I have high hopes for April in Rome as spring begins to take hold. It's the perfect time to tuck in the heart of the eternal city. You can start to forget about the chilly days of winter and enjoy warm, sunny days with the best gelato in the world. There’s still a fair chance of showers but expect a lesser crowd, less hubbub and yes, room rates are lower. Plus, flight time from Barcelona to Rome is only about an 1 hour and 45 minutes — very convenient for mini-breaks so, Ciao Roma!
Starting from Rome’s very own iconic Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi, brace yourself with the flamboyant display of baroque mythical figures. The Greek sea God Oceanus stands in the centerpiece and ensemble of wild horses overlooking its emerald waters. And to appease the gods, one would follow the tradition of throwing coins over their shoulders into the Trevi's waters. Legend has it that it will ensure a return to Rome. I did just that, of course. Actually, the coins thrown each day amounts to about 3 000 Euros that goes — not to the gods — but to charity, an Italian organization known as Caritas.
After tossing my coin, I later found myself drooling over the dizzying variety of homemade gelato at San Crispino. It's just next to the fountain and I got the most intense chocolate ice cream I’ve ever tasted. And to add that, savor the irresistible flavors like pistacchio, nocciola (hazelnut), bacio (mix of hazelnut and chocolate) or stracciatella (chocolate chip) which make the customary long wait worth it!
- Trevi Fountain
- Gelato at San Crispino
- The Pantheon
- View of Roman Forum
- The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II
- Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
- Piazza di Spagna
- Ancient Roman Soldiers Parade
Sunset brings unexpected magic as we took our passeggiata or evening stroll through the eternal city from the ancient Roman ruins to the magnificent Colosseum!