Step 1: Rent a moped
Rent a motor scooter, or motorino. Yes, traffic can be hairy and Romans are
crazy drivers. But there's no better way to zip around town. Bonus: you'll feel
like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
Tip: For a great, romantic view of Rome, head up the winding road from
Trastevere to the Janiculum Hill.
Step 2: Have lunch on the go
Lunch on Rome's ubiquitous street food, pizza al taglio, or pizza by the
slice. Sold by weight, it comes with a variety of toppings. Speak with your
hands, just like the locals, to communicate how big a piece you want.
Step 3: Navigate side streets
Explore the streets around Campo de' Fiori, a piazza popular for its
morning produce and flower market. The area is filled with edgy clothing shops,
intimate wine bars, and art galleries. For bargain finds, follow the Romans to
the Borghetto Flaminio or Via Sannio flea markets.
Tip: Savor sit-down cafes in the afternoon. In the morning, have your
cappuccino or caffellatte standing up at the bar.
Step 4: Visit Villa Pamphili
Spend an afternoon at Villa Pamphili, Rome's biggest park. You'll find
residents jogging, dog-walking, kite-flying, and picnicking among towering
trees, ponds, fountains, and gardens.
Step 5: Take a stroll
Hit the streets for a late afternoon passeggiata, or leisurely stroll. Tons
of locals indulge in this ritual, especially on the weekends — window-shopping,
catching up with friends, and flirting, often with a gelato in hand.
Step 6: Enjoy summer pleasures
If you're visiting in warm weather, take a day trip to Lake Bracciano.
About 25 miles northwest of Rome, it offers sandy beaches, seafood restaurants,
windsurfing, and sailing. Back in the Eternal City, check local listings for
open-air cinema and music festivals throughout the summer.
From 1968 to 2002, a man nicknamed D'Artagnan lived off coins he collected
from the famed Trevi Fountain, sometimes netting as much as $1,300 a day.