During a trip to Rome, take time to enjoy “la dolce vita,” or the good life. Learn about the history of this Italian city and sample the local flavors — including plenty of creamy gelato.

Early Morning: Shop at the Porta Portese Flea Market

You’ll have to wait until Sunday to hit the Porta Portese flea market, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s open from 6 a.m. until about 2 p.m., and it’s wise to get there early to get the pick of the best items, including antiques and books. The main focus of merchants at this flea market is fashion, so you’ll see hundreds of clothing items, accessories, and shoes for sale. Take a break from shopping with a cup of coffee and authentic Italian fare at Pizza & Coffee Aromas. Pizza toppings include saltimbocca, mozzarella and basil, hummus, and provolone.

Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome.

Afternoon: Tour the Pantheon

The Pantheon is known for its perfect proportions, making it a must-see for anyone who loves good architecture. It’s especially cool when you think about the fact that the Pantheon was raised in 120 A.D. Famous people buried there include King Victor Emmanuel II, King Umberto I, and Raphael. After you view the rotunda, stop by the in-house café for a slice of pizza, coffee, or some gelato (if you haven’t already had your fill, that is).

Trevi
The Trevi Fountain.

Evening: Make a Wish at Fontana di Trevi

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous sights to see in Rome. You’ve probably seen it on postcards or in movies, but seeing it up close is a different experience. The fountain dates back to the mid-1700s, showcasing stunning Baroque design and a mythological character, Neptune, the god of the sea. After an extensive $2.4 million restoration, the Trevi Fountain re-opened in November 2015. Throw one coin over your left shoulder to ensure a return trip to Rome, throw two to fall in love with an attractive Roman, and throw three to make sure you marry that Roman.

The fountain is especially beautiful at night when lights illuminate the structure. Take the metro to the Barberini stop and head toward Corso and Spagna.

Late Night: Nightcap at Canova Tadolini

It’s tough to beat the unique atmosphere you’ll find in Canova Tadolini, one of the favorite local bars in Rome. It opened nearly two centuries ago in 1818, although it was previously an atelier for sculptures until 1967. It is now a café/bar, but the original decorations and colors are still on display.

Thousands of statues fill the 11 rooms, or you can relax in the sunshine on the outdoor terrace. The menu changes in summer and winter, with favorites like salads, freshly made pasta, meat dishes, and homemade desserts available. Pair your meal with a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.

With so much to do and see in Rome, most people spend at least a week in the city. Make sure to hit the traditional attractions along with a few that offer a unique look into the culture and history of the area. Don’t forget to eat plenty of authentic Italian pizza, gelato, and handmade pasta with delicious sauce.