24 Hours in ROME! Best Street Food + Exploring the City (Italy)

24 Hours in ROME! Best Street Food + Exploring the City (Italy)


I turn my back for one second And look what Eric does Sticks his hand right in my puff How do you know that happened? I just reached for the camera the next thing I knew I was covered in cream puff Good morning adventurers. Good morning. We are in one of the most ancient cities in the entire world today the city of Rome No, I don’t think so. This doesn’t look like Rome. To be honest up until now we’ve avoided Rome because it is one of the most touristy places on the planet and we don’t really do that well in such intense crowds so that being said there is so much amazing history in this city so much to see and do there’s A ton of really good food to eat so we are at least going to take this one day before we move on to other parts of Italy and we are going to Explore Rome as much as we can. So we actually came in the shoulder season It’s actually November and I think today there’s free entrance everywhere. I don’t know if that means it’s gonna be way busy I don’t know how this compares to normal. Yeah, but it’s pretty busy. I’d have to say by my standards It’s pretty busy But before we head inside or explore any of the other monuments here in the city, we’re going – we haven’t had breakfast yet So we are going to head to a more local part of the city to sort that out first Yes! Breakfast time, here we go. We’ve got our coffee we’re sitting on the street and it’s quite loud It’s loud, sorry. But this is the Maritozzo, these little guys are super simple They’re just little sweet buns that have been cut in half and they put whipped cream in there It used to be I think more of a snack but now it’s become a pretty common breakfast here in Rome Or I hear, a late night, maybe drunk food? People say you eat this before you go to bed after you’ve been out drinking, I don’t know. Think it’s gonna be really messy. They didn’t give us any silverware or anything with it. Yeah I think you just eat it like a cream puff or something but a lot of cream It’s like an open-faced doughnut That’s what it tastes like except the dough in there is a little more bready like a dinner roll maybe a little more yeasty But then this is like nice whipped cream that you would get inside of a doughnut sometimes It really reminds me of like a not so sweet doughnut, this is really good So these little guys are two euros a piece I don’t know yet if that’s actually Expensive or not? It doesn’t seem so bad. But the place we wanted to go to is actually called Il Mari- Wh- I already forgot Maritozzo. It’s actually called this and it was right across the street from our apartment So if you’re in that area, maybe look that one up maybe they’ll be cheaper But these look and taste exactly how I was hoping so I think they’re pretty legit Other than being really loud because we’re right on a busy street. This is really nice. There’s a bunch of tables just along the sidewalk here Pretty sure these are nothing but locals that were sitting around which is always a good sign. The bread isn’t like pillowy soft or Anything like that? It’s a little bit hard. Let’s give it a try Did I get it all over me? Sure did. Right. It’s really good. Messy, but good the cream is so Puffy and whipped so you have this really light airiness the cream, but then the bread is pretty dense down here It’s definitely kind of like an open-faced doughnut like Alison said but it’s really delicious Definitely worth trying for 2 euro, I’d say. I turn my back for once And look what Eric does Sticks his hand right in my puff How do you know that happened? I just reached for the camera the next thing I knew I was covered in cream puff Travel back with me to the second century when a disgraced emperor challenged the fiercest gladiator and General Rome ever known to battle to the death. That is right. Right here to this exact spot Joaquin Phoenix Challenged Russell Crowe to fight and they both died. We watched Gladiator last night. That’s why she’s doing this whole bit It’s true, right? Historical fiction? Very historically accurate Now it’s time for some real facts. That’s where I come in The last battle actually took place here in 435 AD it is estimated that over 500,000 people and 1 million animals died in this arena right here The real question is how many people can this arena accommodate well back in its heyday about 50,000 people so that is a huge arena considering the technology of the day and how long ago that was It’s incredible that they could house that many people at one time in one place We’ve come across From the Coliseum and you get this really epic view the ticket to the Colosseum gets you access to a bunch of other attractions so the forum is one of those and it’s right across the street from the Colosseum if you Go into the forum and then go to where the Temple of Venus is, then you can get a view like this pretty cool A lot less people up here. Yeah, yeah, it’s pretty nice. You can take your time take it in see from a different perspective Watch the beautiful construction going There’s a lot of construction going on I know it’s really crowded, but it’s definitely worth seeing all this stuff because I mean if you like history It’s really nice to see a lot of the preserved ruins and just you don’t usually see such full-scale items. It’s usually really isolated So it’s cool that it starts the Colosseum you can wander through the forum through the parts here and it’s all just ancient amazingness We just