where to stay:
Hotel Medici: If you’re looking for a place to lay your head, near many tourist attractions, and at an affordable price- Hotel Medici is just for you! This wonderful boutique hotel has great customer service and is located in the heart of Rome. Clean, recently remodeled rooms and a suitable continental breakfast will keep you well-rested and ready to explore the sights and streets of Rome. Convenient location to get to the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. Room prices begin at $112 USD/night. http://www.hotelmedici.com/
Appartamento Palazzo dei Fabbi Rome: This charming unique loft/apartment is situated in the Jewish Ghetto, the location is deep in the heart of historical Rome just beside the imposing Theatre of Marcello. This unique, fully-furnished apartment is decorated with antique brick archways and hand-painted frescos with all the modern amenities- large screen TVs, air conditioning, WiFi, and jacuzzi. A truly cozy and inviting apartment that will make your stay in Rome a total dream. $150 to $175 USD/night. http://www.specialromeapartment.com/en/
where to eat:
Pastasciutta: Simple very rustic options of pasta, you don't need fancy advertising or seating and this place proves it! Located steps away from the Vatican, Pastasciutta is the perfect place to stop in on a sweltering day for lunch- plenty of options for fairly inexpensive. The service is super speedy, your order will be ready for consuming in a matter of minutes. We recommend ordering the ricotta ravioli or trying the spaghetti alla carbonara.
Waraku: If you’ve spent much time in Italy, then you’ve probably eaten more than your share of pasta, pizza, and gelato. And if that’s the case, you may be looking to try a cuisine that is not native to Italy. Waraku offers up traditional Japanese cuisine for foodies in Rome with quality food including gyoza, ramen, and okonomiyaki. The owners of Waraku are sure to welcome you in, fill your bellies, and make you feel as if you’re apart of the family.