So today I thought I would share my Gluten Free Rome tips…you will end up with a nice little Italian Food Baby called Luigi after reading this post.  I found eating gluten free in Rome easier than London…there were so many options available and everyone seemed clued up on what to do.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

La Soffitta Renovatio – Piazza del Risorgimento, 46/a, 00192 Roma, Italy

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

When I started to google gluten free options the day before our trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find the number one gluten free restaurant in Rome was just around the corner from our hotel.  La Soffitta has being offering gluten free options since the 90’s and is the leader of the pack.  I scoffed my way through some gluten free rice balls…

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

…we shared a gluten free pizza…

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

…and of course we had a rather big salad!  This was our best gluten free meal in Rome and I can’t recommend La Soffitta enough.  If you are planning on eating late then I would suggest making a reservation as it’s packed!

Mama Frites – Borgo Pio, 28 – 00193 Rome & Trastevere – Vicolo De’ Cinque, 42 – 00193 Rome (2 locations in Rome)

Located just across from our hotel was Mama Frites; they only offer gluten free!  Trust me, my hotel choice landed me in the best gluten free position in Rome.  Mama Frites offers Pizzas, sandwiches, fries obviously along with fried chicken and fish and chips…rather random I know but we decided to check it out.  I had battered squid and prawns which were okay…they ran out of fish on our visit…check me out going all the way to Rome and wanting to eat fish and chips!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

They also do gluten free donuts which are pretty darn tasty.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Hedera – Borgo Pio, 179, 00193 Roma, Italy (website in Italian / Tripadvisor reviews)

Hedera is a gorgeous little ice cream shop with gluten free options galore including gluten free crepes (which I didn’t try…silly iron deficiency making me lose my appetite!).  The shop front is rather instagram worthy as well.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Trattoria Ciao – Borgo Pio, 146Rome, Italy

Hmmm this was a pretty big disappointment (read the trip advisor link above) – the food was pretty pants but they did do gluten free pasta so it was a quick fix as we were both tired and hungry.  As you can see from the photo, it wasn’t anything special however it was pretty darn cheap…you get what you pay for!  We wished that our feet were able to carry us to La Soffitta however they were just too darn sore.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Borgo 36 – Borgo Pio, 36, 00193 Roma, Italy

Borgo 36 offers gluten free pasta but I wouldn’t recommend at all…the food was pretty average to say the least.  Apparently there is salmon in this pasta…apparently!  I didn’t see any myself.  Once again, they do gluten free pasta so if you’re desperate pop in!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Babington’s Tea Rooms – Piazza di Spagna, 23, 00187 Roma, Italy

We stumbled on Babington’s Tea Rooms after walking around Rome and in desperate need to rest our feet and for a cup of tea!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Babington’s has had numerous famous visitors over the years including Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Elizabeth Taylor who would pop in between filming so this place is a Roman institution with a lot of history.  G’s mum and I had a drink and a gluten free chocolate pie which was pretty dry…it’s not the cheapest place to enjoy a cuppa in Rome.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Frigidarium – Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Roma, Italy

We only had one gelato stop on our whole weekend in Rome…such weirdo’s I know!  But we had some truly delicious gelato at Frigidarium which is apparently one of the best in all of Rome.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

On the wall, it stated clearly the dietary information of each flavour of ice cream…happy dance!  Apparently they have gluten free cones as well, I didn’t ask and just went for a little tub.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

Most of the above gluten free establishments are close to the Vatican as we were staying in the Borgo area of Rome which was rather lovely.  So many restaurants in Rome do offer gluten free options as they have gluten free pasta and spaghetti which they can subsitute however they may not advertise this on the menu; just ask and hopefully the Roman Gods will be listening!

We didn’t eat a huge amount in Rome as were both sick with a head cold…we just nibbled away on a few Naked Bars when we were a tad peckish while out sightseeing.

If you are looking for more Gluten Free Rome tips then I would suggest checking out this post from Delight Gluten Free which has a lot of options in Rome.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My Gluten Free Rome Guide; a must read if you are travelling to Italy. You won't go hungry on your next vacation with these handy travel tips on where to find gluten free food including gelato, gluten free pasta and pizza...plus the must visit gluten free restaurant in the whole of Rome! Warning: the images will make you drool.

