After an exhausting first day of hitting all the sites in Rome, we had another full day. Our sleeper train to Sicily didn’t leave until 11pm so we had a lot of time to fill. Side note, I have a separate post about the night train experience.
We treated ourselves to a bit of a sleep in i.e. we got up around 830, instead of 6 as we had been for the last 3 days! We had a lovely breakfast in our hotel, cappuccinos, local meats and cheese and fresh bread.
We sadly checked out and left our bags with the hotel to start our second day of seeing the sites!
Our big planned adventure for the day was the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. We bought time entry tickets months before to skip the long line. Do this! Seriously! The line up to get in the Colosseum was crazy long! Your timed ticket is good for entry into any of the 3 sites at that time, and you can visit the other ones in the same 24 hours.
Next up was Palatine Hill, a much more chill experience. Much more room to wander without other people jammed in your space. TIP: Palatine Hill has the shortest entry line – It seems like people skip Palatine Hill, and only do the Colosseum and Roman Forum if they’re short on time. And once you’re in, you can effortlessly pop into the Forum without having to go back outside and wait in yet another line.
And finally, we ended with a visit to the Roman Forum.
All in, I think we spent about 3 hours wandering all 3 sites, with most of our time spent in Palatine Hill. We really enjoyed it the most and that was due to less tourists shoving up into our business. Oh and the shade!
We worked off our breakfast and were ready to eat, so we headed over to Roscioli for our lunch. We had made reservations ahead of time, which I strongly recommend you do as well. It was crazy busy and people were being turned away. We picked to sit downstairs in the wine cellar, which I think only tourists do, but it was nice to be away from the front door which was super crowded and most likely a very annoying dining experience.
Again, this dining pick was courtesy of Katie Parla’s website and I followed her dining instructions. Get the burrata, some cold cuts perhaps, and pasta. Avoid the mains.
We both had a pasta dish. Shawn got the matriciana o amatriciana, a delightful pork and tomato pasta with a bit of kick, and I had the insanely decadant raviolo di coda e pecorinola, a ravioli filled with oxtail and cheese in a foie gras sauce. They were both so incredible.
We were way too stuffed for dessert, but they gave us little cookies with a chocolate dipping sauce to finish us off!
We decided we needed to walk lunch off, so we wandered our way through the streets to the spanish steps, tried to sit on them in the shade and rest, but were yelled at by the cops and had to keep moving.
We hit 22,000 steps by the early evening, and still had 4 hours to kill before we could get to our night train! So more walking, through the shady Villa Borghese, before heading back down towards our hotel.
Treated ourselves to a few spritzes, and some sitting in a cute bar near our hotel trying to kill time. I think that ends up being the one downside about catching a night train, trying to fill your day with activities, and then wanting to just sit somewhere comfortable!
We finally grabbed our bags from our hotel, bought some big bottle waters for the train ride and on our way to Termini found another cute wine bar with nice outside seating. We had a few glasses of wine and some brushetta.
Our train left at 11pm, so we got to Termini for 10 pm, passed through security to get on our track, and the train actually showed up on time! An actual night train miracle.
So long Roma, it was a busy 32 hours, but we had so much fun!