3. Sit on the Spanish Steps
Yes, it’s crowded and yes, it’s touristy. So what, it has to be done. The scenic stairway was built in 1717 from the Piazza Trinità dei Monti above and the Piazza di Spagna below, near what was once the Spanish Embassy. For some reason, it has become a favorite resting, gelato eating and people-watching spot, overlooking the Fontana della Barcaccia. Poet John Keats once lived in an apartment overlooking the steps, which adds to its romantic pedigree. Before or after your Spanish Steps sit, you can stroll down the Via Condotti, one of the most fashionable streets in Rome. Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Armani and all the other who’s who of Italian design are represented there.