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Travelling to Rome for your first holiday or as a seasoned traveller, a Roman Holiday can be full of many surprises.  While this trip was my third visit to the eternal city, it was also my very first European city that I ever visited way back in 2001 with my little sister.  I thought I would do a post on my travel tips to Rome as there are so many things that you need to be aware of; scams, rip offs and good bits and bobs that I learnt along the way while booking this trip.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My handy travel tips for your Roman Holiday including where to buy your tickets without the 2 euro online surcharge for the Colosseum and Museums, what to wear on your feet and how to enjoy your adventures in Rome without getting ripped off. Rome is a serious bucket list destination so make sure you tick off all the beautiful places including the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the ancient sights along the way.

So let’s get this Roman holiday started!

Not all hotels are created equal

Yip this is a biggie, a picture can be worth a thousand words however a tripadvisor search will give you a heads up on each hotel.  While folks don’t like tripadvisor due to dishonest reviews, I think it does give you a pretty good idea on what you will be getting for breakfast, room size, location, safety and bed bugs.  My hotel search made me go crazy but I found a very reasonable 4 star hotel which was really good, perfect location and the staff were fabulous.  Do your research and maybe stay in areas like Borgo and Trastevere for something a little different.  There are a number of 5 star hotels in Rome but check out their location as you don’t want to be a limited to a shuttlebus or catching taxis everywhere; walking around Rome is something that shouldn’t be missed.

Eeek, City Tax

No biggie but if you’re budgeting for your trip down to the last euro cent then you need to be aware that you will be charged a compulsory 6 euros per night per person for your stay in Rome and this is NOT included in your hotel rate and will be collected on check out.  36 euros for a three night stay can be eye watering…that’s afternoon tea for three people in a vintage tea room in England!

Don’t get sore feet in Rome, What Shoes to Take

This is where I’m going to be a nana and tell you to take sensible shoes…you will be on your feet for hours, walking along cobbled streets and these picture perfect cobbled streets will kill your feet on day 1 in Rome.  Take trainers or flat comfortable shoes with grip…I’m saying grip as climbing stairs which can be slippy especially on a hot summers day or when wet! I wore my Birkenstock’s for the first two days and then changed over to my Supergas which was the best decision I made (plus they’re Italian!)…my feet thanked me at the end of the day.

Rome is best explored by…

Foot!  Rome is one giant open air museum so enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed…on foot without a tour guide!

Catching the Bus in Rome

There are bus ticket machines by the bus stops where you can purchase tickets for 1.50 euro for use within 100 minutes once validated per bus ride but do remember to validate as they do check!  Or you can buy tickets at a news agent which you will see on the street corners for the same price, once again remember to validate!  You can not buy a ticket from the driver.

Taxis from Rome Airports

There is a fixed fee for a taxi ride for up to four people from the two airports in Rome.  30 euros from Ciampino and 48 euros from Fiumicino; these rates are for four people, their luggage and the tip for hotels in central Rome or as they say within the Aurelian walls plus the Vatican area.  You need to make sure you choose a taxi which shows the 48 euros rate on the taxi door but then double check with the driver as you show them your hotel address as they will possibly try and rip you off for more; just walk away and find another taxi driver.

We were offered 75 euros and then 55 euros from the airport to the centre of Rome; the taxi driver ended up charging us 48 euros as I don’t take crap from them then he tried to drop us off two roads away from our hotel – stand your ground, tell them it’s not your hotel and to find it pronto.  The taxi drivers are rude and aggressive but don’t take any nonsense from them (they will huff and puff and try and blow the Colosseum down)…stick to your guns of 48 euros only…and don’t tip the buggers!  You can pay by cash or card but I paid by cash just in case he decided to play funny buggers.  If it makes you feel any better…they also try this on with the locals as well!

Italian Gluten Free Food

Our hotel was situated in gluten free heaven….next to so many gluten free resturants and cafes in the Borgo area; Gluten Free is big in Rome so you won’t struggle.  Most restuarants will have gluten free pasta available.  I did take with me some naked bars just in case I needed a snack while out sightseeing.