popped over to the Trastevere Neighborhood which my Italian is not so good So the pronunciation is probably off but it’s supposed to be one of the prettiest and maybe most underrated neighborhoods in all of Rome We will be coming back here for dinner and some other things though. So we probably won’t explore too much now right now we’re just on a food mission and we’re gonna go to a place to get I think one of the most Popular kind of street food snack items. I’m very excited. It’s gonna be super savory and I’m so hungry I cannot wait This is rice sauce and cheese Different variations that are then breaded and deep-fried and eaten as a little snack I measure to be really good with a beer wine, but I don’t see any in here. We were kind of sad about that Yeah, so we got a traditional kind we got one that has cheese and pepper in it and then one with amatriciana amatriciano, which is should have pork in there when we rip this guy open There should be a nice thick ring of mozzarella that’s gonna split apart and I’m very Excited to see that and then immediately devour it. So this is more of the classic one I think I kind of lost track of which one is which but the balls are surprisingly firm on the outside Woop, well, there we go! Got the string of mozzarella It’s a little hot so jeez that is so stringy look at that It’s insane! Wow, look at that! No escaping it it’s an absolutely delicious savory tomato eat treat. The textures in this things are great. You’ve got this hard outer Shell and then you have a dense ball of delicious rice on the inside with mozzarella cheese and just this Tomatoey deliciousness holding it all together. It’s like a giant mozzarella stick with rice on the inside Oh jeez, look at that! Now I get to try one I think this is when he said there’s cheese and pepper in there? We walk in just as they finish these ones – yeah, they’re piping hot. Oh my god. It looks like risotto deep-fried risotto No string but that’s okay. I’m just killing time ‘coz I’m scared it’s gonna burn me. That is so good it’s so Deceptively cheesy and creamy in there It looks like it could be dry or something But it is not at all and the pepper adds a nice little spice to it a really nice dynamic The cheese is so good and that rice is perfectly cooked So it’s a little bit chewy, but it’s still really dense and thick and then it’s just fried perfectly Is the outside of that as firm as this one? It’s pretty crunchy. Yeah. Yeah. This one looked a little bit lighter in color Yeah, so it’s not as hard I think but oh my gosh, it’s so good Now, this is definitely what I would be eating after a night out of drinking. In total we paid five euro for these three, but I feel like it’s an entire meal for a person. Yeah, and then two euros for breakfast. Oh That place is very easy to miss. It’s another literal hole in the wall That’s completely unmarked. They have a bunch of really delicious looking stuff in all the cases And of course the dish that we tried which I highly recommend trying it was very good It was so good. Yeah a little bit more filling and what we had this morning We forgot to mention our good friends Thomas and Sheena from Chasing a Plate actually went and tried this place and they assured us it was good and they did not let us down. That was phenomenal All right, we’re nice and full and we still have more of Rome to see so onward! How are you doing buddy Did you just make a best friend? He spotted me and wanted to be my best friend apparently. This is where he lives now. You want to come home with me? He’s got a little mustache. We call him Charlie. Your name’s Charlie the cat. Charlie cat. That’s Purrrfect. So if you haven’t guessed by now We came to a cat sanctuary that’s in the middle of the city and it’s actually a bunch of ruins where they allow these cats To live and it’s because there’s actually a law in Rome [high pitch sound] That’s horrible There’s actually a law in Rome that says wherever I think it’s five or more cats are living together You can’t mess with them. You can’t shoo them away. You can’t do anything You have to just let them be so that’s what happened here There was a bunch of cats hanging out and they just let them be and this is now a cat sanctuary and I love it This is number one must do thing when you’re in Rome come to this cat sanctuary and find this little guy little Charlie This is his home now. He’s never gonna leave me alone. I tried to push him off me, but He wasn’t having it You guys have a happy life together See ya, bye! Say bye bye Charlie! These little kitties are actually not strays because the animal shelter is here They take care of them all and they make sure they’re all vaccinated and up to date on their shots So they’re healthy happy little kitty cats. They are very happy little cats and they’re so affectionate Yeah, they get this whole site all to themselves because people can’t go down in there Yeah probably the coolest fact about this place other than that’s Overrun with kittens is that this is supposedly where Julius Caesar was murdered here in this area So the ruins aren’t as glamorous maybe as the colosseum But it’s a pretty cool stop for the history aspect and to pet a cat if you want All right y’all Final sights of the day we want to see Found this epic look out. They were on our way up to right now I didn’t really realize it was gonna be such a steep incline [Alison speaking almost out of breath] But we’re almost there we have three more flights of stairs And we’re actually trying to go pretty fast because we were