Where we roam in Rome
Portrait Suites (moderate to expensive)
Portrait's 14 suites are so comfy and chic - the hotel is run by the Ferragamo fashion family - you'll want to unpack here for good. After admiring your room, head to the rooftop lounge to admire the rest of Rome.
Gelateria Blue Ice (inexpensive)
When in Rome, do as the Romans do and eat gelato. Blue Ice has multiple locations, but we like the one at Campo de’ Fiori so we can get our scoop to go and savor it in front of the Trevi Fountain. Tartufo is a popular flavor.
Osteria del Gallo (inexpensive to moderate)
Eating in Rome is typically a languorous affair, but this tucked-away trattoria seems to take it to a whole other level. It starts when the chef/owner comes out to greet you, continues over mouthwatering menu items like veal saltimbocca and porcini-stuffed ravioli, and finally winds down over cappuccino and panna cotta (a creamy Italian dessert).
Bella Roma has so many beautiful gardens, you could devote your entire trip to them, but the archetypal Italian grounds at this sixteenth-century former monastery are a perennial favorite. Featuring a well-planned mélange of flora and flowing-water features — including more than 500 fountains! — it is the style of garden that influenced landscape design all across Europe.