Pre-booking tickets for the big attractions in Rome

You can pre-book a number of tickets on line to basically jump the ticket queue however the queues are really long regardless to enter each historic site in Rome due to security.  Just a word of warning, if you book your tickets online they will add a 2 euro cost to each ticket price!  That’s a lot of gelato spending money!

Tickets for the Galleria Borghese

These tickets are like gold dust so if you want to visit the Gallery to see masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael then you need to make sure you book weeks in advance via the official website which will include the 2 euro booking fee.

You will only get two hours inside the Gallery (and they enforce this as it’s by strict timed entry!) so to make best of your time I would suggest hiring a guide to take you through the gallery; that way you visit all the important pieces – I booked this tour with Viator and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Our guide was an art historian so they really made each piece come to life and he was the only one wearing an official badge so be wary of the tour that you book!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My handy travel tips for your Roman Holiday including where to buy your tickets without the 2 euro online surcharge for the Colosseum and Museums, what to wear on your feet and how to enjoy your adventures in Rome without getting ripped off. Rome is a serious bucket list destination so make sure you tick off all the beautiful places including the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the ancient sights along the way.

Tickets for the Colosseum and Roman Forum

Head to the ticket office at the Roman Forum at just before 8.30am on Via dei Firo Imperiali to purchase your tickets; the ticket covers both the Colosseum and Roman Forum.  Take the short walk over to the Colosseum and enter the pre-booked ticket line (hence avoiding that horrible 2 euro pre-booking fee plus queuing for a ticket and to then enter!); please note the queues are long due to going through security which is a messy affair as nobody seems bothered.  Once you have visitied the Colosseum, head back to the entrance that you purchased the tickets from and enter the Roman Forum from this side as the queues from the other entrance are considerably longer.

You have two days to visit both sites with your ticket so you can visit the Roman Forum in the afternoon and then head to the Colosseum the following morning first thing!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My handy travel tips for your Roman Holiday including where to buy your tickets without the 2 euro online surcharge for the Colosseum and Museums, what to wear on your feet and how to enjoy your adventures in Rome without getting ripped off. Rome is a serious bucket list destination so make sure you tick off all the beautiful places including the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the ancient sights along the way.

^^View from the top of the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

How to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowds

I’m not a huge fan of crowds, I like to enjoy an experience rather than getting pushed through shoulder to shoulder from one exit to another…there is a way of experiencing the Sistine Chapel without all the crowds and that’s booking yourself on a Privileged Entry Tour with The Roman Guy…I highly recommend this tour, it’s an early start but having the opportunity to enjoy the Sistine Chapel with only 100 or so other folks is rather lovely.  I won’t lie, the museum does get busy along with St Peter’s Basilica but you will be ahead of the pack…this tour is more than just skipping the queue, it’s gaining entry one hour prior to opening time so worth the extra expense especially if you’re on a tight on time!

Seeing Rome from above…oh to be free like a bird

I remember the view from the top of St Peter’s…it was glorious but not for the faint hearted or people with disabilities however there are quite a few other spots to see glorious views across the city.  The view from the top of the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (as the lady at the hotel said “the building that the Americas call the Wedding Cake”) are wonderful especially of the Colosseum and Roman Forum however there are a few flights of stairs inside prior to getting to the elevator…if you can manage a few flights then I would highly recommend this view and not many people know about it…secret squirrel stuff folks (costs 7 euros, cash only).  If you aren’t able to do the stairs then take a taxi or bus number 115 to the top of Gianicolo Hill and look out over Rome (the view is free!), it’s a beautiful view and one that not many tourists know about!  It takes approximately 20 minutes to walk from this spot to the Vatican…I know as we walked it.

Italy Travel Inspiration - My handy travel tips for your Roman Holiday including where to buy your tickets without the 2 euro online surcharge for the Colosseum and Museums, what to wear on your feet and how to enjoy your adventures in Rome without getting ripped off. Rome is a serious bucket list destination so make sure you tick off all the beautiful places including the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the ancient sights along the way.