trying to catch the sunset Well, we might be like 20 minutes too late. We’ll see stay tuned We made it to top you all We had to run a little bit but we made it! Yeah a little bit sweaty, but it’s actually really cool up here. You can see all of the city over here There’s a few trees in the way. But other than that, it’s really cool There are a bunch of little stalls and food trucks and stuff Also, I don’t know if it’s birds or just a big horde of bats, but they’re buzzin atop the city and it looks incredible It’s such a huge school of bats that we call in the school I don’t know but it looks like a school of fish the way it moves seeing that over the city. It’s really incredible Yeah, so Rome is apparently known as the city of Seven Hills, but this Hill is the honorary eighth hill from what I read So it’s not one of the main ones but it gives you a great view of the whole city And you can see up in the distance all the mountains and everything You can see quite a bit from up here And we’re also going to be as usual marking everything that we’re doing today in the description below So you can find all these spots when you come from so we didn’t exactly catch the sunset But we got a beautiful view of the city. So that’s awesome. But now we’re going to go eat again because it’s dinner time y’all Rome is actually the birthplace of the dish carbonara Which maybe you’ve heard of before we actually had a really cool place picked out that we wanted to go to but we showed up And turns out it’s closed. We’re not having good luck That’s been a theme of our Italy trip. Everything’s been closed, but that’s okay Yeah because We did a little deep dive and we were up on the viewpoint and we found a place that was nearby at the very least Not sure how local it is, but it is a little bit away from the tourists walking street here in a from best Yeah, we still can’t say the name of this area properly but I ordered the carbonara it has arrived and carbonara is basically just a Spaghetti and you have some hard cheese in there either pancetta or guanciale This is guanciale, which is basically pork jowl, which is the cheek of the pig and there are eggs in there as well Well, it smells so cheesy and savory and delicious I think it’s gonna be pretty good hopefully because we’re kind of taking a gamble in this place This just looks so gluttonous and delicious. Yeah, well looks really hot Let’s give the carbonara a try It is pretty dang delicious the real star of this is the guanciale it’s these little chunks of pork that have a little bit of crispiness on them and you can just Taste the fire in them, which is the best part of it And the rest of it is just really subtle and really simple its I thought it was just gonna be this overpowering cheesy flavor But it’s really not it’s a very simple subtle pasta dish. The pork is super tasty It’s almost like little bits of pork cracklin It even has a bit of a crunch to it But it really has a similar flavor or to like chicharones or something like that pepper is also another very mmm It’s actually at my throat right now Pepper is another very important component of this dish so you can see the little bits of pepper in there But I love the little burst of pepperiness that it adds. But if you get one big whole chunk of it It can go down your throat the wrong way That’s what’s happening to me right now Really good, I promise I went with another local Roman spaghetti dish So this is spaghetti a la amatriciana? I think that’s right. Unlike Eric’s, mine has a nice tomato base It still has the guanciale in there. So the pork jowl, but it looks like it’s cut potentially differently so it’s tomatoes pecorino and then that delicious pork and It smells so good. I was really hoping for a tomatoey pasta sauce Oh Just have to say I love all the fresh pasta here in Italy It actually tastes like pasta instead of just being like a vessel for having sauce shoved down your throat And then the cheese on here, it’s so nice It’s a little sharp and then with the pork and the tomato sauce, it’s just such a hearty delicious Pasta dish. I love it when a lot of menus here in Italy You’re gonna see your first courses then your second courses now dishes like this These pasta dishes are gonna be on the first course Usually at least that’s what I’ve seen But it’s funny because they’re a little bit cheaper and they’re meant to be you know the starter But they’re so big at some places. This is a big portion Some have much smaller ones, but this is a great value. I think each of these is nine or ten euros a piece Yeah, which seems to be pretty on par with what we’ve been seeing throughout the day So yeah, and I don’t know how you could get a second dish after this Most people do a starter a first and a second and then dessert Oh my word if you guys can do that kudos to you because this is about as much as we can do It has been such a fun day Obviously Rome was not built in a day and it is not meant to be seen in one day So when you come if you can have more days do it If not, hopefully this guide will help you but it’s time to put the camera away and get to work on this pasta So we will be heading to Matera tomorrow Yeah, we’re gonna get out of the big big cities and we just wanted to make a brief stop in the big city We’re not going to Albania. Sorry to break it to you guys We really wanted to but where we wanted to go is now closed for the winter And so instead we’re gonna go to Sicily even more Italy coming at you. Yeah. All right. Good night adventurers We’ll see you on the road

