Here are five things we like to do in Rome that are a little bit under the radar and can help take the pace down a notch.
1. Walk, walk, walk - Rome has a relatively-easy-to-follow subway system and a much more complicated bus system but we've always enjoyed wandering around cities. Rome is perfect for this because you're always stumbling upon ancient ruins or the Colosseum or a great cafe. Our favorite neighborhood for wandering is Trastevere, across the river.
2. Eat cacio e pepe - this is my favorite pasta dish of all time for its simplicity and comfort. It's so easy to make at home (it's my go-to dish on a night alone) but it originated in Rome, so it's fun to try the original.
3. Make a wish - stop by the Trevi Fountain, throw in a coin and make a wish. This is a great sight to see at night too, when it's lit up, and, if you're visiting in the summer, much cooler.
4. Have a picnic on the Spanish Steps - Rome can get expensive, so one way that we like to save is by having a picnic lunch. There are lots of great spots all over the city, but the Spanish Steps are a historic landmark that you would want to see anyway. Pick up sandwiches or containers of antipasti (and a bottle of wine!) and head to the steps. If you can snag a spot, you'll have a great lunchtime view.
5. Drink a Negroni - this is a classic Roman cocktail and it can be nice (sometimes) to take a break from the wine.
And - if you have extra time in Rome and love food, we would highly recommend this Roman food tour!