Walk around the historic center of Rome, and see the sights. Start with the Spanish Steps, go down Via Condotti, throw some change into the Trevi Fountain, and hit the Pantheon. Then take a load off at one of the bars that line Piazza Navona.
MAXXI Arte is Rome's newest jewel in its crown of world-renowned museums. Its architecture is almost as interesting as the contemporary art housed inside – so much so that the MAXXI Architettura Collections are the first of their kind in Italy.
The Gianicolo takes you up from Trastevere, through winding streets, and up to a breathtaking view of Rome. Start the walk from Via Giuseppe Garibaldi (or this nearby gelato cafe!), and try to make it there by sunset.
Checchino dal 1887 is a Roman institution, and a must for any foodie. Literally everything on the menu is amazing, especially where offal is concerned. There’s also a historical tasting menu AND a tasting menu geared for gluten-free diners.
Cantina Cantarini has an all-seafood menu on the weekends, so grab some calamari or spaghetti alle vongole for a first course, and the fritto misto for the second course. It’s so fresh, you’ll swear you’re sitting by the sea.
Necci is a locals-only hangout with interesting food--Italian classics presented with a flourish--a large covered terrace and a resident cat since it opened in 1924. They serve continuously throughout the day, 7 days/week, and are open late.
Book the Junior Suite at the Hotel Duca d’Alba--their interiors are modern and functional for families, with Travertine bathroom tiling, flatscreen tvs and double-glazed windows on the doors overlooking the terrace--from 64Eu/night.
Finally, a hotel near Termini that isn't tacky: The 56-room Leon's Place is the very definition of a boutique hotel, with sleek lines and every possible amenity (snazzy gym, a sleek lounge and bathrooms kitted in Carrara marble)--from 186Eu/night.
A relative newcomer to the hotel scene in Rome, Babuino 181 puts you right in the heart of the city center. Traditional architecture combines with modern touches like Frette linens, platform beds, and a coffee machine in the room--from 320Eu/night.