100 Replies to “24 Hours in ROME! Best Street Food + Exploring the City (Italy)

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  2. Grew up on rice balls as a family holiday treat. (Missing them & Mom this Thanksgiving Day.) You got fantastic versions of them!!

  3. Awwwww those kitties!
    I was in Rome a few years ago. It was mid December, and the weather was great. Pretty much like what you guys seem to be having in this video. And it was still really busy too. We went several times to a little restaurant, which was so very cosy, and the staff were super friendly. It's called 'La fontana di Venere'. It's close to the Trevi fountain, but very much tucked away in a side street. I highly recommend it to anyone who goes to Rome. I had the carbonara pasta there too actually. And you're right, it's a complete meal, I certainly could not eat anything else after that, haha. We did end off with some house made limoncello though, yum yum 🙂

  4. Hi, great vlog as always, just a tip about eating spaghetti: use a fork and a spoon, twist the spaghetti on the fork to form a nice shape!

  5. Been to Rome 5 or so times. So glad you tried Carbonara, fresh pasta , Guanciale, pepper, egg. Simple and classic. Portion size small as usually you would take 4 or so courses.

  6. I love Rome! Even though it was sweltering hot and in some places (like Vatican) very crowded it still remains my favorite city. Super excited for Sicily as I always wanted to visit!

  7. Thank you for the video! I am thinking about bringing my mom to visit the Vatican but I had been afraid that I would break the bank to do so. Thank you for showing some cheap eats.

  8. Ahhhh you guys!!!! I’m so glad you went to Rome even if it was just for a day 🥰 I really wanna go here, I wanna see the colosseum at least once in my life, it looks absolutely beautiful 🥰 the cream puff incident made me giggle, hope you still enjoyed them though! Looking forward to the next one 🙂

  9. You two are lucky! When I went to Rome a few years back I went in May and it was soooo packed!! I really didn’t enjoy it for long because it was too many people! Also, there was 4 weddings going on!