^^The view from Gianicolo Hill…take a picnic and sit on the wall overlooking Rome

Church upon Church upon Church

When in Rome, make sure you pop your head inside a few churches and by this I just mean random churches that you stumble across while out walking…not St Peter’s Basilica!  They are truly glorious and offer a tiny bit of respite from the the blazing sun and achy feet.

I really hope these travel tips are helpful for your Roman Holiday…I absolutely adore Rome and I wouldn’t say no to a fourth visit to the city!

Italy Travel Inspiration - My handy travel tips for your Roman Holiday including where to buy your tickets without the 2 euro online surcharge for the Colosseum and Museums, what to wear on your feet and how to enjoy your adventures in Rome without getting ripped off. Rome is a serious bucket list destination so make sure you tick off all the beautiful places including the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the ancient sights along the way.

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After doing an afternoon tea staycation post earlier this week, I thought I needed to do a post on some destinations a little bit further afield so let me introduce you to some alternative city breaks in Europe to take in the coming months.

Marseille, France

France’s second largest city; once deemed a city to avoid,  it’s now one of France’s best kept secrets.  It’s such a delightful city to visit and the pastel colour streets and beautiful architecture will make you fall in love with Marseille.  You can read my City Break to Marseille post by clicking right here and my second visit to Marseille right here.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

A great little destination for a quickie break if you are struggling with time and a great place to take the kids if you are travelling with them the first time. Luxembourg City is compact, doesn’t have all the hordes of tourists seen in the more popular city break destinations, green and ever so child friendly.  You can read my City Break to Luxembourg post by clicking right here.

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Porto, Portugal

The city of Porto has been on my wish list for a number of years and after reading Elle’s posts on the destination last year here and here I was desperate to visit.  You can read my city guide to Porto here.

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Krakow, Poland

This Polish city has so much to offer that I would suggest extending it from a quick weekend break to spending at least 4 nights in the city to visit all the incredible sights the city has to offer. A day trip to the Salt Mines and Auschwitz is a must.  You can read my City Break to Krakow post by clicking right here.

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Athens, Greece

I’m not sure why Athens isn’t a more popular city break destination; it has so much to offer. From incredible historic sights, amazing museums, fabulous shoe shopping and don’t even get me started on the food. The flying time is just under four hours however don’t let this put you off as the extra time spent on the plane is so worth it!  You can read my City Break to Athens post by clicking right here.

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Verona, Italy

The city of love; is this Europe’s most romantic city? Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet in fair Verona and the city makes a perfect city break destination as it’s small and compact. If you’re visiting during summer than try and get tickets to the Opera that is played in the Arena (Roman Amphitheatre).  You can read my City Break to Verona post by clicking right here.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I’m adding Amsterdam to my alternative city break list as the city is shedding it’s dirty drug / sex image and becoming a luxury city break hot spot. If you’re an art lover, this city is the perfect destination for a quickie city break (excuse the pun).  You can read my City Break to Amsterdam post by clicking right here.

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Dusseldorf, Germany

Most city breakers head to Berlin and Munich if wishing to visit Germany however I’m going to suggest Dusseldorf. The city offers incredible shopping however if you are keen on heading to the Christmas Markets, fly into Dusseldorf, visit the markets there and then jump on the train for the short journey to visit the bigger Christmas Market in Cologne.  You can read my City Break to Dusseldorf post by clicking right here.

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Vienna, Austria

If you eat a lot of cake and base your holidays around this requirement then let me recommend a visit to Vienna; the home to so much cake that you will possibly need to buy two seats on the return flight back home! The city is just stunning and I would return in an instant as I found three nights wasn’t enough to enjoy this delightful city break destination.  You can read my City Break to Vienna post by clicking right here or my Gluttons Guide to Eating Cake in Vienna post.

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Split, Croatia

Don’t overlook this beautiful Adriatic city; the city has so much to offer and there is nothing more beautiful than sitting in Diocletians Palace on a balmy summers evening having dinner. The city is so much cheaper to travel to than Dubrovnik and I would high recommend trying to rent an apartment in the Old Town to really enjoy your stay.  You can read my Split vs Dubrovnik post by clicking right here.

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What was your favourite City Break destination? Where would you recommend visiting for an alternative city break in Europe?

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