I love Rome in August. The streets are a little less crowded. The Romans are closing their shops for holiday. And the weather is perfect for long, lazy picnics near the Colosseum. I came to Rome with only a few sundresses, a book, and a camera. And it all fit into one small, carry on suitcase. The flight is just a little over an hour from Munich; and as an American, it always amazes me how easy it is to travel between countries in the EU.
We’ve spent a lot of time in Rome. So, for us, this trip was more about spending time together in a city we love than seeing the sites. We wanted to lounge in the warm summer evenings, discover new Italian wines, and read our books. But probably more than anything else, we wanted to eat real Italian food. Homemade pasta. Pecorino fondue over gnocchi. Amatriciana. And, of course, gelato every night.
At the end of this post, I’ve listed a few of the cafes we visited (some of them more than once!). And if you’re traveling to Rome for the first time, visit my friend Brianna’s travel website for her 3-Day Rome Itinerary.
This trip was intentionally casual. So you won’t find us going to fancy cocktail bars that serve $30 drinks. Instead, we opted for mom-and-pop style shops where the pasta is made in the back room—and when you peek behind the door, you can actually see them making the pasta. Enjoy!
The Pasta Chef (Do not be deceived by how casual it looks. Their bechamel lasagna was to die for.)
Dar Poeta Pizzeria (The best pizzeria in Rome.)
EatWith Lavinia & Marta (A sommelier and a pastry chef team.)
And . . . a few more cafes that we found spontaneously, but I cannot remember their names or locations!