  10. Yep , agree about the starlings. Rome is such an incredible city, so many facets to it. My husband and I had a 5 day visit in February a few tears back. We stayed in a cheap but very good 3* hotel within a very easy 10 minute bus ride to the centre. It was a lot cooler than other times of the year, but it was much warmer than the UK at that time of the year and the main visitor attractions were a lot less busy. We spent a whole day wandering around the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. So much history! Rome also has so much good food. If you do your research beforehand (Trip Advisor etc.), it’s really easy to walk a short way from all the the touristy centres to more authentic places to find good and cheap restaurants. We also spent a whole day in the Vatican Museums (tip…avoid the hawkers offering tickets, just go and buy your tickets direct at the museum on the day out of season).
    Our best meal was a very short walk from St Peter’s Square in a street in the Borgio. Really good food, and just far enough down the street to be off the tourist trap. The owner claimed the saffron and zucchini based pasta dish I ordered was one of Pope Benedict’s favourites before he became the Pope, and I believed her. It’s the area where he had lived before he was elected Pope and she hadn’t inflated the price. For such a lovely dish, it was a real bargain.

  11. Oh wow, you went to the restaurant right by the air B and B I stayed in, it was above the gelataria , just on the corner, we went to that actual restaurant! Shame you only stayed one day, as there is a beautiful restaurant just up the road which we returned to twice as the food was so incredible

  12. Problem with Rome in October/November is it can be WET. I went in November a few years back and it chucked it down and was cooooold. Looks like you had better weather 🙂

  13. Trastevere is so beautiful at night and has killer restaurants.

    Are you checking out Naples or the Amalfi Coast?

    Napoli hosts Bologna on Sunday 12/1. You should check out a football match (soccer game).

  14. Both of you never fail to deliver a great video every time. Thanks for sharing this with those that are thankful for them.

  15. Italians can eat a Starter, Primera platti and a Secundo platti and even a dessert because the Italian dinner is no competition to finish first 😉 It is a social affair that can take hours and hours 🙂 SOOOOOOOOO unlike the American dinner that seems to have to end as fast as possible chewing big gulps of food with just a fork or spoon :-p

  16. How is the rest of your family ( the cats ) doing? I'm sure they're curious as to where their best friends went. And I seriously hope they weren't old, long term family because it would be heartbreaking to hear that you guys left them after so many years and they didn't get to live out their lives with those they love the most, just so you can
    stumble around a bunch of habitualized tourist traps and played out traveling destinations. Did you?

  17. You guys are the cutest I loved this video because it reminded me of the time I spent 2 weeks in ROMA. Thank you for the video

  18. So cool to see you guys in Rome, don't think any of the YouTubers we watch have been there, that we can think of. It's VERY busy, very touristy, and super chaotic, but I think it's definitely a must-see, especially, as you said, if you're into history. Those kitties were so cute! haha We'll have to check that place out if we ever go there again.

  19. Lol, I wouldn’t call Trastevere (emphasis on the second syllable) unknown or up and coming. It’s one of the most well known, and highly touristed areas of Rome. Nice, but the secret has been out for decades.

  20. For our honeymoon, my husband and I took a Mediterranean cruise. It was absolutely amazing, and we decided to extend our stay when we returned by one day so that we could see Rome. We used the Metro to get to all the hotspots, seeing the Mouth of Truth, the Forum, Colosseum, we are gelato on the Spanish Steps at sunset, and got to see the Trevi Fountain lit up at night. Best trip ever! Our flight back want until Murray the next day, so we spent a few hours in St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City Museum, which took us to the Sistine Chapel 😍

  21. I was in Rome 1 month ago and Im super jelly of the 2 of you. The suppli store you went to was 1min away from my accommodation and I ate there everyday

  22. I f anyone is going to Rome , I did Maria Pasquale’s ‘I heart Rome’ walking food tour in Trastevere. It was amazing to meet many old food vendors who are masters at what they do and taste their food.

