome starring the Olsen Twins. LOL

  4. Avatar of Leslie George

    Leslie George

    I am keen to do a trip to Rome, and around later this year. Could you send me a link to the itinerary for your incredible trips? I’d love to get some ideas of where to go.

  5. Avatar of Carolyn Kelly

    Carolyn Kelly

    If there is just one thing I have taken from my trip to Rome, it is, that the locals DO NOT stop for the “green man” or at zebra crossings. Hahaha!!!

  6. Avatar of Jessica Garcia

    Jessica Garcia

    The Trevi Fountain is what I remember when we visit Rome. I was amazed when I see the fountain with my own eyes. It’s a must see! I highly recommend this place.

  7. Avatar of Emanuel Terry

    Emanuel Terry

    Fantastic 4 days in Rome spent with Sophie, now at the airport waiting to fly home to LGW. A truly memorable and fantastic trip. Looking forward to my next visit here.

  8. Avatar of Anne Griffin

    Anne Griffin

    Whenever I hear Rome, I remember my ex-lover who brought me there. It was a perfect night for us, he even proposed to me, but I was too young that time. He is my great love.

  9. Avatar of Paula Smith

    Paula Smith

    I am crying right now. I miss living in Florence. I lived there for four years because I studied there. It’s true, the stores are closing too early, but the place is very quiet, and relaxing.

  10. Avatar of Myron Stephens

    Myron Stephens

    My wife’s dream is to have dinner at Italy, but the expense is too much. I am working very hard to make her dream come true. I wish I can take her to Rome by next year.

    • Avatar of Rose Mitchell

      Rose Mitchell

      What a loving husband. I think they have package tours in Rome? Never been in Rome, but mostly they have package deals.

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