  23. I love the food descriptions they help take me away to a new place. A place I can dream of that isn’t day to day living. Thank you for your videos.

  24. They're birds and it is called a murmuring* of starlings. It happens at dusk when they all catch up for a beer before heading home for the night.

    And unlike anywhere else that pretends to do it, carbonara isn't drowned in cream. Delicious.

    * Murmuration, as someone has correctly put elsewhere. Don’t know if it was fatigue or my iPad changing stuff. I suspect the latter.

  25. I've been to Rome, alot of history, the people, food, the ambiance, unbelievable . I stayed at a 4 star hotel, soooooo beautiful!!!!,💗

  26. Great day. I wish you would travel over to Luke Martin's channel and show him how a partnership travel channel should be shot. Bonjoure!

  27. Love the cheese pull, wish more cheese there🤤 I've been to Rome in just few hours to visit Colosseum (joined guided tour lol) and didn't have chance to venture the food. They looked so good, can't wait to try next time 😋

  28. Hey guys love your vlogs and the locations, I just heard you say your traveling to Sicily, please if you have time go to a beautiful medieval town called Licata, it’s a province of Agrigento where the Greek Temples are.

  29. Touristy? So you have been to New York, lived in San Fran, visited Tokyo and spent time in Venice, where there are no tourists?! Bizarre.

  30. Just let me know guys, but at 1:42 on the video, i see a camera on the table seems like to be a Sony a6600? This product isn't avaliable yet on the market !

  31. Please visit ACQUAVIVA PLATANI in SICILY….it's a cute small town in the center of Sicily….there selling homes for 1 Euro…..head to central piazza bell tower….

  32. Weird question but here it goes….. outside of the cat sanctuary, is it true that Rome has a lot of stray cats running around? Asking for a friend that wants to go to Rome but is petrified of cats…. 👀

  33. Omg love italy!!! Can’t wait to explore ourselves!! 💛💛 would you recommend more time in Rome’s or was one day food to see everything ou wanted?

  34. When you are aiming your camera at ancient ruins, it is okay to show more than a second's worth. Don't worry, us viewers won't get bored.

  35. I went to that cat sanctuary when I was in Rome about 6 years ago! I’m so glad to hear it’s still up and running. I was backpacking Europe and was missing my cats at home so this did the trick. I spent probably way too long petting all the cats and almost crying the entire time 😹

  36. They are not bats, they are Starlings! The same thing happens in England all the time. They are amazing to watch. A similar thing happens in the oceans where you see sharks rounding up a shoal of small fish into a ball, before they scoop them all up and eat them. Check out many of David Attenboroughs tv series to watch it. It's mindboggling!

  37. Honestly one of my favorite blogs in Roma, spent around 14 days myself in this city and I'm glad someone finally mentioned Trastevere. Wonderful neighborhood in this city. Good stuff! You got me subscribed!

  38. Trastevere is so beautiful! That's the hood I stayed in while in Rome. I'm chuckling as you guys keep mentioning how "crowded" it is in Rome, but you guys actually are there at a great time – shoulder season. So just multiply what you see there by 4 or 5, or 10, and that's Rome in the summer! LOL.

  39. nooo you guys missed the institution that is giolitti for gelatto in rome. it's the best ice cream in the world! jk jk i know one day is never enough. rome is my second favourite europan city!

  40. What a lovely place. I had one of my best pastas experiences in Rome. I asked a local girl where does she eat and she recommended me a gem close to the center, but completely out from tourists eyes. My husband and I went there for dinner and I'm very sure we were the only foreigners.
    We sat outside and we could see families coming downstais from the building for dinner. It was amazing, humble, familiar, tasty and with prices for locals budget. Sadly can't remember the name, i just remember how to get there. 😂

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